Changing the program: Pronto is now offering a monthly payment option for membership and 45 minutes of free ride time.

Collective: Tenants of the new Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, a kind of cooperative housing development, prepare to move in to their new home.

Closed for good?: Bertha has begun digging again, this time under the Viaduct; the Washington State Department of Transportation said that they won’t reopen the Viaduct until it’s deemed safe.

Systemic discrimination: Charter schools are suspending African-American students at unparalleled rates to their public counterparts.

Earthquake prone: Seattle has identified 300 more unreinforced masonry buildings that are at high seismic risk.

Beefing up the force: Mayor Ed Murray plans to increase the local police force by 200 officers; the proposal is funded by a new business tax.

Now boarding: Transit advocates offered up a variety of recommendations to improve the Sound Transit 3 Draft Plan before the comment period closes on Monday. And in the eleventh hour, Sound Transit released new alternatives for the Lynnwood-Everett corridor.

Advanced notice: A new light up safety device can warn drivers approaching a bicycle crossing when a bicyclist is heading toward the intersection.

Environmental justice: On Earth Day, Mayor Murray got deeply serious about environmental justice in Seattle.

Little play space: Four Car Park — the stretch of road between Olive Way and Denny St on Capitol Hill — may finally receive the pavement-to-parks treatment it so deserves.

Cutting carbon: After a King County Superior Court ruling this week, the Department of Ecology now has until the end of 2016 to develop a rule that will cut statewide emissions.

Poor taste: The City of Phoenix put out a graphic bike safety novel to scare kids into “riding right.”

Crowning a bike mayor: As only the Dutch would, Amsterdam is poised to appoint a “bicycle mayor” this summer.

Blurred lines: Comparative data suggests that investments in high quality transit don’t always lead to significant land value increases.

More than trees: Mark Hinshaw points out that Seattle’s new parks don’t have room for trees, but that may not be so bad.

Center of attention: Central Co-op wants to play a key part in the redevelopment of the Capitol Hill light rail station area.

Divergent: Richard Florida take a look at the diverging economies of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Goodbye Airbnb: Berlin is cracking down on vacation apartment rentals in the capital city.

Map of the Week: How hyperconnected the world is.

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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.