Recommended Reading: Cadillac Desert

Cadillac DesertA recent article in the Denver Post, Hickenlooper backs $380 million Denver Water project to divert Colorado River water, reminds us that the communities of the Front Range depend on water captured and delivered from elsewhere – water that is seriously over-promised to places as far away as Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Over 30 years ago, Marc Reisner wrote the definitive book on land development and water policy in the western United States: Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water.  Starting in the early twentieth century, when the city of Los Angeles began importing water from hundreds of miles away, it chronicles how urban and agricultural development in the arid Western United States was built upon dubious assumptions about the availability of water.   Continue reading “Recommended Reading: Cadillac Desert”

Recommended Reading: Better, Not Bigger by Eben Fodor

Better Not BiggerFor those who don’t know him, Eben Fodor is a certified, professional community planning consultant out of Eugene, Oregon.   He wrote a remarkable book entitled “Better, Not Bigger.”  Many of us have purchased it.  Fodor exposes the many falsehoods that developers and city building and development departments espouse, and incorporate into policy. He also illustrates better alternatives for citizens and communities.   It’s an easy, quick, compelling read and I highly recommend it.  It’s available from Amazon or Boulder Bookstore.

-Mike Marsh