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

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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 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.