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 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.