What We're Reading

What We’re Reading: Security Theater, Empty Tax, and Demolition

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...

What We’re Reading: Build Housing, Reduced Fares, and H Mart!

Build housing: Previous contributor to The Urbanist Ron Davis says that the only way to solve homelessness is to build more homes. TOD WMATA: Washington,...

What We’re Reading: SB 5528, Unite, and No Show No More

SB 5528: With passage of enabling legislation, Seattle could speed up construction of light rail extensions. Pit to tower: Across from Seattle City Hall, an...
A graphic showing the planned elements of the Melrose Promenade

What We’re Reading: Pandemic-Era Places, Slower Streets, and London ULEZ

Pandemic-era places: Atlanta is removing a pandemic-era experiment of a people-oriented Peachtree Street. Meanwhile, Portland is making a pedestrian street plaza permanent. Obsolete sewers: Grist...

What We’re Reading: Quiet Zone, LVT, and Renter Protections

Quiet zone: Paris's "quiet zone" is set to move forward, calming central neighborhoods of car traffic. Disastrous environmental review: In California, a new bill would...

What We’re Reading: No Problem, Noise Control, and Unaffordable America

No problem: Fayetteville hasn't has minimum parking requirements for six years, so how is that going? Fare-free February: In the Salt Lake City area, the...

What We’re Reading: Mount Baker Station, Ending Covid Protocols, and Reducing Drunk Driving

Mount Baker Station: Community members want to activate the Mount Baker Station area. Indigenous housing: Crosscut profiles a Chief Seattle Club housing project in Pioneer...

What We’re Reading: Strip Malls, It’s Time, and Housing Is Popular

Strip malls: Sightline dives into how strip malls could house a lot of people. Revised estimates: The California high-speed rail got a little more pricey. House...