Amsterdam’s famed Museumplein in the spring. (Credit: Stephen Fesler)

Cali rules: Following California’s vehicle emissions rule standards, more than a dozen states could follow suit.

Non-drivers are future: Anna Zivarts argues that non-drivers are the future.

Public bathrooms: San Francisco’s Tenderloin makes a compelling case for public bathroom programs.

High housing costs: A very large share of Vancouver residents have considered moving away due to housing costs.

Affordable purchase: Josh Cohen reports on how some low-income buyers can afford a home in pricey Seattle.

Command center: A “command center” for homelessness in Downtown Seattle has been set up with various partners.

Deal: Seattle-area concrete workers have finally reached a contract deal with companies ($).

Novel ADA lawsuit: Bike Portland reports on how a class action lawsuit says City of Portland violates ADA law by not keeping sidewalks clear.

Capping rent: British Columbia is capping rent increases at 2% next year amid soaring inflation.

Cost of parking: A premium San Francisco parking spot is on sale for $90,000.

Remove highways: The NYT shared an opinion piece showcasing the case for highway removal ($).

Actually good: California’s legislature is extending the life of the state’s last nuclear plant.

Frog Ferry: Portland’s Frog Ferry may be in serious trouble.

Drinking in parks: A Vancouver political party wants to expand a program allowing liquor in parks.

Bank on bikes: A Next City op-ed argues that bikes, not self-driving cars, are the technological gateway to urban progress.

Farewell: A progressive Edmonds city councilmember is moving away and ending her time on the council ($).

Housing reform policy: Planetizen highlights some big housing reform policies.

Student/family housing: Simon Fraser University is opening up rental housing for students and their families.

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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.