What We’re Reading: No Parking Minimums, Tree Train, and Maglev

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Architectural ambiance from above at Chophouse Row. (Credit: The Urbanist)

No parking minimums: St. Paul has eliminated car parking minimums. Should other cities follow suit?

Tragic fire: A tragic Tukwila apartment fire killed three residents and gutted the building ($).

Environmental regulation is back: The Biden administration is acting on regulation of a bad pesticide that can impact the food supply ($).

Speedway slow improvements: Improvements for people walking and biking on Mukilteo Speedway have arrived ($).

Midwest HSR: Could high-speed rail connect Chicago and St. Louis?

Wealthy fight housing: Wealthy Bay Area communities are fighting housing targets.

Regional rail: Could Virginia’s commuter rail system operate more like Washington, D.C.’s rapid transit system?

Expanded mandates: Vaccine mandates are expanding in Washington to include educators and others.

Halted: A federal judge has halted a major Alaska oil drilling project.

Tree train: How will the Lynnwood Link extension deliver more trees?

Mitigate roads: A proposed rule in Colorado would require road projects to mitigate for climate impacts.

Rose Quarter sagas: Debate ensues over “restorative justice” in relation to the I-5 Rose Quarter highway expansion project.

Caffeine scene: How are Black-owned coffeeshops reshaping the Seattle coffee scene?

Heat island effects: What are the pluses and minuses of highrise housing?

Good for workers: California’s Prop 22 has been struck down in a blow to ridehailing companies.

Maglev: The Baltimore-to-Washington, D.C. maglev train project isn’t dead yet, but there are potential obstacles to it ($).

Mounting debt: The rental housing debt crisis has ballooned past $20 billion.

Referrals: How are shelter referrals for people experiencing homelessness going in Seattle?

Climate action: Climate change is a very pressing issue. How should the Puget Sound tackle it?

Small-scale manufacturing: How could small-scale manufacturing be a boon to American cities?

Wrong direction: Texas’ highway department wants to move forward with widening I-35 in Austin.

Expensive transportation: How does car insurance impact the cost of living across America?

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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.