Jerry Greene: Housing: Let’s build homes for birds – and people
Apparently, there is one human-built nesting site for ospreys at the Boulder Reservoir.
Here is my question; why only one? Let’s build a dozen nesting platforms for raptors at the reservoir, and do the same on the top of pine trees in the Flatirons area. Apparently nesting sites for raptors are a limiting factor. Continuing with that theme let’s provide hummingbird nest boxes and honey bee boxes. We love the birds and the bees, let’s show it with action, with the resultant long-term environmental impact.
Moving away from helping ‘homeless’ birds, let’s create a workable plan for humans. Currently on the list of ideas by city planners is a homeless day shelter. Here is my question; do city planners anticipate that creek campsite residents will leave their ad hoc creek camp to hang out at the day center? And if we can build a day center, why not make it a night shelter also?
Here is a heads up to the spinning wheels in city government; the only thing that will work for ad hoc camping is a sanctioned campsite area that is resident managed — everyone has to put in 10 hours per week maintaining the place. Eliminates camping along the creek and related police calls.
As for the city spinning its wheels, it is useful to look at the warm and fuzzy language the city used to justify the $8 million library civic area improvement project from about 10 years ago. In the ten years following the civic area revamp, have affordable housing, commuting distances and homelessness improved at all? I am super glad we spent $8 million to get a variety of people talking about transformative dialogue etc, rather than spending that on our actual problems.
“It’s 2025 and you are walking through the Civic Area. You see a variety of people and activities surrounding Boulder Creek, interspersed between timeless architecture and a great downtown park…alive with activity, collaboration, and innovation at the east and west. It will be a place for everyone — a lively and distinct destination that reflects our community’s values, where people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and incomes feel welcome to recreate, socialize, deliberate, learn, and access city services . . . . reaffirms shared values and provides a path for engagement while addressing change over time. Reflecting back, Boulder began with a series of questions: What if … the area could be a transformative place for gatherings, recreation, dialogue and innovation?”
Jerry Greene, Boulder
Lucy Lowrey: Politics: Constitution doesn’t impose two-party system
There is nothing in the Constitution about political parties. We have had several different political parties in the United States since 1776. We’ve had Federalists, Whigs, Populists, Progressives, Communists and more. You can start one yourself if you wish.
The Democratic Party began in 1828, the Republican Party got together in 1854. Bernie Sanders was first elected from the Socialist Party. Rand Paul was first elected from the Libertarian Party. There’s no law against starting a political party. It just happens that at the moment, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are the most organized… although it might not seem so, it is true. Therefore, if you want to win an election, it’s probably prudent to join one of those two political parties. But, it isn’t necessary, it isn’t illegal and it isn’t unconstitutional. It is, however, a lot of work. I know because I’m a member of the Democratic Party. Since I was 20, I’ve knocked on doors, called voters, registered voters, been a judge on election day, and been a precinct delegate. It’s a lot of work. I’ve been a part of elections that have lost, and some that have won. But, I would never stop voting.
Please don’t be discouraged, citizens. Vote.
Lucy Lowrey, Boulder