What We’re Reading: Saving the World


Saving the world: An international climate change agreement has been struck in Paris to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees celsius by 2100.

Change the models: Economists agree that economic modelling is underestimating the impact of climate change.

LVT NZ: New Zealand lecturers make a case for a land value tax for unimproved property to mitigate the local housing crisis in Auckland.

New development coming: Roosevelt is getting 250 more residential units. Meanwhile, a 49-unit apartment building (with microhousing units) in Capitol Hill and 84-unit apartment building in First Hill wrap up design review.

Yes to safety: The City of Bellevue adopted an ordinance endorsing Vision Zero principles.

Odd yeller: Would you like to live near a screaming skyscraper? Some Mancunians have to whether they like it or not.

Be engaged: Former Mayor Mike McGinn pens a must-read piece on Crosscut entitled “Year of the Seattle Urbanist? Not Quite Yet“.

Put a tower on it: The Maritime Building on Western Avenue is staying, but it may get an eight-story addition.

Joining forces: Cascade Bicycle Club and WA Bikes officially merge to create largest statewide bicycle advocacy organization.

Become a plannerd: Ever wanted to be a land use planner? If one Kickstarter is successful, you might just have a shot. Bay Area Regional Planner, a multi-player game, puts the power of planning into your hands.

Streetcars for all: Atlanta is going all-in on a streetcar network expansion to compliment MARTA and local transit service.

Local heroes: Seattle Bike Blog profiles the 2015 Seattle Neighborhood Greenway Champions.

Walkable schools: How colleges are improving campus walkability for students and staff.

Nordic socialism: An explainer on Finland’s foray into the basic income safety net.

Park Avenue: Perkins Eastman Architects have unveiled a proposal to turn New York City’s Broadway into one long park.

Return of the DADU: The detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) issue has returned to Seattle consciousness, legislation forthcoming.

Bikeshare + transit: Streetsblog looks at two examples of how bikeshare benefits transit.

Pay bump: Seattle’s minimum wage law will kick it up a notch in 2016.

Sound Transit 3: Seattle Transit Blog evaluates financial options for Sound Transit 3.

Capitol Hill retakeA look back at the old streetcar network operating from Capitol Hill.

The American SFR: Old Urbanist cleans off the dust and talks about the history of single-family residential zoning, how it works, and ongoing debate.

Map of the Week: Student debt across America.

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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.