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Push to Create Council Districts Moves Forward 

Seattle Times


A group that wants Seattle City Council members elected by district is expected to turn in enough signatures Tuesday to qualify the charter amendment for the November general-election ballot.

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Growing Bike Culture Good for Local Economy 

Model D


From custom frame builders in Detroit and messenger bag makers in Philadelphia to a bike-share startup in Tampa, the new bike-based economy is flourishing in U.S. cities.

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What Sells Condos in Vancouver? Grocery Stores 

Toronto Globe and Mail


Across Vancouver, mixed-use development - especially ones with specialty food markets or full-service grocery stores on the ground level - are popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain.

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Book Review: The Great Inversion 

Goodspeed Update


In the acknowledgements section at the end of his book, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City, author Alan Ehrenhalt demurred he is "no Jane Jacobs" but says he followed her advice for researching cities, namely to study them through close personal observation using a minimum of preconceptions.

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