LRT saved: Phoenix voters defeated a Koch-backed effort to block light rail expansion in the city, ensuring that projects will continue moving forward.

At risk architecture: A famous example of Japanese Metabolist architecture could be on the way out in Tokyo.

Delayed implementation: Tolling will finally start ($) on the SR-99 tunnel on November 9th.

Rose Quarter boondoggle: Oregon’s unnecessary highway expansion of I-5 in Portland is likely to get a full environmental review.

Leaving Americans behind: Because the region is “too wealthy,” King County has lost grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for local emergency shelters and food banks.

A primary determinant: The 30-minute commute has long determined our urban history, explains CityLab.

Leisurely hangout: Why do Singaporeans love the Changi Airport, their local aerodrome, so much?

Unite for your rights: Crosscut talks with union organizer Alex Gallo-Brown about labor.

Invest in labor: Richard Florida says that the future of the Middle Class depends upon upgrading service jobs which a fast growing number of Americans rely.

Transfer of wealth: The New York Times highlighted how Opportunity Zones, a major policy priority from the occupant in the White House, is becoming a windfall for the rich ($) instead of the communities it was supposedly meant to help.

Comeback, faltering, uncharted: Shelterforce asks what the future of Black urban middle and working class neighborhoods are in America.

Sexist system: Streetsblog highlights how our transportation system is biased against women.

Modest rent stabilization: California’s governor and state legislature leadership have come to agreement on terms of capping residential rent increases across the state.

Regeneration opportunity: The historic Molson brewery site in Montréal could be fully redeveloped.

Map of the Week: There’s no need to debate any longer over what constitutes the Midwest because it’s been mapped based upon respondents’ opinions.

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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.