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.
https://youtu.be/PFG90WI8wI4 Dave Amos explores the history and life of downtown malls in North America. He points out their pitfalls and what alternatives may be better for urban communities.
Link train at Capitol Hill Station. (Credit: The Urbanist)
Still hiring: Amazon is hiring another 12,500 workers in Seattle ($). A second station: Capitol Hill nearly got second light rail station but those hopes were dashed. Trading away transit: Jeff Davis of Eno Transportation explains how transit got traded away in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. Houston's sprawl: Can Houston control its...
Pierce Transit Runner van in motion. (Pierce Transit)
Pierce Transit has restored its on-demand microtransit service "Runner" to the Ruston area and added a new zone in the Tideflats. The two zones essentially cover much of Downtown Tacoma, Ruston, areas near Ruston Way/Schuster Pkwy, and the industrial tideflats of Tacoma. Pierce Transit also operates a similar service...
Two fare enforcement officers work their way toward the front of a bus after checking a few riders proof of payment.
King County Metro has announced plans to increase security onboard buses and at transit facilities this fall. The agency is bringing on dozens of new transit security officers (TSOs) in an effort aimed at enhancing safety and security across the transit system. With the backdrop of a year-long racial...
Evicted: The federal eviction ban has been struck down ($) and New York's eviction ban was tossed out. Wall Street also wants to hasten evictions. The wise choice: Houston's transit agency is moving ahead with transit projects despite budget issues. The flip side: The federal reconciliation bill could go big on...
https://youtu.be/0Flsg_mzG-M Vox digs deep into why American housing is so expensive, which runs the gamut from exclusionary zoning practices to a history of redlining.
https://youtu.be/IJkzX6sy6sE Dave Amos looks at how e-bikes, which are useful at mid distances, are catching on and could change the way people get around in cities.
Architectural ambiance from above at Chophouse Row. (Credit: The Urbanist)
No parking minimums: St. Paul has eliminated car parking minimums. Should other cities follow suit? Tragic fire: A tragic Tukwila apartment fire killed three residents and gutted the building ($). Environmental regulation is back: The Biden administration is acting on regulation of a bad pesticide that can impact the food supply...