This list was made up by Flavorwire.com, which seems to be a site of all things related to pop culture.
” Flavorwire has compiled a list of 20 cities that — while not home to many big publishing houses or national media outlets — might be a better fit for some writers. We’re not saying that everybody should pick up and move to these places; we’re simply saying they’re probably better places to work and live as a writer. Each features more than one of the factors that help kick-start a writer’s creative process: other writers; inspiring scenery; quiet places to work; good bookstores; local universities and libraries; and, of course, places to drink”
Bellingham surely is well known for it’s wide variety and abundance of coffee shops.
So we are getting kudos from so many different places for so many different things.