Plans and Policy

Edmonds City Council Rejects Grant to Study Missing Middle Housing

Last week, the Edmonds City Council voted to tell the city's mayor, Mike Nelson, and city staff not to proceed with accepting a "middle...

WSDOT Skips Real Climate Analysis in its Highway System Plan Update

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is in the process of updating its Highway System Plan right now. Refreshed every decade or so,...

Can Sound Transit Salvage Excellent Seattle Light Rail from Messy Early Plans?

Stakeholders are demanding more information from Sound Transit, as is the Harrell Administration, as it unveils its alignment preferences. Sound Transit is planning Seattle's light...

Central Puget Sound Adopts Regional Transportation Plan with an Eye Toward 2030

On Thursday, the Puget Sound Regional Council's general assembly, which consists of representatives of nearly every county, city, town, and tribal government in the...

Stanwood Mulls ‘Strong Towns’ Style Main Street Makeover

Stanwood, a fast-growing town 25 miles north of Everett, is considering overhauling its main street to embrace walkability and good old fashioned main street...

Mercer Island Set to Renew Development Moratorium for Fourth Time in Two Years

On Tuesday evening, Mercer Island's City Council is poised to renew a moratorium that prevents the redevelopment of parcels in the southeast corner of...

Urban Planning’s Three Basic Errors

A good amount of the work that we do here at The Urbanist involves pointing out where the region's governance and foresight are lacking....

Seattle Passes on Big Transportation Grant Opportunities for 2022

In mid-April, the U.S. Department of Transportation stopped accepting applications for one of its signature federal funding programs: the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability...