What We’re Reading: Post Car Future, Rail First, and Dystopian Car Visions

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Streetcar fare enforcement: Seattle is looking at more fare enforcement on the streetcar to reduce security incidents ($).

Post car future: According to The Economist, Europe is leading on how to build the post-car city ($).

Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure: Democrats running for president had a lot to say about infrastructure in last week’s debates.

Big bad wolves?: How did “developer” become such a dirty word ($)?

Overbuilt: American cities require far too much parking according to Boston planners.

Real Manhattan beach: New York City has revealed designs for Manhattan’s first public beach.

Rail first: The German Green Party wants to end domestic air travel by replacing it with a competitive and environmentally-sound rail system.

Baby steps: Congress is taking baby steps in climate-proofing the latest national transportation funding bill.

Greening fleets: The Federal Transit Administration will issue $85 million in funding for next generation buses.

Inequality cycle: New data shows how income inequality and housing inequality reinforce each other.

Drop in the bucket: Amtrak will match Oregon with a $750,000 grant to reduce passenger train delays along Cascadia Corridor.

Rapid construction: Rainier Square Tower is now Seattle’s second tallest tower and building up rapidly using a new construction practice.

Dystopian car visions: The future that the autonomous car industry wants is a terrifying one.

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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.