Bridging the Divide

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Bridging the Divide

Cultivating connections between our rural and urban communities

There has been much discussion recently about America’s ever-widening gap in the rural-urban divide. This  inspired students in the Advanced Visual Journalism course at Western to explore the topic on a local level. During the fall of 2016, nine students set out to find stories in Bellingham and rural Whatcom County to better understand this phenomenon. While it is inevitable that some cultural, political and geographic divisions exist, there are individuals, companies and organizations working together in sustainable ways that bridges the gap.