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.
A recently passed Seattle City Council resolution provides recognition of the U District Station Area Mobility Plan, but falls short on specifics for implementation. Standing at the corner of NE 43rd Street and The Ave (University Way NE), it is quickly evident why the...
From filing a failed ethics complaint to accusations of absenteeism, Bowers is waging an aggressive campaign against Councilmember Sawant. On a sunny Saturday morning I had the chance to speak with candidate Logan Bowers about his run for the District 3 council seat....
Supporters hope that the building represents a future in which the African-American community can heal from losses suffered during the controversial "Weed and Seed" years. Last week's ribbon cutting for the new Liberty Bank Building in the Central District featured an impressive list of...
Seattle teens are part of an international youth movement calling on governments to do more to combat climate change. On the first organized "Friday for the Future" strike, a small group of Seattle teen climate activists gathered on the steps leading to Seattle City...
With Mandatory Housing Affordability in place in all urban villages, Seattleites are seeking additional answers for how to decrease displacement of low-income residents. At the beginning of a recent "lunch and learn" session devoted to the topic of displacement at the City Council chamber,...
The bills' signage marks the end of a long fight by housing advocates to get affordability requirements enshrined in Seattle law. Before a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed legislation authorizing "citywide" implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) into law yesterday March...
For the last year and a half, Seattle City Council candidate Cathy Tuttle has been traveling the world and consulting on topics related to urban planning. Major projects included a stint in Hawaii, where Tuttle spent two weeks on each of the four major islands studying the...
Today Seattle City Council is voting on "citywide" implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a form of inclusionary zoning from which single family zones outside of designated Urban Villages are exempt. Looking back at the events that have led to this moment one thing is certain: nothing...