What We’re Reading: Fast Electric Ferries, Risk To Pedestrians, and Prideful Bus Stop


Sunset falls upon Lake Union and Downtown Seattle as seen from Gas Works Park. (Credit: Stephen Fesler)

Fast electric ferries: Stockholm is getting the world’s fastest electric passenger ferries.

Montlake Playfield revamp: Under a unique agreement, Seattle Prep is replacing the turf at Montlake Playfield.

Fiscal cliff: Governing sheds light on how many American transit agencies are facing a fiscal cliff.

Fires and crashes: Fires temporarily close Glo’s in Capitol Hill and end the Wayne Apartments in Belltown. Meanwhile, Capitol Hill’s Coastal Kitchen is planning repairs from a car crash into the restaurant.

Cruising: Cruise ships have returned to Seattle, but it’s not back to normal.

Affordable housing funding: A Central District project wins Amazon affordable housing funding.

Totems coming down: The totem poles at Victor Steinbrueck Park are coming down.

Tax proceeds: Seattle doubled its hotel tax, so what is it funding?

Risk to pedestrians: A German court has decided fining SUV drivers more than smaller car drivers is fair because they are a higher danger.

VZ for railroads: Advocates say the US needs a Vision Zero approach for railroads.

SF rezone: San Francisco ended single-family-only zoning, but what is the real implications of this ($)?

Gas tax holiday: President Joe Biden has proposed an ill-fated national gas tax holiday ($).

SBUX workers: Downtown Seattle Starbucks workers are being shuffled around after a weekend strike.

Parks district reauthorization: Seattle’s city council has begun discussions on how to go about the city parks district funding reauthorization.

Political resignations: In Sammamish, anti-development politicians are fleeing from office.

Bronx buses: New York City has launched a bus network redesign for the Bronx.

Jumpstart: Seattle has taken further action around affordable housing following a court win for the Jumpstart Seattle tax.

Prideful bus stop: On 15th Avenue E in Capitol Hill, a new bus bulb has been installed with Pride colors.

Not green: Strong Towns showcases how “free parking” isn’t green.

Rent increases: New York City has approved rent hikes for rent-restricted units ($).

Adding security: Denver’s transit agency is beefing up security to increase riders’ sense of safety and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Destructive court: The nation’s partisan high court gutted the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions week under the Clean Air Act this.

Texas HSR: The bullet train project from Dallas to Houston has won court approval to use eminent domain.

Drying up: The Great Salt Lake is drying and that’s a big problem ($).

Price cuts: Price cuts are spreading across the country for housing as higher interest rates kick in.


Senior Reporter

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.

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