A proper cycletrack in Victoria, British Columbia.
A proper cycletrack in Victoria, British Columbia.

Pandemic planning: CityLab explains how global pandemics are also an urban planning issue.

Adaptive reuse: The historic Georgetown Steam Plant will become a hub for arts and innovation.

America votes: Planetizen has a rundown of some of the top planning and land use votes across American from Super Tuesday.

Future connections: A complete regional trail network in South King County is surprisingly close.

No sick time: With the novel coronavirus spreading, many people still don’t enough or any sick time because of how they are employed.

Valley trail: The Yakima Nation Tribal Council in Eastern Washington has proposed 150 miles of trails from White Swan to Union Gap.

YIMBY USA: A national YIMBY bill is making progress in the United States House of Representatives.

BRT for PHX: Phoenix is looking at six possible corridors for bus rapid transit.

Civil emergency: Seattle has enacted a Proclamation of Civil Emergency over the novel coronavirus spreading in the city and region.

Net ecological gain: A net ecological gain could become a requirement in Washington’s building codes.

Failed system: Anna Zivarts, a mobility advocate with Rooted In Rights, argues that Washington’s next transportation should be less car-dependent and more focused on walking, rolling, biking, and transit.

Climate pact: On the East Coast, the public appears to be more onboard with a regional climate pact that state governors.

Lethal politics: Kent tried to block a temporary quarantine facility for potential novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients but lost in court. Similar local politics could hamper the response to contain the novel coronavirus.

ADU bonanza: Illinois flirts with statewide allowance for accessory dwelling units.

LRT TOD: Expansion of light rail in New Jersey is expected to spur new development on the new line.

Scofflaw: According to a study, scofflaw scooters are still far less than scofflaw cars.

Viral census: The United States 2020 census is only a few weeks away and important to planning efforts across government, but the spread of the novel coronavirus could hamper those efforts.

Livable: Vienna is routinely called one of the most livable cities in the world, but is it really?

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Stephen Fesler
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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.