Thursday, 18 April, 2019

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.
This coming Sunday, Everett Transit will roll out a major system redesign. In responding to heavy financial constraints, the transit agency will cut service by 7% and consolidate routes to operate more efficiently, albeit with less coverage. The new system will emphasize connections to the newly-opened Seaway...
Green Lake and Roosevelt are at the heart of major new walking, biking, and transit infrastructure in North Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently rolled out improvements on NE 65th St and is poised add new improvements to NE 70th St in the coming months.
The armory in Interbay could find itself revamped from a military installation to a new urban district. In 2018, the Washington State Legislature tasked the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) to commission an advisory committee to chart the course on future of redevelopment. To make this...
A CR400AF high-speed rail train in China. (Wikipedia / N509FZ)
In the latest transportation budget proposal, Washington House Democrats have kept some funding to lay the groundwork for an interstate high-speed rail corridor authority. Eventually corridor authority would be established to plan and implement high-speed rail between Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland via Seattle and several...
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https://youtu.be/lztEnBFN5zU According to research, the sterile playgrounds that we have come to know may not be that great for children. In fact, less "safe" playgrounds may be a better avenue.
Impact fees have been on the radar in Seattle for many years now. The city is the largest jurisdiction in the state to forego collection of transportation impact fees on new development, despite authority to do so. To right this wrong, the Seattle City Council issued a...
The Puget Sound region is booming with new development, more residents and jobs, and demand for increasingly stretched public services, whether they be roads, transit, schools, or parks. Many jurisdictions require new development to pay impact fees to partially supplement capital funding to construct new facilities for...
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https://youtu.be/xi6r3hZe5Tg In this longish video, National Geographic explores Singapore and highlights what policymakers are doing to plan for the city as it grows into the future.