Paper straws: A Shoreline kindergartener wants Shoreline to only allow restaurants to use paper straws.

Time to plan: Is it time to start planning for the next Seattle and King County bus service measure?

Inequitable policymaker: A brief history of Trump’s war on social welfare and those in need.

Walk, bike, ride: How do Seattle’s politician get to and from work ($)?

Still too damn high: Rental price increases are slowing down a lot and even falling in some areas ($).

Ubernation: Uber is pivoting to on-demand everything.

Seesawing on the sea: In Den Helder, Netherlands, a new “seesaw” bridge could straddle the coast line offer sublime views and fascinating architecture.

Rainier is for bikes: Seattle Bike Blog has argued that much more needs to be for bike infrastructure as part of the Rainier RapidRide line.

Streets for streetcars: The missing link in Seattle’s streetcar system is the Center City Connector.

Targeting equitable development: Philadelphia’s city council is seeking the sweet spot for equitable development policy.

The Hill’s promenade: The Melrose Promenade project is taking shape.

Fostering biking youth: In San Francisco, a physical education program for elementary students includes riding bike lessons.

Progressive taxation reform: Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda penned a piece this week arguing for a more progressive tax system.

Historic dedesignation: Could Savannah lose its federally-recognized historic district designation?

UnFair Housing Act: CityLab highlight how the federal Fair Housing Act has failed Black homeowners and how one man has been fighting for 50 years to improve housing options for the poor.

Overdue investments: In a Crosscut opinion piece, Christopher Priest says that bike improvements are not being rushed but instead heavily overdue, particularly in his neighborhood.

Expand the charge: London’s decongestion charge is beginning to showing its age making it time to consider changes.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound 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. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.