Give them stairs: Sound Transit has given up on the escalators at UW Station and plans to replacement them, perhaps with some stairs.

Corporate education: In a split decision, the state supreme court will continue to allow charter schools to pilfer public money.

E-scooters: Portland has released the results of its e-scooter program.

Small airport expansion: Sea-Tac Airport has a new annex for passengers in Concourse D.

Wage growth: Wages may be higher in urban areas, but rural areas are seeing faster wage growth.

Great American divide: Another dividing element in American culture is homeownership and commutes.

The right bid: Selling land to the highest bidder may not be in Seattle’s best interest.

Thwarting mobility: With local taxes, Beverly Hills has been fighting expansion of Los Angeles’s subway.

Revitalizing Buffalo: Buffalo may take parking craters and turn them into new neighborhoods.

Map of the Week: See the neighborhoods with the highest levels of student debt.

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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.