Upgrading the flagship: Uwajimaya plans to make a major update ($) to its flagship store in Seattle.
Planning congestion: Massachusetts plans to convert a high occupancy vehicle lane to a general purpose lane, which has advocates fighting the move.
Blocked again, for now: A federal judge has blocked a racially-motivated change to immigration laws for use of public service.
Hospitals for housing: Why are hospitals getting into the housing business? ($)
No jail: Advocates are pressuring the Tacoma City Council to revoke the business license of a private detention center that is mistreating immigrants on behalf of the federal administration.
Housing market fluxes: Sales of pricey homes are slowing in Seattle, but some submarkets are hot ($).
Entice them back: Why did the bus become so bad in America and what can cities do to bring riders back?
Planning America: What cities in America are most popular for urban planners?
Unhealthier option: A report indicates that drivers inhale more pollution than people who bike.
Focus on cars: The federal government says colorful crosswalks could be unsafe ($), but cities disagree.
Green gentrification: Richard Florida explains why certain types of urban parks and open space can create gentrification.
Market Street renaissance: A $604 million remake of Market Street in San Francisco is nearing completion and it will come with no cars and safer biking facilities.
Bus lane bonanza: Portland has gotten the green light from the federal government to move forward with its ambitious plan for bus lanes.
Restoring history: The University of Washington is seeking $13 million to renovate its landmarked boat shell house.
Pigovian prospects: In Portland, a new taskforce will look at how to make people driving pay the true cost of using the road.
Ballard fire: A prominent block on Market Street in Ballard went ablaze last week leaving many businesses closed for now ($).
Tighten landlord regulations: Washington landlords are actively circumventing new anti-eviction laws.
Reduce emissions: Streetblog explains why Californians need to drive less.
Corrupt leadership: Federal transportation secretary Elaine Chao, wife of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), spends 25% of her scheduled meetings with Kentucky officials.
Copter nonsense: The Uber helicopter idea is a bad one.
Bringing the action: Because Oregon failed to enact a carbon fee, environmental advocates are seeking to pass climate initiatives.
Wildfire response: California’s major utility company cut power to thousands of consumers to reduce wildfire risk. Meanwhile, Washington is taking a proactive forest management approach to reduce wildfire risk.
Tunnel saga: The court battles over who is at fault for the failed tunnel boring effort and cost overruns of SR-99 are getting heated ($).
Biggest wind farm: The world’s largest offshore wind farm is set to launch in 2020.
Accessible subway plan: A $5.5 billion plan is moving ahead to fund more accessibility ($) for the New York City Subway.
Fate of IZ: Could the United States Supreme Court strike down inclusionary zoning?
Controversial plan: New York City is planning to close Rikers Island, the city’s chief jail, and disperse its functions to new jails across the five boroughs.
Polluted administration: New federal environmental regulations proposed could lead to more water pollution.
Climate action leadership: In 30 major cities around the world, carbon emissions are dropping.
Shoreline filling: San Francisco may allow landfilling of shorelines to address climate change.
Map of the Week: The New York Times has a very detailed map of automobile emissions ($) across America.