Not voter-approved: In Phoenix, the city council appears intent on stealing light rail money for road projects instead.
Save the whales: The effort to remove dams from rivers grows as the orca population in Puget Sound suffers.
Reject crony capitalism: Voters could end up voting on a proposal to decided whether or not the Mariners’ should get an unearned $180 million handout from taxpayers ($).
Still growing: Ridership on Sound Transit continues to rise, in large part due to light rail.
EEO: Employers apparently are discriminating based upon prospective employees’ commutes.
Lights out: Bed Bath & Beyond is pulling out of Downtown Seattle ($) despite massive spikes in population growth nearby and its central location.
Pipeline stalled: Canada’s push to expand an oil pipeline through British Columbia is stalled after a court order.
Pre-fab bus islands: Portland’s transportation is testing out pre-fabricated bus islands with bike lanes to see how they function at stops.
Going empty: Gas stations in Seattle are dwindling in number as the city grows.
We’re No. 3: Seattle is now the third most expensive place for housing in the country ($).
Transit increases safety: According to the data, transit is the best tool for reducing traffic deaths.
The new YT: Yesler Terrace’s park is now open, but where have original families gone after all of the construction in the community ($)?
House the people: One way to reduce displacement is to build more housing.
Frequency and coverage is freedom: How America killed public transit.
Land use politics: How land use regulations drive urban areas left of center.
A piece of the puzzle: How backyard cottages could help reduce homelessness in Seattle.
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.