What We’re Reading: An Alternative Seattle Subway

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The newly proposed Westside Seattle Transit Tunnel, courtesy of Seattle Subway.
The newly proposed Westside Seattle Transit Tunnel, courtesy of Seattle Subway.

Stopping displacement: How expensive new housing reduces displacement of low-income housing.

A protected class: Hartford, Connecticut wants to kick out a non-traditional family because of neighbor concerns.

Super green: Brooklyn, NY gets its first truly sustainable housing development that passes Passive House standards.

Capping rents: Seattle may pass regulations to restrict rent prices ($) on new microhousing units.

Calling it quits: Sally Clark is the latest sitting city councilmember to declare retirement from City Hall.

Map of the week: Oran plays with new frequent transit maps for Seattle based upon Prop 1.

Russian bomb: The Winter Olympics weren’t all the were cracked up to be, Russia has two transportation white elephants.

Too much parking: Despite the sensationalist stories on parking in Seattle media this week, the city has way too much parking, and that’s a problem.

Supporting the linkage fee: One major developer is completely behind the imposition of a linkage fee on new development.

Bad signage: Freeway-style signage makes streets less safe for all.

Fairer tolling: NYC could institute tolls across all bridges in the city to right a wrong, and boost funding for transit.

Low blow: How Bertha managed to beat out the surface option as a replacement to the Viaduct.

Incremental Seattle Subway: A new option is being floated to create a rail-convertible tunnel for buses in Downtown Seattle running somewhat parallel to the current transit tunnel. It’s called the “Westside Seattle Transit Tunnel”.

Getting nerdy: Transitmix becomes even more useful for those nerdy transit service planners with a pro version.

The Central Greenway: Work is starting on the Central Greenway, which should create some really safe pathways for bicyclists.

Vertical farming: A story about a Wyoming farm that could really trailblaze the whole greenhouse, urban farming movement.

Ballard Bridge problem: Peddler Brewing took some very clever footage to show the challenges that the Ballard Bridge poses to people biking and walking.

Doing something right: Minneapolis has managed to really balance affordability, opportunity, and wealth, but what’s the secret to this success?

Bike lanes in B’vue: Look out, new bike lanes are coming to Bellevue on 116th Ave NE.

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Stephen is an urban planner 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. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.