Homeless youth center: Seattle Central College’s South Annex is planned to be a homeless youth center.

Advancing inclusion: Inclusionary zoning appears to be providing positive results in San Diego.

Failure to prevent: Transit agencies aren’t doing enough to prevent sexual harassment, Streetsblog says.

Pedestrianizing Oxford Street: London is moving ahead with plans to fully pedestrianize Oxford Street and there are a lot of actions being made to make it work.

SNG survey: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has an open survey to determine what should be part of their strategic planning.

Toppling Trumpists: Four progressive candidates toppled Trump-like opponents for the Burien city council.

Nashville transit plan: Will Nashville succeed in moving forward the city’s bold goal of investing more than $5.2 billion in transit infrastructure?

A better port: For the Port of Seattle, environmentalist Ryan Calkins has beat out old guard John Creighton.

Tragedy: What does a homeless sweep look like?

Fighting HUD: Fair housing advocates are taking Ben Carson’s HUD back to court over unfair housing practices.

Stalling public health: Maine’s governor is refusing to enact Medicaid expansion despite voters overwhelming supporting it on Tuesday.

Uber’s anti-urban plot: Uber is planning to launch UberAir in the next few years, but there’s already an urbanist case against the idea.

AV fail: A driverless shuttle collided with a truck on its first day on Las Vegas streets.

Incentivize landmarks: CityLab profiled seven landmark buildings that have been saved by federal tax credits for historic preservation–tax credits that Republicans want to end.

Blue shield activated: Democrats now have a lock on state government with the election of Senator Manka Dhingra.

UVill garage: University Village has received design review approval for its new parking garage on 25th Ave NE.

Family-sized units: Proposed zoning changes in Seattle could bring about more family-sized housing in some areas.

Sheriff Johanknecht: King County will have a new sheriff, Mitzi Johanknecht.

Cheaper housing: With more growth on the way for Seattle, will it mean more affordable housing?

New Mobility Playbook: The Talking Headways podcast interviewed local transportation planner Benjamin De La Pena about Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook.

More reliable streetcar: To reduce operating costs and speed up a streetcar line, Portland will convert a lane to business access and transit lane on NE Grand Avenue.

It’s Durkan: Jenny Durkan has cruised to victory ($) over Cary Moon as mayor of Seattle.

New infill: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog profiled a Central Area project this week that will be the first to participate in MHA as well as a small infill project on 12th Avenue.

Trackless buses–or buses: The euphemism for “trackless trains” is pointless–they’re called “buses”–but they could be promising for higher quality BRT service.

SFO PBLs: In San Francisco, safe streets advocates formed a human chain demanding protected bike lanes.

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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.

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  1. I don’t think the “track-less train” euphemism is pointless – it communicates helpful information to the non-expert, whether a transit rider or a decision maker. Yes, taken literally, it is a bus, but “train” implies many features central to high quality BRT, such as dedicated lanes, larger stations, high reliability, etc.. In an environment where “bus” means slow and “train” means fast, I think this is very effective branding that can boost public support and help defend against “BRT creep”.

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