What We’re Reading: Changing Scales


100 bucks: Where you’ll get the most and least value out of your $100 in the US.

Big projectsNew residential tower going up near Amazon’s HQ and new Vulcan apartments breaking ground in the University District.

Still delayed: The Washington State Department of Transportation says that Bertha is still delayed, but the tunnel could open sometime in 2018. Meanwhile, The Stranger got to tour a portion of the tunnel Bertha dug.

SnoCo’s tallest: The ten tallest buildings built and proposed in Snohomish County.

Saying ‘adieu’: Seoul throws a big party as a farewell to an urban overpass.

$100,000 question: Alan Durning at the Sightline Institute goes knee deep on Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) recommendations and his thoughts on the central issues.

Not public, but charterSave Seattle Schools rips the HALA recommendations for their exclusive attention to charter schools instead of all schools.

Greenwood park progress: The City of Seattle has acquired another property for the new central Greenwood park.

O’Brien’s big winThe Stranger lays out how Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien won big with a grand bargain on affordable housing policies.

Put it to rest: Five really poor anti-bike arguments that should be retired.

Fun with data: Where and how many houses you could buy in the US for the same price as Manhattan SoHo apartment.

New convention center: Details on the new $1.4 billion convention center ($) slated for Downtown Seattle.

Unemployment down: Seattle area unemployment is at a 7-year low, now at 3.7% ($).

Chip off the old blockOld Urbanist goes really old and talks about fall and rise of the “Euro block”.

Stockholm syndrome: A design pitch for sleek elevated airport runaways across Stockholm. Why? Because #avgeek. Duh.

Communist Berlin: Berlin is making sure that Alexanderplatz’s communist-era buildings don’t end up under a bulldozer any time soon.

Get your hate right: In the wake of Vancouver’s colossal transit referendum failure, Jarrett Walker of Human Transit reminds us that hating your transit agency will not make it better.

Jetsetting: Let London’s airspace mesmerize you as planes throughout the region dance across the metropolis.

It’s for the hockey: Not only are Detroiters footing the bill for a new hockey arena, they decided to implode an iconic tower occupying land in the city center to build the stadium.

Yellow brick road: Rotterdam builds a unique series of elevated pathways for pedestrians near a railway line.

Getting free: How one Denver couple went entirely car-free.

Places for people: Milan is embarking on a major pedestrianization effort in the city’s center, or as the Deputy Mayor calls it “the creation of a vast area of pedestrian privilege.”

Changing scales: European planners recently held there continental congress of all things planning and it appears that one theme was less national planning and more local planning.

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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.