What We’re Reading: Banned, Sleeper Trains, and Source of Income Discrimination


Banned: Brussels plans to ban diesel cars by 2030 and gasoline cars by 2035.

Control costs: Why does American rail infrastructure cost so much?

Heat dome effects: The heat dome last week was heavily straining and damaging infrastructure ($).

User doesn’t pay: The national principle of making road users pay for infrastructure appears dead.

BoltBus dead: BoltBus is dead in Washington, so Greyhound is taking over the company’s former routes. The news was especially bad for people who bike, but FlixBus plans to have bike racks available soon on its routes.

Eco blocked: Business owners are putting up ecology blocks to block RV dwellers.

Sell like hotcakes: Every 52 seconds, an American buys an e-bike.

Ignoring our emergencies: Mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston argues that we can’t keep ignoring our emergencies.

Heat pump promise: Heat pumps could be a good way to save money, cool homes, and be less impactful to climate.

Saboteurs: Los Angeles politicians are trying to throw a wrench into high-speed rail in California.

Bad transit effects: Poor transit perpetuates a view that a car is necessity and freedom.

Sleeper trains: A new sleeper train company looks to start up in Europe.

Growing segregration: Residential segregation is worsening in America.

Rethinking community space: Rubén Casas explores how the pandemic made us rethink community spaces.

Burbank extension: A feasibility study is planned for a light rail extension from Pasadena to Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Curbing Traffic: How did Dutch cities restore the “freedom to roam”?

Upzone the suburbs: Using transit as a basis in their argument, The New York Times editorial board says the region’s suburbs need to upzone ($).

Bike benefits: Amazon is offering employees a new series of benefits for biking to work.

Bridging Washington: Washington Governor Jay Inslee has released his bridge plan details to forestall residential evictions ($).

Ada County: Perhaps surprisingly, a growing bike-friendly place in America is in suburban Idaho.

Trees needed: Trees are critical infrastructure to combating climate change, but there are deep inequities in where they appear in communities ($).

Transportation choices: Greater Greater Washington looks at how fear of gender-based violence impacts women’s transportation choices.

Source of income discrimination: Housing discrimination still persists among landlords despite laws, a sting shows.

Fighting airport emissions: Advocates are pushing back on rising emissions from Sea-Tac International Airport.

King County’s crisis: South Seattle Emerald interviewed Marc Dones on how King County can fix its homelessness crisis.

Climate change dissonance: Ryan Packer opines the cognitive dissonance of climate change in Cascadia at Bike Portland.

BC housing shortage: Sightline looks at the movement building in British Columbia for action on the province’s housing shortage.

Just the beginning?: The Miami condominium tower collapse is a tragedy, but many such buildings across America are reaching similar ages and encountering serious problems.

Front Range rail: Colorado takes action to start the process for funding a new passenger rail system along the Front Range.

Shocking opposition: In urban Vancouver, residents tried to fight a modest project for a new school, childcare, and social housing.

Turning restrictions: Streetsblog highlights three turning restrictions that cities should implement.

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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.