Housing proposal for homeless youth gets cold reception from Boulder neighbors

First United Methodist Church,  which owns the entire block, Attention Homes and Gardner Capital Development, which specializes in developing low-income housing through tax-credit financing, want to build a three-story, 40-unit apartment building that offers community and supportive services for homeless youth on a site that is currently a parking lot at 1440 Pine St.  …   But many neighbors of the site are already concerned, both about the size of the proposed housing complex and the population that it will serve.

Source: Housing proposal for homeless youth gets cold reception from Boulder neighbors – Boulder Daily Camera

Linda Korsgaard: Boulder City Council a monoculture

Boulder City Council members are constantly bemoaning the lack of economic diversity in Boulder and proposing extreme measures to pack more and more people into a limited space.

Source: Linda Korsgaard: Boulder City Council a monoculture – Boulder Daily Camera

Ruth Wright: Boulder has worked to preserve its beauty

In a recent editorial, Dave Krieger stated: “Boulder is the crown jewel of one of America’s most attractive metropolitan areas . Although there are those in town who would like to take credit for this status, it is actually owed to a fabulous natural setting that is the work of God or nature, depending on your view.”

Most of us agree that we live in a fabulous natural setting. We do not presume to have created it. However, we have spent time and treasure in protecting and preserving it.

In September 1971 the city council adopted an ordinance to permit up to 50 buildings 140 feet high downtown and east to the Arapahoe and Crossroads Shopping Centers ! However, the citizens had already gathered enough signatures to put the 55-foot charter amendment on the November ballot. And the rest is history.

Source: Ruth Wright: Boulder has worked to preserve its beauty – Boulder Daily Camera

Sally Schneider: Where does growth stop? 

Coming soon: 680,000 square feet worth of buildings called S*Park, short for Sutherland Park, on Valmont between 30th and Foothills.And you thought there was a new height limit ordinance? Guess again!

Twelve football fields fit into 680,000 square feet! It’s one-quarter the size of the huge IBM complex on the Longmont Diagonal. The plans for S*Park call for a mix of four- and five-story buildings in order to fit 680,000 square feet into the lots they have. S*Park will bring in another 2,000 workers!

Source: Sally Schneider: Where does growth stop? – Boulder Daily Camera

Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought – The Washington Post

A team of researchers has highlighted the surprising amount of groundwater used by western residents.

Seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River Basin for valuable water are drawing more heavily from groundwater supplies than previously believed, a new study finds, the latest indication that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.

Read More: Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought – The Washington Post