Sky high: After delays, the world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is getting construction underway.
Kenmore urbanism: Crosscut highlighted this week how urban life is taking root in the faraway suburb of Kenmore.
Growing bay: In the Bay Area, rising sea levels and sinking ground could pose a double-whammy for the future.
Budget cuts: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has called for city departments to cut 2% to 5% of budgets ($).
LAX design czar: Los Angeles just hired a local architecture critic as the city’s first design czar.
Batty policy: CityLab highlighted this week what the research says about arming teaching staff with guns.
Federal regression: This week, the United States Senate voted to rollback anti-discrimination regulations ($) on mortgage lenders.
Tragic failure: A pedestrian bridge under construction in Florida collapsed this week, but the push to build it in the first place speaks volumes about backward transportation policies.
Testing the waters: In Berkeley, a developer is using a new state law to bypass local process since more than 50% of the unit will be affordable.
Joining the railvolution: The British Columbian government will help fund the Cascadia high-speed rail study to the tune of $300,000.
New Vic: Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria is under pressure to grow.
Disputable figures: In a memo, King County Metro Transit claims that Seattle is underestimating the cost of streetcar operations by up to a third ($).
Restoring coastal forests: The Nature Conservancy is experimenting with a pilot effort to bring back coastal forests in Washington.
Map of the Week: Low-income renter households continue to experience severe challenges with affordability.