Little choice: Hundreds lined up this past weekend for affordable housing that they might not get.

Future competition: BMW is testing a carsharing service that could soon open up in Seattle.

Not so fast: New study suggests that driverless cars could lead to more driving, not less.

Like the old days: Portland has figured out how to get kids walking and biking to school again.

Energizer bus: Metro now has battery-powered buses driving on local routes.

Making amends: Small business owners impacted by the 23rd Ave street rehabilitation project may qualify for mitigation money.

How-to: A new design guide offers advice to developers who want to do affordable housing.

Out of scale: A Seattle Hearing Examiner rejects the approval of a 12-story building proposal ($) in historic Pioneer Square due to height.

Green development: 55 energy efficient dwelling units using the Passivhaus standard could be coming to Capitol Hill.

Narrow funding: Smart Growth America asks why federal funding programs restrict mixed-use development.

Pricey nukes: Why America pays more for nuclear energy, but doesn’t have to.

Less ambitious: Seattle highrise plan gets another revision to shrink the height even further ($).

Better expansion: Seattle Bike Blog examines how Seattle’s bikeshare could be improved through targeted expansions.

Skyscraper city: Crosscut explains Seattle’s highrise boom.

Map of the Week: The world’s 15 most complex subway maps ranked.

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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.