Catastrophic truth: Global youth climate action leader, Greta Thunberg, spoke to the United Nations on the issue this week.
Farewell Macy’s: While the writing was on the wall, Macy’s has finally decided to close its historic Downtown Seattle location ($).
Vancity climate strike:100,000 demonstrators partook in Vancouver’s climate strike on Friday.
Easy “no”: Joining the chorus against the latest Tim Eyman anti-transportation initiative is the Seattle Times Editorial Board, strongly opposing it ($).
Ranking car-free America: Where are the best and worst places in America to live car-free?
New stadium digs: The Mariners are getting $30 million in luxury improvements ($) made to T-Mobile Stadium.
Uncertain outlook: The Intiman Theater could be closing up shop soon.
Germany’s for forests: Germany is making a €800 million commitment to replant and renew its waning forests.
Five fewer markets: Car2Go is pulling out of Portland next month and four other North American cities this year.
Put LRT on it: Washington and Oregon officials want to start building a new Columbia River crossing by 2025.
NYC’s new library: Take a gander inside New York City’s new $40 million library.
Put money on bikes: Paris wants to build an e-bike boom.
SeaBus delays: Vancouver’s new SeaBus vessel will not enter service until next year.
Lessons learned: CityLab explained this week why a London street the became car-free failed and lessons to avoid a repeat.
Women in architecture: An historic preservation grant program will help preserve buildings that tell the stories of women.
Wrong direction: Super-commuting is up, but there’s nothing super about that.
Teaming up for housing: Microsoft is teaming up with King County and the King County Housing Authority to provide $245 million for affordable rents for 3,000 residents ($).
Vancity infill: Three landmark towers are planned around Vancouver’s Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station.
Too blunt: A new federal bill would tie transit funding to housing production.
Stormy outlook: A new United Nations report suggests that storm-of-the-century storms could happen virtually every year after 2050 in coastal cities.
Hybrid ferries: BC Ferries will launch its first hybrid electric ferries next year.
Nothing under the cushions: The Seattle Public Schools operating budget is pretty tight and appears short of needed revenue to meet expenditures ($).
Food cart regs: Local government in Portland could begin to more tightly regulate food cart pods.
Addressing displacement: A Los Angeles councilmember is pushing for “anti-displacement” zones.
More overtime pay: Federal rules will expand overtime pay eligibility ($) to hundreds of thousands of American workers.
What you’d expect: Housing organizations tore apart the White House’s report on homelessness.
Old and new: A townhouse development in Vancouver is helping to subsidize preservation of a historic landmark.
Thanks, Delta: The Amtrak dining car looks headed for the history books ($).