New digs: The Seattle Opera unveils plans a new $60 million venue at Seattle Center.

In jeopardy: A proposal for a new Amtrak station in Tacoma gets a major setback this week after negotiations for space at Freighthouse Square fail.

New commuters: New Census data reveals some interesting data on how newer Seattleites are choosing to get around the city.

New projects: A new 130-unit apartment building is under construction in Greenlake and AvalonBay goes back to design review for a 24-story tower in Belltown.

Accessible voting: King County will quadruple the number of ballot dropoff boxes.

Tips from the UK: Four ways to grow an urban tech industry that benefits the local economy.

Bold thinking: An American-based architecture firm proposes a very futuristic city of towers in Tokyo Bay, one tower could reach a mile hight.

Induced demand: The data unequivocally shows that commuters don’t stop driving to work until free parking subsidies are taken away.

City talk: Mayor Ed Murray held the annual State of the City speech this week; Capitol Hill Seattle Blog shares the full text and video of the event.

Put it to use: New York City has a lot of vacant properties (as many as 1,100 viable sites), which is why the NYC Comptroller is looking at those for affordable housing sites through land banking.

H Street: Seattle just barely nudged out DC on the extremely delayed streetcar battle, but the District will launch their H Line next week!

Damage control: Governor Jay Inslee changes tune on I-405 HOT lane tolling with plans to add more general purpose lanes and reduce tolling hours.

Decluttering: Barcelona wants to curtail advertising in public spaces with a 20% reduction by July 2016.

Mover and shaker: Vulcan drops $30.9 million to redevelop 6 acres in the Central District at 23rd Ave E and Jackson St. The company also went before the design review board for a 14-story residential and office tower in South Lake Union.

Complex solutions: Emily Badger asks experts to wade into the discussion on how to make expensive cities affordable for everyone again.

Copenhagenize: Copenhagen is planning to deploy 380 intelligent traffic lights that will help buses and bicyclists speed along faster.

Maps of the Week: Another judgemental map, this time for the Bay Area. An amazing set of artistic GPS bike rides captured on maps. And, a beautiful map that depicts all of your favorite British television shows.

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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.


  1. “Judgmental Maps” are a stupid trend that needs to die. You wouldn’t promote an article consisting of nothing but shallow stereotypes, so why would you promote a spatial representation of shallow stereotypes?

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