UNESCO recognition: Eight buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright have been registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Democracy sustained: Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers program has survived the state supreme court in a ruling that it is constitutional ($).

Basic human rights: With surging property costs, Portugal has passed a right to housing law.

Dirty war: Washington is suing over the Navy dumping toxic wastes into Puget Sound.

Loser again: Another Tim Eyman anti-tax initiative has bit the dust.

Federal Way LRT funding: The Federal Transit Administration has dolled out $100 million in additional grant funding for the Federal Way Link light rail extension project.

Ignoring human suffering: The Everett City Council held a hearing this week on maintaining a moratorium against supportive housing in the city ($) after the school district and nonprofit proposed development of apartments for homeless students and their families.

Conditioned: How do Americans use air conditioning?

Consumer preferences: Cities with walkable neighborhoods are seeing housing and office construction soar while suburbs without them are seeing property values fall.

Apartment factory: A Chicago company is banking on a factory for apartments.

BRT Creep: The Madison Bus Rapid Transit project has received several significant updates in advance of construction in 2020.

Subsidizing sports: Will Tacoma spend millions for a new stadium to support professional sports teams?

Map of the Week: CityLab highlights what micro-mapping can reveal about city density.

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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.