Seattleite’s have experienced a rapid rise in housing cost over the past six years. Hundreds of people move here every day, with only half the number of homes built that are needed to accommodate them. Still, immense physical change has happened in many of our local neighborhoods. As more folks are displaced to southern suburbs […]
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 […]
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
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
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 […]
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
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?
INTRODUCTION Capitalism, a system that relies on the exploitation and inequality of people and causes oligarchy, is not functioning, and if we don’t drastically change it, further climate destruction, automation, and financial meltdown/austerity cycles will lead to dystopic catastrophe. Many bourgeois thinkers will state that capitalism is the best of all the bad systems. This […]
Earth needs a system that promotes art and science, solves climate change, and offers voice and equality to all
Following every mass shooting, a polarized and contentious media frenzy debates gun control, with one side responding to tragedy with a celebration of rights, and the other finding the continued inaction of Congress disgusting. The Democrats are homogeneously in favor of any measure to reduce civilian gun prevalence they can pass, while the Republicans are […]
Last Friday, Netflix debuted its latest original series, Master of None, starring and created by Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari. Following Ansari’s Dev, a late 20s commercial actor living in New York, the 10 episode, half hour show brings us a different social issue to focus on in each episode. Through a deeply personal lens of Ansari, it’s perhaps the most culturally aware show I’ve ever seen.