The proposed 11-story building at 316 Alaskan Way S (Weber Thompson GBD)

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 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.