Category Archives: People

Regarding Housing & Land Use Policies on Bainbridge (Part II)

Jon Quitslund I’m taking up the second part of this post in the evening on the day after the June 16th Planning Commission meeting. The Housing, Land Use, and Economic elements were all on the agenda; now there’s a little … 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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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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My Sense of Place (II), Concluded

Jon Quitslund This essay was composed in two separate time frames, beginning more than a month ago. I’ve revised the first part but some awkwardness remains. In the bright and warm weather earlier in the month, I spent the best … Continue reading

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Earth Day Here, Now, Always

Jon Quitslund “On its anniversary, Earth Day is worth not just celebrating but also studying – as a story with political lessons.” This is the last sentence in a thought-provoking essay by Nicholas Lemann, “When the Earth Moved,” in The … Continue reading

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After “Aftershock”: Responding to Robert Reich

Jon Quitslund Robert Reich’s Aftershock; The Next Economy and America’s Future (2010; updated for the Vintage Books paperback, 2011) is one among many books published by economists and public policy experts since the devastating collapses of financial institutions and the … Continue reading

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Planning for a New Neighborhood

Jon Quitslund A few days ago, my wife and I took part in a four-hour workshop, in connection with the emerging plans for the Grow Community development.  All told, approximately forty people were involved in the afternoon’s brainstorming sessions.  Some … Continue reading

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A One Planet Community Workshop

A few weeks ago I took part in a two-day workshop devoted to imagining a carefully planned new neighborhood within Winslow.  It wasn’t a let’s-pretend exercise.  We knew the site; the developers and their consultants were present to guide us; … Continue reading

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Self-Sufficiency and Safety Nets

Here’s a before-and-after story about the importance of a tight-knit community. During the recent power outage I experienced long stretches of deep isolation. My wife is out of town, so I was alone in the house; our cat didn’t provide … Continue reading

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