What We’re Reading: Paris Accord Stands, Shining Stars, and Saving Cougar Mountain

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Paris Accord stands: The Paris Climate Accord remains in effect after the international community reaches a deal ($), despite the threats of the White House.

Deadly “innovation”: The data suggests that Uber and Lyft trips are increasing traffic deaths.

Casting out obstructionists: Futurewise has adopted term limits for their governing board, which pushed out two members who have obstructed equitable and sustainable development.

200 years of seekers: See 200 years of immigration in America in the form of rings in a tree.

SF goes minimum-free: San Francisco makes big waves eliminating off-street parking requirements for motorized vehicles.

Greater carrying capacity: Tokyo wants transit riders to stand on both sides of escalators, but why?

Shining stars: Seattle and Bellevue make top list for best new bike facilities in 2018.

Sky high fears: If a megaquake happens in Seattle, what does that mean for highrise dwellers ($)?

Your backyard: King County Parks has made some big open space acquisitions.

It’s still transit, duh: While Americans increasingly are becoming open to new multimodal options, they still see transit as the fundamental backbone for multimodal mobility.

Ceding to the soda lobby: If Oregon could stop a ban on soda taxes, why couldn’t Washington?

Saving Cougar Mountain: 46 acres of pristine land on Cougar Mountain that had been slated for development will now be preserved.

Growing diverse: The Eastside is seeing a surge in racial diversity ($) after long being seen as a wealthy White enclave.

E-scooter safety: Are e-scooters unsafe at any speed?

Save the whales: Governor Jay Inslee (D-Washington) has a $1.1 billion recovery plan for Puget Sound orcas.

PDX decongestion plan: Is Portland’s decongestion pricing plan any good?

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Stephen is an urban planner 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. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.