What We’re Reading: More Housing, No New Roads, and Extended Moratoriums


More housing: The Biden administration has a simple message and that is to build more housing.

Gas station moratorium: Rancho Cucamonga has put a temporary moratorium on new gas stations.

New Orleans reinvestment: A mixed-used mega-development district is planned for New Orleans.

Deflating: Lumber prices are falling back to Earth and concerns of inflation are deflating ($).

Green mass timber: A 19-story Passive House and mass timber residential tower is planned in Vancouver.

Thoughtful open streets: Some aspects of open streets have left disabled people behind. What can cities do to make sure that doesn’t happen?

A little progress: In Renton, King County is taking over a hotel to offer shelter to people experiencing homelessness ($).

A good finding: A new study suggest that new bike lanes aren’t associated with displacement of Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

No new roads: The Welsh government is scrapping new road building and wants to focus on sustainable transportation investments.

America’s socialist big city?: A socialist pushed out an incumbent in the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor.

Go car-free: Researchers say for cities to survive, they need to become car-free.

Renter protections: Katie Wilson explores whether or not renter protections reduce the rental housing supply.

Unpaid fines: Washington will no longer revoke driver’s licenses over unpaid fines.

Transfer of ownership: Oregon is handing over 82nd Avenue and $80 million in funding over to Portland, allowing the orphaned highway to become a street.

Old is new: Daniel Herriges explains how the best “new” ideas in planning are really just old ones.

Extended moratoriums: The federal government has extended the national eviction moratorium to the end of July and Washington has extended its eviction moratorium until the end of September ($).

Assistance is flowing: In Maryland, federal rental assistance is finally flowing, but will it be enough and timely?

Green Boise: Boise has adopted a new climate action plan and hopes to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Revamping a Philly plaza: A dull plaza near Philadelphia’s famed city hall is planned to get significant improvements for pedestrians, bikes, and transit.

Real bad: Just how bad is the drought in the Western United States ($)?

Deal or no deal?: Is a federal transportation spending plan coming together and what will it do?

Inching forward: Texas Central has secured contractors for the company’s high-speed rail project, but what about funding?

Slow it down: Alissa Walker says New York doesn’t need new bike helmet laws, it needs slower streets to prevent injuries and deaths.

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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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What can cities do to make sure that open streets don’t leave disabled people behind? As a disabled person, that’s an easy question to answer. Make sure they’re not used for private dining or other crass, crony business ventures. Leave them you know, open. Let the public use them to move from point A to point B using whatever not automotive conveyance method they choose.

I predicted this very thing happening on these blogs. Open streets have become a dog whistle for handing over public space to private enterprise, at the cost of the general public. I told you so. I get to say it, and the above article merely proves it. Sadly, cities will happily gobble up the tax dollars and user fees, people be damned.