Reducing emissions: East Coast states are looking at cap-and-trade changes that would hike fuel prices to lower carbon emissions from motorists ($).
Soaring rents: Phoenix was once seen as a land of affordability, but rents are soaring fast.
Cali rent cap: California has a new residential rent cap law in force, but what does that mean for renters?
Induced demand denier: Elon Musk denies intro economics on induced demand to justify his tunnel car sewers.
Car free: York, England hopes to ban cars from its city center within three years.
Merger more likely: As finances worsen, Everett continues a dialogue on a possible merger of Everett Transit with Community Transit as well as dire forecasts under the status quo ($).
The new SPL: The Seattle Public Library has implemented new changes on late returned media and forgiveness to past patrons.
Partial solution: A study indicates that the Olympic Mountains, Cascade Range, and forests along the coast have the most potential to sequester carbon, but logging needs to be curtailed.
Lead nation: While lead has been banned for decades, its effects across America remain deeply unequal.
Corrupt incentives: New York was prepared to give Amazon an additional billion dollars ($) in government handouts to lure “HQ2” there.
Lower mileage: Americans are poised to drive less in 2020.
Facial recognition: Washington may be looking at new regulations for facial recognition.
French housing solutions: Yonah Freemark explains how the French are fixing a housing crisis comparable to California’s.
Eyes on Minneapolis: Major land use and housing policy changes are poised to be rolled out in Minneapolis this year.
A false hope: The Tappen Zee Bridge in New York is busier than ever and continued evidence of the induced demand cycle.
Highway building creep: California is looking toward more toll lanes, mainly in the form of high occupancy toll lanes, which will further induce highway demand.
Wild urban park: Pittsburgh has acquired about 600 acres of land, once use for mining and munitions, and now plans a wild urban park.
Not regulated enough: Los Angeles may require ridehailing operators to drive electric vehicles only.
Vision Zero at work: Vision Zero is working in Oslo where no people walking or biking were killed by drivers in 2019.
Everett scooters: Lime has pulled its electric scooters in Everett for the winter ($).
Cancelled: A major highrise project in Berkeley appears to be dead.
New life: A 1920s tower in Tacoma, formerly in commercial use, will find new life as housing ($).
Retrofits needed: The cost to repair homes in poor condition for low-income households in Philadelphia is pegged at more than $2.7 billion.
Better lights: LED streetlights and new shielding standards may forever change Chicago’s night sky.
Climate action cost: The global cost to transition to 100% renewable energy could top $73 trillion.
More restrictive?: According to a new study, primarily of suburban jurisdictions, American land use regulations have become more restrictive since the Great Recession.
Slowing growth rate: California’s growth rate is slowing and statewide population may still be short of 40 million.
On-demand: How has the on-demand economy reshaped American cities?
Map of the Week: See a decade of American urban change from above ($).