Monday, September 24, 2018

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.
Kids prevail: The Supreme Court of the United States refuses to hear Trump's appeal against children suing the federal government over climate change. Temporary shuttle: A temporary tourist shuttle to Seattle's waterfront is running through October. Pay for lanes: Bird, an electric scooter startup, wants to help pay for bike lanes...
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https://youtu.be/LUQaCoxybW8 In this extended short, Dave Amos of City Beautiful takes on the old school classic SimCity from the perspective of a professional planner 20 years later. Along the way, Amos provides pertinent observations of game play versus reality.
Community Transit intends to make several service changes in the fall and will soon open a new queue jump at a key chokepoint for buses crossing I-5. The fall service change begins on September 23rd and will include higher frequency on the Swift Blue Line on weekdays and extra...
Fare enforcement reform has been on the barometer for awhile now in the Puget Sound. Increasingly, it has become apparent that fare enforcement policies in place may be doing more harm than good. An April report by the King County Auditor's Office shed some light on the issue, calling...
The Seattle City Council had an outsized agenda on Monday passing wide-ranging transportation and housing legislation. Banner legislation to set out a timeline for building the Basic Bike Network in the Center City and a permanent private bikeshare permit program made it out of the chamber, though with some...
Renter rights: Renters in Seattle don't actually know their rights, but local organizations hope to change that. Meanwhile, landlords don't think the city should help make housing affordable for tenants. Fiscally Impossible: Washington's transportation chief says that fixing congestion with highways is "fiscally impossible." Showbox: The Showbox, a cultural landmark in...
On Thursday, the Sound Transit Board of Directors approved a revamped permit parking program for Sound Transit-operated parking facilities. The program will allow Sound Transit to designate and reserve up to 50% of parking spaces at in-demand locations for park-and-ride permitholders. The program is anticipated to begin at fourteen...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcMkQlUt5Q0 Sound Transit recently completed tunnel mining in Bellevue for the East Link light rail extension. The mining operation was fairly unique for the transit agency since an alternative approach called "sequential excavation method" was used with project completion five months ahead of schedule.