America’s parking crater: This year’s winner of Streetsblog‘s “Parking Madness” competition is Lansing, Michigan.

Recycling thermal garbage: Researchers from Concordia University are looking to create ways to recycle “thermal garbage” so that it can improve energy efficiency.

Eyman is back: Tim Eyman is back with an attack initiative against Sound Transit 3 and just won a case to send an anti-deadly force law to ballot hoping it will be defeated.

Return of the water taxi: A private developer in Renton is looking to pilot a Renton-Seattle water taxi service on Lake Washington and Lake Union.

High and mighty: According a new study, being on a higher floor is often associated with being a bigger financial risk-taker.

Going carbon neutral: Lyft says that they plan to buy carbon offsets to make their ride-hailing business carbon neutral.

Mo Town art: Detroit is planning more public art and less graffiti.

Diversity training: In response to a recent racist incident in Philadelphia, Starbucks will close its stores for an afternoon to train their employees on race.

Growth and transit: The Seattle Times went north Vancouver to find out how housing and transit are integrated right at stations ($), but is that the future for Seattle?

Mutant enzymes: “Mutant enzymes” could end up solving the global problem of plastics in the ocean.

Up house staying around: The Edith Macefield “Up” house is slated to stick around permanently for now.

Merciless: A new Tacoma landlord wants to improve units and get higher rents, but in doing so is evicting residents in desperate need of affordable housing.

Repossessing affordable housing: In an effort to deal with an affordable housing crisis, Barcelona is looking to take over repossessed housing.

SB 827 is dead: A very YIMBY bill in California to increase housing density around transit failed in committee.

Why not turnstiles: Why doesn’t Sound Transit use turnstiles ($)?

A planning tool: A SimCity-like tool lets urban planners see the potential impact of their ideas.

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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.