Is City of Boulder Ballot Issue 302 Necessary? Would It Cause More Harm Than Good?
by Alan Boles
A solution looking for a problem?
Boulder County Commissioner Candidates Clash on Issues
by Alan Boles
The candidates differ on the perennial issues of land use and roads
More Market-Rate Housing Means More Market-Rate Housing, Not Cheaper Housing
by Alan Boles
French castles are cheaper to rent than San Francisco apartments.
Boulder Term Limits: There’s no need, so what’s the point?
by Richard Valenty
Preserve the right to vote for experienced candidates if they’ve served the community well
Blue Line Board
The ballots are here and it's time to vote in the Boulder municipal election. But first, educate yourself about the who and the what. As in past elections, the Blue Line has pulled together the resources to [Read More]
In this time of disaffection with government and the political process, populist ideas and candidates like Donald Trump are getting traction with promises of making broken things great again with illusory [Read More]
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"Urban Flooding = Increase in intensity of top 1% rain events + expanding urban impervious land cover + storm water management engineered for rainstorms of 'last century'" Read the entire article at Forbes: The 'Other' Human Influences On The Maryland Floods You May Overlook
“'If you look across all our natural disaster policies, they’re predicated on the wrong assumption that our flood risk in the future looks identical to our flood risk in the past,' he said. He said that initiatives like the National Flood Insurance Program, which focuses on helping people rebuild in areas that have been flooded, were [...]
"Most operating housing stock is safe, decent, sanitary, and habitable—and a large portion of it is operated at below-market rates," he says. "Shouldn’t a significant portion of dedicated affordable housing funds be prioritized to ensure these units remain affordable?" Read the entire article at Planetizen: A Paradigm Shift for Affordable [...]
"Researchers kicked off the study in the spring by catching bears using baited culvert traps — large metal containers with a doors that slam shut when a bear goes inside. Captured bears were tranquilized to allow researchers to attach the collars, then released unharmed a short time later. "The GPS collars are programmed to automatically [...]
"For every person who moves to San Francisco, another two start commuting to work here. Traffic is down to a crawl: The average afternoon speed on the roads feeding into the highways has dropped 20 percent in the last two years. And the BART trains are squeezed tight: Since 2012, average morning rush-hour ridership from the East Bay has risen 30 [...]
Image by Aaron Burden from Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/aaronburden) "City planners and real estate professionals use the term 'multifamily' to describe apartment and condominium buildings. But is there a greater misnomer in our field? Most of our nation’s apartment stock is comprised of one- and two-bedroom units better suited for singles [...]
"Historic preservation districts also help Americans to tell the story of their nation, in all its complexity and diversity. No one would argue that certain historic districts feature grand historic homes and affluent residents. But for every Georgetown or Beacon Hill, there are places like Eatonville, Florida, or Detroit’s Corktown, modest [...]
"In only the latest cultural altercation between San Francisco’s tech workers and the city’s impoverished population, one tech worker has declared the homeless are 'riff raff' whose 'pain, struggle and despair' shouldn’t have to be endured by 'wealthy' people commuting to work." Read the entire article at the Guardian: San Francisco tech [...]
"At first, it was a little alarming to see the steering wheel turn by itself, but that soon passed. The car clearly knew what it was doing. When the driver beside us drifted into our lane, the Lexus drifted the other way, keeping its distance. When the driver ahead hit his brakes, the Lexus was already slowing down. Its sensors could see so far in [...]
"November 13th—Friday the 13th—marked the 13th day in a row that a pedestrian died on a New York City Street, all killed by cars or buses going too fast. These fatalities occurred because despite all the progress New York has made since Mayor de Blasio and his DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg signed the Vision Zero Pledge in December 2013 [...]
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/nov/24/who-owns-our-cities-and-why-this-urban-takeover-should-concern-us-all "The corporatising of access and control over urban land has extended not only to high-end urban sites, but also to the land beneath the homes of modest households and government offices. We are witnessing an unusually large scale [...]
Image from the Guardian (click through for photo information) "Throughout the past year, bloggers from across the world have been asked to name one thing they would change about their city if they were mayor for a day. Almost half of the 36 who made these one-minute video “manifestos” requested more inclusive spaces for their fellow [...]