Workers’ rights: A new initiative could bring new statewide minimum wage and sick leave benefits to all workers.

Going to be unreal: Tom over at Seattle Bike Blog hails the coming changes from the rail-to-trail corridor on the Eastside.

A little more help: Washington, D.C. is looking at a revised home loan assistance plan to help many more families and individuals afford housing in the District.

Sticking around: Seattle’s historic streetcars — by way of Melbourne — will live on and perhaps return to Seattle streets.

No more coal: President Obama has put a halt to new coal mines on federal lands.

Surprise: A new study says that sharrows are basically worth dust when it comes to safety.

Floating on air: An opposition party in Sweden has commissioned a very unique plan that could see more varied buildings and a sky walk in Stockholm.

Watch out: Ride the Ducks hit the streets starting yesterday in a revised route over the Fremont Bridge.

Defying gravity: The Frye Museum has picked a Vancouver, B.C. firm to plan two towers on the museum’s parking lot, and the renderings are dazzling.

Deal: Vulcan has finally closed its deal for Block 2E in Yesler Terrace with the Seattle Housing Authority.

Central District struggle: Small business owners on 23rd Ave E say that they are struggling due to a major, multi-year roadway construction project. They say that the should provide construction mitigation.

Road warrior: A legislator in Missouri wants to make the lives of bicyclists even harder by requiring them to ride with large, bright flags.

What you reap: Cities that build more parking get more traffic.

Street-level politics: Councilmember Debora Juarez is serious about district and has gone all-in to engage and represent her constituents.

SR-99 in crisis: Bertha has a bad week with a barge spilling its load ($), a sinkhole appearing, and the Governor shutting the whole thing down again.

Walk it, bike it: The new SR-520 bridge is opening in April, but walkers, runners, bikers, and anyone else who wants to power their way across the bridge with their feet will be welcomed for party on April 2nd.

Map of the Week: A map showdown between firearm dealers and Starbucks; locally, SBUX is winning, but losing pretty much everywhere else.

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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.