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‘Opinion’ Archives

PLAN-Boulder County Recommendations for the Affordable Housing Commercial Linkage Fee

PLAN-Boulder County Recommendations for the Affordable Housing Commercial Linkage Fee

The goal of the affordable housing commercial fee is to mitigate "the impact of the development of new workplace buildings (such as office, retail, hotel, industrial), and the employees that work in them, on the resulting demand for affordable [...]

Mapping the 2017 Boulder City Council Candidates

Mapping the 2017 Boulder City Council Candidates

With the proliferation of organizations supporting candidates and issues in Boulder City Council elections, it becomes ever more difficult to track who is supporting whom. Fortunately, in a city where many have advanced degrees, we can use a bit of [...]

Ballot Measure 2Q: Destroying the Local Initiative Process

Ballot Measure 2Q: Destroying the Local Initiative Process

Ballot measure 2Q has a number of problems, but the biggest problem by far is the huge level of uncertainty it unnecessarily inserts into the local initiative process. Joe Mabel , via Wikimedia CommonsInitiatives are done because the citizens [...]

Co-op Ordinance—Boon or Boondoggle?

Co-op Ordinance—Boon or Boondoggle?

For the past 8 months, City Council has been developing an ordinance to expand the permitting of co-operative houses into low density, single family neighborhoods. This has caused a lot of pushback from neighborhoods. City’s zoning map, [...]

Yes on 2H

Yes on 2H

The author and her father My mother is a diabetic. One of my sisters is, too. My father died from complications related to diabetes. Two cousins have died from it and several others have the disease. So, I've been around the disease and it isn't [...]

Ballot issue 302: Raising Barriers to Democracy

Ballot issue 302: Raising Barriers to Democracy

In this time of disaffection with government and the political process, populist ideas and candidates like Donald Trump are getting traction with promises of making broken things great again with illusory solutions.  Issue 302 fits that mold. [...]

Going Down With the Xcel Ship

Going Down With the Xcel Ship

As the Boulder City Council considers the merits of municipalization and Boulder’s carbon reduction goals, it is essential to recognize that there are opportunities and risks with EITHER path going forward—establishing a muni or establishing a [...]

Bigger and More Equal Cities – The New York Times

Bigger and More Equal Cities – The New York Times

Susan Osborne's letter to the editor, July 11, 2016: "To the Editor: "Re “When Cities Spurn Growth, Equality Suffers” (front page, July 4): "I strongly disagree with those who blame zoning and land use regulations (and, by implication, [...]

Flying Cars

Flying Cars

When I was young, probably in my pre-teens, I had an old Zenith “tombstone” radio next to my bed (probably a Zenith 5S-228). I’d listen to comics late at night and news early in the morning. At some point, probably in the late 50’s Dad [...]

Does Boulder Have Too Many Jobs?

Does Boulder Have Too Many Jobs?

Does Boulder have too many jobs? If you are out of work, then Boulder needs at least one more job. If you are a commercial developer then Boulder needs as many jobs as you can convince the planning department to let you squeeze onto your particular [...]

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