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 Hill: 150 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.
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.
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.