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Honey bees are in trouble. Butterflies and bumblebees and other pollinators are in trouble. We can [...]


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Concerns about the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment and human health have prompted [...]


The EPA Needs to Hear from You The EPA Needs to Hear from You »


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a groundbreaking new proposal, creating the [...]


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Boulder’s New Utility Expected »

Boulder’s New Utility Expected to Electrify the Town in 2015


At a PLAN-Boulder County forum on Friday, June 13, about the status of Boulder’s municipalization efforts, City Attorney Tom Carr estimated that the city will probably be able to start operating an electric [Read More]


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Apartment Developers Are Busy in Boulder Apartment Developers Are Busy in »


Violet Crossing apartment complex construction site, north Boulder Boulder residents [...]


Misconceptions of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Two-Strike Policy” Misconceptions of Colorado Parks »


Adult male black bear “#720” as it was relocated on 8/18/2013. Bear 720 was later [...]


The Way Up There The Way Up There »


Boulder Canyon road and tracks, c 1909-1923 (tracks were removed in 1920) Carnegie [...]


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Random Stats Dept.

Random Stats Dept.

Cities that have more single men (blue) than women (red) and vice versa: source: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/22/7039273/charts-and-maps-of-single-life-in-america   and Boulder tops in the nation in number of toilets per capita, by a lot: source: [...]

Truth-Out | Developers Aren’t Going to Solve the Housing Crisis in San Francisco

Truth-Out | Developers Aren’t Going to Solve the Housing Crisis in San Francisco

"Activists marauding Google buses, the hippie enclave turning into a playground for the rich, the threat of beautiful Victorians being plowed over for boxy condos. The housing crisis in San Francisco is capturing the world's attention, and it seems like every day there's someone putting forward the magic bullet to mow down the housing boogeyman. [...]

Planetizen | Families WILL Choose to Live Downtown, If We Design for Kids!

Planetizen | Families WILL Choose to Live Downtown, If We Design for Kids!

"So should we want families downtown?I strongly believe we should. They're a big part of complete, mixed, vibrant and lively downtown neighbourhoods. Singles, seniors and couples downtown may be great, but kids and baby-strollers make communities more real, more human. They also support a broader local economy, and make the community [...]

Better! Cities & Towns | For smart growth, not all density is created equal

Better! Cities & Towns | For smart growth, not all density is created equal

"Have you ever noticed how those of us who promote walkable, 'smart growth' city neighborhoods often choose historic districts to illustrate what we advocate? ... We show these neighborhoods because we know people will like them and, we believe, associate them favorably our cause, in effect thinking, 'this smart growth stuff is pretty [...]

Rethinking Preservation — A Vision for Civic Conservation

Rethinking Preservation — A Vision for Civic Conservation

“It sometimes feels as if cities like Paris and Venice have been coated with formaldehyde and turned into museums. The old formulas of ‘respecting context’ won’t work. We must create a new context and puncture past beauty with raw, powerful contemporary architecture—buildings that shock and amaze and bring out the romance of relics of [...]

Pacific Standard | How California Could Power Itself Using Renewables

Pacific Standard | How California Could Power Itself Using Renewables

"California could capitalize on its abundant sunshine, on- and off-shore winds, tides, waves, and geothermal heat to abolish fossil fuels. Electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would be recharged using the renewable electricity supplies. Under the plan, all new energy generation in the Golden State from 2020 onward would be from renewable [...]

Streetsblog | Build It for Isabella: Putting a Face on Why People Hesitate to Bike

Streetsblog | Build It for Isabella: Putting a Face on Why People Hesitate to Bike

"People are constantly choosing whether to use a bicycle for a trip; the fact that most Americans choose not to isn’t so much about their fundamental nature but about their culture, their resources, and their streets." Read the entire entry at: “Build It for Isabella”: Putting a Face on Why People Hesitate to Bike | Streetsblog USA.

NYTimes | Grandma Never Had It So Good

NYTimes | Grandma Never Had It So Good

Boulder accessory unit "In most cities, adding a second house to a single-family lot would be illegal or would set off an epic battle with the neighbors that could drag on for years. But not in Portland, Ore. "There, this kind of housing — referred to officially as 'accessory dwelling units,' but better known as granny flats, garage [...]

TreeHugger | Older, Smaller, Better: Why new ideas need old buildings

TreeHugger | Older, Smaller, Better: Why new ideas need old buildings

"Based upon statistical analysis of the built fabric of three major American cities, this research finds that established neighborhoods with a mix of older, smaller buildings perform better than districts with larger, newer structures when tested against a range of economic, social, and environmental outcome measures." Read the entire post at [...]

Reuters | U.S. Utilities Face German-style Solar Burn

Reuters | U.S. Utilities Face German-style Solar Burn

Building with solar panels in Northern Germany (Tvabutzku1234, via Wikimedia Commons) "America’s utilities face a German-style solar burn. So far, solar power accounts for just 1 percent of U.S. electricity demand, against 10 percent in Germany. But generators stateside are already feeling the heat and pushing for levies on solar panels. [...]

Project for Public Spaces | What Makes a Successful Place?

Project for Public Spaces | What Makes a Successful Place?

"Great public spaces are where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges take place, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. They are the “front porches” of our public institutions – libraries, field houses, neighborhood schools – where we interact with each other and government. When the spaces work well, they serve as a [...]

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