The “Visions of Wallingford” project poses a question: “How does a neighborhood learn?” It’s one that strikes me as both fascinating and important.  It’s important because in Seattle the city government has traditionally given geographically defined “neighborhoods” pride of place in city planning. The 1990s neighborhood planning process has had a profound effect on Wallingford through the present day. A “comprehensive plan update” aiming to shape Seattle through 2035 has already started. It’s...

Sunday Video: Can Freight Rail and Passenger Rail Coexist?

Freight rail companies usually don't like to play ball with passenger rail operators in North America and that has severe impacts on...
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Housing Abundance and Affordability Social Hour with Tech 4 Housing

The Urbanist and Tech 4 Housing are hosting a social gathering at the Pine Box, August 16th, 5:30-7pm to talk about how...

Breaking Down the New Seattle City Council Map Proposal

Magnolia is getting split in two in the first official proposal (interactive map here) from the redistricting commission deciding the borders for...

Jumps in Rent Underscore Need for Rent Stabilization in Washington

Rent stabilization and ending apartment bans, a match made in heaven. Rents are going up, and almost no one is being spared. Even...

Kirkland to Study the Future of Pedestrianized Park Lane

In June of 2020, the Kirkland City Council voted to create more space for restaurants and other businesses by closing one block...
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How to Rescue South Bellevue Station from Suburban Asphyxiation

From a transit-oriented development perspective, in the nearly $3.7 billion East Link light rail extension, the most shameful station area, by far,...

Transpo Notes: Digital Ads Arriving, Security Incidents Trends, and Pessimistic Service...

This Transpo Notes roundup touches on a mix of transit stories, including: New digital advertising screens appearing at Link stations;Security incident trends on...

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In this episode, professional educator and managing editor Natalie Argerious tolerates my raving parent commentary about the 2021-2022 public school year. The kids have...

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Housing Abundance and Affordability Social Hour with Tech 4 Housing

The Urbanist and Tech 4 Housing are hosting a social gathering at the Pine Box, August 16th, 5:30-7pm to talk about how we can...

Ambitious Planning and a Decade of Growth Are Transforming Downtown Bothell

Downtown Bothell is a growing city center with a unique history that defies many suburban stereotypes, while still running up against the challenges of...

Celebrate People Streets in Bothell with The Urbanist and BoPOP

Opening streets to people is a wonderful to enliven any city. Next Friday, July 29th, The Urbanist and BoPOP (Bothellites for People Orientated Places)...

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