Boulder’s New Utility Expected to Electrify the Town in 2015
by Alan Boles
The city’s funds spent on this program are dwarfed by what Xcel has been spending to oppose it
Is Boulder’s Transportation Master Plan Bold Enough?
by Dom Nozzi
By assuming that all trips are essential, the community is opting to spend enormous amounts of public dollars...
Apartment Developers Are Busy in Boulder
by Eric Karnes
A vacancy rate of 5% to 7% is balanced between owners and renters
Securing the US Electric Grid with Distributed Energy and Microgrids
by Lili Francklyn
Microgrids can add redundancy and diversity
Boulder Junction existing (left) and envisioned (all images courtesy City of Boulder) At a PLAN-Boulder forum on Friday, February 28, three luminaries from the City of Boulder staff described painstaking [Read More]
The following is a summary of a talk I was invited to give at a PLAN-Boulder County forum on Friday, January 24. As a town and transportation planner, I cautioned Boulder not to put too much emphasis on easing [Read More]
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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 [...]
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. [...]
"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 [...]
"The black bears of the high Sierra are normally curled up in caves in January, enjoying long winter naps. But with winter conditions hardly wintry this year, some bears are finding little reason to hibernate and are instead traipsing around like it's the middle of August." Read all about it at the San Francisco Chronicle: Sierra's bears [...]
"After about a year and a half of deliberation, the city's Transportation Services division has emerged with a definition of a 'bicycle.'" Read the entire article at Atlantic Cities: Do Electric Scooters Belong in Bike Lanes?
The Warriors’ planned waterfront arena could be subject to voter approval under a measure proposed for the June ballot. "A ballot measure proposed for the June election would require voter approval if developments exceed existing waterfront height limits, which generally range from 40 to 105 feet. "The official proponent of the measure is [...]
"If we expect cities to be part of the answer to the problem of climate change, the financial unsustainability of sprawl, or anything else, then it has to be a place where children can be raised to thrive in the world." Read the entire piece at the Urbanophile: What Is a City For?.
"What bothers me about genetically engineered crops, I told her, is that the technology seems to disrupt the co-evolutionary relationship between farmer and plant. I like the idea of farmers saving seeds and coaxing plants toward a greater harmony with their environment (the seasons, the pests, the culture), rather than buying their seeds each [...]
Seattle (photo c2014 FK Benfield) "...we all know city places that inspire romance – places that kindle love, if you will. There are the biggies, such as Paris, Rome, and San Francisco. There are historic districts in many cities with narrow, brick or cobbled streets. There are city squares set against dramatic natural views of mountains, [...]
Binita Pradham is a single mother who runs a food business and raises her 4-year-old son. (Barbara Reis) "...in some ways, it is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If [...]