Eben Fodor: Response to New York Times article

Hi Cosima,

Thanks for sharing these articles. The July 4th front page article in the NYT about Boulder was reprinted in our local paper in Eugene as well today, so it was a huge PR success for developers seeking to undo decades of carefully crafted local policies so they can build more of everything anywhere. The article is actually a commentary and it is disappointing that the NYT editors would allow something like this to be in their paper, let alone portray it as objective news reporting and placed on the front page. It is a classic example of “data-free analysis” where sweeping generalizations are made about complex issues without the benefit of an actual supporting body of evidence or even a balanced treatment of the subject. There is nothing to indicate that the author is qualified to make such analysis. He fails to provide any actual evidence to support the inflammatory headline and instead, uses out-of-context quotes to try to support his storyline. This highly biased “article” would not have gone anywhere if the NYT had not lent its credibility to the poorly-done story.

I have lots more to say about this, but unfortunately don’t have the funding of developers, large corporations, or a group like the Nation Association of Realtors to pay me to write it.

Eben

Eben Fodor
Fodor & Associates LLC
Eugene, OR
www.fodorandassociates.com

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:

Airbnb sues San Francisco over law it helped fashion | The Seattle Times

The company is fighting a decision by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to fine Airbnb $1,000 a day for every unregistered host who used the service. If the company fails to comply, it may face misdemeanor charges.

Source: Airbnb sues San Francisco over law it helped fashion | The Seattle Times

Minneapolis may open door to more communal living – StarTribune.com

A Minneapolis City Council member is looking to change the city’s rules about what makes a family — at least for the purposes of deciding who can legally live under one roof.

Source: Minneapolis may open door to more communal living – StarTribune.com

Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought – The Washington Post

A team of researchers has highlighted the surprising amount of groundwater used by western residents.

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.

Read More: Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought – The Washington Post