Merging Everett Transit: Community Transit and the City of Everett had a serious conversation about merging Everett Transit with Community Transit ($) with a public vote as early as 2021.

Suburban shifts: How are America’s suburban demographics shifting?

Environmental terrorism: The Trump administration continues its environmental terrorism in California, leaving salmon to die.

Cities can lead: Local elections matter, but what can cities do to facilitate participation?

First Nation plans: The Squamish Nation in Vancouver are planning a development double the size originally planned on their urban reservation land.

Pedestrian plan: Portland’s transit agency has kicked off a planning effort for safe pedestrian access.

SUV carnage: New York City will track the harm that SUVs have on city streets.

Chicago manufacturing decline: The success of Chicago’s manufacturing zoning has been mixed at keeping industry.

Vienna: What are the secrets to the world’s most livable city?

Coastal growth: In Southern California, coastal cities will need to plan for more housing and jobs as the Inland Empire takes far less.

Electorate geography: Density increasingly is a big factor in deciding statewide elections.

Amtrak boom: Amtrak is poised to break even next year as ridership grows on its urban routes, which could justify more service.

Walking in Memphis: Memphis is the most dangerous place to walk in America.

Don’t buy cars: General Motors stands alone in its support of the Trump administration’s fight to emit.

Banking on downtown: Los Angeles’ draft plans would allow up to 125,000 new residents and 55,000 new jobs locate in Downtown Los Angeles through 2040.

Big and small: A Strong Towns author argues that when communities make it harder to build, developers are actually given more power.

Less natural gas: Simple pen strokes by the governor could wean Washington off of natural gas.

Port decarbonization: Oslo wants to decarbonize their port.

Affirmative action Washington: If the affirmative action initiative fails in Washington, what happens next?

Waste collection zones: New York City has adopted new waste collection zones across the city to reduce operational impacts and carbon emissions.

Urban canopy: What role do urban trees play around the globe?

Broken system: According to a new report, Uber’s software is responsible for not recognizing that a pedestrian was crossing the street when its autonomous vehicle hit and killed the person.

Ballard blocks: Everything you wanted to know about Ballard street names.

The great debate: Brookings evaluates whether zoning is a useful tool or regulatory barrier.

Psychological resiliency: How can communities build up psychological resiliency to future disasters?

Transit wins: Despite Washington’s statewide vote, transit mostly won on election night in America.

Article Author

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.