Proposed Preservation Plan Provokes Passion
by Alan Boles
A spirited and occasionally heated discussion about the merits of the city’s current historic preservation program
Boulder’s Apartment Boom
by Eric Karnes
Some developers are buying mediocre sites just to get into the market, and that’s always a sign of a bubble.
Sustainable Transportation in Freiburg
by Zane Selvans
Freiburg's land-use plan identifies 30 neighborhood commercial centers...
Brother, Can You Spare Some (Climate) Change? Carbon Emission Reduction Targets for Boulder
by Leonard May and Sam Weaver
Weak action in the next 10-20 years would put stabilization beyond reach.
The Boulder City Council made the following appointments to city boards and commissions last night: Arts Commission: Ann Moss Beverages Licensing Authority: Lisa Spalding Board of Zoning [Read More]
If you listen closely, you can hear a collective sigh of relief come across Colorado, as spring rain and snow continue their welcomed deluge on a parched, water-scarce state. Brush-clearers are taking a break [Read More]
- Concealed Carry on Campus
- The Predatory Nature of Settler Colonialism Set...
- From Threat to Adaptation: Is the dialogue on...
- Separate But Equal?
- Bikes and Bus Rapid Transit
- Cashing in on Open Space
- A Mother’s Day Tribute
- Jefferson Parkway Meets Opposition from JeffCo...
- Why can’t we?
- Are Conservation Easements Valuable? Yes, Very
- The Train, the Bus, or Both?
- Fracking Disclosure is a Joke
- Response to PLAN-Boulder on Boards and Commissions
- Boards and Commissions Appointments
- The Pearlman Appointment
- Embracing the Night (and the Ground)
- Are Conservation Easements Meaningful in Boulder...
Bob Bellis filled his tanker at a hydrant in Greeley, Colo., in August to supply a drilling site. (Matthew Staver for The New York Times) "A new race for water is rippling through the drought-scorched heartland, pitting farmers against oil and gas interests, driven by new drilling techniques that use powerful streams of water, sand and [...]
"Providence may be a particularly fine example, but it is hardly the only city with underutilized historic assets that could become a cornerstone of future economic development. Information has largely replaced manufacturing as America’s economic engine, and young, talented workers today are seeking walkable districts with character in which to [...]
Switchboard | For walkable cities, it’s not about the density – it’s about finding the right kind of density
"A few days ago, I was reviewing some good work by colleagues describing NRDC’s advocacy for sustainable cities. The original draft stressed that dense living is the way to go. Wherever the word 'dense' appeared, I crossed it out and substituted the word 'walkable'. Not only is 'walkable' a much friendlier word; it also captures so many more of [...]
"The consulting firm, Stratus Consulting of Boulder, Colo., announced late Thursday that it had originally been misled by Steven R. Donziger, a lead lawyer for the Ecuadorean villagers, and had decided to disavow its contributions to scientific research about whether there was groundwater contamination that sickened the residents in swaths of rain [...]
"It seems like every time the Sunflower State pops up in my news feed, it’s for something like this: House Bill No. 2366, a proposed law that would make it illegal to use 'public funds to promote or implement sustainable development.'" Read the entire article at Bloomberg: Kansas's Self-Destruct Button: A Bill to Outlaw Sustainability.
Aspen at night by mobil'homme (flickr commons) "The city of Aspen’s programs to encourage energy efficiency by charging large users higher rates may be working too well, leading to lower-than-projected electricity sales and a revenue shortfall." Read the entire article at the Aspen Daily News: City of Aspen’s electric energy usage [...]
Timing is the key shift the world needs to make in its thinking – this is no longer about the future, it’s about now. We don’t have 20 years to decide to act; we have 20 years to complete the task. If we follow the science, then in 20 years we must have removed the coal, oil and gas industries from the economy and replaced them. It’s [...]
"It's becoming clear that we can grow all the food we need, and profitably, with far fewer chemicals. And I’m not talking about imposing some utopian vision of small organic farms on the world. Conventional agriculture can shed much of its chemical use — if it wants to. This was hammered home once again in what may be the most important [...]
"If we don’t believe that Walmart (or big box retail in general) is in the long-term interest of our cities and towns — and keep in mind, in many places that remains a big if — we need to stop saying 'Stop Walmart' and start asking 'Why is Walmart trying to come here? What in our regulations or context or actions is incentivizing their [...]
The Nation | How Walmart Helped Make the Newtown Shooter’s AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America
"Lewis thinks the gun sales will soon be a new front in the activist campaign against Walmart. 'You’re going to see it more and more and more as folks organize against Walmart,' she said. 'One of their vulnerabilities is their stance on guns. Don’t try to sell me an apple and a gun at the same time. Don’t tell me that you’re trying to give [...]
"Kudos to Marjorie for being a strong voice for sensible reform, kudos to the entire Golden City Council for offering their voice as well, and congrats to the entire Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization for already having a real impact on the national debate in a very short period of time." Watch the video at Radio Golden: Mayor Sloan on [...]
"The more time Tony and I spend researching fun, interesting lines in the mountains around Boulder, Colorado the more we hear the name Bill Briggs – Bill time-trialing the flatirons, Bill speed soloing Gerry Roach’s top ten flatiron classics, Bill on the Glacier Gorge traverse, Bill on Longs Peak, Bill linking fourteeners, etc. Bill Briggs [...]