What We’re Reading: Racial Justice Lens, Incentives for Rezoning, and Bygone Era

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Racial justice lens: Texas shows how the new Biden administration is more likely to respond to racial justice concerns with transportation projects.

Catching up: Crosscut highlights how racial groups that had been lagging in vaccination rates are catching up.

New traffic manual: Advocates are saying that the federal government needs a new national traffic control manual.

Deadly year: New data confirms that American pedestrian fatalities ballooned in the first half of last year.

Cruising speeds: A study shows that cruise control use by drivers is linked to a higher likelihood to speed.

Uptown bikes: Construction on bike lanes in Uptown has begun.

Portland planning: Concerns have been raised over whether Portland’s inclusionary zoning requirements have dampened housing production and the city’s building permit system is under fire.

Plaza open: Capitol Hill Station’s plaza has opened and the farmers market is poised to open there in April.

Safer Aurora: An Aurora Avenue group wants to push for a safer corridor.

Chuck wants EVs: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) wants to go big on electric vehicles.

Incentives for rezoning: Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) has a bill that issue $1.5 billion in grants to reform zoning for more urban housing.

Successful IZ programs: What is the secret sauce for successful inclusionary zoning programs?

Philly at odds: Philadelphia’s rezoning process is in a state of chaos.

Georgetown tragedy: A person on bike was struck and killed this week by a driver in Georgetown.

Buffalo de-parked: Streetblog USA looks at how Buffalo moved away from parking requirements.

Short-term regs: Atlanta has placed more requirements on short-term vacation rentals.

Bus and bike Portland: Portland has finally rolled out new bus stations for the Division Transit Project and the designs also work well for bikes.

Bygone era: Publicola highlights how Washington’s latest transportation budgets show that the state is stuck in a bygone era drunk on highway building.

New Cali AG: California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed progressive Rob Bonta as Attorney General who favors tenant rights and housing.

Legislative scramble: In the wake of a statewide court case, Washington legislators are scrambling to address drug possession legalization.

Closing temporarily: The Montlake Bridge will close for a month in the summer to deal with maintenance.

Mini-roundabout: Portland will rollout the city’s first mini-roundabout.

Canadian carbon tax: Canada’s high court finds that the country’s carbon tax is constitutional.

Suburbs walk: In 2020, suburbs saw the most increase in pedestrian activity.

New climate plan: California has issued a new Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure.

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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.

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Round and Round and Round

America could fall in love with the mini-roundabout if it got to know it properly. Unlike a regular roundabout, it’s really just an all-way yield, with priority to the left. Once you look at it that way, there are so many urban intersections it would benefit.