September 20th Climate Strike rally at Seattle City Hall. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

End of an era: Long-time writer at Streetsblog USA, Angie Schmitt, says farewell from the publication.

Dirty leadership: At the behest of the occupant in the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with plans to rescind California’s authority to regulate car emission standards.

Tejas HSR: Texas’ high-speed railroad company may be getting closer to securing the $14 billion needed to construct the system.

Everett pedestrian bridge: In Everett, the Grand Avenue bridge is finally moving into place ($), which will provide an option for pedestrians to reach the waterfront.

Tacoma affordable housing: Forterra has picked up a site in the Hilltop Neigbhorhood in Tacoma for affordable housing development.

Farewell LimePod: Lime’s app-based car rental unit is calling it quits in Seattle ($).

Denying affordable housing: San Diego’s right-wing mayor vetoed inclusionary zoning enhancements.

Increasingly unliveable: Las Vegas is a city rapidly heating every year on average, will it continue to be liveable?

Biketown evolving: Portland’s bikeshare program is poised for big expansion and half of the bikes being electric.

Remove dams: Sightline makes the case in a series of articles that dams on the Snake River should be decommissioned and removed.

SJC banning gas: San Jose is on the verge of becoming the largest city in America to ban natural gas.

Bus stop signs: CityLab highlights examples of really awful bus stop signs and how wayfinding can be improved to gain ridership and rider confidence.

Uber dead: Ridehailing companies may be on the verge of losing their business practice of surge pricing.

The gig biz: In Portland, Uber and Lyft are letting scores of drivers roam local streets under their banner even though their records should preclude them.

SkyTrain urbanism: In the Vancouver area, five highrise residential towers are planned around an inner suburban SkyTrain stop.

Westlake shooting: Last week, three people were shot at Westlake Station. Police have brought the suspected shooter into custody ($) and he has been charged ($) with premeditated murder.

We’re killing avians: In a matter of 50 years, North America has lost 3 billion birds ($).

Death by beetle: Many trees in Seattle are dying due to beetles.

Siemensstadt 2.0: In Berlin, a major district owned by industrial Siemens is planned for redevelopment with a high-tech twist.

Housing for all: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has launched a major $2.5 trillion housing platform for all ($).

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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.