Fighting a tax: Seattle’s chamber of commerce is suing the City over a new payroll tax on wealthy companies.
HUD pick: President-elect Joe Biden has selected Rep. Marcia Fudge as nominee to lead the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Renton’s misguided bill: Renton is moving forward with an anti-homeless shelter bill that could put patrons in the Red Lion hotel on the street. A patron of the shelter explains why the city must keep it open and fears what closure or partial closure might mean for him.
Columbia River bridge: A new bridge crossing the Columbia River near Hood River will have bike lanes, but will they be wide enough?
Clogging roads: Streetsblog explains how same-day shipping is clogging roads.
Pedestrianized French Quarter: New Orleans is looking at how the French Quarter could be more pedestrian-focused.
Outdated sewage systems: Outdated sewage treatment technologies are leading to environmental outcomes in Puget Sound.
Expanding disclosures: The Seattle City Council could expand lobbying disclosure requirements.
Finding funding: The Seattle Department of Transportation is trying to figure out funding to make the Stay Healthy Streets program permanent.
Melbourne’s housing plan: Melbourne is going to allocate city-owned property for significant housing development with 25% of units being set aside for affordable housing purposed.
Tony Hsieh’s legacy: Tony Hsieh, owner of Zappos, recently passed away but he invested heavily in Downtown Las Vegas, a legacy he leaves behind.
ADUs are booming: Sightline reports on how land use reforms have led to a skyrocket in accessory dwelling unit permits.
New ferry terminal: The new Mukilteo ferry terminal is poised to open ($) at the end of the month.
Banning outdoor dining: Los Angeles County recently shut down outdoor dining as Covid cases rise, but some question the data for doing so.
Ditching a project: Uber had been pursuing an autonomous vehicle project but has passed that off to a third-party ($).
Kyoto aesthetic: Kyoto has a unique law that results in buildings and signs to reflect a culturally preferred color.
Gateway Program: A key rail connection between New Jersey and New York has gotten state funding.
Weaning off gas: Sightline argues that Northwest states need to work together to plan for a move away from gas energy.
Ad policy change: King County is banning fossil fuel ads on Metro buses ($).
Develop and tax: One way to get more transit is to develop and tax land around stations.
Stop evictions: Public health and housing advocates argue that Washington’s eviction moratorium needs to be extended or Covid crisis will be even worse.
New CT CEO: Ric Ilgenfritz, a long-time Sound Transit staffer, will become Community Transit’s next Chief Executive Officer ($).
Fare integration: Will the San Francisco Bay Area finally pursue true fare integration among the dozens of local transit agencies?
Divesting from oil: The State of New York is divesting pension investments from fossil fuel companies ($).
Green fleet advocacy: Environmental groups in the Washington, D.C. area are asking that the main transit operator, WMATA, to electrify the bus fleet.
The upside: CityLab looks how the stalled to Las Vegas high-speed rail project could speed housing construction in California.
Link fares: How could Sound Transit reform its fare structure for light rail as Link expands?
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