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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Sept. 22, 2007 in response to the Camera asking its board: Is Boulder’s proposed Transit Village, which just cleared a key hurdle this week, a good idea?

Many Boulder residents enjoy living in this thriving university community surrounded by mountains and green space. The town and area thrives with cultural and outdoor offerings. The cost of living is high. Nevertheless, in spite of that and traffic problems at certain times of the day on particular streets, Boulder has quite a bit of charm to draw visitors and more residents into its borders.

Extreme, no-growth residents say, “Enough is enough. Lock Boulder’s door and throw away the key. Don’t allow even one more resident. We’ve got no more room, not enough water.” With that kind of thinking and policies that follow, Boulder’s cost of living is driven up even more. Families will continue moving to the east where communities have more family-friendly growth policies. More schools will close. Ultimately, residents will be only the rich, and much of the town’s current appeal will go by the wayside. All the while, commuter traffic will continue to increase along U.S. 36 and on Boulder’s streets from non-residents heading to and from work.

Fortunately for not only Boulder but the whole area, more rational thinking of managed, smart growth has prevailed on Boulder’s City Council with its 8-0 approval of the Transit Village. Over the next three decades, the 1,400 to 2,400 new housing units can provide housing for those who cannot afford to live next to Boulder’s more well-off residents. This helps Boulder to share in the load of growth in the area with other communities as well as to allow Boulder’s newest residents to enjoy Boulder’s charm. The 2,800 and 4,000 new jobs anticipated over the next three decades can only be a plus for the local economy while taking cars off the roads from elsewhere. Good for Boulder City Council’s move.

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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