The Housing Activism Divide

Every Seattlelite sees the immense physical change in their local neighborhood, and most feel the rapid rise in cost of housing from hundreds of workers moving the region every day. As members are displaced to southern suburbs and the streets, the loss of community has run toe-to-toe with the places of memory being written over […]

Accessibility

Universal accessibility in the built environment fundamentally changes how the differently bodied are able to live, and should be a paramount concern of planners and architects. Instead of just meeting ADA-compliance, this can foster inclusivity of and grant full rights to all people. Disability studies has an interesting place in urbanism: it can’t lose itself […]

Stop the Sweeps in Seattle

In November 2015, Seattle mayor Ed Murray announced a state of emergency on homelessness (Beekman and Broom, 2015). The housing crisis is the reality of our tech booming city, where since 2012 median rent has increased by 45% (Zillow, 2016) and the number of people living outside has increased from nearly 2,600 to over 4,500 […]

People try to survive as Mayor Murray lies

The Neoliberal City Cannot Be a Sanctuary

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Seattle’s mayor and city council held a sorrow but reaffirming press conference to express the city’s strong values, and that its institutions will do what they can to offer sanctuary from the hostile regime to refugees, women, and undocumented immigrants. Mayor Ed Murray expressed, “I want to […]

It’s tokenism without doing more

Seattle has a responsibility to its unhoused residents, and sweeps aren’t the way

Our economy and community have left 10,000 Seattlelites without the basic right of a home, a fact that should create empathy and solidarity. Addressing the issue by curtailing any attempt to gain a secure living situation only causes more harm, while wasting money and time by chasing homelessness from place to place. The city doesn’t […]

Environmental justice globally will be fought for with local movements

Institutional coercion prevents the most pressing issue facing the world from being addressed. The public is disallowed from even understanding it. Propaganda from corporate interests distorts and obscures climate change while those with no power suffer. However, there is hope in local communities that have formed around fighting for environmental justice. Climate change will ultimately […]

Only ST3 can bring freedom of mobility to Seattle

Freedom of mobility comes from our trust in not having to think about it, and presently in Seattle, no all-encompassing mode of transportation earns it. When well designed, there is a certain magic to the guarantee that within minutes of arriving to a well-lit area with understandable signage, you’ll be affordably taken wherever you need to go, with dedicated right of way reassuring no delays.

Let’s build a better city

The ramifications of building suburban rapid transit in Seattle

A preliminary decision on the specific lines and stations included in ST3, Sound Transit’s 25 year plan for Link Light Rail expansion on the November ballot, has been announced. ST2, approved in 2008, is finishing up with the new East Link line from Seattle to Bellevue and Redmond in 2023, and extending the current Central […]

The region’s housing, environment, and transit issues are serious, and ST3’s light rail extensions alone aren’t enough to fix them

Apple v. FBI: neither love you

Since iOS 8, iPhones have been fully encrypted, requiring a passcode that only the user has access to to make the device’s files legible. A work-owned iPhone 5C used by a perpetrator was recovered from December’s San Bernardino mass shooting, and while authorities have been given access to the iCloud online backups, the FBI claims […]

We can’t rely on corporations or governments for social justice

Seattle’s New First Hill Street Car

Seattle’s new First Hill Street Car (FHSC) finally went into service last month after facing indefinite delays, and its introductory free period ended. The modern trolley takes riders from Jackson and 2nd in the International District (just a block off from the southern terminus of Seattle’s former Waterfront line) to Broadway and Pike in Capitol Hill, […]

Trolleys are back–but are they actually better than buses?