Ballot Measures

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The Urbanist Podcast: An Ambitious New Plan to Create Social Housing in Seattle

In this podcast episode, Ray and I discuss the current proposed ballot initiative to create a public development authority (PDA) that would be tasked...
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Appeal Denied: Compassion Seattle’s Charter Amendment is Dead

CA 29 is over, but the debate over how to end homelessness is not A three-judge panel from the Washington State Court of Appeals has...

Compassion Seattle Fires Back as Charter Amendment Faces Second Lawsuit

Seattle voters wait for a judicial decision that will determine if the controversial city charter amendment critics call an unfunded mandate masquerading as a...
Senior Paster Robert Jeffrey Sr. stands with Councilmember Sawant and three supporters in the background at a press conference calling for reparations for New Hope church.

Sawant, Black Faith Leaders Call for Reparations to Rectify Seattle’s Racist Housing Practices

Update: Since this article was initially published, Councilmember Kshama Sawant has formally submitted a resolution calling on the City to "support community demands to...

Sunday Video: Marijuana Legalization and Drug Decriminalization Did Well This Year

https://youtu.be/To8PwGTMBoY Marijuana legalization and drug decriminalization took a big leap forward this year. Arrests and prosecution of drug possession and sale has been disproportionate, but...

The Patchwork City: What Gaps and Overlaps in City Boundaries Tell Us about Values

I. Those Left Out: Skyway and Bryn Mawr It is budget season. Throughout Washington, cities are creating budgets that reflect the dual impacts of pandemic...
Riders board the RapidRide E, which gets a big boost from the STBD, on Third Avenue in Downtown Seattle. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Call to Action: Save Transit, Contact Seattle Council to Double STBD Funding

The Seattle City Council will decide the fate of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) on July 27th. The Urbanist has partnered with Seattle...

King County Council Shelves Transit Ballot Measure Plans Amid Coronavirus Worries

King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci announced yesterday that the County would not be advancing plans to run a transit package ballot measure in...