Boulder Planning Board produces expected outcome: approves housing for homeless young adults at 1440 Pine St.

Boulder Planning Board produces the result they were expected to produce: they approved housing for young homeless adults at 1440 Pine St.

After 18 months of community debate — often unusually heated, even by Boulder’s standards — the city Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a proposal to build housing for homeless young adults in a new downtown facility.

The board voted 6-1, with member Crystal Gray representing the lone voice of dissent.

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Jeff Schulz: An imaginary conversation

I recently scooped the Daily Camera when several pro-growth City Council members sat down with me to outline their thoughts surrounding density and subsidized housing programs.

First, I asked if they were aware that higher density has only driven up home prices, reduced quality of life, and has never, ever, solved affordability. “But it’s sustainable” was the response. I then asked: “Is there any data that shows sustainability will actually increase for the specific case of Boulder?” “Not really, but Will Toor said it would” was the reply.

Read More: Jeff Schulz: An imaginary conversation – Boulder Daily Camera

C.J. Wires, Jr.: Not rich, not elite

Whoa, whoa, whoa, I totally disagree with all 20 of Mr. Gelband’s “suggestions”! (“Changing the discussion of housing, supply affordability,” Daily Camera, Jan. 1.) This gentleman proposes that all of those who have worked hard to attain a quality-of-life living situation in Boulder are rich elite insert your expletive here!

Full Story: C.J. Wires, Jr.: Not rich, not elite – Boulder Daily Camera

Sara Mitton: Gosnell’s letter was offensive

In regard to Christina Gosnell’s letter in which she uses Trump’s name to attempt to shame those of us living in intentional communities of larger personal space after spending time, work and tax money for many decades to preserve the very open space and quality of life that drew other caring residents to this community, I take great personal offense.

Full Story: Sara Mitton: Offended by letter – Boulder Daily Camera

Mark Wallach: Opposition to Co-op Ordinance is not “intolerance”

In response to Christina Gosnell’s absurd attempt to equate support for the City of Boulder’s efforts to expand co-ops into low-density neighborhoods with opposition to the values represented by Donald Trump the only conceivable response is: give me a break. Opposition to co-ops has nothing to do with hatred, misogyny, or prejudice. Opponents do not care who lives in co-ops, what their politics, gender or ethnic origins might be, or who they love. Continue reading “Mark Wallach: Opposition to Co-op Ordinance is not “intolerance””

Former Boulder co-op activists go national, after they’ve moved out of town

Another national YIMBY reporter accepts the co-op advocates story at face value: Boulder, Colorado’s Picklebric show why expensive cities need group housing.

At least he found one quote for the opposing viewpoint, unlike the Daily Camera:

It wasn’t a question of whether the house was properly managed, anyway, neighbor Steven Meier wrote in the Camera, so much as the sheer number of people:  “High-density boarding houses are simply incompatible with single-family residential neighborhoods. Nobody cares whether the occupants of the over-occupied boarding house have democratic meetings or are ruled by an authoritarian matriarch. The problem is the number of people per square yard, the temporary nature of most of the occupants, and the hostel/airbnb-like operation, that is most troubling to the neighbors.”

And he found a wonderful quote from the Boulder City Attorney:

“We’ve purposely not enforced because overoccupancy serves a purpose,” City Attorney Tom Carr told the Daily Camera.

I count eight people, plus the guy holding the camera. (Photo credit: Ethan “Dumpster Diver” Welty)

Source: Boulder, Colorado’s Picklebric show why expensive cities need group housing – slate.com