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A 2.2 acre strip mall property purchased by Kirkland in 2022 is seen as a big opportunity for the city to create community space and expand housing while serving as a catalysis in a neighborhood oozing potential.

Sunday Video: A Way To Fix Portland’s Very Slow Light Rail

Anyone who has ridden the TriMet's MAX light rail in Portland knows that it is undeniably slow through the city center. Recee...

Sound Transit Doubling Sounder North Service This Fall with Four Runs/Day

Sound Transit's Sounder N Line between Everett and Seattle will see four round trips starting September 14, finally returning to pre-pandemic levels of service.

Metro Flex Shuttles Launch in Delridge/South Park on July 22

Metro Flex on-demand shuttle service is expanding to Delridge and South Park starting on Monday, July 22. The expansion is funded by $1.2 million in Seattle Transit Measure funds.
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SLU Decision Points to Uphill Battle for Chinatown Station Advocates

The Sound Transit board showed it was taking delay costs seriously in rejecting late changes to the South Lake Union's Ballard Link stations. However, that principle could indicate a harder path to resurrect Chinatown's 4th Avenue station, based on how the board has designed the process.

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The Urbanist Elections Committee is proud to unveil our 2024 Primary endorsements, headlined by Ryan Mello's exciting bid for Pierce County Executive. This slate of urbanists is poised to make a difference.

King County Plans to Close Transit Center Restrooms Despite Promising Pilot

A pilot program offering public restrooms at two King County Metro transit centers is in jeopardy of being terminated. High costs associated with full-time security are primarily to blame.

Bellevue Won’t Even Study Bel-Red Road Changes to Protect People Biking

Safety-focused changes to busy Bel-Red Road, an unavoidable corridor for many Bellevue residents, were taken off the table by a 3-2 vote of the Bellevue Transportation Commission last week.

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Join us at our monthly meetup tomorrow, June 27th at 5:30pm at Stoup Capitol Hill. No RSVP needed — just bring your ideas and enthusiasm.
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Join Us Wednesday at Ride Transit Month Social at Olmstead

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5th from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Olmstead in Capitol Hill for a party to kick off Ride Transit Month.
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Join The Urbanist for Our Monthly Meetup on May 16

The Urbanist's monthly meetup is 5:30pm Thursday at Stoup Capitol Hill. This month's event is part of Affordable Housing Week.

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Kirkland Advances Catalyst Project for ’10-Minute Neighborhood’ Near Houghton

A 2.2 acre strip mall property purchased by Kirkland in 2022 is seen as a big opportunity for the city to create community space and expand housing while serving as a catalysis in a neighborhood oozing potential.

Bellevue Won’t Even Study Bel-Red Road Changes to Protect People Biking

Safety-focused changes to busy Bel-Red Road, an unavoidable corridor for many Bellevue residents, were taken off the table by a 3-2 vote of the Bellevue Transportation Commission last week.

Coalition Urges Bellevue City Council to Ramp Up Road Safety Spending

With Bellevue backsliding on many of its prior commitments to improve safety and multimodal connectivity, a coalition of advocates are trying to get things back on track. The group is seeking bigger investments in the city's next biennial budget.

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Single Family Zones Are Biggest Culprits in Displacement of Black Seattleites

Seattle's single family areas have seen their Black population plummet by 9,126 since 1990. Meanwhile, "urban village" neighborhood have added more than 8,000 Black residents in that span. Why then is low-density zoning expected to blunt displacement?

Will Seattle Embrace Multiplexes in Single Family Zones Despite Weak Proposal?

Seattle needs to allow more housing in today's single family zones if it's serious about its housing crisis. Strict multiplex size restrictions need to go from the Mayor's growth plan.
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Op-Ed: Boost Seattle’s Growth Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis

The path forward is clear: a revised and ambitious Comprehensive Plan that should reform zoning rules and housing policies to allow more homes of all shapes and sizes; and incentivize affordable housing and homeownership.

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Urbanist Publisher Doug Trumm Discusses Transportation Levy on Hacks & Wonks...

The Urbanist’s Publisher Doug Trumm was recently on Crystal Fincher's Hacks and Wonks podcast to discuss the Seattle transportation levy proposal, which came in well short of where safe streets advocates were pushing the mayor to go. The episode is a good primer on the levy debate.
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Urbanist Leader Rian Watt Talks Housing Crisis on Hacks & Wonks...

The Urbanist's Executive Director Rian Watt appeared on Crystal Fincher's Hacks and Wonks podcast on April 9 to talk about the housing crisis. He offered three fixes for the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.
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The Urbanist Podcast: Vote Up to the End

It's time to vote for Seattle City Council, a housing levy, and elected positions all over King County. The Urbanist has published its general...

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