On fire: Apparently two Lime bike batteries caught fire this week. Whoops. Is that something we should be worried about?

Safer places: A new Seattle homelessness pilot program will try to help reach those living in cars and vans.

Tolls for transit: A federal court of appeals agrees that interstate tolls in Pennsylvania can be spent on transit.

White House racism: Washington State will lead the fight against the federal regime’s attempt to redefine the application of “public charge” in denying Green Cards to immigrants.

Parisian veloism: Paris has grand plan for cycletracks to reach and crisscross its suburbs.

New leadership: A first-time candidate, Girmay Zahilay, looks poised to unseat lifer King County Councilmember Larry Gossett.

Highway removal: A new federal program would help cities remove highways.

Improving consultation: A Bay Area transportation planner makes the case for rethinking the way government conducts public outreach with diverse communities.

Low levels of salmon: A salmon season begins, their numbers in area rivers are at very concerning low levels.

Fewer service hours: Four Seattle community centers will see hours reduced beginning in September ($).

Bus only: Seattle now has a name to the woman who stepped up to keep motorists of the bus lane last week. This week, fellow advocates went next level in a campaign with red flags ($) waving motorists out of the lanes.

Unfair governance: The federal regime is planning to attack the principle of “disparate impact” in fair housing law, which could negatively affect its enforcement in communities across the country.

Generational divides: How are local demographics changing in Seattle for voting cohorts ($)?

Climate conscious cities: Sightline asks how our different our cities would look like if we took climate change seriously.

Scooter city: Everett is looks poised to keep its Lime electric scooters around ($) on city streets.

New in-need services: A new development in Downtown Seattle will provide the local aging homeless population with housing and healthcare.

Drinking water woes: A new report shows just how challenging safe, affordable, and reliable drinking water access and supply is in many Global South cities.

Disrupting progress: Streetsblog explains how Uber (and Lyft) is a “slow-motion tragedy.”

The greens roof: The world’s largest urban farm is set to open atop a roof in Paris.

Two tiered system: Car2Go has changed its rate structure in Seattle by creating two fare zones.

Environmental terrorism: California is suing the federal regime to stop a rollback of an environmental rule on coal-fired power plants. The Endangered Species Act is also proposed to be substantially weakened ($).

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound 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. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.