Threatening cuts: Transit in New York City is facing a dire situation where service could be cut by 40%, but is the threat real or just political?
More than tiny houses: Erica C. Barnett knocks back Danny Westneat’s just-do-some-tiny-houses “solution” to the homelessness crisis. Barnett also has the skinny on other local homelessness news.
Deadly year: Despite the pandemic reducing travel demand, New York City has already surpassed its 2019 traffic fatality levels.
Taxing vacant homes: Vancouver’s vacant homes tax is set to rise significantly next year.
Rising cases: King County Metro has reported a spike in the prevalence of positive workers over the past month ($).
Bad land use policy: Renton is working overtime to try and evict people experiencing homelessness from transitional shelter in a hotel.
Relegalize sixplexes: Sixplexes poll well in Vancouver.
Biz boon: A new study suggests that free transit might not reduce driving, but it does increase financial support of local businesses.
Patriots resist: The Trump administration is trying to deregulate authority from the Environmental Protection Agency, but career staff are openly trying to block last-minute rulemaking changes ($).
Housing justice: Shaun Scott pens a piece on the need to put housing policy front and center to promote affordability and racial justice.
Carbon-free: Arizona has developed and agreed upon a plan to have a carbon-free electricity system by 2050.
True deserts: It looks like ridehailing isn’t supporting the mobility needs of transit deserts overall.
Art in crisis: The social and pandemic crises that America faces has brought about a revolution in public space art.
Flooded: Houstonians aren’t too excited about the Army Corps of Engineers’ latest plans ($) to roll out traditional flood prevention solutions.
Transportation and climate: Regulating and managing transportation is one of the most important bureaucracy tools that the Biden administration will have to meet the Paris Accords.
Bonding problems: The Las Vegas high-speed rail project has run into some financing problems putting the project on hold for now.
Bike boulevards wanted: New York City bike advocates want bike boulevards, but what are they?
Reinvigorating Alleghany: In Pittsburgh, an innovation district is set for over $1.9 billion in development investments.
Public data collection: Ireland is promoting citizen scientists to put cameras in their homes to collect data on passerby traffic outside to inform mobility decisions.
Skyscraping: A court will decide on the fate of a highrise skyscaper height limit in New York City.
ZE public transportation: Yonah Freemark takes a look at what providing every city with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation would look like.
Natural gas ban: San Francisco has adopted a ban on natural gas in new buildings.
Recovery bonds: Sightline argues that Washington state should issue recovery bonds and targeted taxes to deal with budget woes and expenditures to deal with the pandemic and climate change.
Smarter transportation pricing: Planetizen takes a deep dive into smarter transportation pricing.
Tree Canopy Lab: Google has a new tool to help communities plan for tree canopy and keeping them cool.
Aerial controversy: A proposed aerial tram to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles has fueled controversy ($).
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