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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...
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
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.