Outdoor dining on the curb in Salem. (Credit: Photo by the author)

Stop the IBR: A coalition is trying to fight back against a big highway expansion on the Columbia River.

Running dry: New golf courses in Las Vegas won’t be able to get water from the Colorado River.

Good performance: Progressives made some impressive gains in South King County races.

Childcare: What are the real costs of childcare in America?

Progress: China and the United States make some progress together on climate policy ($).

Sign regulations: Another Supreme Court case could reshape sign regulation laws in America.

PDX public bikeshare: Portland’s public bikeshare system is set to further expand.

Apartment boom: In America’s downtowns, there is a boom afoot for apartment construction.

Phase out: Six automakers and 30 countries have announced that they’ll phase out gas-based car sales by 2040 ($).

Bike parking: America needs to center bike parking, Streetsblog says.

Cruel power broker: Robert Moses is remembered for his terrible legacy of building racist infrastructure ($).

America’s climate mayor?: Boston’s new Mayor Michelle Wu could be America’s first real climate mayor.

Don’t drive drunk: A new federal law could make it harder to drive drunk in newer cars ($).

DC Metro: DC’s subway system operate has a testing plan for 7000 series trains and has put more trains in service.

Brooklyn bike boom: A new cycletrack on the Brooklyn Bridge has sent biking rates soaring.

Airport expansion: A master plan for Paine Field could quadruple passenger numbers by 2040 ($).

Neglected policy: Officials finally added to transit to global climate priorities. But transit use will need to double by 2030 to meet targets.

Kickbacks: Opportunity Zones are a real mess.

PNW passenger rail: What could the infrastructure law do for passenger rail in Washington and Idaho?

Eastrail: Another segment of the Eastrail has opened between Renton and I-90.

Polled well: Transit did well this year at the polls.

Car-free Glasgow: Glasgow’s city center is set to go car-free.

Green and healthy: The Guardian writes about how greener streets could lead to healthier cities.

Camera enforcement: New York’s governor is supportive of speed camera enforcement.

BIB: What will Oregon get from the infrastructure bill? California could get a lot for high-speed rail.

Advisories are problematic: Voter turnout was abysmal in Mukilteo, but anti-housing residents did turnout in droves to vote on anti-housing advisory question ($).

Parking or housing?: Will a Santa Monica parking structure become affordable housing?

Eco firetrucks: Vancouver is getting a European-like firetruck that is electric.

Neglected housing policy: National Democrats basically don’t have a plan to combat housing cost inflation.

Nuts and bolts: With the Seattle local elections over, what will be the direction on land use and housing policy?

Gowanus: An agreement on New York City’s Gowanus rezone could facilitate construction of 8,000 apartment units.

Anti-vaxxer lockdown: Austria is heavily cracking down on its unvaccinated population with new restrictions and penalties ($).

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound 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. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.