Friday, December 14, 2018

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.
Members of the Seattle City Council will meet today for a special ad hoc meeting of their Select Committee on Transportation Funding. Council members will discuss the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle, a nine-year transportation levy. This levy is the successor to the current Bridging the Gap levy, which is set...
Council President Tim Burgess announced new legislation last week to preserve affordable multifamily housing units and give renters additional protections from the invocation of just cause evictions by landlords. Burgess submitted the two pieces of legislation to the Seattle City Council on Tuesday for further consideration by the Committee on...
Article Note: The Urbanist is publishing a series of interviews with a selection of 2015 Seattle City Council candidates. In June, we will release our endorsements. Pamela Banks is a political newcomer, running in central Seattle's District 3. She hopes to unseat sitting Councilmember Kshama Sawant with her own progressive...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCgu8nu-9oY Seattle's Historical Terra Cotta Architecture--Video 1 of 3 by Dazzling Places on YouTube. A great series of videos on Seattle's beautiful terra cotta architeture. See videos 2 and 3, too.
Tacoma urbanism: Details on the latest revision to Downtown Tacoma's future 240-foot hotel and 140-foot residential towers. The NEC is key: A discussion on how important the Northeast Corridor with 750,000 daily riders. Meanwhile, the debate over rail safety may never the same in light of the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment. It's the...
The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) released its most recent findings on regional commuting trends for 2014. Since 1961, the region has cobbled together commute surveys to find out where residents are going, how they're getting there, and how often they decide to make trips. The 2014 Puget Sound Travel Study...
The Seattle City Council is poised to take up legislation that would create new tenant protections and preserve affordable housing across the city. Proposed by Council President Tim Burgess, the two pieces of legislation would advance tenant rights by upping the length of time for eviction notice and establish a...
With nearly 100 years of urban activity for public trade and assembly, Pike Place Market is a mark of deep civic pride for Seattleites. The market nearly met its end on numerous occasions: in 1950, a plan was hatched to turn it into a giant parking garage; in 1958, the Municipal Market...