Saturday, 14 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.
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https://youtu.be/A56eEljgwzQ The Port of Seattle has released a new video visualizing what the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) will look like and how it will function when it opens next fall at Seat-Tac International Airport. The new facility should expand customs processing...
King County Water Taxi waiting area. (Photo by author)
Could the Mosquito Fleet return to Lake Washington and spread to new locations on the eastern side of Puget Sound? King County Metro is asking that question as it evaluates new King County Water Taxi routes between Ballard and Downtown Seattle and Kenmore to Seattle. The evaluation...
Windshield view: Oregon has a new state transportation secretary who greatly misunderstands how climate change works because he is a highway builder at heart. New bike regs: Portland has passed a major update to its bike parking code. TOD in DC: Washington,...
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has been working on a statewide active transportation plan this year that could reshape the state's highway paradigm. The preliminary analysis takes stock of existing state highway facilities. WSDOT hopes that this information will be useful in generating a conversation...
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https://youtu.be/-XscydK-3LI Dave Amos talks about parking regulations and parking demand in relation to the Black Friday shopping day. He also does a case study of two shopping centers in his hometown of Sacramento to see how Black Friday plays out.
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,...