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.
https://youtu.be/b7OYLGiIJyc This month, Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda was the guest speaker at The Urbanist’s meetup. You can rewatch her discussion here.
Construction workers and heavy equipment at the light rail station near Microsoft's Redmond headquarters.
Despite the pandemic-induced decline in parking demand at regional transit facilities, Sound Transit is still expanding parking and developing new tools to manage it. In a briefing last week, agency staff shared a new policy direction that would include daily parking fees at facilities in addition to existing parking...
https://vimeo.com/504477662 It this short video, TransitCenter highlights the inequity of America’s public transportation systems both in term of social and environmental justice. TransitCenter argues that the federal government should permanently fund transit operations across the country with a $20 billion program per year, showing how this could vastly improve transit...
Land use reform in Snohomish County could bring increased lot coverage to multifamily and commercial zones in unincorporated urban growth areas. Increasing the development standards in those zones would enable more housing to be built in areas of the county that have been in particularly high demand in the...
With the arrival of the revamped and expanded KeyArena as Climate Pledge Arena later this year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has proposed curbspace management changes that could affect nearby streets in Uptown. The proposal involves expanded paid on-street parking and a wider restricted parking zone (RPZ). SDOT...
This one makes sense: Simon Fraser University students want an aerial gondola to reach the mountainous enclave college as a last-mile solution from SkyTrain. Toxic executive: With Jeff Bezos stepping down, he leaves a toxic legacy behind with his dirty business. Bullet train: A Baltimore-to-Washington, D.C. maglev train study moves forward...
https://youtu.be/guzxgAOuPzI Bloomberg QuickTake looks at how Paradise, California may pursue conversion of forestland and vacant exurban properties destroyed by wildfires into park space to stop future wildfires. Could this be a model for other areas that interface with wildlands and is it sustainable?
https://youtu.be/uNZvivfgcto Lid I-5 proponents joined for January meetup to discuss results of a recent study and objectives for an I-5 lid.