Bleak coastal future: A new sea level rise study indicates even more cities and areas across the globe will be under water by 2050 ($) than previously thought.
SF linkage fee: San Francisco is implementing an impact fee for affordable housing as part of office development.
Renovation or demolition: What if the greenest building isn’t the one already standing?
Charlotte LRT: Charlotte is looking at another light rail expansion, this time 26 miles worth.
Data dispute: Uber is suing Los Angeles over data collection of real-time trips of its bikes and scooters operating in the city.
The pumpkin test: In Durham, bike advocates put out pumpkins to highlight the need for physical protection.
Less airport congestion: LAX has banned ridehailing pickups at the curbs, instead forcing those to occur at a different location. Is it working to reduce congestion?
IndyGo’s success: Indianapolis’ new bus rapid transit line, IndyGo, is a game-changer for system ridership.
Casino express: Virgin Trains USA has been given approval for $3.25 billion in bonds for a high-speed rail project between Las Vegas and the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Mixed-use depot: San Francisco’s Muni plans to build over 500 housing units with half for low-income households over a bus base operated by the transit agency.
Lessons from Europe: Europe has lessons for American cities looking to implement decongestion pricing.
Not that different: Urban and suburban lifestyles aren’t all that different with how people spend their time.
Artistic streets: To make streets better, just add colorful paint to them.
Rethinking the interface: Californians appear to support limits on homebuilding in wildfire hazard areas.
Sopping up rights: Financial institutions are buying up water rights across Washington ($).
Olive’s extension: How did Olive Way come to be?
Newsom’s bad play: Los Angeles’ commuter rail operator, Metrolink, wants high-speed rail funding to be diverted to local improvements for service from Burbank to Anaheim.
Environmental degradation: The Environmental Protection Agency continues to rollback protections, particularly around coal in latest rule change ($).
Hollowing out: The pace of demolitions in Baltimore can’t keep up with the pace of new vacancies ($).
New York streets: A major streets master plan to break car culture appears headed for approval in New York City. But will the city end free street parking?
Leadership matters: After long-term neglect by New Jersey’s previous governor, New Jersey Transit is on the path of recovery and improvement.
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.