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 It was clearly the first shot across the bow to radically change the supposedly “outdated” zoning of our neighborhoods.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.
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.
[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]
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
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.
Source: Boulder, Colorado’s Picklebric show why expensive cities need group housing – slate.com
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”
Another pro-yimby propaganda piece in a national news outlet:
Residents use aesthetic arguments to keep out newcomers.
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.
The author of that article followed it up with this posting on his Facebook Page, making his opinions and biases more obvious: