Structurally opposed to cities: The United States Senate is structurally set up against urban areas and in particularly large cities, effectively giving a third of their electoral power to rural areas.

Highway removal: Utrecht is restoring a historic canal by removing an old 1970s highway segment.

King County migration: During the boom years, where did King County residents come from and go ($)?

Funding transit: Lawmakers in Nevada have sent a constitutional amendment to voters that would allow the gas tax to be used on public transportation investments.

A Maryland first: The first bus rapid transit line in Maryland is almost ready to launch.

Inequitable distribution: Federal grants for transportation investments have been favored in rural areas by the Trump administration.

Delayed: Staffing shortages and budget shortfall may delay D.C.’s Metrorail Silver Line extension.

Disproportionate impacts: Migrant workers are getting hit hard by the pandemic.

BART funding: The Bay Area Rapid Transit system has gotten $1.2 billion in federal grants and another $500 million in grants from California.

Cleared for construction: Virginia’s Long Bridge expansion project for trains has cleared environmental review, which would primarily benefit regional passenger rail.

College town pain: Businesses in Washington’s college communities are feeling the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Equitable TOD: Chicago has released its first equitable transit-oriented development plan.

Bankrupt: The Las Vegas Monorail has filed for bankruptcy.

Policy reform necessary: A new congressional report suggests that land use and transportation reforms are necessary to nudge Americans out of their cars.

Anti-city president: The anti-city agenda by Trump is a perilous one that threatens recovery of the American economy for all ($).

Bike by rail: Amtrak is allowing more bikes on trains in New England.

Renter debt crisis: Renters are facing a big debt crisis as the bills pile up from the pandemic economic pain.

Scot-free: Will South Dakota’s Attorney General get away with his hit-and-run murder of a person who was walking?

De-highwayify: The Portland area has come up with a draft study for local cities that could wind up encouraging cities to adopt “orphaned highways” by the state.

Car pollution: Noise pollution from cars is our other car pollution crisis.

Streets for kids: How can cities remake streets for children during the pandemic?

Blocking pipes: Six states where the Colorado River flows through want a water pipeline project for Utah slowed down.

Most compassionate city: Leeds is named the United Kingdom’s most compassionate city.

Redlined impacts: Formerly redlined neighborhoods have higher rates of Covid-19 prevalence than other neighborhoods, according to a new report.

“Zoning”?: A historic preservation law is being challenged in Houston as “zoning”, which is banned for the city by the state.

Lock-to?: Chicago reports that the “lock-to” rule for e-scooters is reducing e-scooter blockages on sidewalks.

NYC condo trends: Condo sales continue to drop in New York City ($), but the drop is least in Manhattan.

Climate refugees: By one count, America already as 1.2 million climate change refugees.

RTD struggles: Denver’s transit authority braces for massive layoffs in the wake of the pandemic.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.

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