Today’s Headlines

  • Lawsuit Filed to Stop Albuquerque Bus Rapid Transit, Construction Slated to Start August 1 (NextCity)
  • Downtown LA Streetcar to Average Just 6 MPH (LAist)
  • City Observatory: Share Price of Urban Living on the Rise
  • Insurance Industry Alarmingly Clueless About Pedestrian Safety (Claims Journal)
  • Will the People Who Need Transit Most Be Pushed Away in Seattle? (The Stranger)
  • Boulder, Colorado: Another City That Has Created an Affordable Housing Crisis (Forbes)
  • At 60, Interstate Highway System Facing Big Challenges (Wired)
  • CityLab: Don’t Worry, Google Isn’t Going to Take Over Public Transport in Columbus
  • A Mixed-Use Meijer Store in Grand Rapids (Mlive.com)
  • BlueFairlane

    Re: Boulder, Colorado.

    Any assessment of growth potential in communities along the Front Range needs to take into account the availability of water. Boulder takes its water primarily from three sources. Two reservoirs fed by snow melt and mountain glaciers account for 80% of Boulder’s water. The other fifth comes from the already far over-taxed Colorado River across the Divide. The city believes that at current population levels, its water system can be depended on for 19 out of 20 years, which is to say it expects cyclical drought to cause severe water shortages five times a century. This doesn’t take the unpredictability of climate change into account. If Boulder were to experience significant population growth, it would have to take water from someplace else, and that’s not an easy task in a state where every drop is committed and everybody wants more.

    Boulder’s regulatory structure may not look pretty to an Eastern urbanist, but it helps the city avoid a crippling water crisis down the line.