Janice Harvey: Stop the ratchet effect of tall buildings

In reading the Sunday edition of the Daily Camera, I was struck by the similarity in the message behind two important issues in the newspaper. One was the ratchet effect, explained by Alexander Lee as successive compromises in dealing with the development of our natural spaces, resulting in the irreversible loss of those precious natural spaces over time. The same ratchet effect is being seen in Boulder with the successive compromises with developers concerning the height limitations imposed on developers in Boulder. Such compromises are leading to the irreversible loss of the views of our iconic foothills and Flatirons, the loss of quality of life, and the walkable and welcoming feel of Boulder. We are experiencing the ratchet effect due to changes in the height limitations since the original charter amendment in 1971, resulting in irreversible changes in Boulder. The City Council took a step toward stopping the progress of successive compromises resulting in the ratchet effect, and reevaluating the kinds of developments allowed, by voting to continue restrictions on building heights in Boulder.

Source: Janice Harvey: Stop the ratchet effect of tall buildings – Boulder Daily Camera