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.
Community Transit is looking toward microtransit solutions in Lynnwood ahead of light rail and seeking feedback on concepts. Two areas are being evaluated for service in partnership with the City of Lynnwood that would complement the agency's traditional fixed-route bus service. Service would initially start in spring 2022 as...
Demographic shifts: Life spans have gone up hugely in the last century ($), but population growth globally has slowed down quickly and could be a problem going forward ($). China's child policy is being changed to allow families to have up to three children as the country heads into...
Sweeping on-street parking regulation changes are on the horizon in Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is rolling out updated paid parking rates on June 1st and will expand parking restrictions throughout Uptown, Roosevelt, Northgate, and the University District in the fall. Revised paid parking rates are in...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYnJdylkjPM Dave Amos visited Seattle very recently and rode seven kinds of transit in Seattle. He wanted to see how long it would take to get a taste of each type. Amos talks about his journey and a bit of local transit history, plans, and facts -- though forgive him...
https://youtu.be/-vPUYUiL-XY In November, independent journalist Erica C. Barnett of Publicola joined as the guest speaker for our monthly meetup. Barnett touched a bunch of topics, such as the Seattle budget process, policing, and Barnett’s new book Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking Relapse & Recovery.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YImjvDFOt-E Sound Transit has rolled out new Series 2 (Siemens S700) light rail trains. The agency showcases the features of their new trains that will facilitate expansion of the light rail system in the years ahead.
Tacoma has taken another step in its land use reform process to equitably house people and undo a legacy of exclusionary zoning. Home In Tacoma -- an equitable affordable housing strategy -- advanced beyond the Tacoma Planning Commission last week on a 6-3 vote in favor of recommendation. A...
https://youtu.be/FFpG3yf3Rxk The B1M says that Tokyo has the world’s best subway system. In this video, they explain why.