Thursday, 5 December, 2019

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.
Backyard cottages like this one should be coming to Burien thanks to the City's new reform. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
On Monday, the Burien City Council approved a slate of accessory dwelling unit (ADU) reforms. The reforms should make it easier to build ADUs such as backyard cottages and basement apartments in single-family areas and encourage more property owners to invest in them. The city also moved...
Federal Way is working through the initial stages of a subarea planning process in the southern portion of the city. The "City South" area, which is just southwest of I-5/SR-18 interchange, is largely a big box retail and suburban strip commercial area. That could change in...
Downtown Tacoma's stretch of Pacific Avenue hosts the Tacoma Link streetcar. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
In late September, the Tacoma City Council approved a large slate of areawide rezones and future land use map designation changes, which primarily affected residential properties. The rezones and land use designation changes were included as part of the annual Comprehensive Plan update process for minor amendments,...
Free transit: In Tacoma, all public high school students will get free transit passes. Shutdown avoided: Major transit strike has been avoided in Vancouver, British Columbia as TransLink operators agree to tentative deal with management. Decongesting SF streets: San Francisco is taking another...
In November, Sound Transit released updated design information for the Federal Way Link light rail extension, which Kiewit Infrastructure West Company will construct. While the station design concepts generally did not change all that significantly since we last covered the project design in 2017, there are some notable station...
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https://youtu.be/SAZAKPUQMw0 Why is the Amazon rainforest seeing yet another massive deforestation wave and burning after years of significant falling deforestation rates? And what does that mean for its viability and climate change?
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https://youtu.be/1mx2lyz-TXY When it comes to cities and regions in America, how do they carryout regional governance?
New trip planner: King County Metro has significantly updated its online trip planner system. Pedestrianize BOS and YYZ: Should Boston move to heavily restrict cars in the city center? And should Toronto pedestrianize its Yonge Street? Pedestrianizing AUS and SAN:...