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  • What Everyone's Missing About Becky Boone's Code for America Contract with the City of Boulder

    Boulder Neighbors
    K.M.
    24 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    When the Daily Camera picked up on the profanity video story featured here three days ago, Erica Meltzer (who did a great job covering the story) wrote this early in the article:"Boone is in Boulder on a $150,000 contract with the city to work on expanding community outreach beyond traditional constituencies as city leaders develop a new Comprehensive Housing Strategy."What is clearly stated on the city's website explaining the Code for America project is this:"The seven-month project began in January 2015 and will create a variety of ways for community members, particularly underrepresented…
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  • What Everyone's Missing About Becky Boone's Code for America Contract with the City of Boulder

    K.M.
    24 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    When the Daily Camera picked up on the profanity video story featured here three days ago, Erica Meltzer (who did a great job covering the story) wrote this early in the article:"Boone is in Boulder on a $150,000 contract with the city to work on expanding community outreach beyond traditional constituencies as city leaders develop a new Comprehensive Housing Strategy."What is clearly stated on the city's website explaining the Code for America project is this:"The seven-month project began in January 2015 and will create a variety of ways for community members, particularly underrepresented…
  • Becky Boone's Favorite Word Begins with "F"

    K.M.
    21 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    This is a five-minute video from an Ignite Boulder event. In it, Becky Boone, our Code for America city-hired helper used the "F" word more times than I could count.And the content is the main point, not the "F" word, by-the-way.According to a Feb. 11, 2015 Daily Camera article,"The contract with Code for America is for $150,000, with $100,000 coming from several city departments, including the City Manager's Office and Community Planning and Sustainability, and $50,000 coming from private fundraising. Of that, $30,000 has been raised so far." There are two incredible ironies as this…
  • Ten Reasons Why Housing is Skyrocketing in Price in Boulder

    K.M.
    20 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Photo is from Berkshire Hathaway Realty website: $9.8 million Boulder home1. Though many new units have been built, there is a surge in investor demand right now for a "sure" piece of real estate in a Boulder setting. A plus is the student population which creates ongoing demand, and sometimes (affluent) parents purchase properties as an investment. The reason for unprecedented investor demand is ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Policy) and also an extremely affluent top 1 percent. Investors are having trouble finding a return on their investments and so REITs have been hot. Most every new…
  • $78 Million Project Announced by Boulder Housing Partners

    K.M.
    19 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Because this relates to today's earlier post, I am posting this new information about affordable housing in Boulder from Bizwest.--K.M.Boulder Housing Partners raising funds to renovate affordable housing stockby Doug Storum on May 19, 2015BOULDER — Boulder Housing Partners announced Tuesday it is assembling approximately $78 million in public and private funds to purchase and renovate its 279 public housing units by the end of 2016.Read more »
  • Proposed Affordable Housing Fees for Boulder Under Discussion

    K.M.
    19 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Please note that today's post is republished with permission from Bizwest. It goes without saying that development should pay its way for affordable housing, but it should pay its way for many other things, as well. Our staff has been inexcusably behind in capturing revenues for our new developments these past several boom years. Furthermore, the future of Boulder's city politics related to residential development is all about affordable housing, and today the issue and the monies lack a certain amount of city governmental transparency. This needs to be remedied, as both funds (and…
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