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Central business district

Shaloma Allen, right, visits her friend Jem May, and smells soap at the Good Natured Earthling booth, where May works, at the Bellingham Farmers Market at Depot Market Square. The square opened in 2006 as the new home of the market.  The square's pavilion can be rented for events.
Shaloma Allen, right, visits her friend Jem May, and smells soap at the Good Natured Earthling booth, where May works, at the Bellingham Farmers Market at Depot Market Square. The square opened in 2006 as the new home of the market. The square's pavilion can be rented for events. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

The Central Business District is undergoing rapid change, with more to come.

The area stretches from Squalicum Harbor to the downtown cultural district, featuring Mount Baker Theatre, the Whatcom Museum of History & Art, and the American Museum of Radio & Electricity.

The district includes 137 waterfront acres formerly occupied by Georgia-Pacific West Inc. Plans for the prime parcel are working their way through local government.

Meanwhile, downtown has blossomed with new apartment and condominium complexes.

For close-in fun, Maritime Heritage Park straddles Whatcom Creek, with its autumn salmon run, while Zuanich Point provides a bayside park.

HISTORY

What is now the main building of the Whatcom Museum of History & Art opened its doors in 1893 as the new city hall for the town of New Whatcom, created when Sehome and Whatcom consolidated two years earlier.

SCHOOLS

Parkview Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Whatcom Middle school, Bellingham High.

District: Bellingham School District, www.bham.wednet.edu.

PARKS

Maritime Heritage, Zuanich Point, Harbor Loop Trail, South Bay Trail.

QUOTE

“It’s fun to be downtown and be able to walk out my door and go to restaurants, events, music and do things on the spur of the moment. It’s supporting that whole idea of in-fill, doing my part investing in my downtown that I believe in.”

Leslie Langdon, resident of Morse Square

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