Also: The scooter wars are no joke, and the bias in Starbucks’s design.
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What We’re Following
Fear of committee: Last night brought a swift end to California’s ambitious attempt to overhaul zoning and address the housing crisis—at least for this year. The much-buzzed-about SB 827 bill would have allowed the construction of taller apartment buildings near high-frequency mass transit stations. But it lost a vote in a Senate committee, with two Democrats and two Republicans each voting against it. CityLab’s Benjamin Schneider has the story on where the YIMBY battle goes next.
- Also on SB 827: A green house divided (San Francisco Magazine)
Tennessee waltz: Tennessee lawmakers are retaliating against Memphis for removing two Confederate statues last December. In a last-minute amendment to a spending bill, the Republican-dominated House voted Tuesday to strip the city of $250,000 that would have been used for a bicentennial celebration next year. The AP reports that fellow lawmakers booed Representative Antonio Parkinson, a Memphis representative, as he called the amendment vile and racist.
- The backstory: In December, Memphis employed a novel strategy to remove two monuments that had been protected by state law.
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Chart of the Day
One of the first takeaways from the new 2017 National Household Travel Survey is that the average American drove less in 2017 than eight years earlier—but driving has increased among Millennials. There’s more to it than that, though: The State Smart Transportation Initiative finds that high- and middle-income Millennials (earning more than $50,000) are driving less, with lower-income Millennials fueling the generation’s uptick in vehicle miles traveled since the recession.
CityLab context: What drove the driving downturn?
What We’re Reading
Inside a university’s controversial plan for Baltimore (The Guardian)
Uber makes peace with cities through a data-sharing deal (Wired)
Why restaurants became so loud, and how to fight back (Vox)
As the bioengineering of people and cities converges, where do we locate the public sphere? (Places Journal)
Creating bike lanes isn’t easy (Wall Street Journal)