Transit operator wellbeing: The first King County Metro bus operator has died of COVID-19 ($). Transit operators across the country are demanding safer working conditions.

Protecting Washington Renters: Washington Governor Jay Inslee has imposed additional eviction and rental increase freezes ($). But landlords continue to try and break moratorium restrictions.

Supporting business: The Seattle City Council has taken additional actions to support local businesses.

Sued for violations: Washington is suing Facebook for routinely violating the state’s campaign finance laws.

Closed: The West Seattle Bridge could wind up closed for a very long time ($).

Keep traffic down: Streetsblog says that Americans shouldn’t let driving levels rebound after COVID-19 is defeated.

X marks a monument: A big X monument will appear in the Capitol Hill Station plaza, but what is the story behind it?

Legislative vacancies: A long time Democratic state senator from Snohomish County, John McCoy, is stepping down from office ($). Meanwhile, Democrat Jared Mead is leaving the state legislature for a vacant seat on the Snohomish County Council ($).

Office conversions: Could working from home lead to office-to-residential conversions?

Shrinking construction industry: Layoffs are expanding across the construction industry like wildfire.

Death cult: Far right car activists are now using their vehicles to fight for killing Americans with COVID-19.

2020 Green stimulus: In 2009, America passed a clean energy stimulus. Could that happen this year?

Farmers markets return: Some farmers markets are returning to Seattle albeit with changes. Other farmers markets in Washington are reopening, too.

Enhanced benefits: Expanded unemployment benefits are coming to Washington this weekend, but the filing website will temporarily be down on Saturday.

Mail voting works: Washington’s successful vote-by-mail system wasn’t built overnight, but it is working well and is a model for other states.

Expand rental assistance: Expanding Housing Choice Vouchers could improve the social safety net during the coronavirus epidemic.

Superstars will return: Superstar cities may be struggling now with the coronavirus epidemic, but they probably will rebound better economically than other places.

Protect the USPS: Instead of privatizing the United States Postal Service, what other ideas are out there to actually improve it?

Census delayed: The United States 2020 Census is due for an in-person counting delay to ensure public safety ($) during the coronavirus epidemic.

Youth need relief: Young adults are disproportionately getting very hard hit financially by the coronavirus epidemic economic fallout ($) in Washington.

People streets: Residents in Washington, D.C. are taking matters into their own hands to open streets for people to safely walk and bike.

Reopening WA: When can Washington reopen, sorta? The University of Washington has modeled that ($).

Maps of the Week: Take a gander at a 1942 map of Washington, D.C.’s bus and streetcar network as well as lockdown life maps.

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