The Left holds: Canada will retain a progressive government, despite the Liberals forming a minority government in parliament following this week’s election. The new government will increasingly rely on other left-wing parties for majority.
Mobility wealth: A new study finds that kids who grow up in walkable areas may make more money when they become adults.
Sky is blue: Low-density sprawl cost governments more money than urban development.
Adaptive bikeshare lessons: What can be learned from Oakland’s adaptive bikeshare pilot program?
But careful of drains: Scientists say that leaving the leaves on the ground provide health and environmental benefits.
Polluted governance: Environmental protection of the nation’s waterways just took a huge leap backward.
PDX-BOI choo choo: Could Amtrak service between Portland and Boise return?
There’s a difference: There are nuanced differences between gentrification and the housing shortage problems.
A vision: The federal government may increase funding for Vision Zero programs.
HSR Southeast: An early study for high-speed rail between Charlotte and Atlanta has wrapped up, showing that travel times could be just over two hours.
Sports-related boom: In San Francisco, the lower waterfront area is booming with sports-related highrise development.
Not yet profitable: Lime is set to lose $300 million ($) in 2019.
Win them over: A Swedish is giving people free “test rides” to try out transit.
Open parks: Not everyone is happy with New York City’s “parks without borders” program.
Go Geary: San Francisco is looking at a new east-west corridor for a BART subway.
Go Dutch: Take a dive into how the Dutch improve their bike infrastructure.
Rethinking punishment: A New York City diversion program is offering art classes instead of prosecution for certain low-level offenses.
Pigovian: Chicago’s mayor wants to ramp up fees on ridehailing.
Regulate freight trains: Amtrak’s routinely late long-distance train routes are costing the agency millions of dollars each year.
Poor judgement: A superior court judge says that Edmonds’ safe gun storage law is unconstitutional ($).
Blame Trump: American air quality was improving, but now it’s getting worse.
Decongestion charging: East Palo Alto is considering a decongestion fee program to reduce cut-through highway traffic.
Overcoming inaction: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency may circumvent unwilling state Democrats to enact a four-county clean-fuel standard.
America’s crisis: Traffic fatalities are down in America, but pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities continue to rise ($).
Missing middle housing: Bloomington, Indiana is debating major reform to single-family zones.
Status quo: Chicago’s transit agency plans no hikes and no service changes in next annual budget, but ridership continues to fall.
Climate change fallout: Climate change will lead to faster spread of disease, but scientists want people to be informed.
Rewarding sustainable choices: What if you could jump into a shorter airport security queue if you took transit?
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.