What We’re Reading: 20-Minute Neighborhood, Ventilation, and Quickly Drying Up


More JUMPs: Lime has added another 1,500 JUMP bikes in Seattle.

Dam removal: With another dam removal, Washington has 37 miles more salmon habitat restored ($).

Street dining: Everett has made it much easier to permit outdoor dining spaces in the street ($).

Sloppy work: In a bizarre move, the United States Census Bureau has indicated that the census count will be terminated a month early ($) even though 40% of the population remains uncounted.

20-minute neighborhood: A neighborhood in Houston takes stock of what it would take to become a 20-minute neighborhood.

Mask slackers: The New York Times takes a look back to the 1918 pandemic when mask slackers were abound ($), too.

Austin’s transit tax: A property tax could foot the cost of new transit improvements in Austin and include anti-displacement funding.

City Limits: A new guide by NACTO on how city leaders should consider changing and setting speed limits.

Pop-up dance: Seattle parks are becoming havens for dance.

Moratorium extended: Utility shutoffs will be banned through mid-October in Washington.

Many fewer cars: The pandemic could mean that 14 million cars are permanently taken off the road in America.

Ventilation: The Atlantic looks at how critical ventilation is in combating the pandemic.

Covid missteps: Japan had been doing a decent job at slowing the spread of Covid, but a lack of seriousness has led to big problems now.

Untapped: A report for the New York City region suggests that hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units could be brought on line without building hundreds of thousands of new structures.

Climate action: California has been making big strides to reduce per capita carbon emissions ($). Meanwhile, Massachusetts is considering a major bill to reduce tailpipe emissions.

All in: Kaiser Permanente is moving forward with a big Capitol Hill campus overhaul.

Burnside rebuild: A new Burnside bridge in Portland could include a full bikeway according to conceptual plans.

Zoning reform: Edmonton has eliminated off-street parking requirements across the city. Meanwhile, Vermont is entertaining legislation that would advance zoning reform for Missing Middle Housing.

Quickly drying up: Affordable housing development is rapidly slowing down during the pandemic.

New plazas: Bike Portland highlights a new example of what Portland’s new car-free streets can be.

Active transportation response: Canada is investing heavily in active transportation options as part of the national Covid response.

Broadway apartments: A major new apartment building on Everett’s Broadway is set to open soon ($).

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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.