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Staff Biography

Stephen Fesler

Senior Reporter

Stephen is an urban planner 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. Send him an email at stephen [at] theurbanist [dot] org.

Recent Articles

The Case for Improved Light Rail in Rainier Valley

It almost seems like every other week these days you hear about another light rail-involved collision in Rainier Valley. And the reason for why is obvious: at-grade running trains cross more than a dozen...

Washington’s Legislature Is Tackling Zoning Around Transit and For Missing Middle Housing

Housing and zoning reform is taking center stage in the Washington State Legislature. Today, a handful of bills will be heard in committee to address long-standing injustices in local zoning codes that ban housing...

Sunday Video: All 53 Vancouver SkyTrain Stations

RM Transit visits all 53 Vancouver SkyTrain stations. Though a bit long, the sped up video carries good discussion about the system's design, operations, and pros and cons. Also discussed in the video is...

What We’re Reading: Edmonds Anti-Streatery, Ferry Woes, and Philly Apartment Boom

Edmonds anti-streatery: Edmonds' new streatery policy appears to be scaring businesses off and risks the future of a permanent program ($). Manhattan rezones: New York City finally approved a rezone of Soho and Noho. Ocean Drive...

Transpo Notes: Additive Sound Transit Bill, Pets Ahoy, Café Streets, and Via to Transit

This week’s Traspo Notes highlights: hearing on an additive Sound Transit funding bill, cats and dogs can ride the King County Water Taxi, the state transportation department has a new mobility plan, Seattle café...