What We’re Reading: Street Moves, RAISE, and Big Sky Rail

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Street Moves: Rubén Casas says that Sweden’s “Street Moves” program could provide a collaborative, community-driven model for Puget Sound in remaking streets.

Parking minimums: How would a California bill impact residential parking requirements?

Busted again: Initiative fraudster Tim Eyman is hit with fines and fees topping $2.9 million ($) on top of existing fines.

Ghost districts: China created many districts intended to mimic European cities, but tourism and occupancy for many haven’t gone well.

Growing opposition: Opposition to Oregon’s I-5 highway expansion in the Portland Rose Quarter is growing.

Struggling industry: The hotel industry continues to struggle in Portland ($).

Banning air travel: France could be banning domestic flights that are competitive with rail.

New location: The Capitol Hill Farmers Market is moving to a new location at the station site.

Millennials aging: Seattle has 270,000 Millennials and the oldest ones turn 40 this year ($).

Regional merge?: Could a BART and Caltrain merger be a useful change for transit in the San Francisco Bay Area ($)?

NYC greenways: New York City bike advocates want federal funding to connect city greenways.

RAISE: The BUILD grant program has been replaced by the RAISE grant program under the United States Department of Transportation.

Night train: Could California use a night train?

Environmental assessment: New York City’s decongestion charge needs an environmental assessment, but what will it do?

MUTCD: Former Mayor Mike McGinn published a piece on MUTCD.

Streetcar to Beltline: A streetcar connection to Atlanta’s Beltline could be possible.

Wildfires plan: California could spend $538 million on a plan to fight wildfires ($).

Retaliation?: Grocery workers are saying that QFC closures are retaliations against the union over hazard pay.

Pain is everywhere: Small landlords are feeling the pinch from lost rental income due to moratoriums ($).

Community land trusts: What is the power of community land trusts ($)?

Tragedy: A person biking was killed in a hit and run this week near Seward Park. Another person — a known bike advocate — in Washington, D.C. died from a collision hours after tweeting about unsafe streets.

Big Sky rail: Montana counties are banding together for new passenger rail service.

Fresno: The hottest housing market right now is actually in the Central Valley ($).

No cause evictions: A proposal in Seattle may tighten up no cause evictions.

Vendors fight back: New York City street vendors are fighting back against developers that are trying to push them away.

Still a problem: High housing costs continue to be a problem for Millennials.

Elevated parkway: An elevated highway in Ginza, Tokyo may become an elevated park.

Derailed wealth tax: A wealth tax may not pass in Washington this year.

Complex and controversial: Even though there are controversies with the plan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to move forward with the Empire Station Complex.

Recycled rubber: Portland will trial a new bikeshare station design.

Water conservation: In Las Vegas, authorities want to ban ornamental grass to conserve water.

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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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AJ M

From the BART+Caltrian article, “The group’s policy director, Ian Griffiths, said [a single agency] would create a well-coordinated regional “backbone” system for the entire Bay Area that would be far more effective…”

Sure sounds like they want to mirror Sound Transit, including the ‘spine’ heuristic for organizing regional & high capacity transit.