Sense of Place
by Bob Lehman
There is no real sense of place until the things that have happened in it are remembered in some way
What Makes a Bee-keeper, Market-gardener, or Chicken-keeper a Good Neighbor? Please let me know!
by Elizabeth Black
Imagine Boulder neighbors selling produce, honey, eggs and jam to each other.
At a PLAN-Boulder forum on September 5, 2014 about the city’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy, David Driskell, Director of Community Planning and Sustainability, explained that the strategy’s overriding [Read More]
I love living in a dense, urban environment. I've lived in the urban core of both Amsterdam and San Francisco for extended periods, where I enjoyed the ability to walk to work, shopping, restaurants, and [Read More]
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"If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to." Joseph Campbell
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