What We’re Reading: Congestion Pricing, MSFT Expanding, and Oly Wants Housing


Pay the piper: Uber and Lyft should pay road user fees, perhaps to help fund public transit.

Making a difference: Kirsten Harris-Talley served as a Seattle City Councilmember for a short 51 days. Crosscut highlights here accomplishments.

PDX congestion pricing: Should Portland institute congestion pricing? Sightline takes a look at that question.

Up in smoke: The wildfires in Northern California have only exacerbated the housing crisis in the Bay Area.

Amenities: What sort of amenities do Seattle renters want?

Gold standard: Albuquerque now has a bus rapid transit line that meets the industry gold standard. Transit guru Jarrett Walker explains why this important.

Car cap: Following the footsteps of Mexico City, London is poised to impose a ban on most new parking facilities paired with new development.

MSFT expanding: Microsoft is doubling down on its Redmond tech campus planning to construct 18 new buildings and demolish 18 buildings as part of a major renovation and urban-oriented capital investment program.

Efficient transportation: In London, protected bike lanes move bicyclists five times more efficiently than car lanes.

Small town solutions: A consultant for Bainbridge Island that incentives and investment in things like transit service and bike facilities could probably solve its on-street parking crunch.

Democracy in action: In their first election debut, Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers appear to be working.

Clever intervention: Using leaves and chalk, residents in a Toronto neighborhood were able to redirect traffic on a local street.

Blessing, curse, or forgotten: Paris will get the 2024 Summer Olympics, but what could it mean for working class districts like Saint-Denis?

NYC congestion charge: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is opposed to congestion pricing in Manhattan, but data shows mostly wealthy motorists would pay.

Oly wants housing: Olympia is going all in on missing middle housing.

Just gardens: Why are Millennials fleeing New Jersey?

Another “smart city”: On a US Navy airfield near Boston, a “smart city” could blossom.

Isolationism at work: Britain’s Brexit is creating a lot of problems over what to do with the border in Ireland.

Eagles: Curbed Seattle profiles the Eagle Block in Old Ballard.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.