What We’re Reading: Areaways, Red Cup Project, and Remove the Hazard

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Withdrawn but not out: Mayor Jenny Durkan had her pick to lead the Human Services Department withdraw from further consideration.

Areaways: Due to risk of collapse, Seattle’s transportation department will impose restrictions of heavier vehicles along First Avenue in Pioneer Square ($) as well as other nearby streets with areaways.

NJ delusions of grandeur: New Jersey’s governor thinks he has an exemption carveout for his residents in hand for the New York City decongestion fee.

What’s railroad company?: Whether or not Texas Central will be able to proceed with eminent domain to acquire right-of-way for the company’s high-speed rail line lies in semantics.

Planning PIT: A new plan emerges for major redevelopment in Pittsburgh.

Red Cup Project: Drawing attention to dangerous bike lanes, advocates rolled out red cups and tomatoes to show that lack of protection is deadly. The campaign followed the death of a prolific D.C.-area bike advocate last week who was hit by a person driving.

Gothic nomination: Eagleson Hall, a Gothic-style building on the University of Washington campus, has been nominated for landmarking.

Party of denial: Virginia Republicans have sought to block the state from joining a regional carbon emissions cap-and-trade program ($), but the governor could line-item veto the proviso.

Capitol Hill development: What will the new building going in next to the Knights of Columbus in Capitol Hill look like?

Federal abusers: Over the past 10 years, the federal government has deported more than 30,000 people from King County International Airport.

CA push for housing: Will a major land use housing bill pass in California?

Remove the hazard: What is the Hierarchy of Controls, and what does it have to do with bikes?

Transit for all: On Earth Day, advocates urged the University of Washington to provide all employees with free transit passes to reduce congestion and carbon emissions.

Just 4,000 voted: Who won in the lightly voted-in King County Conservation District elections?

Tech fail: In Kansas, Facebook has been used in the teaching curriculum and it’s not delivering good results ($).

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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.