Pike Place Market staff working hard, courtesy of Elsie Lin.

Saving history: Two buildings made the cut for historic preservation status.

Too posh to understand: Tom Douglas backs down from surcharge for higher minimum wage after making a big stink earlier this week about it.

Dear landlord: A heartfelt letter to the new landlords imploring them to hear the human side of things, not just the dollars and cents.

Keeping wages low: How the Legislature killed the minimum wage bill.

Home on Bellingham Bay: The Port of Bellingham finally is getting waterfront redevelopment, meet Harcourt.

Hey bros, grow up: Dan Savage of The Stranger tells Cap Hill folks to get constructive, embrace urbanism.

On the brink: California goes all in and places hefty water restrictions on municipal water systems. But the effort may just be in vain.

Mount Baker redesign: The intersection at Mount Baker Station in the Rainier Valley could see a huge, sweeping redesign; one that the neighborhood absolutely deserves.

Mapping the competition: Amsterdam is harnessing the power of interactive mapping to highlight their startup business culture to, well, attract business, and here’s why.

April Fools’: The interwebz got a little bit absurd for April Fools’ Day.

The gender pay gap: A fantastic visualization on the gender pay gap globally.

We can do betterA case study into flawed street design.

Getting it done: SDOT will install 10 new taxi stands this year and wants your input. The agency is also re-timing lights in Downtown Seattle.

Youch: Bloomberg Business gives the failing WSDOT-backed tunnel project a serious bruising.

Setting the price: Three reasons why we should be pricing parking right.

More coal: Washington Republicans want to subsidize coal.

No Trans-Pacific Partnership: Local leaders are in opposition to the President’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

More options for tent cities: The Seattle City Council approved legislation that would allow tent cities in a wider area of the city, including residential neigbhorhoods.

It pays to be green: A Texas city went 100% green for the energy source, but not for the environment.

Increasing wages: Seattle’s new minimum wage rules went in effect on April 1, no joke!

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.