What We’re Reading: Clean Electrification, High Traffic Deaths, and Lid I-5

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Clean electrification: David Roberts emphasizes the importance of clean electrification as a means to combat climate change.

Redevelopment plans: Plans are still underway for redevelopment of a Capitol Hill Safeway property.

Open again: On Sunday, the Capitol Hill branch of the Seattle Public Library will reopen.

Tree inequity: Mapping exposes just how divergent tree canopy coverage is by community wealth.

Gig labor: With the e-scooter boom in motion, how should labor terms apply?

Canadian rail: Canada is poised to bring high performance passenger rail between Québec City and Toronto, which has reignited interest in high-speed rail from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Freeway Park improvements: Ryan Packer reports on targeted improvements moving forward at Freeway Park.

Zoom boom hopes: The Midwest is hoping to make digital comeback through Zoom and work from home changes, but will it really work?

New scootershare company: Spin is back in Seattle with a new e-scootershare option.

Complete Streets: Alexandria is looking toward bus rapid transit and bike lanes on a city street.

High traffic deaths: Liz Giordano profiles how Seattle’s District 2 has been an epicenter for traffic deaths.

Backing flood control: Houston’s county wants to use road toll revenue to back bonds for flood control.

Vacancy tax: Toronto is considering a vacancy tax for empty housing.

Too damn high: Rents across the country are rising near pre-pandemic estimates, except for a few big cities.

Anti-commercial: What’s the problem with anti-commercial opposition?

Columbus BRT: Partial funding for a bus rapid transit system in Columbus has been approved.

DC comp plan: Washington, D.C.’s new comprehensive plan has been approved.

Invest in infrastructure: A Citylab article argues that well funded transportation systems the reduce commute times help regions boost productivity and economic development.

Corrosive: There’s corrosion at the new Colman Dock requiring a pricey fix.

Care or not: Katie Wilson explores whether or not we should care if small landlords sell their properties.

Lid I-5: Is there a climate connection in lidding Seattle’s I-5?

Luring riders back: How can riders be lured back to transit post-pandemic?

Fair Chance to stay: Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance wins again in court.

Train talk: Jason Rabinowitz has a technical look at Amtrak’s new locomotive equipment for Venture trainsets being purchased from Siemens Mobility.

Missing middle: Raleigh has made it easier to build townhouses and duplexes in many neighborhooods.

A new endangered species?: With the climate emergency at hand, the ptarmigan could become a newly listed endangered species.

Disband UW police: Some students at the University of Washington want to disband the university police department.

Recall strategy: Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant is aiding a recall effort for a very particular reason.

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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.