Green power: Rhode Island is home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm and it could be the genesis for more to come in the US.

Ranking high: Vienna does well in quality-of-life rankings because of its green spaces, and affordable housing and transportation.

Not by the people: A Pierce County Superior Court judge rules that an Olympia initiative to institute an income tax is unconstitutional.

Refined: Smith Tower owner, Unico, shows off the major remake to the landmark building.

Growing Beacon Hill150 apartments will be arriving in the Beacon Hill Station area.

New digs: The Danforth, future home to Whole Foods, breaks ground in First Hill.

Environmental education: The Lummi Tribe near Bellingham brought totem poles to Capitol Hill this week to bring environmental awareness.

The issue: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has hired a Director of Homelessness and this week explained how he wants to manage the issue.

Better off the better off: The wealthy are the biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies, according to Greater Greater Washington.

Gem of the Randstad: Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of Modacity share the beauty of Rotterdam as a modern Dutch city 75 years after complete devastation from World War II.

Portlandia: To better connect its city center, Portland will build a bridge across I-405 just for people who walk and bike.

Try again: Seattle University’s Standing Advisory Committee found that a proposed building for the campus is too austere in design and asking for further refinements.

Incompatible design: Amazon is planning to construct a drive-through grocery store in Ballard.

Holding onto affordable housing: Next City and CityLab share how cities are preserving affordable housing and why that is good.

Twisting tall: See a comparison of the world’s tallest twisting skyscrapers.

Mid-century masterpieces: The mesmerizing mid-century motels of New Jersey that will soon be gone.

Watch your step?: China opens the world’s longest glass bridge.

Reaching the sky: Another big tower tops out in Bellevue.

More house for fewer people: Single-family residence teardowns are happening at a pace of about one per day in the Seattle area and tend to be replaced with houses nearly three times the size ($).

Which rules?: The Department of Ecology is in a legal battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over clean water rules.

Urban to wild: Seattle Weekly asks, “Do urbanists have a wilderness problem?” Our Owen Pickford explains how he makes it out to the hinterlands even though he doesn’t have a car.

Map(s) of the Week: Our friends at Transit Center kicked off a week of discussion on “tortured transit” routes. Local transit hero Andrew Austin make a cameo Tweet in the piece. And one map shows how climate change will affect animal migration across the globe.

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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.