What We’re Reading: Re-inventing the Mall, Re-envisioning Streets, and River Cleanup


Washington eviction wave: A large wave of evictions are likely in much of Washington next month if existing state moratoriums expire.

Pipes blocked: Two major pipeline projects in America have been blocked.

Dining piazzas: New York City is creating “piazzas” for outdoor dining on city streets in the age of Covid.

Re-inventing the mall: Bloomberg CityLab looks at how malls are converting space into housing and mixed-use.

Subdividing commercial space: How could subdividing commercial spaces help cities?

Quick-build bus lanes: Washington, D.C. is rolling out quick-build bus lanes in response to Covid.

Right-to-purchase policy: San Francisco is trialing a “right-to-purchase” law that empowers existing renters to collectively purchase buildings put to sale first in an effort to lower gentrification displacement.

Free transit: A proposed federal program could pilot free local transit programs.

Facilitate street vendors: Streetsblog USA highlights why street vendors must be a part of our post-quarantine streets.

Affordable Singapore: Singapore has a very robust affordable, public housing program, but how does it also have one of the highest housing ownership rates?

Decongestion pricing pilot: Los Angeles is going to pilot decongestion pricing on freeways during peak hours beginning in 2021.

Expediting transit projects: Ontario has passed an expedited planning, design, and construction law for transit that will particularly aid Toronto subway expansion.

Re-envisioning streets: What could Manhattan be like if cars were largely banned from streets ($)?

Lidding Richmond: Richmond, Virginia is planning to build a highway lid over I-95 with a mix of uses to reconnect neighborhoods.

Shortcomings: NYC Streetsblog highlights how open streets aren’t working for everyone.

Not resilient: Why is the sales tax devastating to cities that heavily rely upon it as a funding source?

Don’t be Sweden: Sweden’s approach to dealing with Covid is a cautionary tale ($).

Modular housing: San Francisco is using a new model of modular housing for permanent supportive housing ($) that is faster and cheaper to construct.

Suspended raised: Pay raises for King County transit operators could be cut to save jobs and service ($).

Long-term housing: Lisbon has a plan to reclaiming affordable housing from Airbnb.

River cleanup: A Port of Seattle project to build a new park has begun on the banks of the Duwamish River.

Negligent planning: Most highway projects appear to fail to account for the effects of induced demand in the planning process.

Rise of the bus: Ridership on buses in New York City is higher than subway ridership for the first time ($).

Zoning debate: Chuck Marohn makes a conservative case for abolishing single-family zoning.

Consolidate: With the impacts of Covid being widely felt in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a renewed effort to consolidate the dozens of transit agencies.

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Stephen is an urban planner 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. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.