ST3 insider baseball: Sound Transit’s chief executive officer recently sat down to talk about third-party funding and expedited permitting for Sound Transit 3 projects.

Protecting tenants: Philadelphia could be the next city to provide lawyers for low-income tenants to protect them from eviction by landlords.

Prevent the Jenny Jam: A coalition of green transportation advocates (of which The Urbanist is a member) are pushing city leadership to step up and implement cost-effective, safe, and environmental-friendly mobility improvements ahead of the viaduct closure.

The Fighting Third: Two more challengers have thrown their hat in the ring to challenge Councilmember Kshama Sawant in District 3.

Promoting housing options: Minneapolis just made big strides to allow duplexes and triplexes in single-family zones.

Focused on mental health: Governor Jay Inslee (D-Washington) has a $675 million plan to tackle mental health service in the state ($) and bring the system back from the brink.

Low power: The power grid in America is not yet ready for full-scale adoption of electric cars.

SEA-TAC fast ferry: Could a fast ferry service from Tacoma to Seattle really work?

Disrespect from on high: Just before her unexpected last meeting, the co-chair of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board was abruptly dismissed in the eleventh hour by the mayor’s office.

WA green energy plan: Governor Jay Inslee has a green energy plan, but it doesn’t address public transit (aside from high-speed rail) and carbon fees.

Year of parking reform: 2018 was a big year for major parking reform in American cities.

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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.