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.
https://youtu.be/aiX2n4DVLZI Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stopped by Bloomberg CityLab's 2021 conference to talk about the Biden administration's outlook on transportation and priorities.
Go vote: Go vote in the King County Conservation District election. Cameras save: New data from Chicago shows that red light cameras can save lives. MD monorail?: A monorail could be feasible on the I-270 corridor in Maryland ($). Less asphalt: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says that city transportation should "right-size" asphalt...
A floating bus stop and protected bike lane on Dexter Avenue. (Photo by Adam Coppola)
The transit service changes are coming. The first round of changes roll out on the weekend of March 20th with some additions to King County Metro, Sound Transit, and Intercity Transit. Metro plans to suspend nearly a dozen routes. Sound Transit also plans to implement reduced fares for some...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaddIuKgYys Miami has over 300 highrises and a climate that many desire. The city's mayor is hoping to lure tech business and jobs from Silicon Valley to region with low taxes, freewheeling Covid protocols, and a young and educated workforce. Dave Amos explains that Silicon Valley represents a unique global...
Bothell has become the most recent city in the Puget Sound Region to adopt zoning reforms that realize objectives of the state's 2019 housing options bill. The city has approved zoning changes that allow duplexes on corner lots within single-family residential zones and increases the number of lots that...
https://youtu.be/Z9cJQN6lw3w The Indonesian city of Jakarta was colonized by the Dutch. Early on, the Dutch brought their canals and segregated the population, providing direct running water mainly to Dutch residents. Over the decades and centuries, the city evolved with piped running water being very limited. This has led to a...
Berkeley reforming zoning?: Berkeley could be on path to eliminating single-family-only zoning by the end of 2022. Unserious party: An unserious Republican proposal would add taxes to transit and bikes ($) to raise money for highways in Washington. Mobility map app: Google Maps could start helping users pay for transit fares...
two trains at a station with little glass orbs sculpture overhead
Sound Transit boardmembers got a preview of Sound Transit 3 (ST3) realignment scenarios on Thursday. Agency staff walked through four examples of capital program realignment scenarios during the presentation. Each of these are based upon criteria adopted by the board last summer using funding gap assumptions. The agency is...