What We’re Reading: PDX BRT, Preserving Affordable Housing, and E-Scooter Crashes


Electoral politics: Crosscut dispels misinformation on voting in Washington and Oregon and explains how Washington can finally do away with gerrymandering.

Environmental terrorism administration: The New York Times lays out a long list of rules that the Trump administration is undoing to worsen environmental outcomes ($) in America.

Highways damage climate: The head of Oregon’s transportation department climate office says that the agency is heading the entirely wrong direction.

PDX BRT: Bike Portland highlights nearly $560 million in bus rapid transit projects that Portland area voters will weigh in on next week at the ballot box.

Playground battles: Parents in New York City are beginning to express frustration that playgrounds are increasingly used by fitness enthusiasts due to the pandemic.

Access to transit: Streetsblog Massachusetts asks who’s allowed to live near transit through the lens of a Boston area community.

Poverty and democracy: Katie Wilson argues that the growing poverty in our communities is hurting democracy and that the social safety net needs to be expanded.

Decriminalize jaywalking: Safety experts argue that (jay)walking should be decriminalized.

Designing better communities: Route Fifty explains how geolocation data could be used by planners to design communities that require less driving.

Old Biketown bikes: What happens to the old Portland Biketown bikes is now in the hands of the state.

Preserving affordable housing: Bloomberg CityLab highlights how a new affordable housing partnership could give nonprofit housing providers $1 billion in funding to preserve affordable housing.

Scammer: As if it’s any surprise, Elon Musk’s Boring Company “Loop” project is on track to only provide a small fraction of passenger capacity for the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Right of first refusal: The ambiguity of right of first refusal in acquiring affordable housing projects using federal low-income housing tax credits is a risk to preserving affordable housing.

15-minute city: Can a new app tell you if you live in a 15-minute city?

Downzoning Philly: After a mayoral veto against a Philadelphia neighborhood downzoning, the city council has overridden the veto to downzone Society Hill.

No widening: A key Maryland planning agency has rejected the state’s highway expansion plan for the Washington, D.C. Capital Beltway.

Outdoor dining costs: How much are some of San Francisco’s outdoor dining programs costing in districts?

Absent Congress: Yonah Freemark explains that better transportation systems rely heavily on state and local governments footing the bill.

Blunting wildfires: What other key strategies could Washington be using to reduce wildfires?

E-scooter crashes: According to a new study, most e-scooter riders crash on the sidewalk.

Building anew: Portland is focusing efforts to rebuild a neighborhood destroyed by highways and racist land use policies.

Industry racism: The American automobile insurance industry is built upon systemic racism.

End of diesel-only: King County Metro has finally retired its last class of diesel-only buses.

Map of the Week: A new modern digital map for the New York City Subway has been unveiled.

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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.