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.

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