For 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.
Sender: Young, Mary Dear Colleagues and hotline subscribers, Here are more articles that are worth taking the time to read. Some, like the one Matt posted recently, have previously been shared on the hotline. Happy summer reading! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/04/business/how-anti-growth-sentiment-reflected-in-zoning-laws-thwarts-equality.html?emc=edit_th_20160704&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=65613619&_r=0 http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/10/affordable-housing-is-a-moral-choice-and-the-numbers-prove-it/411235/ http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26656-developers-aren-t-going-to-solve-the-housing-crisis-in-san-francisco-the-definitive-response-to-supply-side-solutionists http://48hills.org/2016/03/29/city-planners-treat-us-like-infants/ http://www.planetizen.com/node/86508/has-portland-lost-its-way http://www.newgeography.com/content/002046-why-duany-wrong-about-importance-public-participation http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/opinion/who-gets-the-subsidized-apartments.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0 Regards, Mary Dolores Young Mayor Pro Tem Boulder City Council
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.