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“All Lands, All Hands, All Together” effort could make a dent in housing crisis. Too many people are feeling it right now – that quiet panic, that lack of certainty, that restless stress.  Washington is deep in the midst of a housing crisis, and far too many of our neighbors are struggling to pay their rent, stretching to keep up with their mortgage, or searching for a reliable roof over their...

Mosqueda Urges Sound Transit to Modify Delridge Light Rail Route to...

Sound Transit is months away from selecting a final route for the West Seattle Link Extension project. One King County Councilmember is asking for additional options to be looked at that could reduce business displacement.
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Op-Ed: Washington Needs Bigger Amtrak Cascades Upgrades on a Faster Timeline

WSDOT is mulling boosting Amtrak Cascades service to 16 daily runs, but none of its options tackle the speed and reliability improvements to truly unlock the corridor's potential. A survey open through April 18 is an opportunity to push in that direction.

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If you’ve been waiting for this as long as we have, please join us to celebrate, ride East Link, and come hang out at our afterparty at Goose Pub for beverages and food with fellow urbanists.
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Join The Urbanist for Our Monthly Meetup on April 18

Our in-person meetup is at Stoup Capitol Hill every third Thursday of the month from 5:30pm to 7ish. On April 18, we'll again discuss the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.

A Deep Dive on the 15 Corridor Upgrades in Seattle’s Draft...

The transportation levy proposed this month by the Harrell Administration would overhaul at least 15 corridors around the city. Here's what's on the table when it comes to changes on those streets.

Heroes and Zeroes of the 2024 Washington State Legislature

Check out our top ten lawmakers who distinguished themselves for good and bad from the 2024 session of the Washington State Legislature.

First Look at South Bellevue Station, East Link’s Temporary Terminus

Service starts April 27 on eight light rail stations on the Eastside as part of the 2 Line. This week, Sound Transit offered a preview inside South Bellevue Station.

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Join The Urbanist for an East Link Opening Party

If you’ve been waiting for this as long as we have, please join us to celebrate, ride East Link, and come hang out at our afterparty at Goose Pub for beverages and food with fellow urbanists.
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Join The Urbanist for Our Monthly Meetup on April 18

Our in-person meetup is at Stoup Capitol Hill every third Thursday of the month from 5:30pm to 7ish. On April 18, we'll again discuss the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.
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The Urbanist’s new Local Events Calendar is the one-stop shop for finding events from a variety of organizations across the region. Readers can subscribe to the calendar so they never miss an opportunity to connect.

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First Look at South Bellevue Station, East Link’s Temporary Terminus

Service starts April 27 on eight light rail stations on the Eastside as part of the 2 Line. This week, Sound Transit offered a preview inside South Bellevue Station.

Bellevue City Council All But Abandons ‘Bike Bellevue’ Network

By being crystal clear that most councilmembers don't support reallocating existing street space to create new bike corridors, the Bellevue City Council effectively rejected the network its transportation department created.

Bellevue Official Cleared in Bike Bellevue Ethics Complaint

Franz Loewenherz, a longtime employee of Bellevue's transportation department, has been cleared of wrongdoing after an ethics investigation into his work on Bike Bellevue. The complaint was made by a project opponent, who did succeed in causing a minor delay.

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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.

Op-Ed: Growth Plan Fails to Put Enough Housing for Workers in...

Cloud City Coffee is an anchor in the Maple Leaf business district. Seattle's growth plan isn't what the city needs to allow its employees to live close by.

Op-Ed: Six Ways to Improve Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan

Suggestions to improve the One Seattle plan include allow bigger buildings, embrace transit-oriented development, and jettison parking requirements. We can create a Seattle that pulls the working class in rather than pushing them out.

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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...

Guest Podcast: Recycling America’s Railroads into Trails

The Urbanist Podcast is on summer break so we thought we'd share with you a guest podcast on a topic near and dear to...
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The Urbanist Podcast: All About 2023 Primary Endorsements

Primary election ballots are arriving in the mail and due by August 1st. In the run up The Urbanist Elections Committee has been hard...

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