Category Archives: Cultural Change

April on Bainbridge: Planning, Politics, and Poetry

Jon Quitslund Forget April in Paris!  There’s lots to do close to home.  Spring in the air . . . but as Groucho Marx said to Margaret Dumont, If I sprung in the air I’d fall in the lake! April … Continue reading

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“Nature Must Not Win the Game”

Jon Quitslund This post was composed last month, and then the holidays intervened.  As is appropriate in January, it looks both backward and forward. Back in December, my friend Charles Schmid showed up, as he usually does, as a watchdog … Continue reading

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“NO on KXL”: Does This Change Anything?

Jon Quitslund In the days since President Obama announced that he was, at long last, nixing the KXL pipeline, stories about the decision have had prominent places in the news cycle, and my email inbox has been crowded with messages … Continue reading

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The Comprehensive Plan’s Economic Element

Jon Quitslund Thinking about what can be done to improve the Economic element in our Comprehensive Plan has been intimidating.  I’ve been up against the limits of my own understanding of the subject, and also aware that there are limits … Continue reading

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Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015

Jon Quitslund Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015 The sun stands still, Our heads are spinning; We’re in the middle of a long emergency. O father sun, enlighten us. The human heart is a dark place, The human world, the … Continue reading

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“Development Never Pays for Itself”: True or False?

Jon Quitslund On several occasions I’ve heard my friend Robert Dashiell say that development never pays for itself.  If you believe that all development is dangerous, it’s easy to come up with examples to illustrate, if not to prove the … Continue reading

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Riffing on Themes from “The Sixth Extinction”

Jon Quitslund Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, published in 2014 and already available in paperback (New York: Picador, USD $16), has been celebrated among the best books of 2014.  It’s a serious and intellectually daunting work … Continue reading

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Navigating Bainbridge: Planning for the Comp Plan Update

Jon Quitslund In the evening on July 22nd, the City of Bainbridge Island put on a program to explain the purpose and scope of the revision of our Comprehensive Plan, which will begin in earnest at the end of the … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts on Comprehensive Plan Principles

Jon Quitslund When I posted my two-part essay on the current Comp Plan’s Overriding Principles, I thought I might follow it up when I had some reactions from readers.  A couple of members of the City Council thanked me for … Continue reading

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The Comprehensive Plan’s Five Overriding Principles (Part II)

Jon Quitslund 4. The costs and benefits to property owners should be considered in making land use decisions. I discussed the fifth Principle at length in Part I of this essay.  That principle establishes the importance of maintaining environmental resources … Continue reading

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