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.
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!
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.
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.