$15 Now: A look into how Seattle’s new minimum wage is working for one restaurant company.
Overparked: The Stranger goes all in on an explainer on how parking can affect housing prices.
10 feet: 10-foot lanes are not only safer than 12-foot lanes, but move plenty of people.
Across the border: King 5 says that Seattle can really learn a thing or twenty from Vancouver, BC when it comes to bicycle infrastructure.
Visionless: San Francisco is all onboard for Vision Zero, including the local police department. But one precinct captain is actively undermining the city’s effort by wrongly targeting bicyclists. Naturally, San Franciscans took to their bikes to protest.
The ‘rents: Even with newly found jobs, Millenials are still living with their parents in droves.
Map of the Week: A ridiculously detailed map highlighting the travels of literary road trips in America.
Planning ST 3: The City of Seattle has weighed in on where stations should be located on the Ballard-to-Downtown alignment.
Withdrawing support: Local developer mogul Martin Selig pulls his financial support for the “Park My Viaduct” campaign.
White infill: What happens to neighborhoods when affluent caucasian move in.
Go Dutch: How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world.
Transportation equity: Los Angeles has a plan to pilot carsharing targeted at low-income residents.
Inequitable happiness: No one likes vast income inequality, but most especially the poor who are less happy in stratified communities.
Housing out of reach: Goldy over at Civicskunkworks articulated Seattle’s three affordable housing crises and their possible solutions while raising a nuanced discussion on the major role that land values play in the crisis.
Rising up: A 39-story mixed use tower breaks ground at 2nd Ave and Pike St in Downtown Seattle.
The walkable city: Salt Lake City found that two key urban design ingredients, imageability and transparency, drive people to want to walk in urban spaces.
Carbon tax it: The Economist says that “a carbon tax is the best way to reduce emissions. Failing that, halt subsidies to fossil fuels.”
TOD success: A Beacon Hill transit-oriented development has 46 dwelling units and retail space leased.
Keeping cool: How homes stayed cool before the advent of air condition systems.
In vogue: One poster depicts the architectural history of American homes from 1600 to today.
Suburban growth: Data shows that caucasians aren’t driving the growth of suburbs.
Unknown: The First Hill Streetcar still doesn’t have a firm start date.
Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound 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. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.