Decongest NYC: New York City may pass decongestion pricing without state blessing.

Renewing Access: With poor performance, King County Metro is looking to improve its Access service.

Toronto: How smart should a city be?

No impact: A study finds that sharing public transit stops with private shuttles isn’t affecting their performance in Seattle.

Showbox sues: The owner of the Showbox has filed a wide-ranging lawsuit over an emergency, temporary ordinance that the city council passed to impose historic preservation controls.

Dwindling non-motorized funding: States are losing millions in walking and biking funding.

Rahm’s out: Rahm Emanuel is leaving Chicago politics and won’t run for mayor again.

Broadway Subway gets dollars: Funding has come through for the Broadway Subway between VCC-Clark and Arbutus in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Delayed housing: Rising construction costs appear to be delaying approved housing developments in San Francisco.

A living wage: Minimum wage increases in six cities are evidently working just as intended for food-service jobs ($).

No scarfing sandwiches: In Florence, a €500 fine could be imposed on anyone eating during peak hours on four city streets.

LRT: Procurement begins for Surrey-Newton-Guildford light rail project in British Columbia.

Safe injection sites: San Francisco is building a safe space to consume opioids to prevent overdose deaths. 

Dynamic planning: Could dynamic planning to help with affordable housing replace conventional land use regulations?

Eighth inning: A small majority of the Metropolitan King County Council moved a proposal to give a $135 million handout to the Mariners out of committee this week.

Professors, housekeepers, and programmers: People in three occupation types use transit in King County most ($).

Raleigh cottages: Backyard cottages could be allowed in Raleigh if a proposal passes, but the measure is still highly restrictive.

For the streetcar: Social equity, environmental, and business interests make the case for the Center City Connector streetcar project still on hold ($).

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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.