Choo choo!: The First Hill Streetcar will get up and running today around noon.

New refuge: The Seattle City Council approves a third homeless encampment and RV parking area.

Corporate welfare: Will Washington rethink the its corporate subsidies to Boeing?

Downtown sticks: Another building on Second Avenue could be built on stilts.

Mow them down: Strong Towns says that tearing down vacant homes amounts to giving up.

Ahead of the curve: $4 billion will go toward US plans to regulate and promote self-driving car technology.

Artists wanted: The City of Seattle wants to hire a live-in poet on the Fremont Bridge.

Change priorities: Some say that the old red fire engine needs a major redesign to fit cities and reduce the excess of fire requirements.

Rise of a new nation: How China became a country of suburbs.

Power the masses: A new study suggests that microgrids for energy production may finally be ready to meet the needs of cities.

Going it alone: Spokane Transit may go the route of Seattle and Bellingham to fund increased transit services within the city.

Struggle over change: Downtown Los Angeles has a major proposal for a new tower, but the breaks could be put on it; Urbanize LA argues that residents are wrongly citing historic preservation.

The new future: Architects says that Rotterdam is the “city of the future.”

The circle: A new circular bridge in Uruguay is meant to slow traffic and show off the beauty of the natural environment to passerby.

Greener Ballard: A University of Washington graduate says that Ballard is ripe for more green space, and identifies exactly where they could be added.

Flexible spaces: Copenhagen is building parks that can turn into ponds for stormwater management.

Incremental progress: Street improvements coming to Roosevelt Way NE could provide better facilities for bikes.

Manage the market: Seattle Councilmember Tim Burgess wants to develop regulations on short-stay vacation rentals like Airbnb and VRBO in order to address housing affordability issues and neighborhood stability.

Wasted pavement: America’s 12 biggest highway boondoogles are out, but surprisingly Bertha did not make the list. Thankfully, Washington still makes the list with the Puget Sound Gateway.

Safer avenue: New signals on Second Avenue make the street less confusing for all, says Seattle Bike Blog.

Map of the Week: Mapping the carbon footprint of New York City real estate.

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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.