Stephen Fesler

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.
Final section: Construction on the final section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail has begun. 2,000 passes: Seattle will offer up to 2,000 workers in certain industries in Chinatown-International District six months of free transit passes. All cars kill: Electric vehicles may be more dangerous to people walking than their counterparts...
A Link train waiting at a platform. (Sound Transit)
Three Puget Sound transit agencies are improving service beginning this weekend. Chief among them is Sound Transit, which will bump up Central Link light rail service nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. Intercity Transit and Pierce Transit are also rolling out additional service for riders in Olympia and Gig Harbor. Link...
Backyard cottage with woman in patio and sunset.
Snohomish County's long-awaited reform of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) has finally come to pass. Yesterday, the Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to pass a package of ADU regulatory reforms for both urban and non-urban unincorporated areas of the county where some 369,000 residents live -- two-thirds of whom are...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaLUcx1gwVs&list=PLEvVhy_eoUuDXFW0dBmX-20VcHPH7YF60&index=26 The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded a $68 million contract to Walsh Construction to build a new ramp connection between SR-520 and the I-5 reversible express lanes. This will allow transit -- and eventually carpools -- to have direct access to the I-5 reversible express lanes. Currently,...
Time is ticking down to the July target for consideration and adoption of a realignment plan of Sound Transit 3 projects, which could vastly affect project timelines. Agency boardmembers were briefed on additional realignment scenarios and discussed a "flexible" realignment framework to resolve the $7.9 billion affordability gap that...
8,550: Out of millions of on-street parking spaces, New York City transformed 8,550 for outdoor dining space during the pandemic. New digs: In Everett, residents are moving into the new Compass Health apartment building and benefiting from treatment ($). Stalled: What's been happening with the $45 billion in federal rental assistance...
https://youtu.be/DxJuuWUzQzI In Los Angeles, the history behind Dodger Stadium is marred by forced displacement of Latinos in several neighborhoods. The initial displacement was for government-funded projects but eventually turned to baseball stadium. Vox digs into this "missing chapter".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfnwcpmTDpQ Seattle City Council President M. Lorena González was first elected to her citywide seat in 2015. This year, she is running for Mayor. In this meetup video, González talks about transportation, affordable housing, zoning, climate action, policing, and more. You can also read our recent interview with her.