Light rail ridership has spiked after University Link opened in May 2016. (Photo by Scott Bonjukian)

Rigged! – State Senator Bob Hasegawa thinks everything is rigged, most of all things pertaining to Sound Transit, and he’s running for Mayor of Seattle. Heidi Groover tried to understand this conspiratorial mindset and why he compared light rail to dog poop.

Inequality – Income inequality is on the rise, but Seattle is one of the few metros with significant real wage gains recently, Richard Florida wrote in CityLab.

Renee Davis – Inquest Jurors have determined King County Sheriff’s deputies did fear for their life when they shot and killed 23-year-old Muckelshoot member Renee Davis during a wellness check. The case does raise questions about police procedures and training, Sydney Brownstone wrote.

Congratulations To Sydney Brownstone – The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Sydney Brownstone as the Western Washington Journalist of the Year, citing her work on “The Audition,” which led to fake porn recruiter Matt Hickey being charged with rape.

Guerrilla Success – Activists rolled out guerrilla bike lanes along the main drag in Riga, Latvia and hope they stick when the City renovates the street later this year, Feargus O’Sullivan writes.

Copenhagen Wheel – The e-bike mod the Copenhagen Wheel turns any bike into an electric-assiet bike when the wheel is installed and CityLab’s Andrew Small gave it a try and a review.

Dispelling 25% IZ – Seattle City Council Pos. 8 candidate Teresa Mosqueda penned an op-ed in The Stranger outlining her affordable housing policy, which unlike her opponent Jon Grant didn’t include raising the City’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) inclusionary zoning requirement to 25%–very likely past the level of project viability.

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Doug Trumm is the executive director of The Urbanist. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.