In the article Dec. 26 updating the status of the “65 foot behemoths,” aka the digester tanks located on the former Georgia Pacific site, architect John Reid, Port Executive Director Rob Fix, and an “art collective” waxed poetic about the future of these steel structures adorning the waterfront.
The Waterfront District Development Plan calls for opening up views from downtown and improving public access to the waterfront, so people can experience the waterfront. My vision of “experiencing the waterfront” involves actually seeing the beauty of the water and the islands — one of the joys of living here — not some ugly steel phallic structures. If the goal (or apparently only one tiny bit of the goals for the area?) is “increasing the city’s appeal regionwide and bringing focus within the immediate community back downtown and to the waterfront.” I would think that the port and City of Bellingham would want to make the waterfront district less ugly, to actually appeal to residents and visitors. Perhaps Mr. Reid and Mr. Fix would enjoy moving the digester tanks to their front yards to obstruct their lovely views. I can’t imagine where the “art collective” could put their tanks.
Carol Meligan, Bellingham