Natalie Bicknell

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Natalie Bicknell is Senior Reporter at The Urbanist. She is a writer and community college instructor who lives in the Central District with her husband and two dogs. In her research and writing, she is always on the lookout for better ways of creating sustainable, diverse, and vibrant cities. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.
It is apparent early on in conversation with District 7 City Council candidate Michael George that he loves cities, but the dedicated urbanite and co-founder of Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle (PBDS), also professes to be fond of wild spaces too. "I'm an 'up not out' environmentalist," George said. "Living...
Home Now is a compelling mix of art and activism that invites viewers to make a human-to-human connection with their unhoused neighbors. It was time for the outdoor viewing for Home Now, an innovative photography exhibit on display at the Impact Hub in Pioneer Square. Rachelle Mee-Chapman had prepared a tent...
As Seattle City Council debates legislation that would require additional housing affordability contributions from developers, big questions have emerged about whether efforts to preserve affordable housing would hurt or help. "Naturally occurring affordable housing" has become a buzz word in urban planning and policy circles in recent years. It refers...
Most economists dismiss rent control as a "quick fix" but tenant advocates say immediate relief doesn't sound so bad. As the first US state to pass statewide rent control, Oregon has found itself at the vanguard of a new push for housing affordability. Similar to nationwide trends, housing affordability in...
Affordable housing advocates should set their sights on what comes next. Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation passed 8-0 out of the select committee earlier this week, signifying that the legislation will likely be approved by a full council vote on March 18th. Nearly all of the proposed amendments that...
The final public hearing on citywide implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) was long and contentious. Hundreds of speakers waited for hours to present their two-minute testimony on legislation that would increase upzones in exchange for affordable housing creation--6,000 affordable homes are projected the first decade alone. At the public...
Alice Ball Park in Greenwood and the Urban Triangle Park in South Lake Union will bring new green space, pedestrian connections, and a dash of history to growing neighborhoods. This spring one of Seattle's newest parks is expected to be completed on the former site of a pub and mini-mart....
As the City Council debates Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) amendments in the lead up to next Thursday's big public hearing on MHA, the Seattle Planning Commission (SPC), an appointed board that advises on broad planning goals, policies, and plans, is currently advocating for two proposed amendments to the City...