What We’re Reading: Lower BC HSR, Legalizing Multifamily, and Trump Death Cult

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Lower BC HSR: Could a high-speed rail line between Whistler and Chilliwack via Vancouver become a reality?

Failing workers: According to a study, late-night transit is failing non-white night shift workers in America.

Better Naito Forever: Better Naito, a bikeway along the waterfront in Downtown Portland, has received permanent approval.

Worse off: For low-income students, many of their schools were already in bad shape and now the pandemic has made things so much worse.

Shifting blame and costs: Michigan takes a huge step backward in car insurance requirements, putting more financial pressure and blame on vulnerable users of the road.

Cambridge PBLs: Cambridge, Massachusetts is fast-tracking a citywide protected bike lane network.

Northeast cap pact: The carbon capping pact in the Northeast is saving lives and cutting healthcare costs.

Eviction moratorium extended: Governor Jay Inslee has further extended the state eviction moratorium through December.

Vote Inslee: The choice couldn’t be clearer in Washington’s gubernatorial race on critical issues.

Legalizing multifamily: Voters in Alameda, a San Francisco Bay Area city, could remove a ban on multifamily housing in the city this November.

DMV regional rail: A new coalition wants a comprehensive regional rail system from Baltimore to Richmond by 2045.

Coastal woes: Coastal flooding largely spurred on by hurricanes is making insurance and down payments much more expensive and devaluing housing in North Carolina along the coasts.

Save the elephant: The famed Elephant Car Wash on Denny Way is going away, but the beloved sign will go to the Museum of History and Industry ($).

Not team players: A bunch of suburban cities in King County are opting out of a countywide tax plan that would fund housing for people experiencing homelessness.

Decongestion pricing talks: San Francisco is taking up decongestion pricing discussions again.

Tree plan: Boston looks toward a 20-year urban forestry plan.

Hidden impacts: Big oil companies provide guidance on future earning and production, but not disclosures on climate impacts.

Housing platform: Matthew Yglesias argues that a pro-housing development effort will reinvigorate the economy and restore affordability.

Trump death cult: The Centers for Disease Control was going to establish a national requirement for mask use on transit, planes, and other forms of transportation, but the Trump administration blocked the move ($).

Underperforming: Strong Towns walks through the many mismatched tax incentive programs that Kansas City has used to draw in development over the decades.

Freeway lids: The Urban Land Institute highlights three freeway lid projects that are undoing historic inequities.

TOD tax incentives: Bethesda, Maryland is offering a new tax incentive for highrise residential transit-oriented development.

Chief environmental terrorist: The Environmental Protection Agency further weakens rules for some major polluters under the direction of the Trump administration.

Could’ve been avoided: The coronavirus epidemic is out of control in Wisconsin and other parts of the country, which is leading to the reuse of emergency field hospitals to manage caseloads.

Urban canopy: A new study asserts the importance of urban trees in conservation efforts.

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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.