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.
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https://youtu.be/d9vDcfH03gs Dave Amos charts the American change from connected grids to the rise of cul-de-sacs, and what’s now being done to counteract their pitfalls.
Sound Transit plans to spend about $10 million on transit access projects per subarea. A total of five subareas existing within the Sound Transit service area, which means that there is about $50 million available for projects. The transit agency says that it received 53 applications across...
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https://youtu.be/vWhYlu7ZfYM In this Vox episode of Almanac, Phil Edwards explains why so many suburbs look the same. Principally, the advent of federal financing, the cul-de-sac, cars, and other policies changed the paradigm.
On fire: Apparently two Lime bike batteries caught fire this week. Whoops. Is that something we should be worried about? Safer places: A new Seattle homelessness pilot program will try to help reach those living in cars and vans. Tolls for transit:...
In conjunction with the RapidRide I Line planning process, King County Metro is developing a mobility plan to be implemented in September 2020 for the Kent, Renton, and Auburn areas. The RapidRide I Line will thread all three cities together. The mobility plan will result in some...
On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution identifying possible Comprehensive Plan amendments to be further processed in advance of a final ordinance in 2020. The resolution specifies several amendment topics to be addressed by the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) including:
King County Metro has released a draft proposal for the RapidRide I Line that would stretch from the Downtown Renton to Downtown Auburn. Along the way, the route would run through Fairwood, East Hill, Kent Station, and the East Valley Highway. The entire corridor is about slated...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hqLo4J6mrQ Dave Amos looks at Walt Disney's unrealized tomorrow city plans (known as "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" or "EPCOT"), which were largely Modernist delusions of grandeur.