Comprehensive Housing Strategy Concentrates on Issues of Economic Diversity
by Alan Boles
Significantly more in-commuters have children and are more likely to live in a single-family home
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
Resident transit use before and after possessing an Eco Pass. Source: City of Boulder (click to enlarge) For many years, Boulder County and the City of Boulder have been offering financial incentives to [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]
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