Repurposing Downtown Bellingham

During the spring of 2016, students in the advanced visual journalism course at Western agreed to create multimedia projects along the themes of historic preservation and sustainability efforts in the City of Bellingham. To narrow the scope of this task, the 13 students zeroed in on Bellingham’s downtown core. The following place-based stories highlight how space has been used over time and how some spaces have been repurposed for our changing times. 

Opportunities for Everyone

Revitalizing Downtown

The Herald Building Repurposed

Downtown Buildings: Past and Present

Fashion Trends: From Thrift Stores to Boutiques

Within downtown Bellingham, there are ten clothing shops. Each have a quirky owner and/or store manager, a story on where they get their products, and help create the downtown atmosphere it is today.

People of Bellingham