Author: Stephen Fesler

Stanwood Mulls ‘Strong Towns’ Style Main Street Makeover

Stanwood, a fast-growing town 25 miles north of Everett, is considering overhauling its main street to embrace walkability and good old fashioned main street...

The Urbanist Podcast: Live from France

In this episode, I call in from Nantes, France, to chat with reporter Ray Dubicki about my current trip to Europe. We discuss all...

Apps Break Cities, Just Like Highways Do

On Tuesday, GrubHub sent New York restaurants into a tailspin with a free lunch promotion. Between 11am and 2pm, the food delivery app offered...

Midweek Video: Top 10 Affordable Underrated US Cities

CityNerd stacks up the top ten affordable underrated American city metros for walkability, transit, and livability. Sorry, Seattle and Tacoma, but you didn’t sneak...

Rainier Avenue To Get Northbound Bus Lane Extension, but Corridor Vision Is Still Missing

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has announced they are planning to convert one lane of northbound Rainier Avenue to a dedicated transit lane...

Biden Nudges Cities to Rezone and Embrace Housing Growth

But is the president dangling enough federal grants to convince them? On Monday, President Joe Biden unveiled a new housing initiative aiming to "help close...

Sound Transit Must Fix Its Broken Escalators and Elevators Mess

Sound Transit’s elevators and escalators have become a bit of a punchline and are routinely out of service, as The Urbanist reported in November....
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Bellevue Council Update: Supporting Retail, Fostering Cross-Cultural Connections, and Rules on Remote Participation

Bellevue is continuing the trend of Eastside cities analyzing their retail sectors, and their City Council is doing so without enacting a development moratorium....