Unconventional: CHS digs deep into the details of the Convention Center expansion proposal; Curbed Seattle has the cliffnotes.

Staying tall: New York City wants to keep building tall, but with community desires in mind.

Poisoning the well: Governor Jay Inslee is actively considering a swallowing the “poison pill” in the statewide transportation package; this would kill over $1 billion in active transportation funding, but allow the Governor to pursue climate change goals.

Swank design: Capitol Hill is looking at some swanky new development projects.

Wrong side of the tracks: A series of maps across the US that show how highways and railways really do cause racial segregation.

‘Tactical urbanism’: Not the best term for it, but First Hill shows off some new street furniture and activation features.

Infographic: How Seattle spends your tax dollars.

Clutter reducing signs: Sydney is trying out new electronic signs that can implement parking restrictions on-the-fly.

Rezoning 23rd and Union: An update on the rezone proposal for the commercial node at 23rd Ave E and Union St.

Unmedicated traffic: Seattle Bike Blog reported this week that Seattle has a serious traffic safety emergency that needs immediate attention.

Turn off the lights: “The old suburban office park is the new American ghost town.”

Wind struck: London’s Walkie Talkie tower is making many unhappy with its downdrafts.

Metro rebrand: The case for better-looking buses.

Extreme urban art: Karlsruhe is trying out some extravagant and extreme art to spruce up a construction site.

Timeline: The legacy of rails-to-trail in a digital timeline.

The San Fran Effect: An explainer on how San Francisco went from America’s progressive mecca to unfathomly unaffordable.

Not an accident: “We don’t say ‘plane accident.’ We shouldn’t say ‘car accident’ either.”

Mortgaged: An op-ed in Vancouver, BC on how mortgages and foreign investment a major players in the inflation of housing prices.

Road addiction: Politico asks why America is spending so much money on roads despite a national funding crisis for transportation and looks into one Wisconsin city addicted to highway megaprojects.

Urban Pope: Five ways that the Catholic Church and Rome have put the Pope Francis’ urban and environmental ethos into action.

Designing for light: New York City thinks that buildings can be built tall without sacrificing light.

I-5, it is!: The Sound Transit Board chooses an amended I-5 alignment for the Federal Way Link extension.

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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.