Tip Johnson

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Member since Jan 11, 2008

Tip Johnson is a longtime citizen interest advocate with a record of public achievement projects for good government and the environment. A lifelong student of government, Tip served two terms on the Bellingham City Council and has worked on many community boards and committees. He travelled with the Federal Transit Administration and Department of Commerce on mass transit trade missions in SE Asia and Africa before settling down to focus on keeping public interests at the fore of local government and the course of growth and development.

Articles by Tip Johnson

Seth Fleetwood for Mayor

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 15, 2019

I’m a little baffled by the claim that single family zoning is exclusionary and therefore racist. Zoning is a government police power and was always intended to be exclusionary. [...]

Whatcom Justice Reform: The Big Fib

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 30, 2019

A LITTLE BACKGROUND A proposed tax for a new jail has failed twice at the polls, the second failing by a ten times greater margin than the first. Yet the [...]

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 [...]

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"The City with (Almost) No Limitshttps://urbanland.uli.org/industry-sectors/city-almost-no-limits/“Imagine a boomtown of 2.1 million inhabitants that sprawls jaggedly over 600 square miles (1,600 sq km), but without a multicolored [...]

Oct 16, 2019 on
Seth Fleetwood for Mayor

"I think these camps are a great transitional housing resource and thank Homes Now for their persistence and hard work.  However, I’m not sure that location is well [...]

Jun 13, 2019 on
Unity Village Tiny Home Community Proposed for Fairhaven

"It is a very good idea to get your family and friends to sign up for this “further notice”.  These things have a habit of returning around holidays or [...]

Apr 16, 2019 on
Bellingham Heron Colony Threatened by Development - Again

"Spot on.  This MNAC castration, together with past planning director Vargas’ gutting of the neighborhood plans, abrogated more than thirty years of City guarantees of neighborhood integrity to homeowners [...]

Apr 02, 2019 on
Restore The Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC) To Its Former Role in Planning

"We use the Puget Sound as a sewer.  It is a cul de sac, and cannot “refresh” itself.  Everything we dump accumulates in the water column [...]

Mar 22, 2019 on
Saving The Orca And Salmon - Does Inslee Have The Political Will?