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.
Next week, The Urbanist will be hosting our regular meeting, but it will be a special one, too. We'll be talking urbanism and watching the results for Proposition 1 roll in after 8pm. You can find us at the Roy Street Coffee & Tea on Capitol Hill from 6pm...
http://youtu.be/yQJZUHm0Hxo Ride The Bus by Lok Raj Dhakjal on YouTube. h/t Caelen Ball We at The Urbanist love riding the bus. So perhaps it's no surprise that this set of playful commercials for De Lijn really caught our attention this week. The Belgians certainly know how to sell public transit. Enjoy the video...
Save the buses: The Seattle Transit Blog has been tearing up the blogosphere with every reason why you should vote YES on Proposition 1. Bike protection: New stripped bike lanes have arrived in the U District. Burke-Gilman/UW riders will rejoice the addition of this facility on NE 40th St. It's going to the dogs: Apparently people love...
March Madness may be over, but there's no reason why you can't fill out your bracket—census bracket that is! The Census Bureau has put out this cool game online to test your geography skills. As you can see above, you simply pick the larger metro area (or state) to move your...
  It's official: the Puget Sound Bike Share (PSBS) will launch in 2014! PSBS's primary vendor Alta Bicycle Share has teamed up with D8 Technologies. D8 will provide Alta with the necessary software to run the docking stations and bikes. Alta will be responsible for delivering 500 bikes and 50 docking...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u7H1helosI Los Angeles by NYU STERN URBANIZATION PROJECT on YouTube. New York University Stern has studied 30 global cities and their urbanization patterns. So far the college has posted three videos on YouTube showing the rapid sprawl of Paris, Los Angeles, and São Paulo. I'd be curious to see what the...
Seattle's Comprehensive Plan is a constantly evolving policy document. Beyond the state-required update every 10 years, amendments to the Comprehensive Plan can be made annually through the Annual Docket process. Proposed amendments can be initiated by the public, City Council, or the Executive departments. The Department of Planning and Development works with...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWoTR7V36tU The Adventures of Fluffy: Too Many Cats, Not Enough Buses by Mark LaFalce on YouTube. Cat lovers and transit lovers, unite! This video hits the point home that transit cuts don't affect just cat riders, they affect all users of our transport network and the viability of our regional urban...