Blue Line Poll: Is the Sky the Limit in Boulder?
by Alan BolesAgitation over building heights started in early 1968 with a proposal for a 100-foot tall building at 9th and Canyon.
Are Boulder’s Downtown Streets Off-Limits To Bicyclists?
by Dom Nozzi
Bicyclists will show you where they want to go and you should listen to them.
2B or Not 2B—That Is the Question (Along With 1A, 1B, and 2A)
by Alan Boles
Some of this year's city and county ballot issues.
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]
Author's disclosure: Occasionally HOMER Energy pays me to get the word out about their company and that is the case with this story. The local NREL spinoff develops software that allows rapid design and cost [Read More]
- Transportation is Destiny: Design for Happy...
- Ten Lessons for the City of Boulder from the...
- Other People’s Money
- When Urban Dwellers Become Livestock Farmers
- Vote No on 310
- All the Easy Things Have Been Done—a Response...
- Utilities Can Make Huge Business Blunders Too
- Theory in Practice: PLAN-Boulder County’s Blue...
- Electric Bikes on Boulder’s Paths
- This Is Too Long—Polonius to Hamlet
- Rocky Flats and the Risk Society
- Fracking Foes Overstate Risk of Cancer by 55,000
- Water, Fracking, and a Dry State Quenching Its...
- Brother, Can You Spare Some (Climate) Change?...
- Concealed Carry on Campus
- The Predatory Nature of Settler Colonialism Set...
- From Threat to Adaptation: Is the dialogue on...
“'The thing that’s stuck with me was Le Corbusier’s idea that everyone should work to a human scale, which you can’t really argue with – but the figure he used to show how this worked was six feet tall! Generally speaking women are smaller, and then what about children?'” Read the entire article at the Guardian: If women built [...]
"...tech hubs like San Jose and Boulder are outliers, illustrating the close connection between venture investment and wage inequality in these places." Read the entire article at CityLab: Tech Culture and Rising Inequality: A Complex Relationship.
"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. [...]
"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 [...]
"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 [...]
“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 [...]
"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 [...]
"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.
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 [...]
"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 [...]