What We’re Reading: FB Goes East, Pier Problems, and Railway Urban Life


FB goes east: Facebook is buying REI’s corporate digs in Bellevue’s Spring District.

Marysville masterplan: Marysville wants feedback on what people think of the city center ($) in order to update a masterplan.

Biketown 2.0: Portland’s Biketown bikeshare expansion has been implemented with upgrades to e-bikes.

Food scene: A 2018 California bill allowing restraurants to locate in homes has brought a “dining revolution” to the food scene.

WMATA problems: Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail Silver Line stations have more cracks, but how will that affect Phase 2 expansion?

Density bonus delivers: Austin’s housing density bonus program is bringing thousands of affordable housing units online.

Climate change denial: A big Maryland expansion plan is getting much scrutiny.

Pier problems: Seattle’s Pier 58 partially collapsed Sunday evening ($) after removal work had started. Meanwhile, New Westminster’s park pier was engulfed in fire later on Sunday.

Quarantining gas impacts: It appears that Americans quarantining during the pandemic saved $22 billion in gasoline expenditures and society way more.

Monument to racism: The toppled Confederate monument at Lake View Cemetery in Capitol Hill is not coming back.

Penn’s Landing: Philadelphia has a $2.2 billion redevelopment plan for Penn’s Landing, a waterfront area, with a chosen developer.

Failure to approve: San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors kill a legislative proposal to speed up development of affordable housing.

Stuck in gear: E-bikes probably aren’t coming to Boston’s Bluebikes bikeshare program anytime soon.

Railway urban life: What can the world learn from life under Tokyo’s railway tracks?

Structural problems: Citymetric explains how the pandemic is magnifying the structural problems of America’s housing market.

Don’t stop short: Strong Towns says that it’s going to take more than zoning changes to realize missing middle housing policies.

Micromobility sticking around: NACTO says that micromobility is here to stay despite setbacks from the pandemic.

Keeping pace: The urban housing markets are keeping pace with the suburban housing markets in America with few exceptions, according to Zillow.

Map of the Week: The West is on fire ($).

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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.