Rob Smoke: A strange rationale for a board appointment

I recently observed the Boulder City Council session where appointments were made to the Planning Board.

For one of the appointments, Bob Yates offered the following endorsement to one of the two highly pro-development candidates who were installed: “I know that he has…two children.” He didn’t simply say “I’ve met his family,” he instead said “I know that he has two children” as if that by itself were justification for his placement on the board.

Other members of council similarly had little to say about the same candidate. Someone offered, “I think he has some really good new ideas.”

Meanwhile, an individual who was slightly less pro-development was essentially removed from their seat on the Planning Board because … um … he did not have the right number of children? It might be unlikely that’s the reason, but it would make about as much sense as Bob’s reason for endorsing the new board member.

When will the residents of Boulder wake up to the fact that they are being had by moneyed interests with little or no stake in the long-term effects of rapid over-development?

Source: Rob Smoke: A strange rationale for a board appointment – Boulder Daily Camera

Nancy Haney: Lately things feel out of control

I do not often agree with Steve Pomerance writings. However his writing on March 26 spoke loudly to me.As a 40+ year resident of Boulder, I have been interested, then alarmed at the changes of late. Since my business has been closely related to growth, I have benefited from the growth in the past. Lately things have felt out of control.

His column of March 26 comforted me as it expressed so well my feelings about beautiful Boulder.

Source: Nancy Haney: Lately things feel out of control – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder to host open house about various downtown, University Hill projects – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder is hosting an open house on Wednesday to update the public on and gather input about projects occurring along the central stretch of Broadway as well as numerous projects on University Hill and the city’s Civic Area…┬áThe open house takes place at the North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Jim Martin: Beauty of Boulder Valley has been its undoing – Boulder Daily Camera

Is this the end of Boulder as we know it?” Steve Pomerance asked in his March 26 opinion column in the Daily Camera. I can answer that: Yes, the old Boulder is dead, with recent developments delivering the final blows. This is greatly distressing to me, someone that has lived here since 1961 and who has seen the unstoppable changes that surgically remove a city’s charm.

Read More: Jim Martin: Beauty of Boulder Valley has been its undoing – Boulder Daily Camera