Steve Pomerance: Untangling the co-op snarl

By now, most council members must have figured out that their notion that the whole council could design co-op legislation from scratch just using public hearings but without adequate problem definition, alternatives analysis, or data collection, was ill conceived. Prudence … would direct the council to own up to the mistake and take a different tack, as I suggest below. I believe it would produce a more satisfactory result in less time, even starting at this late date.

Full Story: Steve Pomerance: Untangling the co-op snarl – Boulder Daily Camera

Mike Preston: Couples buying home together an option

Boulder houses are expensive, but determined people with a little imagination could manage to buy in. Most Boulder homes were built to accommodate a couple and two or more children. Many have basements which have been converted to rec rooms and the like. It does not take a huge leap of imagination to envision two couples buying a home together. …

I would have no problem with two couples buying a house next door.

Full Story: Mike Preston: Couples buying home together an option – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder Rental License Database

The City of Boulder has recently published a complete database of all Licensed Rental Properties in the form of a CSV spreadsheet file.

You can find the official source here: https://bouldercolorado.gov/open-data/rental-housing-property-list/

One great piece of information contained in this file is that rental property entries include a neighborhood field – so you can easily get a list of all the rental properties in a specific neighborhood (example: Martin Acres currently has 482 licensed rental properties in single-family structures).

We’ve converted that file into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, making it easier to work with. The data set is quite huge – click on the icon at the bottom right corner of the window below to view it in a full-size browser window, or download it to your own computer.

 

Why Denver doesn’t have rent control and probably never will – Denverite

With each new headline about rising rents in Denver, you hear again the lament: “We need rent control.”We don’t have it — and we won’t get it — because of a 2000 Colorado Supreme Court decision, Telluride v. Lot Thirty-Four Venture. The state prohibition on rent control actually goes back to 1980, when Boulder tried to impose rent controls. The next year, the legislature passed a law banning the practice.But it’s what happened in Telluride that really created the current situation.

Full Story: Why Denver doesn’t have rent control and probably never will – Erica Meltzer in Denverite

Prying Eyes Are Watching Airbnb Customers as Tenants Fight Back

In a gentrifying neighborhood of San Francisco, a couple exit their cab and head toward an apartment, rolling suitcases behind them. Unbeknownst to them, a private investigator by the name of Michael Joffe sits in his parked car just across the street, discreetly snapping pictures. This is not a divorce case waiting to happen or an international spy caper. Nothing that salacious or mysterious. It is instead an episode that provides a window into how bitter the feud between struggling tenants and home-sharing websites like Airbnb Inc. has become. Joffe works for a tenant lawyer who in turns represents a family that was evicted from their apartment — the one that the couple was entering that day.

Full Story: Prying Eyes Are Watching Airbnb Customers as Tenants Fight Back – Bloomberg

Margaret Alfonso: 3303 Broadway is not a binary choice

Some proponents of the 3303 Broadway plan castigate those who oppose the development as “NIMBYs.” I stand in proud opposition to the current plan and I find this accusation not only simplistic but untrue.

Neighbors of 3303 Broadway and others who oppose this proposal have reasons for their opinion. There are issues of flooding danger, traffic danger, school safety, serious lack of parking, a design and density that does not conform to the neighborhood. The planning staff expressed these concerns for months on the city website and the Planning Board concurred.

As inclusive neighbors, we share the concern about lack of permanent affordable housing — for low-income and middle-income people. We ran the numbers and don’t agree that the developer’s plan offers permanence or affordability.

Full Story: Margaret Alfonso: 3303 Broadway is not a binary choice – Boulder Daily Camera

Celeste Landry: Unanswered questions for the Boulder Valley School District

The Boulder Valley School District is considering changing University Hill Elementary’s educational program, range of grade levels and location. …

A joint letter issued by BVSD and CU after the May 16 meeting stated, “The planning group will meet again in June to further the discussion and prioritize opportunities. There is a strong desire to include parents and students in the conversation further down the road.” It turns out that there wasn’t a follow-up meeting in June or at any time since. …

There are many unanswered questions regarding BVSD’s ambitious proposal. You can see several of the “FAQs Without Answers” at the website www.unihillschoolfuture.org where you’ll also find a compilation of the materials that have appeared publicly so far.

Full Story: Celeste Landry: Unanswered questions for the Boulder Valley School District – Boulder Daily Camera