The Gathering Storm
By Paul Danish
When it comes to protecting Boulder’s quality of life, the city council says “Trust Us.”
The Livable Boulder initiatives say “Trust but verify.”
…The reason the Livable Boulder initiatives take the form of charter amendments instead of city ordinances is to keep the council from gutting them when people aren’t paying attention — as it did with Boulder’s growth limitation ordinances. The result of that caper was the explosion of high density development in the 28th-30th street corridor, which turned the area into a noisy, smelly, congestion-choked nightmare that makes a mockery of the council’s claims that it is improving Boulder quality of life by decreasing the need to drive by densifying the city.