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4 days ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Ann Haebig: Better inf... · 0 replies · +2 points

Part of the apparent success of "alternate modes" here is pure PR: The "Modal Shift Study" AKA "diary study" is partly self-selected and completely self-reported, unlike peer cities which count actual bikers, walkers, etc. And the study defines a walk trip as anything over a block! So, as people have to park further away from their destinations, it APPEARS that walking is increasing. But that's mostly walking to and from cars, not real pedestrianism -except near Pearl St and Uni Hill. If you stand on Broadway and count cars vs bikes and peds on the multiuse paths, you'd see FAR different numbers.

That's why Boulder is so congested and has been in violation of ozone and particulate standards for DECADES.

Helsinki's on-call microbus service is a FAR better idea than Boulder's 43-passenger 32,000 lb. local buses running mostly empty except the SKIP and HOP: http://grist.org/list/in-10-years-no-one-in-helsi...

4 days ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Boulder planners: No n... · 0 replies · +3 points

How about housing for all the environmentally-minded students who don't own cars? (Environmental Studies is one of the most popular majors.) Because parking lots are designed with at least 200 square feet per car (to include access) it means that students with cars take TWICE the space of those without. That means rent can be considerably cheaper and/or there can be more green space. But Boulder wants rich kids with cars to pump up the economy more than it wants to take care of our town, country and planet.

2 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Tom Lopez: Reforms nee... · 1 reply · -1 points

I'm always impressed by the anonymous faux-macho commenters who think clean food, air, water, etc. are unmanly or a commie plot. After a few decades of sitting sedentarily and typing their superiority, their bodies sag and ache and they spend the rest of their days telling us how their massive "health" care costs are helping the "economy." They'd rather spend $1 million on treating their symptoms than a few bucks more to eat real food. Anything to pass as a real man.

4 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Spense Havlick: Guatem... · 0 replies · +1 points

While it's good that Spence helped out, he's spreading a VERY selective version of Guatemalan history, blaming the murder of some 200,000 Maya (including 3 friends of mine) on just the Guatemalan Army. To quote from Wikipedia: "The 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état (18–27 June 1954) was a covert operation carried out by the United States Central Intelligence Agency that deposed the democratically elected President Jacobo Árbenz and ended the Guatemalan Revolution. Codenamed Operation PBSUCCESS, it installed the military regime of Carlos Castillo Armas, the first in a series of military dictators in the country." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_Guatemalan_coup...

After the City of Boulder banned my tightrope show on the Pearl St. Mall (Spencer told me he "supported the Mall performers," but voted to ban me) I went to Mexico and then Guatemala, and started building a house on my Maya artist friend's land. After my 3 other friends were killed by the Guatemalan Army -WITH US-SUPPLIED M-16s- I decided I couldn't live there, and returned to Boulder (where my lawyer friend Doug Thorburn had talked sense into City leaders).

I was very depressed. I read in Howard Zinn's "People's History of the US" how all polls showed that by 1975, 65% of Americans were opposed to foreign military aid. I thought "if that were a vote, not just a poll, my friends and most of those 200,000 Maya would still be alive." For that matter, most of the millions dead in US wars and proxy wars since 1975 would be alive. And, I and others, like David Shiner, who became ringmaster of Cirque du Soleil, would never have been booted from Boulder -I'd gathered 4000 signatures of our audience, who loved us.

So I started the Voting by Phone project. Having easy inexpensive voting would make it far easier to have us all voting on where our money goes, what the laws should be, etc. We need NATIONAL ballot initiatives, like the ones 24 states including Colorado have. I and friends got the signatures to put it on the 1993 Boulder ballot. But once Council saw that we didn't just want another pushbutton convenience, but REAL DEMOCRACY, they opposed it. SPENSER WAS THE MOST DECEITFUL: He made a speech saying that he had problems with the then-new modems for computers and was afraid people would have problems voting! He was pretending that Voting by Phone meant Voting by Computers Over phones! Not only that, our ballot initiative would have let people keep voting the old way too.

You can see this whole story -with a few photos and supporting documents- at: http://spryeye.blogspot.com/2009/02/why-ive-devot...

Congrats to Spenser for being the longest-playing city "leader" in recent Boulder history. “Sincerity - if you can fake that, you've got it made.” -George Burns

4 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Top 10 local news stor... · 0 replies · +1 points

The late great Dr. Bob McFarland proposed a good solution in the '60s, which he, I and others have brought up ever since: Make a camping area at the edge of the mountains with designated tent spaces, toilet and shower facilities, and charge people something like $5 or an hour of work a day. There's no way to stop all the travelers etc. who want to explore the Boulder area, so make accomodations with reality to reduce the fire and sanitary problems with illegal camping.

4 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Editorial: Willful bli... · 1 reply · +3 points

But NOTHING near downtown is being built except luxury units -and they all have underground parking spots that cost more than the entire units LOTS of us would love to live in. I forgot to say -make some of the units WITHOUT parking spots. The "ghetto" you speak of is the "Transit Village" on 30th. Since it's so far from the mountains -the big draw for younger, lower-income people- most all of them will have to have cars. It's catering to the rich that's creating "ghettos" here, not catering to the modest.

4 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Editorial: Willful bli... · 3 replies · +3 points

Again: REAL density means smaller units, not stacking luxury units to the sky. Ask any scientist what density means. Big units suck energy. And the rich people who live in them all have cars parked in super-expensive underground lots. Make small, efficient units for modest, efficient people!

4 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Editorial: Willful bli... · 0 replies · +2 points

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you." Cobain didn't invent that. I've been saying it since high school, which I left in 1970.

5 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Top 10 local news stor... · 1 reply · +1 points

tandp_colo must ride the Heatherwood bus during rush hours. When I've pointed out before that the local 43-passenger buses on average are carrying 6 people, RTD etc say they have to size the buses for rush hours. There are other ways: They could use smaller buses AND have rush hour drivers (working shifts like school bus drivers do) in addition. Or, they could do as Paul Danish and others have suggested for years and de-regulate so that people owning vans could supplement smaller buses, with just a basic driving record/background check. This would cost government nothing. Both would save fuel and the roads. Uber and Lyfte are showing the way. Empty seats need to be filled!

5 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Top 10 local news stor... · 5 replies · +2 points

The main reason Boulder's and the country's roads and bridges are falling apart is a law of physics: Road damage is proportional to the FOURTH power of vehicle weight -assuming the same number of wheels. It's in the standard text Principles of Pavement Design or online everywhere like: http://thatmansscope.blogspot.com/2009/10/trucks-... So a heavy truck or Boulder's local Orion-brand buses weighting 32,000 lbs empty do 10,000 times the damage of a 3,200 pound compact car, NOT 10 times! But they DON'T pay anywhere near that much more in gas taxes or vehicle registration. When you see a sign on a semi saying "This vehicle pays $2000/yr in taxes" it shows how LITTLE they pay for what they get.

That's why for some 200 years heavy transport runs on steel wheels on steel rails. That's why bus pullouts up to code are steel-reinforced concrete. And why the County is trying to cut corners, as here.