New digs: Amazon has agreed to a lease agreement in the Denny Triangle for a new 21-story tower by Trammell Crow.

Crystal ball: Crosscut says that the Seattle tech boom is just getting started.

A bold vision: Seattle Subway celebrates victory with Sound Transit 3 and hints at what’s next in their campaign.

High times: Seattle Housing Authority’s High Point neighborhood is getting a lot of new investment.

Revitalizing community: A community-led effort in Athens, Greece is carefully restoring 19th century buildings.

Vanishing point: The East Design Review Board looked at two projects this week, one in First Hill and another in the Central District.

Wise investments: As cities add bike facilities in America, cycling is getting safer.

Finding solid ground: The Washington State Department of Transportation is testing a new kind of bridge for SR-99 that can withstand even the biggest of earthquakes.

Troubled times: In the wake of the big Brexit vote, Londoners expect troubled times ahead for the nation’s capital.

Clean water: With a new EPA rule adopted, Washington’s salmon will be a lot healthier and so will our waters.

Trumped upHow much damage could Donald Trump do to American climate change policy?

Backlogged: Like many local planning agencies across North America, Toronto’s planners have a backlog of work.

An urban vision: Mark Hinshaw commends the new Urban Visions project built on Occidental Square Park.

Privabahn: An idea to partially privatize Germany’s Autobahn has been floated, but it could require a major cultural and constitutional change.

More service: King County passes a two-year budget with $1.6 billion headed for King County Metro Transit with 300,000 new service hours.

Another Madison park: Madison, Wisconsin is considering a proposal to build a waterfront park on a deck.

Natural gas-free: Amsterdam will ban the use of natural gas by 2050.

The Portland Model: Michael Anderson of the Portland for All movement says that PDX should make it difficult to build McMansions, but easier to build mid-block duplexes, corner triplexes, and accessory dwelling units, amongst other proposals.

Bridging governments: President Obama signed a new Executive Order requiring the federal government to work better with cities, counties, and tribal governments through a new government arm.

Map of the Week: Richard Florida says that the recent presidential election only reinforced America’s long-standing political divides.

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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.