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Separate But Equal?

Separate But Equal?

Broadway underpass (Roger Wolvington) Transportation engineers like to solve traffic problems using engineering solutions, meaning building things out of concrete and steel. That’s in their training and in their nature. In general, they prefer [...]

Turkish Lessons

Turkish Lessons

Boulder continues to struggle with how to create a more sustainable community, as do like-minded cities around the country.  One place to look for lessons in sustainability is to communities that have existed and thrived, more or less unchanged, [...]

The 50-Year Anniversary of “Death and Life of Great American Cities”

The 50-Year Anniversary of “Death and Life of Great American Cities”

2011 has thus far passed largely unmarked as the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jane Jacobs’ influential book on urban planning, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.  In 1961, the book was as close to a blockbuster as the topic of [...]

The Third (and Final) 2011 PLAN-Boulder Council Candidate Forum

The Third (and Final) 2011 PLAN-Boulder Council Candidate Forum

The final PLAN-Boulder County City Council candidate forum on September 23, 2011 featured Stephen Keenan, incumbent Lisa Morzel, Fenno Hoffman, and Dan King discussing affordable housing, city financing, and whether the current council is violating [...]

The Second 2011 PLAN-Boulder Council Candidate Forum

The Second 2011 PLAN-Boulder Council Candidate Forum

The second PLAN-Boulder County forum for City Council candidates (September 16, 2011) featured Mark Gelband, incumbent George Karakehian, Suzanne Jones, and Tom Johnston squaring off over municipalization and affordable housing, among other issues, [...]

Housing Goes East

Housing Goes East

A handful of new housing projects in east Boulder, some just being completed and some only in the concept stage, promise to shift the city’s population center eastward and could significantly change the character of their surroundings. In [...]

CU Seeks Comment on Master Plan

CU Seeks Comment on Master Plan

CU-Boulder's Campus Master Plan, released this week, could bring dramatic changes to some of the more far-flung parts of the campus.  But the plan calls for only incremental changes to the core campus area. The master plan generally addresses [...]

Is Boulder Providing Too Little Parking, or Too Much?

Is Boulder Providing Too Little Parking, or Too Much?

Two recent transportation studies indicate that motor vehicle parking requirements for residential development in Boulder are higher than optimal, but that the lower standards enacted for the Boulder Junction area are about right or even lower than [...]

City Proposes Changes to Planning Reserve Process

City Proposes Changes to Planning Reserve Process

City staff have proposed a subtle but important change to the policies governing the Planning Reserve.  Current rules require any development in the area to show that it meets a need that can't be satisfied in the already-developed area of the [...]