Owen Pickford

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Owen does servicing and consulting for a software company to pay the bills. He has an amateur interest in urban policy, focusing on housing. His primary mode is a bicycle but isn't ashamed of riding down the hill and taking the bus back up. Feel free to tweet at him: @pickovven.
Today we're kicking off our fall subscriber drive. The Urbanist was founded as an all-volunteer organization and has operated that way for most of our five-year history. Despite a proud list of accomplishments, it's become more and more apparent that we need paid staff. To that end, we're working...
If you need space in front of the Capitol Hill light rail station--and you're not a bike or streetcar--contact the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). SDOT staff communicated to Seattle City Light that it could proceed with plans to install electric chargers. In emails and in-person, SDOT indicated there's...
The Urbanist strives to be good stewards of your donations, delivering high value for the price of a small ongoing donation. This is more and more important as we as a society struggle to fund journalism amidst attacks on its legitimacy, layoffs, and declining revenue. You can read about...
In 2018, The Urbanist notched one of the biggest accomplishments since its inception. We brought on a paid, part-time Operations and Development Manager. Our volunteers worked thousands of hours in 2018 to fulfill our mission and affect policy. However, our capacity fluctuates wildly, since we depend almost entirely on...
The Urbanist is approaching its fifth anniversary. From the start, we've wanted to help shape a better city for all. We know building a better city won't happen with one campaign or election. It will require time and perseverance. Most importantly, it will require institutions with strong values, designed...
In one month, the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes to vehicles as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) begins a three week process of connecting SR-99 to its brand spanking new $3.3 billion (and counting) tunnel. Worsening congestion appears inevitable but execution of non-car investment has been lacking, as...

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Seventeen years ago today, I was riding home with high school friends, sitting in the backseat of an old station wagon. While turning left at an intersection, we were hit by a box truck. The feeling of autumn compounds the mood I get from this memory--its fuzzy edges and...
Last year we conducted our first fundraising drive and saw a tremendous amount of support. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who has made donations! And we hope readers continue to donate. These donations, coupled with advertising revenue and walking tour revenue, has made it possible to hire our...