What We’re Reading: Vision Zero USA, Walk Battery, And Alt-Berlin


Vision Zero USA: A Portland congressperson heroically submits a Vision Zero bill in DC.

Approved: A Seattle hearing examiner rejected an appeal of the land use decision for a new King County youth jail in the Central District.

Bad water, bad airWhat American cities looked like before the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Uber bad: What’s the trouble with Uber?

Soda tax?: FYI Guy says that the proposed soda tax in Seattle unfairly favors rich, white residents while lower-income earners get the raw end of the deal.

Single use Battery: If you’ve ever wanted to walk through the Battery Street tunnel, Sunday is your opportunity to do it.

More crashes: The flipside of roundabouts is that while they reduce the severity of collisions, they general lead to more crashes.

Speed it up: One way to win back bus riders is by speeding up bus boarding.

Highway plans: Bike Portland covers three Portland-area highway projects that could get funded.

Bankrupt: Republicans who control one-half of the Washington State Legislature don’t have a credible plan to fill the budget gap for education.

Bikeward!: Bellevue has approved funding for rapid implementation of its bike plan.

Trump-proof: Seattle could Trump-Proof Seattle if an income tax on high-income earners is imposed raising tens of of millions of dollars per year.

Alternative method: Sightline Institute explores what multi-member districts in Oregon would look like.

Bad judgment: The authoritarian Trump administration will have an opportunity to replace the local judge who halted that administration’s racist travel ban.

Fascinating and terrifying: The television series “The Man in the High Castle” recreates an alternative Berlin dreamed up by the Third Reich.

Old school: What did Seattle’s zoning look like in the past compared to today?

Back in biz: A year on from the big explosion, G&O Family Cyclery finds a new home in Greenwood.

Map of the Week: America’s affordable housing crisis mapped.

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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.