Overview of SR-520 in Seattle, courtesy of WSDOT.
Overview of SR-520 in Seattle, courtesy of WSDOT.

A symbiotic relationship: A look at how food trucks and taprooms go hand-in-hand.

Lipstick on a pig: The Washington State Department of Transportation have released their final designs for SR-520 through Seattle; the plan is still universally awful for pedestrians, transit, and bicyclists. You still have an opportunity to comment.

Back to school: Maybe a Downtown Seattle school isn’t dead, Seattle Public Schools supports the federal building location.

Councilmembers call it quits: Last week, Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen said that they won’t run for reelection.

Soaring high: You’d have to look under rocks to find people who don’t want more light rail; great news for Sound Transit 3!

A building is saved: The Landmarks Board has protected the former home of REI and The Stranger.

A big slide: Slide The City is coming to Seattle for summer 2015. Yes, a huge, 1000-foot slide! Get your tickets early, and cheap.

Labor hate: South Carolina’s governor attacks a labor union movement amongst Boeing employees in the state.

Bike racism: Apparently “biking while black” is a real thing that cops look out for.

Global employment change: Definitely the map of the week, a quick look at the global employment market.

Know the difference: How to tell whether a train line is a street car or light rail.

Micro housing goodness: In Seoul, they know how to make small spaces work well.

Getting to the airport: A comprehensive rundown of when to take transit or cab to the airport.

Residency required: Maybe it’s time to consider residency requirements for cops if only so they reflect the values of the communities that they serve.

Service change: The Seattle Police Department is dropping Eastlake and picking up First Hill for the East Precinct.

Chill out: Yes, the suburbs aren’t dying, but that’s because they’re not all the same (think Bellevue and Redmond–dense, diverse, multi-modal, and growing).

Charleston struggles: The city is having a tough time with new development fitting in with the older, historic ones.

Funded mandates: State legislators hope to pass a constitutional restriction on initiatives so that they can’t contain unfunded mandates.

Ruston annexation: A developer in Ruston, the small town adjacent to Tacoma, wants the City of Tacoma to annex their land because Ruston officials won’t play ball.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.