5G mobile service: Small cell technology could be on the way to a neighborhood near you. Called 5G, small cell technology, is a more powerful mobile telecommunications technology.

Amazon expands: Amazon has bought Whole Foods, but what does that mean for brick and mortar retail?

Expanding family rights: Washington legislators may pass a bill expanding paid family leave.

The worst: KING 5 interviewed Troy Heerwegan about Denny and Stewart, Seattle’s worst intersection of 2017 (a voted on by people here on The Urbanist).

Expedia going west: Expedia is still on track for its big move to Interbay in 2019 and recently received approval a 15-year phased development permit for its new campus.

The Asian-American experience: CityLab spoke to Willow Lung-Amam, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, about how Asian-Americans have remade suburbia in the context of the Bay Area.

Docking portside: A new waterfront hotel at the Port of Everett is slated to open in late 2019.

The BGT: Have you ever wondered how the Burke-Gilman Trail got its name?

Major renovations: Owners of the Space Needle plan to spend $100 million in renovations.

Housing now: In Crosscut this week, Jonathan Rosenblum argued that Seattle should commit to a massive public housing program for affordable housing.

PBLs saved: Baltimore’s mayor Catherine Pugh was set to remove protected bike lanes after opposition from installation, but a legal case to stop that appears to have been successful for now.

Ferry changes: With work on the Colman Dock, ferry schedules are changing.

Winners and losers: KUOW highlighted the winners and losers from the Washington State Convention Center expansion.

One in 41 million: New York City’s bikeshare program, Citi Bike, had its first fatality Monday after 41 million trips.

Bremerton boom?: Kitsap Transit is betting on a new fast ferry service between Bremerton and Seattle, could that generate a boom for Bremerton?

Pull the plug: Puget Sound Energy is considering a deal that would contradict the state’s goals of eliminating dirty energy by continuing to buy coal power in Montana through 2029.

AmericanaAn architectural explainer on America’s beautiful train stations.

Waste to energy: Sara Bernard at Seattle Weekly recently highlighted King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert’s crusade to find a solution for the region’s trash when landfilling comes to an end.

Tunnel vision: Three numbers from Seattle’s tech boom show why investing in the deep-bore tunnel may not have been a good idea, according to Drew Atkins at GeekWire.

9th Ave bike lanes: What would the 9th Ave N bike lanes in South Lake Union do for transportation? Tom at Seattle Bike Blog explains.

New rep: Former Representative Jessyn Farrell is all in for the race for mayor of Seattle and with that an appointee, Javier Valdez, has already been picked and seated in her old position.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.