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.
Transit apps have revolutionized the way we use transit. Transit riders no longer need to carry around a paper schedule of a route or know where the nearest stop is. An app can provide that information instead, often with real-time arrival data on-the-fly. When transit apps originally came out,...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U04qKoFoLIs If you're in need of a little pick-me-up today, you're just in luck! Visit Seattle has a new, quirky little video that will leave you smiling and falling in love with this city all over again (as if that doesn't happen every day anyway!) But this video is more...
As The Urbanist reported last week, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will be holding an open house and presentation on the city's update to the Comprehensive Plan. Here's DPD's event summary: On March 24, the City of Seattle is holding an open house to discuss ways to plan for the...
http://vimeo.com/87648696 This is one way to liven up a subway platform.
For those of you wishing East Link were open today, Sound Transit has given us something to chew on in the meantime. Sound Transit has put out a video visualization of the East Link corridor. The video focuses on the alignment from the interchange of I-90/Bellevue Way and Overlake...
Editor's Note: In case you missed our previous coverage of Seattle 2035, check out DPD's Background Report, which covers the city's planning data from 1995-2012.   The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has been working hard over the past few months to plan for Seattle's future growth. To do that, DPD must update the...
Last summer, the national pharmacy chain CVS decided to enter the Seattle market, building new stores in Lower Queen Anne, Wallingford, and West Seattle. This turned out to be surprisingly controversial; many residents felt that CVS's cookie-cutter suburban designs had no place in their dense and growing urban neighbourhoods....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs Bicycle Culture by Design from TEDx Talks on YouTube. Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize Design Co. gives us a brief history of our streets and suggests how we can design more functional streets for livable cities.