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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on July 12, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: How do you think your hometown has weathered the past few decades? How does the Boulder (or Broomfield, or Louisville, etc.) of today stack up with the Boulder of 20 or 30 years ago? And, if you are a newcomer, how does the area stack up with your expectations?

Look back donned with rose-colored glasses and everything looks better. The area had less people, stop lights, traffic and irritations. The area had less lights and more visible stars. The region had less development. U.S. 36 wasn’t crowded. No one was talking about splitting the Boulder Valley School District because “everybody was happy.” Your neighborhood looked better. The people did, too. (They were younger probably.) And, when you went to community events, you ran into more people you knew than didn’t.

However, the area is much more than the past. It’s the block party my neighborhood held on July 4 this year. The guys lined up with their grills and cooked a bunch of good food. It went along with more side dishes than we could finish in two or three sittings. It’s my neighbors sitting at tables on my driveway and neighbors talking with one another longer than most of us had done, maybe, ever. It’s seeing the neighbor kids squirt each other with water, others run up and down the street and young men play basketball. Then, as it grew dark, we lined up our chairs in the blocked off street and on blankets on the grass and watched fireworks. That’s the good ol’ days, to me, and I hope we do it again next year!

*This title was modified from the Camera title for clarity on this blog.

Source: Daily Camera

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