Environment & Sustainability

What If You Didn’t Have to Drive a Car?

Even if you don’t drive a car, you know gas prices are high right now in the United States. Some states have already committed...
A white SUV next to a charging port.

City Light Adds to Waterfront ‘Bait-and-Switch’ with Belltown Surface Parking Lot Proposal

Last month The Urbanist detailed how Seattle City Light is moving forward with plans to install new surface parking lots with electric vehicle (EV)...
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Bellevue Council Update: An Important Restart for Wilburton Transit Oriented Development Planning

With a unanimous vote on Monday evening, Bellevue City Council directed staff to initiate the planning process for a massive rezone of the Wilburton...

Superyachts Push Ballard Bridges Soaring to New Heights

A Coast Guard vertical clearance determination dealt a blow to elevated light rail options for Ballard Link, giving tunnel alternatives a boost -- not...

Leaders Push I-5 Expansion in Nisqually Valley, But Climate Consequences Appear Dire

On Monday, Governor Jay Inslee boarded a small boat with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Marilyn Strickland to tour the mouth of the...

Industrial [Parks]: Seattle’s Green Edges

For most folks, their mental image of a city park is somewhat focused, and kinda Victorian. It’s an Olmsted designed rolling green of trees...

The Urbanist Podcast: Trees, Density, and Cities

In this podcast, Ray and I tackle a subject that is much more controversial than it initially appears: trees in cities. The City of...
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Latest IPCC Climate Report Underscores Need for Collaborative Action Among Urbanists

The latest reports from the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment are out and their findings on cities are simply...