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Staff Biography

Stephen Fesler

Senior Reporter

Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With long stints in great cities like Bellingham, Cork, and Seattle, Stephen currently lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist. He previously served as Publication Director and a boardmember of The Urbanist from February 2014 through August 2017.

Recent Articles

Sunday Video: Third Places Are A Critical Part of Communities

Third places are a critical part of communities. They provide another space for people to be and mingle. But the suburbs and North American zoning has all but erased them from communities. Not Just...

Sunday Video: The Most Urbanist Soccer Arenas In North America

It's World Cup season! So maybe it's worth talking stock of American soccer (football) culture. Ray Delahanty at CityNerd takes stock of the top 10 best soccer arenas in North American from an urban...

Sound Transit’s Board Needs To Act on Rider Experience Now

The Sound Transit board is asleep at the wheel. Riders can see it clearly when they venture onto Link. Walk into any station and you will find trash collecting on platforms and tracks, in...

Transpo Notes: Community Transit Plans, Stride S3 Reaches 60% Design, and Tacoma Streetcar Vehicles...

This week's Transpo Notes roundup is focused on Sound Transit and Community Transit updates. These include new details on Sound Transit's South Tacoma Station access improvement, Stride bus rapid transit S3 Line, and Tacoma...

Sunday Video: The Street Type That Breaks the Hierarchy

Paris is famed for its grand Hussmann-era boulevards. North American cities are famed for their dangerous stroads. Dave Amos of City Beautiful looks into the anatomy of boulevards and how they might be a...