New shelter: A new 24-hour homeless shelter opened on First Hill this week ($).

Too much speed: Why are car manufacturers allowed to build cars that go more than 100 mph?

Conceptual planning: A special series on a concept for hierarchical zoning appeared on Strong Towns this week.

Stifling workers: An Obama-era rule to expand overtime pay appears very dead after a recent ruling.

Au naturale: Paris now has a nude-friendly park.

Safety distraction: Seattle Bike Blog says that the King County bike helmet law is highly distracting for bike safety and should be repealed.

Gender pay gap: The Trump administration is dispensing with an Obama-era rule ($) that would have require tracking pay by gender to understand disparities.

Disposing garbage: There may good reasons to consider in-sink garbage disposal over compost bins in cities.

Majority rule: California’s supreme court is making it a lot easier to pass tax funding initiatives.

Storied history: Step back in time to the history of Pioneer Square’s Mutual Life Building.

Map of the Week: From an economic standpoint, states across the country have a lot to loose if DACA is repealed, but the policy shift would also be a human tragedy all its own.

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  1. I’m not so sure about “hierarchical zoning”. Would we really want to declare open season on industrial land for retail developers? So they can put all the stores we need to visit for our basic needs on large parcels on unwalkable streets? This isn’t a theoretical concern. Here in Seattle we have important retail, entertainment, and office land uses in Interbay and SODO, but whenever improvements to non-car access are suggested they’re shot down by industrial interests. Major retail in Interbay, for example, competes with businesses in more walkable parts of Ballard, Queen Anne, and Magnolia, drawing shoppers out of those areas and into cars on 15th Ave W. That’s the opposite of good planning.

    Of course industrial areas need better non-car access, too. But if we’re going to put more intense commercial uses in industrial areas, transportation planning needs to precede it.

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