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.
Sound Transit has been operating Central Link since 2009, and in that time period, the light rail line has been consistently plagued by collisions throughout the Rainier Valley where it crosses intersections at-grade. Of the 92 collisions along Martin Luther King Way, Jr. S, 69 have been...
Streetcar fare enforcement: Seattle is looking at more fare enforcement on the streetcar to reduce security incidents ($). Post car future: According to The Economist, Europe is leading on how to build the post-car city ($). Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure: Democrats running...
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https://youtu.be/QaIOfgz8FVY In this video, Vox explains how New York settled on Manhattan’s modern grid.
Last week, the King County Council approved a new King County Metro program to implement permit parking at 10 in-demand County-owned park-and-ride facilities on weekdays. The program would retain at least half of all parking spaces at each of the regulated parking facilities as free for general...
Prioritizing public health: The Seattle City Council has passed legislation memorializing the spending of proceeds for the citywide sweetened beverage tax. Yelp says a lot: Yelp reviews of local restaurants can tell you a lot about a city. Bureaucratic obstructionism: Sightline...
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https://youtu.be/poPLSgbSO6k In this video, Vox looks at the promise of the new generation of nuclear energy and technology. While many still fear meltdowns and are concerned about the waste of old systems, the new generation of nuclear technology could be entirely meltdown-free...
On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's tenant protection bill targeting multifamily buildings up for sale. The city council also adopted changes to sign regulations in and around the Seattle Center Arena, approved an interdepartmental property transfer for a new skatepark, and authorized property...
On Tuesday, King County Metro issued a notice to riders of Route 41 that a permanent revision to the route in Downtown Seattle would come on Saturday (July 27th). Instead of traveling down Stewart Street southbound, the route will hop off I-5 at Union Street and proceed...