Slow start: Two years later, Minneapolis’ zoning reform is slow to deliver on triplexes.
Over-talked narrative: The media is obsessed with the “death of the city” narrative.
Cafe streets: Streetsblog Chicago says that Chicago’s cafe streets have been a huge success and should stay.
Arena district redevelopment: A Philadelphia sports team is looking for more than an arena development in Penn’s Landing with a district plan.
Raise gas taxes: New Jersey’s unique gas tax system is resulting in a gas tax increase due to fewer miles being driven by drivers.
Bay Area tolls: Should all freeways in the Bay Area be tolled?
Where housing bills die: A California bill to more easily allow duplexes in cities across the state died for the year ($). California unions also came out against affordable land use and housing bills ($).
Preventing outbreaks: Wastewater testing at universities like in Arizona has helped in preventing Covid outbreaks.
Covid safe: Washington Governor Jay Inslee is allowing limited capacity openings of museums, but will that be enough for them to survive?
Outdoor education: New York City is approving hundreds of outdoor activities in city streets and parks for schools.
Cosmetic cleaning?: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on cleaning to stop Covid but is all of it necessary?
Vacancy rates: What do and don’t vacancy rates tell you about a housing shortage?
Environmental justice: The Trillion Trees Initiative is trying to plant trees in American cities to fight climate change and address inequity in communities.
Smoked out: Wildfires are raging in much more than just California and a few big nearby cites, vastly impacting public health and the environment.
Stuck at home: A study suggest that millions of seniors may be stuck with very expensive and unsellable homes.
Everett streateries: Everett is setting aside parking spaces for streatery and other outdoor business uses ($).
Metra faring better: Chicago’s Metra Electric commuter rail line has seen ridership boom with fares being suspended comparatively to other services.
Wrong priorities: Vice Magazine looks at how outdated transportation planning models lead to broken transportation investments.
Feeder routes: Should select Seattle-oriented commuter routes from South King County be brought back as feeders to Link light rail?
Ending traffic violence: Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Democratic nominee for president lost family to traffic violence. Could he become the first president to do something to stop it?
Ballooning prices: Seattle area home prices continue to rise as younger buyers bid for housing ($).
Challenges ahead: Charlotte and Sun Belt cities are fast growing places in America, but they have their own share of challenges to address.
Linkage fee: San José has adopted a development linkage fee for affordable housing ($).
Under water: The Hudson River rail tunnel costs continue to rise.
Fascist policy: America’s fascist president is trying to defund cities that he doesn’t like even though it’s probably not constitutional.
Vehicle rampage: Bike Portland critiques Portland’s response to vehicle rampage by white supremicists.
Ban sidewalk parking: Parking on sidewalks could become illegal throughout the United Kingdom.
Covid-safe play streets: How do cities design play streets for the Covid era?
Streetcar Named Desire: What’s so great about streetcar suburbs?
Valuing climate change: Should property valuations consider the impact of climate change?
First Hill highrise: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog profiles a 25-story tower planned for First Hill.
Transit devastation: Baltimore’s transit authority is proposing devastate bus and rail cuts.
Freeway revolt: A Boston community does not want a higher rebuild of I-90 viaducts, instead hoping for a gentler option that makes walking and biking through the area better.
Bonding for housing: Atlanta looks to $100 million bond sale for affordable housing.
We hope you loved this article. If so, please consider subscribing or donating. The Urbanist is a non-profit that depends on donations from readers like you.