Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines
December 12, 2013
Sightline is releasing a new report today—Who Pays for Parking?—documenting the hidden parking subsidies that raise the cost of housing in greater Seattle. In a nutshell, the study finds that “cheap” parking really means expensive rents—which means that parking reform is a high priority for boosting housing affordability.
Sightline | Housing
That’s the message Seattle-area legislators and voters need to send to Republicans in Olympia. It’s also why the city is exploring a secret Plan C to save Metro bus service.
The Stranger | Transportation
How the institutional racism of yesterday still reverberates today.
Portland Mercury | Race
Data can track how and where people these days are likely to die in King County. We now also know some of the leading causes of death are more prevalent in some parts of the region than others. Just glance at these county maps and the health disparities between north and south King County become startlingly clear.
The Seattle Times | Health
Every bike-sharing system that’s launched so far has had trouble attracting large numbers of low-income and minority riders. That may have something do with where the docking stations are located. But even when these stations are sited in low-income neighborhoods, they often go under-used.
NPR | Transportation
It’s a cruel fact of physiology: kids are the hardest-hit victims of air pollution. Pound for pound, children breathe more than adults, receiving a relatively bigger toxic dose. That science takes on particular significance in Washington, where 126 day cares are located beside major roads and where rules about where new facilities can open are not enforced.
Investigate West | Pollution
We’ve known for a while that the ocean is rapidly becoming too acidic for some forms of marine life to survive. Now we also know that carbon dioxide pollution does more than break down marine skeletons — it can actually cause behavioral changes in individual organisms. Simply stated, ocean acidification is making fish anxious.
Grist | Climate
There is no question that the success of SeaTac’s Prop. 1 is a win for workers. But it is also a win for transit-oriented development and our region’s environmental goals. Here is why: the $15 airport living wage means more families will be able to live in their communities of choice.
Sound Progress | Economy
You put on a great show, but the voters were not amused and went nuclear on you.
The Stranger | Politics
There are bike lanes, and then there are bike lanes. The best have something the others don’t: Real protection for cyclists. They find some way of separating riders from the rest of the road–a line of parked cars, a row of planter pots, some plastic barriers.
Fast Company | Transportation
More News from December 12, 2013
Oregonians are thinking about transportation in a fundamentally different way than they used to. The number of people who said on a state survey it is more important “to expand the highway system to reduce traffic congestion” than “to preserve and maintain the highways Oregon already has” has plummeted from 50 percent to 29 percent since 2007.
Bike Portland | Transportation
How the nuclear plant no one knows about is wasting your money.
Willamette Week | Energy
A parade of transit riders on Wednesday urged the TriMet of board of directors to extend the transfer time on a two-hour ticket by up to an hour, but a vote on the proposal isn’t expected until the new year. Many people thanked the board for at least considering an ordinance extending transfer times on a so-called “cash fare” — $2.50 for adults — to 2.5 hours.
The Oregonian | Transportation
An annual survey of Seattle residents found that 30 percent of Seattleites rides a bike at least several times a year, and 10 percent bikes daily or several days a week. At the top of the list of reasons Seattleites do not bike more: Safety concerns, mostly pertaining to fears of traffic or fear of riding without safe bike lanes.
Seattle Bike Blog | Transportation
BC Hydro painted itself Wednesday as willing to bend to the concerns of communities in the Peace River region and not a cold-hearted Crown corporation seeking to force its way on the hugely controversial Site C dam.
Vancouver Sun | Water
An idea that’s spent six years in City Hall’s back rooms is bubbling back up: a fee on each Portland household, and probably businesses too, that could pay for street paving, sidewalks, streetcars and protected bike lanes.
Bike Portland | Transportation
A string of lawsuits around the region highlights a groundswell of opposition to the practice of raising salmon and steelhead in hatcheries to then be released into the wild.
EarthFix | Salmon
Oregon was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Affordable Care Act and jumped at the chance to set up its own online exchange for uninsured people to shop for health coverage. But Cover Oregon’s roll out has been widely panned.
Salem Statesman Journal | Health