What We’re Reading: University Link Opens!

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University Link opens: The University Link extension to Capitol Hill and University of Washington opens this morning at around 10am. The Stranger‘s Dan Savage explains that the expansion isn’t just new service, but will make neighborhoods like Capitol Hill geographically closer to others.

Good stewardship: The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle enters into an agreement for 23-stories of senior housing to be built on excess church property in First Hill.

Bright lights: The Netherland’s Daan Roosegaarde brings a laser light installation to Dutch windmills in Zeeland.

Dropping LOS: The San Francisco Planning Commission makes waves by officially dropping Level of Service as a transportation service metric for Vehicle Miles Traveled.

No joke: How London is combating air pollution by using pigeons with backpacks.

Hooray!: Following wise precedents of successful bikeshare systems, the Seattle City Council approves a municipal takeover of Pronto.

Beautify density: Local architect David Neiman talks about how the right housing design can beautify density.

Pronto peeps: A behind-the-scenes look at how the experts at Pronto run their ship.

Downtown exceptionalism: An explainer on why American urbanism is distinctively different from other global regions.

Staying competitive: American cities that are winning the battle on brain drain.

Hurting: Melrose Market merchants say that immense Capitol Hill construction is hurting their businesses.

Late night: After much delay, London will finally get its 24-hour subway service (dubbed “The Night Tube”) in the summer.

Priorities: Details in the Kirkland compromise offer for Sound Transit 3.

Growing: The Second Avenue bikeway will be extended further north in 2017.

Map of the Week: All of the world’s nuclear power plants mapped.

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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.