Flimsy: Drunk walking statistics are built on flimsy conclusions.
Stop drunk drivers: Meanwhile, the federal government is finally looking at technology to fight drunk driving.
Lift a finger: If Congress doesn’t act to save transit from the pandemic, will New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lift a finger to save New York City’s system?
57 days: The environmental terrorist-in-chief is rushing to sell oil drilling rights in the Arctic but this will face serious lawsuits ($).
Covid budget hit: The Metropolitan King County Council has adopted a two-year budget that is smaller than the last ($).
Wide bike lanes: Even in suburban Portland, the city is planning wide, buffered bike lanes.
Green Marshall Plan: Pittsburgh’s mayor is proposing a $600 billion “Marshall Plan” for Middle America to facilitate a transition from fossil fuels.
Space Needle rival: Could a local architecture firm’s fantasy Seattle 2030 highrise tower design become reality in Seattle post-pandemic?
An apology: The American realtors’ association is apologizing for the industry’s role in discriminatory housing practices ($).
Take the loss: Puget Sound Energy is legally required to divest in coal energy, but the company’s plan to strike a deal to sell its interest in a Montana coal plant has fallen through.
Economic threat: Severe transit cuts would worsen the American economy.
Safer than you think: Studies continue to show that riding transit is relatively safe during the pandemic.
Frequency is freedom: Salt Lake City’s transit system is going to get a major overhaul that focuses on frequency.
Laws tilt toward drivers: In Washington, D.C., e-scooter and e-bike riders face a nearly impossible law on collecting damages from people driving who hit them.
Resign Mullet: Restaurant owner and Democratic State Senator Mark Mullet rebukes Washington Governor Jay Inslee over indoor dining restriction using bunk arguments, leading several other Democrats astray.
Unfounded fears: Despite the fears of low-income housing in suburban areas, low-income housing has not ruined the neighborhood ($).
Decongest NYC: Decongestion pricing could still happen in New York City next year, but there’s a lot of ifs.
Townhouses in Eastern Washington: As housing demand picks up in Eastern Washington, there is an influx for infill housing in Wenatchee.
Masterplanning PAE: Snohomish County is embarking on its next major masterplan update for Paine Field ($), home to Boeing and a new commercial passenger airport.
Long legacy: King County Executive Dow Constantine will seek a fourth term ($).
Bailout renters: American rent debt is projected to reach $7.2 billion by the end of year.
Bordeaux House: Another grand mansion on Capitol Hill’s Millionaire Row is being nominated for historic preservation.
Climate change: Even Britain’s charlatan and demagogue prime minister has a decent plan to combat climate change.
Biking president: How could Joe Biden revolutionize American bike culture?
Capstan infill station: Vancouver’s TransLink has begun design work for Capstan Station, a future infill station on the SkyTrain Canada Line.
Lane study: Portland and Oregon State University are working together to research bus and bike lane conflicts.
Beachside aerial trams: In the Tampa Bay area, the local transit agency is considering multiple aerial trams.
Pandemic bike boom: Will vaccines for Covid spell the end of the bike boom?
Housing initiatives: Everett’s mayor has issued several directives to promote affordable housing in the city.
Students to programmers: With Covid keeping students away from college, real estate developers are looking to buy up empty student housing ($) for private housing.
Reclaiming public space: Crosscut looks at how urban farmers are reclaiming public space, how pandemic streets showed the promise of car-free Seattle, and how Seattle could become the next 15-minute city.
Christie Park revamp: Christie Park in the University District has gotten some improvements.
Trail connection: A new connection between the Eastrail Trail and SR-520 Trail ($) in Bellevue is on the horizon.
No surprise: Lyft has launched a political action committee to undercut gig workers from getting benefits.
Cleaner Gowanus: Cleanup of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, an historically industrial area, is finally beginning.
Highway expansion: Oregon’s transportation department wants to further widen a state highway (OR-217) between Beaverton and Tigard.
Seated e-scooters: Wheels has entered the Seattle e-scooter market with a seated option.
Impact fee case law: A warehouse developer has to pay the City of Puyallup park and recreation impact fees ($), a Pierce County Superior Court judge finds.
Next steps: Despite the failure of a regional transportation package, Portland’s TriMet general manager tries to stay positive about the Southwest Corridor light rail project.
Rejecting rejection: A California judge has found that a Los Angeles decision rejecting a 577-unit multifamily housing project was a violation of state law.
Moratorium lifting: Montgomery County, Maryland is lifting a housing moratorium in the DC and Baltimore suburbs.
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