Ray Dubicki

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Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.
Rendering of five glassy towers, viewed from above, and lit up among a darkened city.
(From a certain point of view) The Urban Land Institute, the world's largest network of real estate and land use experts, held its fall meeting in Chicago this week. Many attendees participated for their first in-person conference in two years. The group’s updated mission -- to shape the future of...
One year into master plan and environmental review, the real activity is among volunteers offering a new direction for the Talaris site in Northeast Seattle. No progress has been made on permits or environmental review in the year since Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections held its last public comment...
A photo of the Seattle City Hall with tall glass buildings illuminated at dusk in the background.
Parallel to Governor Inslee’s housing stability bridge program and Mayor Durkan’s extension of Seattle’s eviction moratorium, the Seattle City Council passed a series of protections for renters. Among them is an ordinance that allows tenants to avoid eviction due to pandemic related hardship. The actual provision will be in the...
City Council Land Use Committee votes to exempt proposed Interbay site from zoning rules. On Friday, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance that will pave the way for a new Seattle Storm training facility. The mechanism allowing the new gym lifts the...
Lessons from a one-time crown jewel of urban renewal. Recently I got to be a tourist in my hometown. The hard part about going back after a long while away is seeing how badly the current stewards have screwed things up. My visit to Baltimore this summer was the first...
As of Thursday, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) had six days of school and six days of late school buses. It's a local impact of a national school bus driver shortage. Around town, the shortage is getting less short but it’s still pretty noxious. On the first day of school...
The Port of Seattle and the Seattle waterfront. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
For over a year, committees of local business and labor representatives have been working to develop a strategy for Seattle’s industrial and maritime lands. Given a pandemic and some other stuff going on in the city, it wasn’t a particularly high-stature initiative. In many ways, dozens of meetings over...
A triplex in Magnolia. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
How Federal Subsidy of Loan Interest Rates Block Missing Middle Housing Earlier in the pandemic, I was searching around Zillow. Looking at houses was a fair alternative to doomscrolling Reddit. One evening, I came across a building for sale. Interesting place in our neighborhood with a couple apartment units and...