Friday, August 17, 2018

Stephen Fesler

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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.
On Monday, the Seattle City Council temporarily expanded the Pike Place Market Historic District, effectively saving the Showbox for now. The reprieve doesn't guarantee perpetual protection of the famed music venue, but it does set in motion a process to study a permanent expansion of the historic district to...
Low-cost activation: Why are cities bringing giant games to parks and plazas? Walkability: What makes a place walkable? CSO failures: King County has been fined $118,500 since 2013 ($) for multiple combined sewer overflows. Safer streets in Canada: Why Canada has a better road safety record than America. Not much progress: Is a regional...
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https://vimeo.com/282972390 Streetfilms takes a look at what it’s like to live in Barcelona’s vibrant pedestrian-oriented superblocks (superilles).
On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved a slate of landmarks in Uptown and rezoned a property in Greenwood to facilitate a mixed-use development proposal. The city council also hotly debated the introduction of a new ordinance to temporarily the Pike Place Market landmark district to cover the Showbox...
Everett Transit is in the midst of a painful service restructuring planning process. Fresh off its long-range planning effort to develop a path to a more expansive, more frequent network, the transit agency is now proposing significant rollback of service, including deletion of routes and trimming service, while drastically...
Kids prevail: The Supreme Court of the United States refuses to hear Trump's appeal against children suing the federal government over climate change. Temporary shuttle: A temporary tourist shuttle to Seattle's waterfront is running through October. Pay for lanes: Bird, an electric scooter startup, wants to help pay for bike lanes...
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https://youtu.be/LUQaCoxybW8 In this extended short, City Beautiful takes on the old school classic SimCity from the perspective of a professional planner 20 years later. Along the way, City Beautiful provides pertinent observations of game play versus reality.
Community Transit intends to make several service changes in the fall and will soon open a new queue jump at a key chokepoint for buses crossing I-5. The fall service change begins on September 23rd and will include higher frequency on the Swift Blue Line on weekdays and extra...