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Planning

Of Broken Roads and Re-invented Wheels

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 18, 2019

I recently ran into Harry Skinner, long-time architect of some local reknown, now an octogenarian. His decades of design and planning experience have left him hard pressed to feel the [...]

Infinite Growth and Its Ecological Impact

By Larry HorowitzOn Jan 07, 2019

Jason Hickel, anthropologist, author, and fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, has written perhaps the best article I’ve read on the growth imperative and its ecological impact: [...]

Twin Sisters Brewery - It Is Not Getting Better For The Neighbors

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 23, 2018

Instead of nuisance abatement at the site of the Twin Sisters Brewery in the Sunnyland neighborhood, the owners have now upped the ante with the installation of enormous illuminated lettering [...]

Whatcom Regional Transportation Study (Deeply Flawed)

By Jon HumphreyOn Oct 03, 2018

It has been said before, for good reason, that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. I am happy to say that my collegiate journeys took me down many interesting [...]

Legislation By Anecdote - Accessory Dwelling Units in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 13, 2018

“It was no accident that the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year in 2016 was “post-truth,” a condition where facts are less influential in shaping opinion than emotion and personal belief. [...]

Oh The Horror! The Invasion of the Dreaded DADU has begun!

By David CampOn May 09, 2018

Well they’ve gone and done it - City Council and the Mayor (over the objections of the sainted Terry and Gene, the only ones not corrupted by neo-liberal Uberization) [...]

Uberization Of Your Backyard – Instant Debt Creation

By Dick ConoboyOn May 07, 2018

It did not take long for the rentier vultures to smell the carrion lying in your backyard: that dead space that used to be your garden or lawn. Those vultures [...]

B’ham Planning set to allow Stebner to build virtually in Padden Creek

By John ServaisOn Apr 23, 2018

Update, Wed, April 25 noon. The comment time for this development will be restarted next Tuesday, May 1 and continue through Tuesday, May 15. This is according to an email from the planning [...]

Updatd: County Council May Try End Run on State Legislature

By Elisabeth BrittOn Feb 06, 2018

Updated January 31, 2018 On January 30th, the Whatcom County Council adopted Interim Ordinance 2018-057 - repealing emergency Ordinance 2017-001 (the County moratorium on drilling permit-exempt wells due to the WA Supreme [...]

Water, Water Everywhere, But ...

By Eric HirstOn Jan 29, 2018

Although we get lots of rain and snow in the winter, Whatcom County faces serious water-supply issues during the summer months. Here are the key issues I see and what [...]

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