America’s retail apocalypse: CityLab highlights the retail apocalypse in six charts and a map.

PBLs for New Yorkers: New York City built 20.9 miles of protected bike lanes in 2018 (Seattle built next to none during that timeframe).

Best coast: The New York Times heralds West Coast transit as beating out East Coast brethren ($).

Link Philly: Philadelphia is the latest city to launch Intersection’s Link kiosks capable of providing public Wi-Fi, wayfinding, public information, free phone calls, and other services.

Predictably behind schedule: Only four out of 41 rail systems have met the deadline for installation of positive train control systems in America.

Uber is punitive: Jump is charging $25 for people ($) who bike and park outside of their limited service zone in Seattle.

Dead no more: Streetsblog features a Seattle pavement to parks transformation.

Dollar Store America: Dollar stores have been rapidly expanding across America, but what does that say about the state of communities?

Seattle-ization: Seattle keeps ratcheting up the ladder as one of America’s most expensive cities ($).

Housing racial justice: Does Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) far-reaching housing bill hint a reparations, too?

Cap-and-trade affordable housing: What if there was a cap-and-trade system for affordable housing that anti-housing communities had to pay into?

U-turn on the L: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) made a last-minute decision to call off the shutdown of the New York City Subway’s L train line.

Mass pardon: Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) plans to pardon thousands of misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

Cracking down on drunks: States like Washington should adopt drunk driving laws that are as aggressive as Utah’s.

Map of the Week: What if the Bay Area had a rail network as dense as its Taco Bell network?

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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.