Shaun Kuo

96 POSTS 33 COMMENTS
Shaun Kuo is a junior editor at The Urbanist and a recent graduate from the UW's Jackson School. He is a Seattle native that has lived in Wallingford, Northgate, and Lake Forest Park. He enjoys exploring the city by bus and foot.
Underway in the Eastside is an effort to unify isolated railway-turned trails into a regionally unrivaled trail. Named Eastrail in 2019, the planned trail network could eventually create an uninterrupted 42-mile trail -- more than double the Burke-Gilman Trail -- connecting Renton and Snohomish via Bellevue, Kirkland, and Woodinville....
In January, the Shoreline City Council voted to place a park improvement and park land acquisition bond measure on the April 27, 2021 special election ballot. If approved, Proposition 1 would replace the expiring $18,795,000 15-year park improvement bond. The new bonding measure would specifically allow the issuance of...
Last week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) shared planned September service changes to the City's bus network once the new Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) kicks in later this year. The biggest change is the addition of new Route 20 running from Lake City to Northgate Station and...
A new triangular shaped six-story apartment building at dusk.
Outside its light rail station areas, Shoreline has seen a noticeable bump in apartment planning, permitting, and construction in the past few years. Upwards of 5,000 new apartments are either in the works or have been built in last couple of years. As prescribed by the suburban city's zoning...
Streets Closed sign in Youngstown bars access to the West Seattle Bridge. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
The West Seattle High Rise Bridge safety project has made progress since Mayor Jenny Durkan's announcement to repair, rather than replace, the West Seattle Bridge. In early January, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews finished phase one stabilization repairs to the West Seattle Bridge. This moved the project from...
A rendering of the reception area of the community center.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has reopened the South Lake Union Community Center open house. This community center comes out of the Mercer Megablock deal, in which Alexandria Real Estate Equities' bid of $143.5 million, 175 affordable homes, and a community center won them 2.86 acres of highly-coveted City-owned land...
A very busy Capitol Hill Station with arrived trains.
The executive board of the Puget Sound Region Council (PSRC) received an update on the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) from agency planner Kelly McGourty last month. The plan will build from the Vision 2050, the October 2020 passage of which was covered by The Urbanist. In his article,...
A view of development along SR-7 in Pierce County. (Google Maps)
In October, the Pierce County Council adopted updates to the community plans of Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill that should encourage denser development near the planned Pacific Avenue bus rapid transit (BRT) line. These communities were outlined in a 2016 "Urban Communities of Pierce" report that called for...