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✊🏙 BIG breakdown of global transit news 🌎 SF elects moderate mayor 🗳 Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈 & much more!

Hey urbanists! I'm continuing with this new format as we focus on transportation news from around the
June 24 · Issue #39 · View online
Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists!
I’m continuing with this new format as we focus on transportation news from around the globe and San Francisco’s new mayor. LGBTQ people in cities around the world are also celebrating this weekend, so have a great time if you’re heading out to parade or other festivities!
I’m also working on some changes to further improve Radical Urbanist that you should find out about in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for details.
As always, have a great Sunday!

Round-the-world transport round-up
Go Canada! (Source: Greater Auckland)
Go Canada! (Source: Greater Auckland)
There was a lot of fascinating transportation news this week — some negative, but mainly positive — so I figured we’d go around the world and look at the big stories.
New York City: Streetsblog has a great breakdown of the new NYC Mobility Report, and the trend isn’t good. “Despite rising population, employment, and tourism, subway and bus ridership both fell in 2017. Meanwhile, propelled by the growth of ride-hailing trips, congestion continues to intensify.” (If you’re interested, I wrote about the studies on how ride-hailing is increasing congestion in major US cities.)
Los Angeles: Metro narrowed down its options for light rail from downtown LA to Artesia in the southeast of the county earlier this week after residents urged officials to ensure working-class riders have easy access to hubs without having to transfer. Officials are also looking at build a school to train the thousands of workers that are needed to build out its transportation network.
Toronto: A new report suggests Toronto may be the worst city in North America to commute in, and Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford, might not help. He has decried the “war on the car”, hates light rail, and wants the province to take over subway infrastructure while the city continues to run day-to-day operations. He’s talked about building new subways to suburban areas which don’t have the ridership to support them, but likely won’t be enthusiastic about the expansions needed to relieve overcrowding in the downtown core. In short, advocates are scared about what a Ford premiership means for transit in Toronto.
Elsewhere in Canada: Vancouver transit ridership continues to hit new ridership records, while the centre-right party leading ahead of Quebec’s fall election has pledged C$10 billion for transportation, but would oppose the new Montreal mayor’s plan for a new subway line.
London: The city will spend £1.5 billion ($2 billion) on 250 new trains, which will increase capacity on the Underground’s four “Deep Tube” lines by 10 trains an hour. Paired with Crossrail, this should help reduce overcrowding in the backbone of the city’s transportation network.
Melbourne: City council is working on a new Transportation Strategy that could make the CBD much friendlier to pedestrians. By increasing signal times for walkers, adding more car-free public spaces, removing traffic lanes, and widening footpaths in high-traffic areas, the city hopes to increase safety and boost the economy by A$2.1 billion. However, both the state premier and leader of the opposition have come out against the mayor’s plan.
Auckland: Greater Auckland has a fantastic look at what a wave of new transit investments could mean for the future of ridership in New Zealand’s largest city, home to almost a third of the country’s population. There are a lot of great charts and comparisons to cities in other English-speaking countries.
San Francisco has a new mayor
SF Mayor-elect London Breed
SF Mayor-elect London Breed
San Francisco, the city with the most acute housing crisis in the United States, elected a new mayor earlier this month. Mayor-elect London Breed is seen as being close to the tech industry, which has led to some skepticism over whether she’ll take the actions necessary to address the deepening inequality that the industry has brought to the city.
Breed was the moderate in the race, but still promised “to build 5,000 housing units a year; eliminate homeless camps from streets within a year by moving occupants into low-cost or supportive housing; and raise the minimum wage for certain city employees to $15.50 an hour.” She’s seen as a friend of YIMBYs since she passed legislation to roll back parking regulations and argued against a moratorium on new developing in the Mission District.
However, even though Breed won the mayoral election over progressive Mark Leno by a single percentage point, SF Democratic Party Chair David Campos asserts “this election should be seen overall as a progressive victory — progressives won a Board majority, won all the important ballot measures, and came the closest to winning the mayor’s race in 30 years.”
There’s no question that San Francisco will be continue to be a city to watch in the coming years, and the groundwork for showdowns between the moderate mayor and progressive board is already being laid. Breed’s decision to step down as Board president before the new supervisors take their seats is almost certain to ensure the current moderate majority will choose the new president, instead of the incoming progressive majority.
Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈
June is Pride Month. This weekend, LGBTQ people around the world held Pride parades to celebrate our communities and continue the fight for our rights. Karen Loew wrote an interesting piece in CityLab about the small cities across the United States holding parades for the first time.
In many smaller cities and towns, holding that first parade is less about making the scene than finding out what the scene really is: seeing a fuller complement of who’s in your tribe and where they come from. It’s experiencing a walk down your streets in a new way, learning which individuals and politicians are supportive; which businesses and institutions are receptive. It’s realizing that some familiar acquaintances are queer, too, or consider themselves allies. It’s observing the attitude of police officers, and maybe being surprised. It’s redrawing your mental map of the place where you live.
More great reads
📱 Safety driver in Uber’s fatal collision was watching The Voice on Hulu on her phone, not monitoring vehicle diagnostics
🚶‍♂️ The growth of digital nomadism is capitalism’s latest attempt to erase the boundary between work and home
💰 NYTimes looks at how billionaire oil barons, the Koch brothers, are funding opposition to transit ballot measures across the US
🛴 Could the flood of scooters on the streets of major US cities be halted by Trump’s new 25% tariff on scooters?
🚗 Self-driving cars could end up using more energy by increasing distance traveled and number of trips
🚌 New meme is hilarious and encourages people to thank their bus driver
🤑 Jeff Bezos makes enough in 3.5 hours to pay $47 million Seattle tax to help homeless people that he forced council to repeal
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