LA-LAS HSR: Virgin Trains USA plans to have an electric high-speed rail line up and running by 2023 between Southern California and Las Vegas.

Expanding Penn: New York’s governor wants to expand track capacity at Penn Station in Manhattan to accommodate more passengers ($).

Weakening NEPA: The Trump administration wants to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act by striking consideration of climate change ($), but Congress may end up trying to block the changes.

Learn from Finland: Finland has ended homelessness.

GND CA: California state legislators have announced a Green New Deal platform.

New tenant: PCC, not New Seasons, will go in as the new grocery at 23rd Ave and E Union St.

Stop victim-shaming: Charles Marohn of Strong Towns says that the federal government should stop victim-shaming people who walk.

Urban architecture: CityLab explains how every city in the 1980s needed a science center.

Legalizing public housing: California could wind up eliminating a law that is blocking more public housing in the state.

Preserving businesses: A small business stabilization pilot program is launching in Seattle.

Bus lanes approved: The federal government is now allowing red bus lanes to be widely used across the country ($).

Transit is key: The Globe and Mail‘s editorial board says that transit is key to Canada’s future success as it grows.

The big issue: Homelessness charts as the biggest statewide issue in Washington in the latest Elway poll.

Underbuilt: A new report says that Washington has underbuilt housing by 225,600 units in the past 15 years.

Unsustainable nation: In the past decade, America built 24 times as many miles of new highways and arterials than new quality transit services.

Reducing evictions: Federal Way has made it hard to evict tenants without good cause.

Building density: Lloyd Alter explains why building density matters as much as building efficiency.

Future-proofing: Seattle Subway says that ST4 must be passed to future-proof light rail expansion from unnecessary growing pains, missed opportunities, and added costs.

What’s a Republican?: Washington Democrats look set to mop up in 2020 elections.

Dwindling coal use: A decline in coal use in 2019 may have led to an annual reduction in carbon emissions in the United States.

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