Amazon, corporate welfare king: Amazon threw in the towel on a new branch office at Long Island City because the company could not get its way to receive government subsidies ($). Richard Florida says that this debacle should push cities and states to enter into compacts to reject corporate welfare.

Promise of midblock crossings: Philadelphia shows how adding midblock pedestrian crossing can reorient the city in favor of pedestrians.

Edmonds housing backlash: A backlash to a housing strategy in Edmonds may stall an effort to make space for more people and housing ($).

Leading the charge: Hilary Franz, Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner, has a bold plan to save forests from wildfires, create jobs, and build affordable housing.

Cross-country HSR: It’s possible to replace cross-country air travel with high-speed rail.

Mukilteo’s big crook: Anti-taxer Tim Eyman has been caught shoplifting ($).

Unintentional parking reformers?: Knowing or unknowing, but national Republicans pushed through a tax expenditure bill last year that apparently increases the cost for parking lots.

F on shoveling: Should Seattle should get an F for snow shoveling?

Obstacle to ADUs: Sightline argues that parking requirements for accessory dwelling units are “climate killers” and overly burdensome.

Falling tax rates: Property taxes will fall for the first time in a long time in many King County cities ($).

CAHSR still moving ahead: California Gavin Newsom bungled his proposal to temporarily scale-back his state’s high-speed rail program this week. Robert Cruickshank says that the program should not stall.

Concerned about gentrification: Business owners in the University District still oppose land use changes in the neighborhood.

Fare-free transit debate: Think-tank Transit Center asks if transit should be free.

Schwebebahn: CityLab profiles Wuppertal, Germany’s odd suspended railway transit system known as the “Schwebebahn”.

End of an era: Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien will not run for reelection ($).

WA’s head biking apostle: Crosscut profiles Barb Chamberlain who is the Washington State Department of Transportation’s hardworking active transportation program director.

Going green: Oregon has unveiled a cap-and-trade bill to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

Setting the bar: On the back end of Capitol Hill, there is a very interesting infill townhouse development proposed.

Thwarting anti-vaxxers: Washington could preempt personal objections to certain vaccinations.

Compounding disaster: Richard Florida explains how natural disasters can lead to gentrification.

Promise of fourplexes: Legalizing fourplexes in much of Portland could reduce displacement risk, according to the city’s analysis.

Win them back: How transit agencies could win back their riders.

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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.