What Pike Street could become, courtesy of CHS.
What Pike Street could become, courtesy of CHS.

Bike lane biz: The full business case for making bike lanes by taking over parking spaces.

Ch-ch-changes: The STB continues their look at potential Metro bus changes for light rail with Capitol Hill and First Hill, SR-520/Crosslake, and Downtown/SLU/Uptown.

Street safety: West Seattle will get safety changes on SW 35th Ave, but bike lanes likely won’t be part of it.

Reparked: What you could fit in 93,000 parking spaces in Atlanta? ATL Urbanist has a few ideas.

Family sized: DC is looking at incentive zoning to get more family sized units throughout the city.

Successful parklets: A look at why some parklets work better than others.

Deliver it: New York City has been encouraging late-night deliveries for freight, and it’s been hugely successful for parties of interest. DC wants to be next in piloting a similar program.

Brand new house: SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole is cleaning house and overhauling the department.

Get your culture on: There are a host of St. Patrick’s Day events and Jewish films this week.

Keeping it affordable: Capitol Hill Housing has managed to make an agreement for 50 years of affordable housing at Squire Park PlaceThe Stranger talks about what we could do right now to help low-income renters.

Rain messages: Next time you’re walking in the rain, you might just see a message appear on the street.

Microhousing Korean style: Who knew? Bubble tea inspired this microhousing project in Seoul, Korea.

Maps of the week: Watch the railway system in the US disappear overnightsee the historic travel times across the country by train, and find out where all the global super rich are.

Cap Hill green street: The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce wants to explore an option to make a stretch of Pike/Pine pedestrian-only.

Now testing: CHS has details on testing for the First Hill Streetcar.

Suburban economics: Auto costs and home costs are one reason why the suburbs are so appealing, but it’s probably more nuanced than you think.

More convention space: The Washington State Convention Center is planning a big expansion which could top $1 billion.

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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.