What We’re Reading: Urbanist Gifts, World-Class Subway Art, And Building Shadowing


The future is here: A Spanish city has installed a 3-D printed bridge.

Speed controlLower speeds come to Delridge Way in West Seattle.

Converting space: Edmonton is hopeful that parking lot conversion to park space will spur new development.

Urbanist gifts (for kids): If you’re procrastinating on you holiday shopping, it’s not too late to get your kids urbanist gifts.

Why we can’t have nice things: The King County bike helmet law is likely contributing to low bikeshare use in Seattle. Meanwhile, The Seattle Times Editorial Board weighed in with another headscratching fake news hit piece, this time against common-sense repeal of the helmet law and safe streets.

Ranking transit: How Washington State transit agencies stack up for per capita service hours.

Library of the future: Denmark delivers a brand new library of the future.

Not obsolete: Streetsblog lays out three reasons why private car hiring cannot replace transit.

Japantown tower: A 15-story condo building is planned for Japantown.

World-class subway art: See the world-class art of the new Second Avenue Subway in New York City.

Waterfront PDXAmbitious waterfront plans are in the works for Portland.

Serious change: Washington State has been awarded $58 million by the federal government for addressing homelessness.

Communicating ideas: Legos offer a great way of explaining infrastructure projects.

Downtown apartments: An 80-unit apartment building project moves forward on Second Avenue and John Street.

Maximizing light rail: Seattle Transit Blog made two deep dives in to maximizing light rail capacity.

PDX affordable housing program: The Portland City Council approved an inclusionary zoning program this week that would require 20% of dwelling units to be set aside as affordable for residential projects that contain 20 or more units.

Failed-state governance: President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration could have far reaching regressive impacts to housing policy, and they don’t all start with Ben Carson. Meanwhile, infrastructure cronyism is all but guaranteed under the future administration.

KC youth jail: Seattle justice advocates protested against development of a King County youth jail this week. Councilmember Mike O’Brien has called for King County to reconsider the proposal.

Map of the Week: The New York Times maps urban shadowing block by block from buildings.

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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.