What We’re Reading: Double-Decker E-Buses, Building Up, and New Tacoman Urbanites


E-buses: Electric double-decker buses are coming to Los Angeles.

Loads of storage: American cities are drowning in car storage, says Streetsblog.

Better alleyways: How to make alleys better places.

Accessible Columbia: Oregon’s historic Columbia River highway will reopen with a car-free lane this fall.

Daggers for corporate architecture: CVS is fairly notable for their poor corporate architecture and urban design and a local Dallas architecture critic has taken note.

DC green bill: Washington, D.C. politicians are considering a very ambitious green energy bill.

Another report: The National Transportation Safety Board received an update on the whys and hows of December’s deadly Amtrak Cascades derailment and it’s a little shocking.

Public spaces: The Gehl Institute has a new guide inclusion and health in public spaces.

Target on The Ave: Target is graciously trying to fit in on The Ave.

Housing funding solutions: Cities across the country are now moving to tax big business, including San Francisco, to fund housing and alleviate homelessness.

Packed or not?: Some Northern Virginia communities think they’re full.

Adapting to climate change: The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at swinging gates to manage sea level rise of New York City’s harbor.

Building up: In Philadelphia, rowhouse owners are building up instead of leaving the neighborhood to “trade up.”

Missing middle: In Olympia, a former mayor and city councilmember argues for missing middle housing.

Lock it up: A new Seattle gun law will require owners to lock them up.

Decongesting Oregon roads: Oregon’s state transportation commission wants to hear what people have to say about decongestion pricing.

New TOD bid process: King County has reopened the bidding process for affordable transit-oriented development at Northgate with an option for free land ($).

A new trend?: Capitol Hill may get its first condominium building for the first time in a long time.

Failure to protect: Baltimore’s fire department is harassing and intimidating advocates for sensible safe streets improvements.

New Tacoman urbanites: With runaway housing costs in Seattle, urban dwellers are trying out Tacoma.

Minne EJ: Minneapolis wants to tackle environmental justice.

Progressive bikeshare: Students at Portland State University will get free passes for the city’s Biketown bikeshare system.

Spokane’s highway boondoggle: The North Spokane Expressway has been designated as a highway boondoggle by U.S. PIRG.

Unethical management: Uber has fired its whole autonomous vehicle unit in Pittsburgh in the wake of the company programming its cars to kill pedestrians.

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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.

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Al Dimond

Just for the sake of accuracy: according to the linked article, Uber didn’t fire a bunch of autonomous vehicle testers, it laid them off. That’s a pretty important distinction.