Karen Sandburg: Our neighborhoods are under attack

On Oct. 16, the Daily Camera published a guest opinion by council member Jan Burton (“Changing world requires fresh look at housing options”). It was clearly the first shot across the bow to radically change the supposedly “outdated” zoning of our neighborhoods. … Ms. Burton insulted those of us who love our neighborhoods by saying that the days of “Leave it to Beaver” are over.

Full Story: Karen Sandburg: Our neighborhoods are under attack – Boulder Daily Camera

John Roberts: Homeowners are getting the bum’s rush on co-ops

Boulder homeowners, you’re getting the bum’s rush and being thrown out of due process on rezoning. City Council is the bum rusher, pushing a co-op ordinance that’s a major de facto up-zoning without calling it a zoning change. Under the guise of compassion, they’re siding with pro co-op blamers who call you a NIMBY if you object. They’re enabling self-described YIMBYs and developers who preach “yes” to degrading your invaluable quiet and privacy and parading their self-righteousness about it.

Full Story: John Roberts: Co-ops: Stand up for stability – Boulder Daily Camera

[Editor’s Note: A slightly different version of this editorial was sent as a letter to the Boulder City Council and published here at BNA as: A Different Frame for Co-op Debate]

John DuGene: I’m a ‘NIMLY’

Having attended the Oct. 4 City Council public hearing on the proposed co-op ordinance, I noticed many references to “Yes In My Back Yard” YIMBY, and “Not In My Back Yard” NIMBY, regarding positions on nearby co-ops.  As one who opposes co-ops in low-density residential neighborhoods, I propose a more accurate mnemonic: “Not In My Low-density Yard,” better called “NIMLY.” So, I am a “NIMLY” who doesn’t believe it appropriate to have high-density co-ops in a low-density neighborhood. I am not opposed to co-ops, just that there are plenty of more appropriate locations in Boulder for the co-ops to exist.John DuGene


Source: John DuGene: I’m a ‘NIMLY’ – Boulder Daily Camera

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

Stacey Goldfarb: A Mockery of Planning

This article has also been published as a letter to the editor: Stacey Goldfarb: A planning mockery – Boulder Daily Camera

I’ve got the answer for Boulder:

Let’s just keep expanding our population – 200,000, 250,000, heck, even a half million people! Boulder should house the world! Let’s have no occupancy limits. Better yet, no limits whatsoever! Building Size? Height limit? Who cares? We’re talking Manhattan on Mapleton, baby! Silicon Valley on Sanitas!

Here’s the best part: If anyone dares question our plan, we’ll just call ‘em selfish. That’s it! If anyone invokes science, natural limits, finite water resources, ecology, carrying capacity…or Phoenix or LA …we’ll call ‘em elitists! That’s it! That’s how we’ll subdue anyone who questions us. Continue reading “Stacey Goldfarb: A Mockery of Planning”

How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality – NYTimes.com

The small city of Boulder, home to the University of Colorado’s flagship campus, has a booming local economy and a pleasantly compact downtown with mountain views. Not surprisingly, a lot of people want to move here.

Something else is also not surprising: Many of the people who already live in Boulder would prefer that the newcomers settle somewhere else.

Source: How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality – NYTimes.com

The author of that article followed it up with this posting on his Facebook Page, making his opinions and biases more obvious: