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I~ ~---- ~ ~~~ ~, ~, ~ ~ ~ ~s , . ~~~~~ - 1~(~~~~r C 6~u s~ ~~rr~cl ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~~ ~ The Dady Camera Open Forum Attention• Greg Avery ' October 11,2001 As a pedestrian on Boulder's bicycle paths, I was appalled on Or.tober S when the Transportation Advisory Board approved a reCOmmendatian that motorized vehicies be attowed on Boulde~'s bike paths, as weN as un the sidewalks Although Graham Hi~l, owner of a bike shop and a member of thF county's TAB went to great lengths to define these new vehicles as "electrically-assisted bicycles," they are vehicles as defined by the C~ty of Boulder. One of the demonstration models at the hearing looked like a b~cyGe with a bo~cy motor, the othe~ looked like a moped I had the distinct feeling that np one on the Board wanted to disG~ss noise. Alison Richards (TAB) stated emphaticalty "they make zero noise " However, when the machmes were turned on, they made considerable noise, as John Tayer {TAB Chair} acknowledged ~ Dur~ng the past few days, 1 have spoken with dozens of people On the b~ke paths along Boulder Creek Everyone expressed alarm, shoCk and dismay at the increased safety and noise issues, as well as anger that this recommendation had seemingly been "sl~pped through." Some thought it must be a joke "IYs already crazy out here." Members bf TAB 8nd cdy staff present at the hearing seemed tb ::uppOrt some of the citizens' concems: Question: "What ~5 to prevent riders from us~ng the motor all the time"~ Jim Rettew (TAB) said that after test-driving one of the demonstration models °! found myseli going faster and~using the engine more." Walter Fncke, Assistant City Attomey "No one pedals a moped " Question: "If the City cannot enforce the current 15 mph limit on bike paths, how can it possibly prevent more powerful and noisier models from being mtroduced or even electnc or gas-powered scooters?" Jim Rettew (TAB) " We don't have the police to look for or chase the orange ~egistration stickers° which Jerry Wyss (TAB) suggested Mami Ratzel, city bicycle and pedestnan transportation planner "Bike paths are not regulariy patrolled and there is no current bicycle ~egistration program " ~ ''.~ Jim Pettew {TA8) acknowledged "new hazards and a harassmg component" to these new veh+cles He suggested future review saying. "LeYs see how many accidents and complamts there are " By the~ way, what is the City's liabdity from these acadents ~ After much thoughtful effort, the C~ty of Boulder created a unique ~and beautiful network of ~aths , primardy for the off-street use of ped~sstrians and bicycle nders. The City aiso created bicycie nes on the stn_ets Brant Liebmann(TAB) said~ "You can get anywhere in Boulder on a bicycle on the st~eet." LeYs ban motorized vehiGes from the bike paths , if not the sidevvalks as wetl. Keep motorized vehicles on the streets where they belo~lg. By adding new safety concems and n0ise p011ution on the bike paths, we threaten to destroy the very qua~~ty that makes Boulder unique The City Councd will vote on this recommendation soon. I urge cpncerned citizens to call Council members IYs a slippery slope Brant Liebmann (TAB ) said~ "~nce they are tn, they are in " ,.~ ...° Charlotte Sorenson 603 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 440-6955 ~ Broadway Reconstrucuon Pro~ect (~' % Noreen Walsh, COP Planner v~~ Gty of Boulder Mumcipal Bmldmg Broadway & Canyon Blvds Boulder, CO July 24, 2001 Cazol Lynn Streamer 1705 14'" St. #357 Boulder, CO 80302-6321 Boulder Nauve and 61 yeaz Res~den[ Re Stakeholders Meeung July 24, 2001 Dc Peter Raven, Dvector of the Missoun Botamcal Gazden and Pres~dent of the Amencan Assoc~auon for the Advancement of Scsence remmded hts audience at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science m Denver on Monday, July 16 that rt is the duty of all cmzens m a Demceracy to speak up and vo~ce the~r opmion whenever crv~c changes aze planned that affect them Polmcal forces make changes based upon ~deas, which aze presented Employees aze hired based upon theu slulls and experuse and not because of Their knowledge of the environment they aze hired to forge, reclaim and alter Dr ]ohn Schoolland, a photographer and (ocal histonan once stated that all Boulder histonans aze merely people who knew what ex~sted m Boulder before now The problem Pedesmans face m 21" Century Bouider is that ~eazly 100%a of the urban planners only nde m automobiles thus few people seem to comprehend the disasters and monumental problems created by every devilish shortcut to serve the alrrughty automob~le, wh~ch in 1974 cost only $2,600 and now costs $25,000 to own Few caz owners would ever constder standmg m the m~ddle of a blacktopped pazkmg lot for 90 nunutes bemg baked by the sun, d~enched by ~he ram or cl~mb a muuntam of snow p~led at theu bus stop In the 1940's and 1950's many adult women m Boulder wore hats w~th long face veils and gloves to protect the~r sk~n from the blazmg sun at any ume of the year Most bussrops offer absolutely no shade m summer and ~ no protecuon from the solaz wmds and below zero temperamres, heavy rams or beaung hail Bus nders include the worlang poor, peopie whose cazs aze in for repaa, D.U I offenders, and tounsts from out of town These are people who have chosen to conserve energy by not owmng a caz Bus nders accept the trade-off of not bemg able to get places m a hurry because of choice It ~s d~fficult to pazk a caz m many ne~ghborhoods IYs a battlefield earth mrf waz - the pedesmans vs the automotive culmre The b~cycLsts "cnncal mass" theory ~s most mteresUng to all pedesmans This is a theory about chaos m quantum phys~cs, that change is an aberanon of normat behav~or m the heanng and coolmg process The Broadway Bndge has probably not collapsed because the Cuy never pertmtted any runnmg races or mazchmg across the br~dge m~ts recent h~story Back 40 yeazs ago the ennre stretch of Broadway was used for fIomecoaung Pazades down Broadway towazds Pearl Sveet As many as 50 or 60 H~gh School Bands from azou~d the State of Colorado mazched m those pazades The parades ended when one of those homemade 4-wheel go-cart dragsters lost control and crashed ~nto Ihe ciowd neaz Mazme Bu[ could ~f a{so be that the Iocal C~ty Manager (now deceased) fretted about the potenaal that all those bands mazch~ng across [he bndge m~ eh[ cause rts eazly dem~se when Funds [o replace ~t were not available One of Boulder's many problems is that most employers were forced by former local planning solunons to reloca[e [he~r busmesses on the fnnges of the C~ty Lim~[s This means that pedesmans have ro take busses or bicycles ro shop for basic necessmes Th~s can be an all day travelmg expenence 2 hours to get to the desunahon, 2 hours ro complete theu eaands, and 2 hours to remrn home Someumes a pedestnan d~scovers one must walk 6 blocks to get across a street or a bndge due to road or street improvements that block access to deshnatwns Lke busstops Bus dnvers make no excepaons In plamm~g the Gvu Center Yark and Broadway improvemenu these concepu aze important to many pedestnans I) For yeus people who never nde a bus have grven the excuse [hat they couldn't 6nd the busstop ~ because of tree limbs, which blocked the s~gn However, most of those busstops that aze located no where near trees m Spnng, Summer, Fall, and Wmter are seldom if ever used by pedesmans because the eldedy, women wuh children, and people who have walked a nule to get to that busstop wodt stand wazung for a bus they aren't sure vnll show up in 30 nunutes No matter how humble the tree, pedescnans prefer the ~ welcome shade of leaves and geen gass and flower beds 2) The Bmadway Blvd Area from University ro AraQahce is hned w~th trees, green grass, and bus of shade as one walks down [he tull on e~ther s~de of Broadway However, m winter that same pedestnan and bike path on the east s~de of Broadway is often slick wuh a th~p ]ayer of ~ce The Umversily owns most of the property and never attempts to remove the snow due to the mclined slope of the sidewalk down the hill Currendy this ~s a treacherous route ro walk 3 to 7 months of each yeaz Th~s same very wide sidewalk is a favonte with skate6oazders, rollerbladers, and bicyclists. The place freest of ice is way down at the bottom of the hill at Manne Few bicyclists use the approved B~ke Path by the Arboretum prefemng to use the narrow s~dewalk down ro Arapahce Avenue On the west s~de of Broadway be[ween Umvers~ty Ave and Manne [he s~dewalk is narrow and often urban dramage from melhng snow make the azeas azound the wrb cuts mto pools of ~cy water or sheets of ~ce Wheelchau nders find this roo challengmg and difficult so prefer ro catch busses at Arapahce