What We’re Reading: Final Section, TikTok Urbanism, and Side Street Urbanism

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Final section: Construction on the final section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail has begun.

2,000 passes: Seattle will offer up to 2,000 workers in certain industries in Chinatown-International District six months of free transit passes.

All cars kill: Electric vehicles may be more dangerous to people walking than their counterparts due to weight.

INVEST Act: A committee in the United States House of Representatives has passed the INVEST Act, leading to joy from progressive transportation advocates. Active transportation got many earmarks in the bill.

Restored service: Whatcom Transit Authority improves service on Sunday.

Airport planning: Vancouver International Airport is considering land use changes near the airport allowing for development of hundreds of acres.

Stopping expansion?: With climate concerns in view, will King County stop expansion of Boeing Field?

Blasting past 70%: Seattle is the first major American city to surpass 70% vaccination of eligible residents.

WFH option: Amazon will allow office workers to work from home two days a week with the other three at the office ($).

To reimagine or not?: Will Seattle follow through on “reimagining” policing?

TikTok urbanism: TikTok has got some urbanist users.

Highway bunker hill: Matt Baume at The Stranger highlights the SR-99 highway exposure near Western Avenue and Battery Street the could eventually be usable open space.

Middle finger?: A photo of a double tall rowhouse in Washington, D.C. sparked debate about housing.

PDX ferry: A new passenger-only ferry service on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers is moving forward.

A hopeless industry: Uber is still an exploitative scam ($).

Affordable housing: Los Angeles’ planning commission has approved a large supportive housing project in the chic Venice neighborhood. Meanwhile, San Francisco is poised to deliver some 900 affordable homes on several sites.

Hotel shelters: What might happen with Seattle’s effort to expand the use of hotel shelters for people experiencing homelessness?

Bridging the divide: Texas’ highway department may reconnect more Dallas neigbhorhoods that were severed by highway projects.

Fareless future: Will Los Angeles be able to fund its targeted fareless transit program?

Expanding parking reform: San Diego may expand its parking elimination reforms to non-residential uses.

New connection: A new passenger rail service connecting Los Angeles to the Coachella Valley is being proposed.

Side street urbanism: In Vancouver, there is a prevailing belief that dense housing should be on main streets, but it’s a time honored tradition for such housing on quieter, smaller streets.

Historic preservation: Greater Greater Washington looks at how history can be preserved that is more than just a building.

Wide streets: How much land is being lost to very wide streets that could be used for things like housing?

Supercharging decarbonization: Sightline looks at ways to help with supercharging the decarbonization of buildings.

Street sinks: Seattle is rolling out street sinks, but there are some real challenges with them.

Streets 2035: What will Portland’s ‘Streets 2035’ initiative do?

Mental health WA: Washington is beginning to focus on mental health again.

Pretextual: What is the problem with pretextual zoning?

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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.