VMT trial: Washington State will begin testing out vehicle mile traveled technology for road charges, replacing the gas tax.
New Seattle Senator: Rebecca Saldana of Puget Sound Sage was selected by the King County Council to take former-Senator Pramila Jayapal’s seat in the State Legislature.
Big VA rail investments: A $5.2 billion plan in Virginia could lead to faster trains between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, but the corridor also matters for the larger Northeast Corridor and Southeast Corridor.
Surprise, it works: Three pieces of data show that raising the minimum wage is generally good for local economies, contrary to right-wing ideologues.
Leeds LRT: Light rail advocates make their case in Leeds, England for a new system.
Winter vibrancy: Edmonton is designing a city that thrives in winter.
Building challenge: Why it’s so hard to build affordable housing.
Vacant Philly: Philadelphia has 13,000 vacant residential properties, thousands of which are unsafe.
Health crisis: What a repeal of Obamacare would mean for Washington.
New paradigm: Portland will start counting people trips instead of vehicle trips.
Thoughts on design: 26 things that CHS heard at the first design review meeting for development at Capitol Hill Station.
WA priorities: An early look at Governor Jay Inslee’s upcoming budget plans to fully fund education by charging polluters, capital gains earners, and closing tax loopholes.
Better than on target: The First Hill Streetcar is beating its 2030 ridership targets.
Making public space: Tulsa shows how to convert a parking lot into a world-class public space.
Stopping highways: How to thwart new highway building.
A new CD?: Seattle Weekly pens a piece titled “Searching for a New Central District in Suburban King County“, which looks at a burgeoning African-American community in Kent.
Maltby growth: A new multi-family residential development proposal in the Maltby area has local rural residents concerned.
How they rank: Which American metropolitan areas have been hardest hit by rising eviction rates?
Remaking Fremont: Seattle has a chance to make walking, biking, and transit better in the heart of Fremont.
Less dense: Many neighborhoods in Denver were a lot denser in 1950 than today.
Maddux speaks: Progressive political titan Michael Maddux talks housing affordability, land value taxes, inclusionary zoning, and land use policy.
Trouble in the Antarctic: The Antarctic is shedding an iceberg the size of Delaware.
Budget shortfall: Seattle Public Schools are facing a $74 million budget shortfall meaning that staff cuts are almost assured.
Appeal dismissed: An appeal against a mixed-use development on 19th Ave E in Capitol Hill has been dismissed.
Searching further afield: Why tech companies aren’t taking all that many local grads for new jobs.
Map of the Week: Mapping the stark differences of the rich and poor in American cities.