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Hacks & Wonks

Dec 4, 2021

Today on the show, the oft quoted Doug Trumm, Executive Director of The Urbanist, joins Crystal to discuss the widespread popular support for pedestrian only streets and protected bike lanes and bus lanes in Seattle, the precinct-level turnout results from the 2021 election, whether Bellevue will actually be ready for the business boom that it has long courted, the Washington State Supreme Court’s decision to make no decision on redistricting, and the Kshama Sawant recall election (ballots are due Tuesday, December 7th). 


As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at

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“Pedestrian Streets, Protected Bike Lanes, and Bus Lanes are Popular, NPI Poll Shows” by Natalie Bicknell Argerious from The Urbanist 


“Despite Its Bluster, Bellevue Is Ill-Prepared for Amazon Boom” by Doug Trumm from The Urbanist 


“WA Supreme Court decides not to get involved in redistricting” by Melissa Santos from Crosscut 


“Critics call for reform of WA redistricting process after commission failure” by Melissa Santos from Crosscut 


“Strong early turnout in Sawant recall with one week of voting to go” from the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog 


"Everything You Need to Know About the Sawant Recall" by Hannah Krieg from The Stranger


“The Recall Sawant debate” from the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog 


“Nearly $1M pours in from each side in Seattle Councilmember Sawant’s recall” by Sarah Grace Taylor from The Seattle Times 





Transcript will be uploaded as soon as possible.