Stephen Fesler

Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues. Vox highlights how the United States casually engages in environmental racism through the lens of the Navajo Nation and the Red Water Pond incident.
Threatening cuts: Transit in New York City is facing a dire situation where service could be cut by 40%, but is the threat real or just political? More than tiny houses: Erica C. Barnett knocks back Danny Westneat's just-do-some-tiny-houses "solution" to the homelessness crisis.... Marijuana legalization and drug decriminalization took a big leap forward this year. Arrests and prosecution of drug possession and sale has been disproportionate, but decriminalization can go a long way to undoing this paradigm. So far, politicians have not caught up... Davos Amos ask how big cities can get. Many megacities, largely defined as over 10 million people, are rapidly growing in industrialized countries. But cities over 100 million--gigacities--could be possible this century as megacities grow and merge.
Flimsy: Drunk walking statistics are built on flimsy conclusions. Stop drunk drivers: Meanwhile, the federal government is finally looking at technology to fight drunk driving. Lift a finger: If Congress doesn't act to save transit from the pandemic, will New York... Johnny Harris steps back in time to find out why New York City became so successful and huge even in the age of burgeoning global megacities.
On Tuesday, the Metropolitan King County Council approved a $2.67 billion biennial budget for King County Metro. The budget will provide funding for the agency through 2022 and represents a 15% increase over the previous biennial budget. While this is much greater than the rate of inflation... Vox explains why eviction is a crisis in America and what might or might not be done about it.