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‘Opinion’ Archives

Smart Regs: A Conflicted Landlord’s Perspective

Smart Regs:  A Conflicted Landlord’s Perspective

I own two small buildings within the Mapleton Hill Historic District--both acquired over 30 years ago with the intention that the income from them would support me in my old age (having neither a husband nor a corporate  retirement plan). With that [...]

Daily Camera: More is more

Daily Camera:  More is more

Focusing only on density as the solution to GHG gas reduction is like saying the way to make better food is just have good cookware. Sustainable development patterns are complex and require numerous ingredients to be combined in appropriate [...]

How Do We Move Towards Sustainability?

How Do We Move Towards Sustainability?

Using well-developed dialoguing and visioning processes involving the entire community, people could develop new ways to organize themselves with community-supported agriculture, barter and alternative currencies, solar and wind energy, holistic and [...]

Grid-tied PV is Stupid

Grid-tied PV is Stupid

If we don't do energy efficiency first nothing else works or makes sense. And as long as the utilities keep the ratepayer ignorant they can keep building new coal nuke gas solar wind etc power plants.  Have we reached peak energy stupidity yet? [...]

Does Boulder Need to Encourage Growth?

Does Boulder Need to Encourage Growth?

It was a great meeting on Saturday 2/27 at the West Senior Center, focused on sustainable planning for Boulder.  I read with civic-minded and refreshed eyes the front-page March 1st Daily Camera article about the Pedersen Development Company [...]

City Council Priorities: Taking the Long View

City Council Priorities: Taking the Long View

In early January, the Daily Camera interviewed City Council members regarding their goals (see here) for the coming year,  in preparation for the goal setting retreat that occurred later in the month.  As I read through the goals – everything [...]

Why Bother with the Comp Plan?

Why Bother with the Comp Plan?

As Boulder prepares to go through another five year update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, maybe it’s time to ask, “Why bother?” Other than requiring agreement between the City and County for certain annexations, it appears that the [...]

Leaders Not All Found in One Place

Leaders Not All Found in One Place

As women of color, we believe that if politicians do their job, if they take seriously their responsibility to the long term health and well-being of their constituencies as a whole, race does not come into play in the equation of proper [...]

Districting and Direct Mayoral Elections are Bad for Boulder

Districting and Direct Mayoral Elections are Bad for Boulder

Just as in 2003, there is a behind-the-scenes push by the development and moneyed interests in Boulder to change our at-large council elections with the mayor chosen by the council. This may include a directly elected mayor, a ward system for [...]

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