Stephen Fesler

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. Amtrak is celebrating the company's 50 anniversary with a look back on past liveries and special commemorative ones that will be painted on trains this year. The company also talks about other new liveries.
A Metro bus with the Evo store mural in the background.
How King County Metro will restore bus service as the pandemic recedes will be a hotly contested issue. Metro offered a window into the process this week with a presentation on how the agency has been responding to ridership demand changes during the pandemic civil emergency and how an... Davos Amos looks at what the proliferation of electric cars means for fueling stations in the years ahead. Will they die away? Will they retool? How will this affect jobs and small businesses? These are important questions for cities to grapple with for planning communities.
A merger of Everett Transit with the large countywide provider Community Transit is still on table. That option was first formally proposed last summer by the agency when the "Rethink Transit" process began, but had been floated as a possibility before. The proposal is meant to provide an option...
Illustration of low scale and mid scale housing, showing some 4-story buildings next to single family.
Tacoma has embarked on a sweeping plan to reform residential zoning in the city. The Home in Tacoma project could transform single-family and multifamily zones by allowing more Missing Middle Housing. The plan envisions the usual suspects of accessory dwelling units, duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, and townhouses as well as... It turns out that fracking is not as lucrative as it was once thought, Bloomberg Quicktake explains.
Mass vaccinating Seattle: A new mass vaccination site has opened Lumen Field with promise of more than 150,000 vaccinations per week ($) when it's fully operational with staff and doses. Racist highway expansion: The federal government is reviewing civil rights complaints against Texas' highway expansion plan in Houston. Ghost lots: Zillow's...
The Stride bus rapid transit line slinking its ways from Shoreline to Bothell along NE 145th St and SR-522 has gotten its latest design update. Dubbed the S3 Line in Sound Transit's naming system, the project has reached the 30% design milestone. Last month, Sound Transit shared revised plans...