The latest in urban planning, placemaking and citizen action:

- Massachusetts is going to make its transportation data available to software developers in an effort to make the state’s transportation system more user-friendly [Washington Examiner]

- Houston’s City Council takes steps to create walkable places near light rail stops [Chron.com]

- LA celebrates 30 years of Farmers Markets [LAist]

- Central Florida small towns cope with high-speed roads running through their downtowns [Orlando Sentinel]

- Kids lead the way on making a swimming pool the centerpiece of a planned park in Irrigon, OR [East Oregonian]

- More food for thought in the private-influence-in-public-space conversation, focusing on advertising [Infrastructurist]

- Sand in the City in Olympia, WA brings beach fun to the center of the city [The News Tribune]

- Chicagoans, be sure to vote for your favorite place in the city in Placemaking Chiacgo’s “What Makes Your Place Great?” contest [Placemaking Chicago]

- A look at downtown Cheyenne, WY and the role of the local Downtown Development Authority in its recent development [WyomingNews.com]