Choo-choo preview: The Seattle Times gets to go on ride-along at the unfinished stations and tunnel ($) of Northgate Link; the last leg of digging to Husky Stadium is almost done.

Endless construction: An explainer on why New York City’s streets are always under construction ($).

Landmark policy: Social justice advocates praise the passage of Seattle’s mandatory affordable housing program.

Safe harbors: Are there really safe space for immigrants?

Helping hands: Port Orchard is forming a committee to study solutions to homelessness.

Think like Jane: Public space master Jan Gehl says that Copenhagen needs more Jane Jacobs.

Lidding the beast: Dallas wants to build over a major freeway–with a parking garage. Meanwhile, Atlanta has a much more ambitious plan of cover its central freeway with a series of park spaces.

Broken: A look at the “chaos, trash, and tears” ($) resulting from Seattle’s homeless sweeps.

Hard departure: A Palo Alto Planning Commissioner steps down leaving behind very harsh words for colleagues and community.

What we already knew: High traffic arterial roads reduce the quality of life, even a few blocks away, according to a recent study.

Mending communities: Belfast has long had “peace walls” to separate Catholic and Protestant communities as a safeguard, but there is now a process to begin removing them, which is deeply challenging.

Engaged tenants: A renter summit is coming to Capitol Hill in September.

Terror for renters: A new apartment bidding platform may become a thing.

Slowhattan: Lower Manhattan will get 5 mph speed limits for a day.

More space for feet: The famed Brooklyn Bridge could get a much needed expansion for people walking and biking ($).

Hidden poverty: Strong Towns takes a look at suburban poverty in Florida.

Win-win: In exchange for preserving a historic facade, a local developer has remodeled and added to Capitol Hill building.

Not fit for office: Sen. Reuven Carlyle has gone rouge with extremist anti-tax rhetoric on authorizing Sound Transit 3 funding; but colleagues and advocates continue to pile on to denounce and refute his claims.

Results are in: Houston enacted a sweeping bus network restructure last year and the numbers are in suggesting that it delivering modest ridership gains.

The hottest: Climate change is in full leaving July as the hottest month on record globally.

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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.