What We’re Reading: Billions to Adapt, Showbox Unsaved, and Venice of the North

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Supportive housing in Everett: A total of 65 supportive housing units will soon open in Everett.

Billions to adapt: According to a Washington report, the state would need to spend $24 billion to stave off flooding related to the global climate emergency.

America’s biggest boondoggle: Streetsblog is back this year with the biggest highway boondoggles, which include unnecessary projects in Michigan, Oregon, and Texas.

Walking deaths blamed wrongly: Pedestrian fatalities are soaring America, but they are often being erroneously attributed to distracted walking.

Ritzy PDX: A new tower in Portland will house the first Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Pacific Northwest.

Gender gap: Seattle has the widest gender gap for bicycling.

Stopping rent rises: Berlin will freeze rents in residential housing for five years after extraordinary rent increases and speculation in a housing market dominated by renters.

Advocates urge safe streets: Seattleites concerned with safe streets turned out by the hundreds last weekend to raise the voice on the issue.

Showbox unsaved: A King County Superior Court judge has tossed out Seattle’s emergency ordinance declaring the Showbox site a portion of the Pike Place Historic District, putting the regulatory future of the site in question.

Envision fourplex blocks: Sightline highlights what a street in Portland looks like nearly four decades after fourplexes were legalized.

OR legalizing missing middle: Oregon’s state house passed a bill that would legalize missing middle housing in cities across the state, but it’s final fate is still unknown.

Net zero NY: New York is set to approve a net-zero carbon emissions target ($).

Foresting Paris: Paris wants to grow urban forests at famous landmarks.

The future of LRT: Sound Transit has provided a sneak peek at new light rail vehicles that will go into service next year ($).

Regressing: A right-wing government in Madrid may end the car-free, pollution-fighting restrictions in the city center and major roads.

Sky high: Two blocks near Amazon’s campus in Belltown are going for $175 million ($).

Incentivizing sustainable modes: British Columbia could end up paying commuters to walk or bike.

El Corazón highrise?: The owner of music venue El Corazón says that a highrise on the site could still accommodate the venue.

Google in for housing: Google plans to spend $1 billion on housing in the Bay Area, the bulk of it being on company property.

Venice of the North: In Surrey, British Columbia, the mayor envisions turning city roads into canals.

Seattle installing LPIs: Seattle will improve many intersections for pedestrians using leading intervals at stoplights ($).

Party of Trump: In Oregon, Senate Republicans have fled the capital and state, some with the aide of armed right-wing domestic terrorists to avoid a vote on a climate emergency bill and one senator threatening murder of state police.

Map of the Week: Where do America’s renters want to go next?

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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.