Stephen Fesler

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.
If you're into maps and data as much as we are, you'll probably love this new series of maps made by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTfHP). NTfHP has an excellent series of maps relating to historic preservation called Older, Smaller, Better which range in themes like number of women-/minority-owned businesses, character... Gravity by Sound Transit on YouTube. Sound Transit has launched a new advertisement campaign for 2014 with three 30-second videos. The lovely Voice of Reason makes her return aboard Link. Be sure to check out Fingers and Long Arms as well for a laugh.  
New views: Union Street will soon be under construction for an enhanced access to the waterfront from First Avenue. We look forward to the new lookout and access (for a primer on changes to come, see our previous report on the waterfront). Ding dong Broad Street is dead: One of... This past week, transit designer Massimo Vignelli passed away. Vignelli was well known for his revolutionary thinking of wayfinding for transit systems. In this video, he discusses his very controversial and simple New York City Subway map of 1972. Many elements have to be considered when we talk about the total development capacity for a place. Gensler LA offers a good starting point for some of these. This Sunday's video gives us a great visualization of what it would take to support 4.3 million residents in Downtown LA....
Accelerating growth: Seattle grew twice the rate of suburban King County in population from 2012 to 2013, and that rate has massively accelerated from the previous yearly period when it only grew 25% faster. Breath easier: Sightline breaks down 17 things you should know about California's cap-and-trade system. Maybe this can be a... Google has put out a fascinating video of its self-driving car. It's amazing how well behaved the vehicle is around pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles. If we can perfect self-driving cars, like we have trains, there's no reason we couldn't do buses, too!
  Now calling at Union Station: It looks like Denver has a Union Station, too, and it's pretty darn cool. The new multi-modal facility marries the old station with new platforms, concourse, and local bus service. Sounds like something we could use... Breaking ground: 23rd and Union will finally get the...