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.

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?D

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 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.