What We’re Reading: We’re #1, UN on Zoning, and Not Blocked Yet in Everett

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Everett with the harbor in the background. (City of Everett)

Windshield view: Oregon has a new state transportation secretary who greatly misunderstands how climate change works because he is a highway builder at heart.

New bike regs: Portland has passed a major update to its bike parking code.

TOD in DC: Washington, D.C. is looking toward transit-oriented development to form its regional long-range plan.

We’re number one: Washington is the most bike-friendly state in the country for 2019.

Toronto’s plan: Toronto’s mayor hopes to raise property taxes for more transit and housing.

Fare-free: Kansas City has made transit fare-free.

Cashless America: What are the downsides of going cashless?

Bad management: Landlords in Washington are actively trying to circumvent a new renter-protection law.

New tolls: Could Los Angeles end up tolling I-405?

LVT: Could Detroit tackle its many parking lots with a land value tax?

Naming rights: Should we care about selling transit naming for revenue?

Not this year: Massachusetts’ housing choices bill stalled out in the legislature this year.

Energy costs differ: Neighborhoods with higher rates of people of color tend to spend more on energy bills per household.

Doing the cuts: Could cuts come to transportation anyway even with I-976 on hold?

Inequity at play: In California, homeowners have 20 empty bedrooms for every homeless person in the state.

Kent makes changes: Kent moves to regulate Airbnbs and further limit household sizes.

Cheers, Uber: London has taken away Uber’s operating license.

UN on housing: To combat climate change, a United Nations report suggests allowing more multifamily development.

Not blocked yet: Everett may end up letting a supportive housing project move forward after all, but with more design requirements ($).

Rose Lanes: Portland’s new bus lanes appear to be performing well.

Monorail: Is a monorail for Maryland a ridiculous idea?

Vacancies: Vacant properties remain widespread across America despite its housing crisis.

Map of the Week: Where is there the most wage inequality in America?

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Stephen is an urban planner 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. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.