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

A historic entrance mosaic on 1st Avenue at Pioneer Square. (Credit: Stephen Fesler)

Mount Baker Station: Community members want to activate the Mount Baker Station area.

Indigenous housing: cross section profiles a Chief Seattle Club housing project in Pioneer Square.

Bored of failing: Expansion of the subway to the Seattle of San Jose ran into another problem with another delay, possibly to 2034.

Inclusive zoning: Philadelphia Cream now has mandatory inclusion zoning.

Growing Danger: Megacar owners drove more in 2020 than in 2019.

Corrugated steel: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog features a planned mixed-use development of the city market site.

Congestion: Embrace traffic jams, don’t fight them, says Strong Towns.

Ending Covid protocols: Washington will end non-federal, non-local indoor mask mandates on March 21. King County will also end mandatory vaccination card requirements on March 1.

Regressive policy: An anti-housing lobbying coalition in California is continue an initiative to overthrow the progressive zohousing laws.

Broken policy: The University of California at Berkeley is caught in a mess as an environmental lawsuit puts the future of thousands of students at stake.

Fixing Policy: California lawmakers could permanently exempt certain transit projects from environmental review.

Expensive and unnecessary: A third party El Paso I-10 expansion plan report delivers heavy criticism.

Not in Illinois: Illinois shot down another bike law “Idaho Stop”.

Taxing certain vacancies: In San Fransisco, a vacancy tax could appear on the ballot.

Reduce drink-driving: How Utah Reduces DUI Rates?

Nevada housing: The Nevada Real Estate Agency has earmarked $300 million for affordable housing in the state.

PDX Transit Visions: The Portland regional planning body has shortlisted a list of transit projects for federal funding.

Moratorium: the Seattle one the moratorium on evictions is about to end, but could it still be extended?

Affordable Housing Funding: Mount Zion on the 19th affordable housing project for seniors received state funding.

177 miles: The Los Angeles City Council has approved a large set of speed reductions on the streets.

Vision Zero: Streetsblog showcases why Vision Zero is a human rights issue for the deaf and the wider disability community.


Senior Reporter

Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is particularly interested in how policies, regulations and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. After long stays in big cities like Bellingham, Cork and Seattle, Stephen currently lives in Kenmore. He primarily covers land use planning and transport issues and has worked for The Urbanist since 2014.


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