Holiday service: The holidays are right around that corner and that means service reductions on transit.

Galactic urbanismFive amazing cities from the Star Wars universe.

Moving on over: Metro will be moving Route 10 on Capitol Hill as part of the neighborhood bus restructure in March.

Put a lid on it: Scott talks about lidding I-5 in Downtown Seattle on the air with KUOW.

Hot mess: The Herald says that it’s too early to cut the widely criticized I-405 HOT lanes.

Major job growth: Details of Expedia’s Interbay relocation and expansion emerge. Meanwhile, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance looks to their own expansion.

Almost here: The Westlake Bikeway project will begin phased construction in January.

Important housing option: A well articulated defense of mirco-housing.

Still separate: What would it take actually integrate our public schools?

Suburbanation: Old Urbanist looks at regional trends and possible causes for average lot sizes for single-family residential development.

Consequences: Governor Scott Walker fought against nearly $810 million in highspeed rail funding for Wisconsin, but the outfall of that decision has been financially catastrophic for the state and local economies.

Laneways success: Vancouver, British Columbia is leading the way on providing accessory dwelling units.

A new house: Final reveal of what the new Hugo House will look like.

On equal footing: The Federal government has fixed tax laws to give transit riders equal benefits as car commuters.

Tackling labor laws: Seattle adopts a new law allowing drivers of techy ridershare companies to form collective bargaining groups. Meanwhile, the City is evaluating sweeping updates to local labor laws.

Central District redevelopment?: Vulcan is evaluating a possible agreement to further develop the area around 23rd Ave and S Jackson St.

Pricey sale: A newish mixed-use building on 19th Ave and E Mercer St sells for $25.1 million.

Roosevelt BRT: A few more ideas about how to make the Roosevelt BRT project work for bikes and buses.

Rise of the “suburbs”: Two new Bellevue high-rises are slated to begin construction in Fall 2016.

Musical chairs: Who will chair all of the new committees on the Seattle City Council. The new Council will also be much younger and more diverse ($).

Urban disparity: In London, the rich are flocking to the city center while the poor are being flung to the suburbs.

Envisioning ST3: Seattle Transit Blog explains how transfers between two Downtown Seattle transit tunnels could work and then pitches ideas for an underground Madison Street station. Meanwhile, the Kirkland-Bellevue bus rapid transit study would deliver poor ridership numbers, if Sound Transit’s numbers are to be believed, and nearly $1 billion could be spent on 18,000 new parking stalls as part of the expansion program.

Hop on, hop off: Seattlish shares Seattle streetcars of yesteryear.

Map(s) of the Week: Take a whirl with a digital historical atlas of the America and then see the great divide between affordable housing options and economic opportunity across metropolitan regions of the country.

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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.