What We’re Reading: AMS Gas-Free Policy, Tax the Rich, and Backyard Affordability


AMS gas-free policy: Amsterdam is leading the way in Europe on banning gas-powered vehicles.

Extraordinary skepticism: Southeast Seattleites expressed concern with the city’s trimmed down and uncertain Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Plan.

Polluter-in-Chief: A recent order by Trump could threaten Washington State’s authority to protect the environment under the Clean Water Act.

Growing pains: Crosscut has run a poll to get a pulse on how people feel about growth.

Mulligan: A $2 trillion national infrastructure plan may just wind up leading to worse climate outcomes.

Idaho in Oregon?: Oregon’s legislature is still debating whether or not to enact the “Idaho Stop” for people biking.

Tax the rich: A handful of Senate Democrats blockaded a progressive tax on capital gains, despite wide party support.

Sky high: An approved 64-story residential tower in Burnaby would become the tallest building in British Columbia if built.

Transit and housing: A Los Angeles study indicates that housing along transit corridors tends to be more valuable and costly.

Racing toward green: New York City wants to make buildings in the city super energy efficient by 2030, but is it possible?

Family Snatcher Air grounded: Contractors at King County International Airport have agreed to stop transporting detained immigrants by the federal government.

Disparate enforcement: According to a report, Seattle’s police department is still disparately enforcement at higher rates among minority populations.

Backyard affordability: Los Angeles has a new program to finance and build accessory dwelling units if used for affordable housing by accepting Section 8 vouchers.

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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.