and at any campus stop to go up or down the Unrve~siry Aill When I first heazd of the Umversity's plans ro mrnmg rts property from Umvers~ty to Manne, Broadway to 17'" mto a pazking gazage, l wondered how pedestrians were gomg ro suffer afrer the removal of the trees, grasslands, and the mtroduct~on of hugh black-topped parlung lots and concrete garages Even ~f undergound tunnels aze planned, will the results end up as death vaps m a flash flood flowmg down from Bluebeli Canyon Ocean Journey m Denver has a flash flood exfibrt as a teachmg lesson for azea Gty Engmeers with tunnel vis~on 3) At Broadway and Unrversuy Avenue on the east side there is a busstop m front of a former church People ofren s~t on the stone staucase of th~s Unrversity buddmg while wa~t~ng for busses It would be mce to have a shelter with a bus Ume table at that locauon so ihat new bus nders could know when busses stop rumm~g at mght or begm rumm~g m a mornmg 4) The next busstop ts 4 6locks north at the Broadway Bndge Arapahoe is an mteresung ~ mtersechon Dnvers seem to roll down Broadway from Umversity ro Arapahce at h~gh rates of speed Last summer azound dusk T was on foot headed for the Boulder PubLc Library when an out-ofcontrol dnver rolled at a h~gh rate of speed mto the bushes on the Nor[hwest corner of that mtersecnon It remmded me of the big, round, block of cement at 17'" & H~lls~de erected because so many Broadway dnvers cazeen down Unrversuy to 17'" Street at a h~gh rate of speed to bypass the BroadwaylArapahce s~gnal hghts 5) At Broadway and Arapahoe I envision both bndge busstops to be relocated ro a treeless wmd tunnel mmus grass or flowers closer to Canyon Blvd 6) On the West side of Broadway the next busstop ~s at a Downtown Busmess Managemet Dismct Pazlung Gazage which offers shade, places ro srt down, no mformauon about bus schedules or maps of [he Down[own and only recently put m a concrete gazbage can I[ ~s a very populaz busstop wh~ch could d~splay a map showmg the locahon of the U.S Post Office, the Counhouse, C~ty Mumc~pal Buildmg, the Jusnce Center, the Boulder Pubhc L~brary, the RTD Sfavon, pazlong garages, pubLc phone booths, pubLc resvoom locations, ATM Machmes, bicycle pazkmg locauons, bus schedules, food courts, the Peazl Sveet Mall, play areas for children, the Cenval Pazk, the Dushanbe Tea House, etc Th~s kmd of map ~s so easy to create but it must be poLced for vandal~sm on a da~ly or weekly basis as ~t often attracts graffin art~sts and drug dealers and polincal or commerc~al flyets A City Ordmance m~ght be requued mcludtng a fine for non- approved usage 7) The next busstop o~ the East side of Broadway and Walnut is where plans aze bemg made to plant photographs of h~stonc Boulder There are bushes and could be vees there Whee ~s that area an oven~ Here agam no one thought of a shelter with bus schedule s~gns to serve the Pearl Street Mall ~ 8) The final busstop is at Spruce and Broadway on the east s~de. It has a bench On the west ~ stde the stop is closer ro the Peazl Stree[ Mall bu[ it doesn'[ have a bench for nders wa~ung 90 mmutes for the next SKIP bus Tfus also is a locauon where s~nulaz maps as at Walnut would be valued by pedesmans unfam~har with Boulder's Downtown. Many suburbanrtes aze totally unfamiLaz with master plan city urban plans Suburbs don't have busmess dismcts, they have Malls and an unbelievably lazge number of Amencans have no ~dea of the drfference between counry and c~ty urban plans 9) I happen to hke the shade trees azound the busstops on [he Broadway Bndge and all along Broadway I've l~ved m Boulder long enough to know how miserable it can be to walk 20 squaze blocks of blacktopped parlung lots and concrete sidewalks and veeless cenval boulder The C~ty Manager m 1973 pernutted the removal of most of the vees azound this azea for the creat~on of fresh azchitecture My current gnpes are that almost nobody removes the snow and ~ce from the s~de streets or even on Broadway Trash, Ltter and the smell of human unne greets v~sitors sll too hequendy along w~th graffia vandalism Where pedestnan shelters do exist they aze almost never cleaned up except for tiiose located on the Peazl Street Mall Amenca~s have come to believe rhat pubhc restrooms aze a democrahc guazantee and aze insulted that none ex~st except m high-pnced restaurants I once visited Cmannan, Oh~o on a Gteyhound Bus I went