What We’re Reading: Sprawling Globe, Peanut Butter And Jelly, And Transformative Tracks


Competing choices: The Stranger covered details of competing Seattle homeless encampment legislation proposals this week. Before the City Council met to speak about the proposals, maps surfaced showing where encampment protections may apply.

Yes on ST3: Seattle Subway explains why voters should support Sound Transit 3.

Bikeshare 2.0: Seattle appears to be setting sights on Bewegen as contractor for Pronto over incumbent operator Motivate.

Where’s the opportunity?: While big cities are benefiting from new business and big investment, smaller cities and rural towns are not sharing in the prosperity.

Twin towersTwo 32-story towers could end up near Town Hall.

Sprawling globe: Streetsblog says that sprawl is a global problem.

City of women: Rebecca Solnit writes about how women are almost entirely unrepresented in the subtle (or not so subtle) ways that matter in cities like New York City.

Enough: Using the Mayo Clinic expansion as a teaching moment, Streets.mn rightly points out that there will never be enough parking to go around.

Plan prosperity: The South Seattle Emerald’s take on the long-awaited Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan approval.

Creating a safer CCC: A bike safety task force is being created to inform the Center City Connector (CCC) project.

Peanut butter and jelly: Affordable transportation and affordable housing need to go hand-in-hand.

Postponed: Due to the stormy weather this weekend, the Pike People Street event will be postponed (and so will our own walking tour today).

Transformative tracks: How turning an old train track into a trail helped transform Charlotte.

Bright trail: Poland gets a new trail that lights up naturally in bright blue at night.

Pop-up street furniture: An open source catalogue is providing an innovative way to create pop-up street furniture.

Don’t blow it again: Josh Cohen pens a piece on how Seattle blew its chance at a subway system the first two times around.

Map of the Week: CityLab breaks down the historic land uses of Manhattan during the 19th Century.

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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.

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The link to Solnit’s piece goes to a Crosscut article by David Kroman about the Seattle PD.