What We’re Reading: AFFH, RCV, and Euro Trends

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AFFH: The Biden administration is bringing back the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule ($).

TOD zoning: The Crenshaw Line moves forward in Los Angeles and Inglewood could rezone around stations.

Bike Boise: Separated bike lanes could be coming to Boise.

A bubble?: Is America in a housing bubble?

Population decline issues: What are the consequences for urban population decline in America?

Defending the tax: Washington is trying to keep the capital gains tax on the books.

PDX parkway: Bike Portland wants car-free streets on the city’s South Park Blocks. There has been misleading information about on street changes and trees.

Slow to relieve: Rent relief funding is slow to come in King County.

AMZN’s housing program: Amazon has targeted its affordable housing funding program for Seattle near transit ($). The company also has a program for the Washington, D.C. area.

Expanding TDM: Los Angeles could require more transportation demand management from small development projects.

Safety standards: Advocates want better federal car safety standards.

RCV: Why does King County need ranked-choice voting?

Equity dashboard: Transit Center has a new comprehensive dashboard for transit equity.

Juneteenth: Juneteenth has become a national and state holiday.

Competition: Republican King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert has stiff competition from Democratic challengers hoping to unseat her.

Better experience: Amtrak is improving the customer experience for long-distance routes.

Nashville housing strategies: Nashville could tackle its affordable housing crisis if a taskforce has its way.

Late payments: Seven million Americans are behind in rent.

High material costs: Home building costs have never been more expensive in America.

CAHSRA: California is getting back federal funding for high-speed rail.

Closed: The Canadian/American border will remain closed at least until July 21st.

Euro trends: Mike Eliason makes a guest appearance on Volts and highlights five interesting urbanism trends in Europe.

Parking regs: What happened when Buffalo changed its parking regulations?

Repeal the law: Support for repealing King County’s all-ages bike helmet law is growing.

Expanding opportunities: The federal government wants to make it easier for people to qualify for home loans if they have high student debt ($).

Grounded: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s LaGuardia Airport AirTrain has run into a delay by the federal government.

Benefits of rail: A new tool looks at the rate of return on investment in passenger rail.

USPS delayed: The United States Postal Service’s contract for new safer and cleaner delivery vehicles has run into a legal roadblock.

Subway tragedy: How did the Mexico City subway train end up in collapse ($)?

Signal improvements: Signal changes are coming to Capitol Hill at the Broadway and John Street intersection.

New FTA head: Nuria Fernandez has been confirm as the Federal Transit Administration head.

Map of the Week: Where could Amtrak service be expanded in the country?

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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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Sarajane Siegfriedt

The article I read on Amazon’s housing program is that it is in Bellevue, not Seattle. Also, it is primarily bridge loans, not grants. Have you noticed that the level of hiring in Bellevue is essentially equivalent to HQ2, without an announcement?