loolang for a Pubhc Resvoom and entered the U S Post O~ce where I was mformed no restroom was available As I exited, I noted the heavy smell of unne and enormous puddles on the ex~t door floor and knew the locals had resolved the matter theu way We who have Irved m Boulder for any ]ength of nme know that our local transient, homeless populahon can be found hangmg out on Peazl Street and azeas m downtown Boulder These shifrless people demand spaze change, mnmidate our guests and use some college-age young person to buy Lquor for them at one of the locai hquor stores Then they go down to Cenffal Park and hang out near the Broadway Bndge because rt is neaz water, p~cmc tables and droopmg bush branches In wmter these bushes become thev snow caves One June Sunday mornmg on my way to work I encountered a group of these homeless men laughmg and [ossmg Vash m[o the Boulder Creek wrthm 15 feet of [he s~gn [ha[ [he C~ty Councii put up to encourage savmg precious water These guys ~ loved to watch the vash swul azound and azound m the heavy runoff bemg deLvered from the Bazker Dam to water users down sVeam I yelled at the guys to qwt polluung the water but L'm sure that message fell on deaf eazs 10) I've no[ed [hat the Boulder Creek Bndge is more than an overpass over a creek I guess there are people who have no concept of why bndges exist The underpass ~s a b~ke path, a lmk to both s~des of Central Pazk The Duch has lazge wheels to open and shu[ the gates so that water can be sent to eastern imgated farm owners Perhaps th~s is the ]ocat~on the planners had thought might sport an overlook for people wantmg [o wa[ch cascadmg water flow over small water falls and lazge boulders planted m[he Boulder Creek I certamty hope nobody was plamm~g l~ttle concrete areas for transiencs to use as urmals and as bedzoom shelters under [fie bndge used by Broadway Vaffic 11) Boulder Creek is also ased by children w~th fishmg poles, fam~Les who go wadmg m the shallow pools neaz [he creek banks, sunba[hers, p~cmc parties on the banks, a playground for toddlers on the west side, kayakers - at least when Boulder hos[ed [he U~ Olymp~c Games [he area from the mouth of [he Canyon [0 9`" S[reet was used for kayak races CurrenHy lots of young athle[u male mbers wi[h b~g, fat mflated nre tubes can be seen floanng from someplace neaz the Boulder PubLc L~brary to downsveam near Buulder High School In the Spnng this area is used for tloaang small duclues down the creek Thus appeazs [o be the really only free Water Worid sponmg locanon available anywhere m Boulder County 12) The Central Pazk ~uelf uses the B~ke Path dunng fesnvals as a pedestnan artery for the commercial tents rented for flea market and sim~lar acnv~hes The B~ke Path is exva w~de because back m 1973 I non•d that b~cycl~scs need the same w~dth space as the width of an automobile A photograph of Red Zmger bicycle racers used to hang on the door at 1720 13ih Street provmg that pomt to future City Planners The Bike Pa[h seems to be mamtamed by snow removal eqmpment But I am always leery of the thm glaze of ice that forms under the Broadway Bndge where the path slopes down and then up on the othet s~de Ofien I've felt ~ the C~ty really ought to close the path wrth the barner gates more frequenUy not~ust m umes of high runoff of Boulder Creek but also on icy days m wmter months I[ would also be desaable for wheelchau and elderly people to have a handrail to hold on to while wallnng ~ down or up steep underpass slopes. I'm sure even bLnd people would apprec~ate a grab baz gwde Nine months of the year we have had relanvely few problems along Broadway or a[ the Gvic Center Broadway Bndge. 7'he other 3 months aze fnghtemng because of the potentlal of fallmg tree limbs at any season we have heavy wmds or unexpected heavy snows and the canopy of trees sports lots of leaves 13) I also wocry about the potennal of inelhng ~cicles dnppmg or breakmg off on unsuspecung pedes~ans I recall m my childhood m Downtown Boulder a hailstorm that dumped 2 yz feet or more of hail on Downtown Boulder rooftops. In our apaztment [he fuewall gave away sending the ha~l and water rushmg down the ms~de wa(1 of our batluoom near the skyLgh[ The roof was repazred but the City Manager reaLzed tha[ the azchrtecture approved m the 19'" Century had not properly taken mto account the need for rooftop des~gns that pernutted hail and