Staff will review these project ideas to determine those which may be feasible to implement in the near-term, and others to potentially recommend for inclusion in the broader myDowntown implementation strategy. The public will have the opportunity to comment on theses recommendations prior to City Council review.
On August 14, 2012, Fred Kent and Kathy Madden of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) described the principles of great places, the Placemaking process and successful improvements in areas similar to Bellingham.
Participants imagined what Bellingham's Town Square could look like in this hands-on workshop that applied the Placemaking approach to several example public plaza locations downtown.
This hands-on workshop invited exploration of opportunities for the State Street corridor, and how the public street space could best be used to serve the people of the downtown district.
March 14, 2013 - WWU Planning students further explored ideas for how to transform the State Street corridor as part of the Urban Transitions Studio, a partnership between Huxley College, Sustainable Connections and the City of Bellingham. This analysis will be used to further identify opportunities to improve the safety, vitality, and livelihood of this section of downtown. The full student report can be viewed here.
Hear success stories from businesses that have employed CPTED principles (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) and apply Placemaking principles to envision a new future for the Magnolia and Railroad corridor.