What We’re Reading: Just Peachy, Empty Streets, and Missing Link Saga


Housing people: King County is planning to purchase hotels to permanently house people experiencing homelessness.

Failing gigs: With a new law on the books legitimizing gig workers as independent contractors, some California grocery stores fire their company delivery staff.

Just peachy: With both Georgia United States Senate races in the bag for Democrats, California high-speed rail may be better positioned for federal support and transportation investments in general across the country are likely to see much larger federal backing.

Duwamish Trail: Seattle Bike Blog explains how the proposed Duwamish Trail could make biking safer on East Marginal Way.

Hidden costs: Are there hidden costs of “overparking” cities?

90’s plan left behind: Did Boston miss out on better opportunities with an original Seaport plan?

Sweden ups ante: What is the “one-minute city”?

Parking failure: Streetsblog NYC says that New York City’s failure to add bike parking hurts businesses, increases theft, and reduces biking.

Ban guns: Washington’s legislators a looking at ways to limit extremist armed militia groups. Meanwhile, far-right state legislators have chosen to bring their guns to the capitol.

Empty streets: Traffic fatalities have been spiking during the pandemic. The New York Times explores why that might be ($).

Open questions: At least two Seattle police officers apparently were in Washington, D.C. during the attempted coup d’état that Trump encouraged.

Investing in public space: New York City’s High Line will be extended to Penn Station and Paris’ grand boulevard, the Champs-Élysées, is getting a greener and more people-oriented makeover.

Car lobby: A band of mostly Republican legislators want to prohibit a progressive option of tolling I-205 in Oregon.

Walkability by design: Does office space rules like those in Tysons Corner, Virginia limit walkability?

Fifty-year low: Due to the pandemic, Washington State Ferries ridership has hit a 50-year low.

Resignation: In response to the attempted coup d’état that Trump incited, transportation secretary Elaine Chao has resigned from office with only two weeks to go in the job.

Wind power milestone: For the first time, more than half of the United Kingdom’s electricity has come from wind power.

Missing Link saga: A Washington appeals court has heard arguments in the Ballard “Missing Link” case.

Land use intensity: Greater Greater Washington looks at what transit corridors can tell us about land use intensity in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Back to government: Portland’s former bike-friendly mayor Sam Adams is headed back to city government.

Walk freely: Jaywalking decriminalization is coming to Virginia.

Real estate recovery: In New York City, real estate has started to see signs of life and recovery amid the pandemic.

Ohio’s urban investment: Ohio has passed tax incentives for development in urban cores that could change skylines.

Bike parking exception: Should bike parking requirements be eliminated for permanent supportive housing developments?

DDI: Washington has unleashed another car-first interchange design in Lacey ($).

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.


  1. Maybe someday, the Monorail can be converted into a Seattle High Line, once the trains running on it reach the end of their useful life. I think it would be quite popular, especially if access points were added every few blocks.

    • That may never occur. They just maintain the vehicles with custom parts/etc. The monorails, as is, are well past end of life. They’re over 50 years old!

      But I digress, we should just BUILD a highline downtown. 😉

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