News roundup: Design reviews, slumlords, and bike lanes

Good morning! I hope you are all enjoying having the Viaduct back several days early. New topics are popping up in the news this morning.

The Seattle Times has an editorial on proposed changes to the city’s design review process and Council member Rob Johnson’s desire to wait on considering them. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog also writes on the topic. (I wrote on it a while back)

Seattle Weekly reports on a new bill being introduced this week by Council member Kshama Sawant that would prohibit landlords from raising rents on properties that fail to pass code inspections.

SeattleMet writes about SDOT’s decision to delay work on the protected bike lanes along 9th Avenue N, and what that means for the Pronto bikeshare program since the City Council tied Pronto’s additional funding to completion of that bike lane project.

There continues to be coverage of the blowback from last week’s vote on the SODO Arena. SB Nation, the Tacoma News-Tribune, and the San Diego Reader write on the topic.