Stephen Fesler

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.
On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's tenant protection bill targeting multifamily buildings up for sale. The city council also adopted changes to sign regulations in and around the Seattle Center Arena, approved an interdepartmental property transfer for a new skatepark, and authorized property...
On Tuesday, King County Metro issued a notice to riders of Route 41 that a permanent revision to the route in Downtown Seattle would come on Saturday (July 27th). Instead of traveling down Stewart Street southbound, the route will hop off I-5 at Union Street and proceed...
Income taxes legal: A state appeals court says the Washington ban on net income taxes is unconstitutional ($) but also maintains invalidation of Seattle's income tax. Saving affordable housing: Berlin's next move to preserve affordable housing units is to buy them.
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https://youtu.be/ddiOJLuu2mo Photos captured by the during the Progressive Era of children working and their dire conditions, particularly in cities, led to strong limits on child labor in America and eventually social uplift.
The Seattle City Council's housing committee will take up further discussion and possibly vote on a new tenant protection measure sponsored by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda today. Her proposal would expand the notice of intent to sell an affordable housing rental building. The current law only applies to...
Both the Tacoma Dome Link Extension (TDLE) and Ballard/West Seattle Link Extension projects are moving forward with preferred alternatives for environmental review. The Tacoma Dome extension is the latest with the Sound Transit Board of Directors poised to recommend approval of similar segment options of the selected...
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https://youtu.be/b-oL5Tw9M7A Dave Amos looks into the metaphor that says cities are just like an organism.
UNESCO recognition: Eight buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright have been registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Democracy sustained: Seattle's Democracy Vouchers program has survived the state supreme court in a ruling that it is constitutional ($). Basic human rights: With...