I recently met with our council leadership who outlined their approach to governing Boulder: “To begin, rather than thinking of ourselves as just City Council, we recognize that we are the World Council, making our task huge. To fund this effort, we know that, similar to the way that kryptonite neutralizes Superman, the term “sustainability” neutralizes critical thinking by many of our citizens.
I’ve been having trouble understanding local leaders’ actions lately, so that’s why I was happy when I ran across the following statistics: Number of times “sustainability” has been stated during City Council meetings: 738,596. Amount of money spent on “sustainability”: tens of millions. Actual “sustainability” of Boulder: 1.2 percent. Chances that “resiliency” will become the new “sustainability” to justify large, no-accountability spending programs: 100 percent. …
One of the best local ideas I’ve seen in a long time is the proposal to found a new city on open space in rural Boulder County called Sustainaville.
This will be an entirely new town with all of the current government priorities already taken into account from the beginning. Complete social justice will be embedded in the town’s lifestyle and with an extremely compassionate citizenry, there will be no pushback against the leader’s agendas. The entire city will be sugar-free and most residential housing will consist of co-ops surrounded by tiny homes for those who want to age in place in gentle infill.
The town’s leaders will be comprised of former Boulder City Council members who will be housed in the Sirklejirc co-op. And, in order to ensure that Sirklejirc’s vision of equality is properly enacted for everyone, at least two city planners will be required for every resident.
This article has been submitted to the Daily Camera as a Guest Opinion, but the Daily Camera has so far refused to publish it.
A Boulder pro-growth advocate regularly tweets, “If you love your City, you should build more of it.”
That’s like saying, “If you love your 15 children, have 15 more. If you love candy bars, eat hundreds.”
Analogies aside, the tweeter’s perspective seems at odds with the reality of our finite world and ecosystem. My field was science. Science everywhere confirms finite limits of: resources, amount of carbon our atmosphere can handle, and the population a bioregion can sustain.
The tweeter’s attitude reminds me of the anti-science fringe wing of Congress, which doesn’t accept science or facts. More disturbingly, Boulder government demonstrates a similar disregard for facts and limits. Our City government refuses to say how many more people they plan to draw to Boulder. The “silence from the top,” is deafening.
No wonder citizens are uneasy. We look to our civic leaders, but hear only the policy equivalent of “More, more, more!” Continue reading “Stacey Goldfarb: Boulder Government, Wake Up!”
So what is “sustainability”?
Those who write to oppose up-zoning and infill view sustainability as a quality-of-life issue. Boulder’s indiscriminate rush to growth threatens their neighborhoods and changes Boulder into a too-urban environment with possible risks of flooding, noise, traffic, depletion of wildlife habitat, et. al. … In the meantime, Boulder County is asking for a huge “sustainability tax” to pursue exactly what? Your definition of sustainability? See TLAG‘s Annexation video:
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.