The People Behind Bo-POP
Name: Cary Westerbeck
I currently serve Bothell as Chair, Landmarks Preservation Board.
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: 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!
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: 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: Sarah Gustafson
Neighborhood: Norway Hill
Sarah currently serves Bothell on the City Shorelines Board.
Sarah is a CPA. She likes dancing and the outdoors. What she wants to see: an inclusive city, a bustling economy, and green space for Bothellites (human and otherwise).
Name: Carston Curd
Neighborhood: Maywood Hill
Carston currently serves Bothell as a commissioner on the City Planning Commission.
Carston is interested in listening to community voices and wants to see Bothell become a more climate-change resilient and equitable community.
Name: Mason Thompson
I currently serve Bothell as the Chair of the Parks & Recreation Board.
Building complete, walkable neighborhoods helps our city in many ways. It not only makes our places friendlier and more accessible, it makes them more financially productive as well. This style of development, in addition to helping reduce long-term infrastructure obligation per capita, helps transit be more effective, is better for the environment, and much better for public health. Additionally, building these neighborhoods next to high capacity transit makes life more navigable for people who are unable to drive, whether that be due to age, income, or disability. With the master-plan of Canyon Park and the continued revitalization of Downtown, Bothell has a great opportunity to become a more liveable, accessible city for all of us who call Bothell home.
Name: Amanda Dodd Olson
Neighborhood: Shelton View
I am a nerd, a mom, and someone who loves to solve problems. I volunteer some of my time to help administer a local Facebook group of 27,000+ Bothell residents and enthusiasts.
When I think about the near future of Bothell, I would like to see improvements in the walkability and accessibility of Canyon Park and our Snohomish County neighborhoods, more public transit options connecting neighborhoods to each other and commuter transit routes, and a thriving, walkable, and accessible downtown that helps incubate small businesses.