1. One year from the ten-year mark on King County's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the annual One Night Count of homeless people sleeping outside in King County—a count that does not include people sleeping in emergency shelters or tent cities—found 3,117 people sleeping outdoors last night, the Ballard News Tribune reports.
That number represents a 14 percent increase from the number of people volunteers counted one year ago—a clear indicator that not only is the One-Year-Plan (which focuses on permanent housing, not emergency shelter) failing to end homelessness, but that the number of homeless King County residents may actually be increasing.
2. The Columbian reports that a key supporter of the Columbia River Crossing in Oregon now says he thinks the proposed I-5 bridge replacement between Washington and Oregon is doomed, and that the bridge issue is "dead in our state for the next decade or two."
Legislators in Oregon voted to fund the CRC, but the project was stalled when Washington state lawmakers refused to provide funding for our state's part of the bridge, in large part because they opposed light rail between Vancouver, WA and Portland, which would have been part of the project.
In its latest iteration, the CRC would have been funded largely by tolls from Washington state commuters driving across the bridge into Portland, as well as money from the federal government.
3. In a finding that surely won't surprise Southeast Seattle residents, the blog Colorlines overlaid the location of streets named after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the racial composition of the communities they're in, and found that streets named after MLK are overwhelmingly located in black neighborhoods.
Moreover, according to researchers at the University of North Texas, residents of areas with streets named after MLK are $6,000 poorer than those in neighborhoods without them. Just another indication, Colorlines writes, that "so little of the economic justice that King fought for five decades ago has come to fruition."
4. Planetizen highlights the "100 best books on urban planning." The list includes several PubliCola favorites, such as Donald Shoup's The High Cost of Free Parking, John Norquist's The Wealth of Cities, David Owen's Green Metropolis, Jarrett Walker's Human Transit and Edward Glaeser's Triumph of the City. (Jane Jacobs also makes an appearance).
The list also includes the OOBT book club's personal favorite book of all time, Robert Caro's The Power Broker, the definitive biography of the man who shaped New York City for a century, for better and worse.