What We’re Reading: Furthering Fair Housing, Grand Plans, and Curbless Streets Debate

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Furthering fair housing: The Biden administration is bringing back fair housing rules that were scrapped by the previous administration ($).

Thank goodness: IndyGo bus rapid transit in Indianapolis will still get funding from the state after an anti-transit bill failed.

Tiny house town: A massive tiny house village expansion in Austin is set to move forward.

Pandemic moves: How did the pandemic change where Americans did and didn’t move ($)?

Swindlers renegotiate: Foxconn swindled Wisconsin out of extensive tax breaks for basically no jobs and investments, but a new deal dramatically changes the terms.

Not consulted: Publicola reports on how lived experience groups weren’t consulted on a homelessness initiative for Seattle.

Preventable crashes: Streetsblog explains how the federal government could have prevented a fatal Tesla car crash.

Auditing the rich: President Joe Biden is proposing a significant investment in the Internal Revenue Service to crackdown on the super-rich who flout and break tax laws ($) to help fund his American Families Plan.

As expected: Opponents of Washington’s new capital gains tax have already filed a lawsuit to block it.

Investing in Americans: The New York Times has a good visualization on President Joe Biden’s $4 trillion public investment plans ($).

Broken industries: Mike Eliason breaks down how the American architecture and construction industries are broken in America and then argues for single-stair buildings.

Abandon Boeing: Fedex brokers a deal to operate out of Paine Field as Boeing pulls out of its 787 Dreamliner center ($).

$15 per hour: President Joe Biden orders a $15 per hour minimum wage for all federal contractors ($).

Grand plans: Seattle Central College looks toward streetscape improvements and adding housing over an existing parking garage in Capitol Hill.

Miniature fire trucks: What’s so great about miniature fire trucks?

Rethink cities: Rubén Casas has ideas about what cities can do for us.

Madison BRT: Seattle will start construction for the Madison BRT project this fall.

Electrifying buses: A $73 billion investment could greatly boost electric buses in America.

Other priorities: After bailing on a third Capitol Hill location, Kroger is making big investments at its QFC Harvard Market location.

For curbside dining: An op-ed in The Stranger argues that curbside dining should be made permanent in Seattle.

Transit is coming back: In New York City, 24 hour subway service returns on Monday.

CRC 2.0: Ryan Packer covers the zombie Columbia River Crossing project for Bike Portland.

Open streets grant: Portland wins a grant to bolster outdoor dining plazas.

Design for zero: In Governing, a piece explains that we know how to prevent traffic deaths and that zero should be the goal.

Big affordable housing plans: Andrew Yang, who is running for Mayor of New York, has a $4 billion affordable housing plan.

North Greeley bikeway: An impressive bikeway in Portland is nearing completion.

Curbless streets debate: What’s all the hoopla about curbless streets in Seattle?

Ugly results: A new calculator projects how many cars will pollute and occupy your city’s highway from expansions.

Dismantle ODOT: Oregon’s transportation department partially relents on a portion of highway expansion in Portland after strong community condemnation over environmental racism.

Skid Row orders halted: A judge who forced Los Angeles to house people living on Skid Row has paused the order.

Seattle offices demanded: Demand for Seattle office space has come back ($).

Dead in the water: Washington State Ferries’ MV Wenatchee could be out of service for months, which will greatly impact service in Puget Sound.

Jetty Island ferry: Everett’s Jetty Island ferry returns this summer ($).

Stalled parking reform?: Will the slow-moving electric vehicle conversion process kill the parking reform movement?

Safety rankings: New national bike safety rankings are out.

Status quo is bad: Washington is sticking with its out-of-control, climate- and people-killing highway spending status quo ($).

Bike Apple Maps: Apple Maps now has a bicycling directions feature.

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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.