The People Behind Bo-POP
Name: Cary Westerbeck
I currently serve on the Bothell Planning Commission.
I founded BoPOP because I was excited about the city’s efforts to build a compact, walkable downtown where we can build community and get to know our neighbors. As a practicing architect, I wanted to “find my people” by connecting with others who shared my enthusiasm for a more urban Bothell and an interest in creating Complete Neighborhoods in downtown and throughout the city. The city has made a good start, but we could do so much more with helpful changes to zoning codes, development policy, and infrastructure design.
Name: Donna Bardsley
I currently serve on the Bo-POP steering committee.
Living in Amsterdam for six years with three children and no car taught me that infrastructure affects our daily lives! I had never given much thought to city-planning until I experienced the difference that people-oriented planning can make. I joined Bo-POP to connect with others who are interested in building a community with better housing, transport, and accessibility options for everyone.
Name: William “Bill” Root
I currently serve Bothell as a member of the Bothell Library Advisory Board.
I joined Bo-POP shortly after Cary created the group. I am keenly interested in the walkability of downtown Bothell and some of the sub areas as well. The Main Street corridor – as well as Bothell Way from 522 to 190th NE - is of special concern. Developed properly, it holds the promise of attracting locals as well as citizens from neighboring communities. As residents of Bothell for over 42 years, my wife and I have watched our city grow from a sleepy little village into a thriving city. We want to see our city council and staffers carefully plan the best course towards creating people-oriented places.
Name: David Levitan
Neighborhood: Norway Hill
David is a transit geek and avid gardener.
What he wants to see: a commute that lets him spend more time with his family.
Name: Bonnie Plottner
Neighborhood: Maywood Hill
Bonnie is an active community volunteer in Girl Scouts, her daughters' schools, and on the board of the HiCap Parents Council. A former software developer, she hopes to soon be a small business owner, making and selling small batch ice cream in Bothell.
Bonnie spends hours a week running on the Burke Gilman and Sammamish River Trails and her whole family enjoys walks downtown for errands and meals. An avid reader, Bonnie was inspired by the books This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick and What I Found in a Thousand Towns by Dar Williams to find ways to make Bothell the best it can be.
Name: Kristin Joyner
I currently serve Bothell as a Pastor and as a member of the Citizen Advisory Board for ARCH (A Regional Coalition for Housing).
Density allows our wilderness to stay wild, at the same time giving us great opportunities to keep the neighborliness that has always been so important to Bothell. I imagine a Bothell Downtown full of sidewalks and fun retailers, where I see my neighbors and get to know new ones!