heavy snow ro properly dram off clogged rooftops Many ma~or cmes w~th tall skyscrapers have problems with icicles dunng wmter which zs perhaps a common design problem 14) The Boulder Tram Depo[ was ongmally located at 14`" & Water Streets Central Pazk was located where Bank One's former dnve-up facil~ty was located This once sported tall trees, grass, taxicab ofFices, freight delivery wagons and 2 lumberyazds The tram tracks were removed when the trazn owners dec~ded to relocate the lumbec~azds to fnnge locavons east of Boulder The Fust Naaonal Bank purchased land from Broadway to 14 Streets for ~ts buildings and pazlung lo[s and dme-up facihues The trees and grass and picmc tables wece relocated to the azea cioser to the Broadway Bndge and tfie Diuh Company lock 15) Trees have l~fe expectancies Some hve to be 5 years old Some ]rve to be 20 yeazs old Some even manage to reach the age of 65 years or 85 years Few hve very long because the earth around Boulder fias a very th~n crust of acwal soil Beneath the sml ~s a kmd of clay that expands when wet and hazdens when dry The earrh becomes almost as hazd as stone m both wmter and m summer Spnng runoffs soak ~ mto the soil pernutnng ~t to expand and soak m water which drams mto deep caverns beneath the lazge boulders which ex~st under the clay I've never quite understood where the Boulder Creek lazge smooth stones came from I assume m ancient geo]ogic history that chnker rocks were [ossed in the a~r by acuve volcanoes and those that landed neaz Boulder Creek have been worn smooth by the tumblmg waters flowmg from h~gher elevat~ons century afrer century We take geolog~c features forganted m tallang about Central Boulder I recall my C U B~ology teacher pomung out that Boulder Canyon is as old as the Grand Canyon and that Boulder once was the home of the Gulf of Mex~co and an anc~ent sea floor 16) In Ju~e I happened to ask many people about what mountam ~ust west of Boulder had a flag on top of it This ~s a well-known fact to all high school students graduat~ng from local city high schools. To my amazement I learned that even long-time res~dents of Boulder had no idea that F7agstaff Mountain had a flag flymg on top of rt Few could see the flagpole The local na~ves found th~s most amusmg tha[ I had discovered one of the local msider pieces of knowledge My fa[her, PaulStreamer, was one of the local long d~stance runners who managed to carry the flag up to ehe top of F7agstaff Mountam for his Prep Schooi class back when that was a ma~or spnng ume achviry around Boulder before CU Engineenng Days and the Kmehc Conveyance Races we en~oy today m May 17) Many people aze totally unaware that Boulder was known as a mudhole m 1859 When the rtuners arrrved they Lved in tent cit~es and attempted to pan For gold m the waters of Boulder Creek wh~ch of course was a very poor place to pan for gold The ra~lroad people and the nuhtary wanted to d~scover if any kmd of vegetation would grow at this h~gh alutude So farmers were brought m from the M~dwest and foreign countr~es where crops and vegetauon grew m s~milar dryland c~mduwns Pres~dent Grant created Ditch Compames to control the spnng runoffs and store water for the hydroelecmc dams he wanted to create to prov~de elecmcity for runnmg water through p~pes to prov~de mdoor plumbmg, sewer serv~ce and water for growmg farms to make urban area self-suffic~en[ smce Boulder was so very faz away from Ch~cago, Illmo~s and S[ Lows, Missoun ~ 18) Dmosaur bones were acc~dentally discovered m the uea ~ust outside of Golden, Colorado when ~ the ra~lroad was diggmg through a hill m the Denver Formation. At fust it was thought that enormous anc~ent foresu of trees had been uncovered Scholazs from Pnnceton and Yale were summoned by the Radroad to explam the find When the scholazs d~scovered these were the bones of anc~ent iand ammals, all ]nnds of mtellecmals m the Chautauqua Sce~ety around New York wanted to come ro Boulder We became an mtellectual mecca of geolog~sts, b~olog~su, zoolog~sts, botamsts, paleontolog~sts, wnters, ph~losophers, azhsts, rehgious leaders, etc These were followers of Ans[otle and Plato who truly beheved that Boulder could be the new Athens of the Westem World, that philosophers could wly create a new world if only it would be poss~ble to get plants to grow here So an mfamous doctor spent h~s weekends ndmg horseback up and down