The Cordata portion of the neighborhood was originally developed as a suburban business park, with greenbelts and tree-lined streets. Over time, the area has changed to include a significant residential and conduminium component. It is also a major retail neighborhood including Bellis Fair Mall and several other smaller shopping centers with many national chain stores including Walmart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot and lots of smaller stores as well. There are plenty of restaurants and hotels here as well
The Whatcom Community College campus is centrally located in the neighborhood, and brings lots of students to the apartments and condo’s nearby. There is a lot of greenspace in the area, all ripe for future developement. The area has just recently been slated for a park by the city. The Community Food Co-op is has just recently opened their second store in the neighborhood, and Bellingham’s second bus station has just opened here as well.