A streetscape in Delft. (Credit: Stephen Fesler)

Security theater: New York City’s mayor wants to roll out security theater on the subway with metal detectors.

Streamlining affordable housing: Victoria has eliminated the need for public hearings for affordable housing rezones.

Faregates and fares: Vancouver is spending another $200 million on fare system and faregate upgrades.

Expanding options?: Light rail is expanding housing options for UW students.

Keeping prices high: How the price of old homes depends upon the price of new homes.

E-bike rebates: Denver is offering rebates to buy e-bikes.

GO!: Ontario has issued a massive contract for its GO Transit modernization program.

Broken: Why do states keep expanding freeways?

Empty tax: Vancouver wants to back an empty storefront tax on landlords.

Camera enforcement: Support for camera enforcement increases when put in the context of racial justice.

Duh: One in three homes doesn’t have a car in its garage.

UBC extension: Vancouver’s transit agency outlines stations and alignments for the UBC SkyTrain extension.

Desalination: A desalination plant in California has its detractors ($).

Red state politics: Rural, Republican states are rejecting housing aid funding over regressive political philosophies ($).

Parking reform: Parking reforms for apartments in Dallas have sparked controversy.

United: Seattle Starbucks Roastery workers have voted to unionize.

Demolition: Highrises in Chicago may have to come down to satisfy judges in a federal building who don’t want to put up blinds. A sitting congressman defends the nonsense.

Comp plan: The Capitol Hill Ecodistrict is outlining ideas for the comprehensive plan update.

Drive less: Vision Zero is meaningless unless we get more drivers off the road, GGWash says.

Longer commutes: Despite an uptick in car ownership, commutes among Black people are getting longer.

CRC 2.0: The I-5 replacement and expansion project in the Portland and Vancouver area is set to have light rail. Much of the plan is just a repeat of proposals from the last decade.

For the arts: Olympia has voted for a sales tax increase to fund the arts.

Noise pollution kills: 5% of heart attacks in New Jersey may be linked to noise pollution.

15-minute Cleveland: Can Cleveland become a 15-minute city?

Fares again: Richmond’s zero-fare transit program could end in the summer.

No longer #1: Washington is no longer ranked number one for being bike-friendly in America.

Still in place: Los Angeles’ eviction moratorium holds despite legal challenges.

HSR has support: California voters still support high-speed rail in the state.

Youth ride free: Free transit in San Diego will be available for children up to 18.

Emissions policy: EV incentives may actually be increasing emissions.

State of change: Is NIMBYism waning in California?

Good and bad: The New York Times has picked up on Portland’s freeway fights. But could the paper be worsening transit crime?

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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.