Scott Bonjukian

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Scott Bonjukian is a car-free urban designer with a passion for sustainable and efficient cities. With degrees in architecture and urban planning, his many interests include neighborhood design, public space and street design, transit systems, pedestrian and bicycle planning, local politics, and natural resource protection. He primarily cross-posts from his blog at The Northwest Urbanist and advocates for a variety of progressive land use and transportation solutions.
Editor's Note: This is Part 2 in a three-part series on measuring the success of Seattle's urban village strategy. For background on the report, see our primer in Part 1, and then then take a look at some of the indicators in Part 3. In this article, Scott takes a look...
Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 in a three-part series on measuring the success of Seattle’s urban village strategy. For the the 22 independent indicators, see Part 2 and Part 3. In this article, Scott distills down some key background details from the report. Correction: The SSNAP report has been updated to correct statistics on...
I don't really care for football. In fact, I take issue with its non-profit status and insistence on public financing for private stadiums. But I do appreciate its contribution to a community spirit that has enlivened Seattle and the entire Pacific Northwest over the last few years (along with...
Lake City Way is an arterial street in northeast Seattle that has been chronically unsafe for all users. It's also a State highway, so features beyond sidewalks and beg buttons for people walking are mostly an afterthought. The numbers show it: a multi-agency effort that began in 2007 collected...
On Tuesday, the Seattle City Council transportation committee voted to approve an increase in the number of free-floating carshare permits and operators. This would primarily benefit car2go, the German company whose blue-and-white mini cars are rented on a per minute basis. Up from 350 vehicles beginning in 2012, the...
As planned, this week the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) began installing a temporary protected bike lane (PBL) on Roosevelt Way NE between NE 45th Street and the University Bridge. Dawn Schellenberg, community engagement liaison at SDOT, says it should be completed later this week. The interim improvements include closing...
Interstate 5, like freeways everywhere, is a real barrier between Seattle’s U-District and Wallingford neighborhoods. Currently there are only four street connections between the two, down from 12 before the freeway was built.  Recent discussions at community meetings have brought up the idea of a pedestrian-bicycle bridge over the...
Editor's note: This is a two-part article cross-posted from The Northwest Urbanist, see Part 1. Yesterday, Scott covered the points of aesthetics and accessibility, and costs and funding. A group of Seattle residents called Park My Viaduct is campaigning to convert the city's waterfront freeway into a linear park, akin...