What We’re Reading: Shakespeare’s London, Defining Families, and Saving Amtrak Cascades

Shakespeare's London by Steve James.
Shakespeare’s London by Steve James / Flickr.

Build it and they will come: Copenhagen is planning to build nearly 8,000 bicycle parking spaces at the city’s central train station.

Save Cascades: If Oregon doesn’t pony up some more money, the Portland-to-Eugene train by Amtrak Cascades could disappear. Tell legislators to save it.

Create land trusts: How community land trusts could be one part of the solution to rising housing prices.

Valuable and in short supply: Only 6% of US lands are developed, and here’s why land use values are important when we talk about housing affordability.

More parking wanted?: Councilmember Tom Rasmussen sent a letter to his colleagues stating why he wants a review of parking regulations throughout the city. His goal appears to be increasing parking requirements for new development in light of neighbor complaints in West Seattle.

Calling all transportation nerds: Janette Sadik-Khan is coming to town Wednesday to talk shop, don’t miss out.

North Seattle PBL coming: Seattle is building another protected bike lane on Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle Bike Blog argues that the City should go all in corridor improvements.

Rapidly diversifying: In 78 US counties, minorities now constitute a majority, see where they are.

Slow down!: Why reducing speed limits needs to happen universally, meanwhile, Washington may make the mistake of increasing them (naturally, KING 5 gets wrong on speed and deaths).

Unleash the transfers: Transit transfers are usually a net positive and make networks so much better for riders, two infographics illustrate this best.

Map of the week: Curious about Shakespeare’s London? Then take a walk back in time to 1561 with some great interactive maps.

Clouding up cities: Despite rising urbanism across the country, suburban commuters are still contributing to increased CO2 emissions.

Redefining “family”: In a fit of fury, Bellevue neighbors banned together to oppose families in their neighborhoods. Families are a protected class regardless of situation, but this week the Bellevue City Council adopted an ordinance to ban non-traditional families.

Cite drivers, make streets safer: Over a 4-hour period, 61 people driving get caught for failing to yield to pedestrians at a Portland intersection. Local police have a program to cite people who refuse to yield at unmarked crosswalks.

Taxing carbon: Governor Jay Inslee still was to reduce carbon; voters still support a carbon tax by a wide margin.

In contempt…still: The Senate Republicans continue to play politics over education with their plan for the budget still widely out of compliance with the State Supreme Court’s education decision (McCleary).

Negative development: Not all development is created equal, Smart Growth America has put together a decent way of comparing the public benefits of certain development types.

Linking Lynnwood: Sound Transit released their FEIS on the Lynnwood Link extension; Seattle Transit Blog runs the numbers on the station alternatives and ridership.

Open borders: A comprehensive case of why open borders are good economically and socially for all.

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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.