Monday, 3 August, 2020

Ryan Packer

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Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill & has been writing for the blog since 2015. He reports on multimodal transportation issues, #visionzero, preservation, and local politics. He believes in using Seattle's history to help attain the vibrant, diverse city that we all wish to inhabit.
Former Mayor Mike McGinn is an urbanist who is deeply informed by his sense of place, drawing inspiration from his home neighborhood of Greenwood. Formed by being on the periphery of the city limits, Greenwood still bears the structures that define a modern urban neighborhood and those that show...
Airport way in Georgetown. (Photo by Stephen Jackson)
After months of seeking feedback, King County Metro has finalized a proposal—with the King County Council's transportation committee—to reconfigure the entire bus network in Southeast Seattle in order to provide a direct connection between Martin Luther King Blvd S and the International District. The constituency that has mobilized to pressure...
When the City Council approved the purchase of the assets of the Pronto bikeshare system in March, an amendment was introduced by Councilmember Mike O’Brien to hinge the expansion of the system in 2017 on the moving forward of five segments of protected bike lanes that are currently planned...
On Saturday morning, residents of northeast and central Seattle woke up to find dozens of bus routes reoriented. These changes were negotiated, advocated for, protested against, and screamed about for the past 18 months. With the introduction of two light rail stations that have drastically cut travel times in...
On Monday March 28th, the first weekday of King County Metro's biggest service change in years, South Lake Union will see a pretty big increase in transit service. The South Lake Union Streetcar will be increased to 10-minute frequency from 7 am to 7 pm. RapidRide route C, with...
Seattle's first light rail stations to open since Sea-Tac Station in 2009 open this Saturday March 19th, at 10 a.m. Capitol Hill Station and the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium are at this point opening 6 months ahead of schedule and $200 million under budget. The Urbanist was invited to...
Though most major transportation improvements are funded from the top down, there are a number of funds that the Seattle Department of Transportation has created to allow the community to directly prioritize their own transportation improvements. These funds are mostly directed through the direction of the 13 Neighborhood District...
An interesting new tool is now available on the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)'s website. It's a city map that displays construction-related street impacts happening around major development projects.  The map indicates not only that there's an impact to street use, but also grades the severity of impact to users. Find...