Saturday, 19 September, 2020

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.
Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) reform has been taking off across the Puget Sound region. Seattle, Tacoma, and Burien all approved sweeping changes to ADUs last year followed by Kirkland in March. Seattle also took a step further this week in launching a one-stop shop for property owners...
FB goes east: Facebook is buying REI's corporate digs in Bellevue's Spring District. Marysville masterplan: Marysville wants feedback on what people think of the city center ($) in order to update a masterplan. Biketown 2.0: Portland's Biketown bikeshare expansion has been...
Rides board a Route 512 bus in Lynnwood.
On Thursday, the Sound Transit Board of Directors met for another briefing on paused actions from the capital expansion program. Staff recommended executing $76.5 million in project actions, but Sound Transit funds for upgrades to RapidRide C and D Line (promised in Sound Transit 3) and RapidRide...
https://youtu.be/sZHuZkUUYM4 Throughout America, "forever chemicals" are polluting waterways because they effectively cannot be broken down. Vox explains how that happened and what that means for our waterways.
A Swift station with a bus waiting.
Community Transit is charting two very different paths for service growth as local transit agencies grapple with the economic fallout of Covid. In the six-year draft Transit Development Plan (TDP), Community Transit contemplates what service would look like under "slow recovery" and "rapid recovery" scenarios. The delta...
https://youtu.be/6IN4ZcZAUbA Global climate change is brewing a crisis for growing coffee. As annual temperatures rise, coffee plants are being threatened with mass withering. The global zone for production is a narrow band, making this a recipe for disaster.
Later this month, King County Metro will implement what is supposed to be a twice yearly service change--though the pandemic has forced volatile interim service changes since March. The September service change will bring a 15% reduction in service hours over pre-pandemic levels, making it the most...
Slow start: Two years later, Minneapolis' zoning reform is slow to deliver on triplexes. Over-talked narrative: The media is obsessed with the "death of the city" narrative. Cafe streets: Streetsblog Chicago says that Chicago's cafe streets have been a huge success...