A pedestrian street in Macau.
A pedestrian street in Macau.

Disconnected: According to a new study, streets across the globe are becoming less connected.

Curbing sprawl: An Arizona bill would block rural-to-urban water rights transfers from the Colorado river.

Bike 520: Seattle Bike Blog takes a dive into what the extended SR-520 trail might look like in reaching Capitol Hill and Eastlake.

Deadly streets: Orlando has the most unsafe streets in the country, but has plans to fix that.

Funding better options: Fees on ridehailing have already become an important funding source for speeding up delivery of sustainable transportation improvements.

Restoring the environment: Amsterdam is leading the way on restoring wetlands.

PDX’s gas tax projects: Portland could re-up its gas tax this spring, but what projects will it fund?

Expanding Harborview: Harborview Medical Center is planning to build a new tower to expand the hospital and is poised to cost nearly $1 billion ($).

Car-free streets: A big portion of Market Street in San Francisco is now closed to cars and the results look good. Meanwhile, people in Ghent say that since streets have become car-free they are more pleasant.

International changes: In response to the global Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has begun screening international travelers coming from China for the virus ($). The airport has also rolled a new skybridge into place to connect terminals for new international customs space opening this fall.

SB 50’s dead: A big California bill to increase development capacity in cities across the state has failed again this year.

Housing CA by lawsuits: Litigation by California’s attorney general over land use has been delivering good results.

Suburban Boomers: Trends show that the Baby Boomer generation is choosing less urban lifestyles than previous generations ($).

Rising rates: Seattle-area home price rises appear to be accelerating at pace with the national average ($).

Less than 10%: For 110 affordable apartments above Capitol Hill Station, more than 1,300 applications were submitted.

Not considered: When purchasing a new car, few people consider carbon emissions at the dealership.

Less delay: Kirkland will kick off construction of a new pedestrian and bike bridge to remove an obstacle of crossing Totem Lake Blvd and NE 124th St when using the trail.

National transportation framework: Democrats in the House of Representatives have released a $760 billion transportation framework.

Car-oriented capitals: Can you name the five state capitals that you can’t reach without a car?

Parking’s downside: Data continues to show that apartments with free parking reduce transit use by tenants.

Map of the Week: Yonah Freemark has his 2020 interactive map out highlighting major transit projects poised for delivery across North America this year.

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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.