From the ashes: While Pronto is dead, could Seattle get a new bikeshare system via a private operator?
Stuck in slow mode: KIRO 7 walked Mercer this week and found that the revised light timings leave much to wont for pedestrians crossing on north-south streets.
Opting in: A new development proposal on Fifth Avenue is one of the first to take advantage of the Downtown rezone and will provide affordable housing as a result.
New NYC: CityLab tracks the recent gentrification trends taking hold across New York City.
Stuck in neutral: A new transportation report from Washington state indicates that putting the “right” toll on the SR-99 tunnel is much more challenging than previously disclosed.
Opting out: Central Co-Op drops out of the running for grocery space in the future redevelopment of Capitol Hill Station.
WAGov: Governor Jay Inslee sits down with Vox to talk about climate change, transit, and high-speed rail.
Improving education: Seattle Public Schools is planning to move school start times a bit later in the morning for middle school and high school students in the fall; Mayor Ed Murray is also seeking extra funding for school buses.
Saved: In another shellacking, the Trump administration loses in an appeals court over his threats to defund “sanctuary cities.”
Frozen tolls: In other toll news, lawmakers in Olympia freeze toll increases on the Tacoma Narrows through mid-2019.
New Seattle: Architect and planner Mark Hinshaw opines about whether or not Seattle has finally figured out redevelopment.
Giving back: Real-estate and former tech mogul Paul Allen is pitching in $30 million to construction housing for homeless via his foundation.
Bet on cities: Former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a speech on the need to invest in cities as keynote speaker at the American Institute of Architects national conference.
Pop fizz: Seattle soda tax proposal will include diet products as well as the sugary ones.
Tactical or passive-aggressive?: Kristen Jeffers (aka The Black Urbanist) penned a piece this week about a recent passive-aggressive tactic in DC to discourage sleeping on a neighborhood park bench, but explored the theme of tactical urbanism and its value.
Tiny nation: The Wall Street Journal highlighted the emergence of tiny houses as a partial solution for those without permanent housing.
Map of the Week: Every county in America has an affordability crisis.