the FoothiUs of the azea planung the only plant he knew would grow m such rotten cond~UOns - the dandehon Other volun[eers went out with wildflower seed and young imported vee seedlmgs Master gardeners amved who had expenence farmmg and ~ust wanted to renre where the sky was blue most of the yeaz, clouds floated across the sky and ma~esuc mountazns cose ~ust next door to the c~ty along the banks of the Boulder Creek 19) Those w~ldflowers were often puked to extmchon m the 1960's by young people obsessed w~th the colorful little wildflowers o owmg boldly m nearby open space meadows L.ocals needmg w~der streets, highways and housmg chopped down the trees Some of the trees were planted by frmt growers who wanted to make cheay and apple pies and save the fruu tree ~wces for special beverages available to lceals m Iate summer and m the fall In fact the Colorado State Fau was held ~ust east of Peazl and 2S'" SVeets unal very recently when ~t moved to Pueblo and the County Faa was moved to Longmont Fa~rgrounds Local honey was highly pnzed all over [he azea Downtown Boutder even sported the ]azgest honey house m the Umted States at one hme 20) Lots of ammal life Lves along the creek bed of Bouldec Creek When the bank will be d~smrbed by the new bndge construcuon, the first ammals to be disiodged will likely be the rats These aze not cute luUe rats e~ther. They aze az b~g as one's forearm and ~ust as long m length They hve m rock cave h~lls ~ hidden 6y vegetaaon The cuter more populaz animals mclude the front range deer who come down the pedestnan creek path when humans aze not azound - you can see the~r tracks m backyazd snow dnfrs m wmter and someumes encounter one m your garden as I d~d in late May two years ago We have sqmcrels, mountam hons, raccoons, ducks, fl~ckers, tanagers, robms, crows, w~ld cananes, lots of m~gratmg wild bads, a very few p~geons, and ~ust recently I spotted a ch~pmunk ventunng out of the bushes at Bank One's Mam Buildmg on 13'" Street I nuss the Jay B~rds and the woodpeckers I used to see m th~s area I also miss the rnckets, dragonfl~es, butterfl~es, bumblebees, and honeybees Biodrveraty is important m the oas~s of Boulder I strongly doub[ many fish cuttently ]rve m Boulder Creek around Central Pazk The runoff pollunon of beer bo[des, beer cans, grocery carts, plasuc sacks, newspapers, candy wrappers, fumiture, discarded meals, packagmg matenals and other stgns of human acUv~ty would probably kill any fish danng enough to try lrvmg m such a paradise Boulder's Broadway Bivd B~ome is an easily destroyed env~ronmen[ of mVOduced and nanve spec~es of plan[ and ammal Lfe We used [o en~oy [oads and bull snakes m this area of Boulder Creek before 1960 21) The ~dea the ongmal pioneers had used volunteers [o create a new urban image around Boulder Creek and Broadway Blvd The Cultural Scienhfic Tax D~stnct does have resources ro prov~de new sc~entific pro~ects w~th seed money The Denver Botamcal Gazdens is home to the Colorado Seed Bank The Yale, Pnnceton, Vassaz, Radchff, Umversity of Illmo~s, and Purdue Umvers~ty scholazs who made names for themselves m the h~srory of the Unrvers~ry of Colorado perhaps could be found also among current day scholars of s~milaz values Local high school studena w¢h hopes of science cazeers, master gardeners seeking beauty m the~r hves all m~ght be willmg to rally to the cause In ~ts role as Envuonmental Enemeers of the fumre perhaps Boulder m~ght have funds to prov~de gray water wcks to provtde the volunteers wth sources of water to feed the urban designed gardens Volunteers would have to be recruited annually Big deal+ That's merely the reahty of 6vmg short-term m a unrvers~ty commumty where 25,000 people move m and out of our c~ry each yeaz Some school dzstr~cts m Colorado reqmre commumty serv~ce as a part of a studenPs curnculum to get a h~gh school d~ploma 22) Boulder's h~story appears to me to be one of ~overnme~t by default wt by des~gn Some d~saster ~ occurs and the cIIizenry are pohpc¢ed and the leaders aze forced to demand a non-pre-planned "'' ~mprovement based on some appluation used and tested by some other c~ty m the Umted States to resolve Some 51m112t StTU3UOn ~ 23) Among the changes I have witnessed m my l~feame are these a) Cwb wts were done by RTD busses, which ~ust ran over oid curbs [hat dtdn't prov~de room for busses to make right, turns at an mtersecUOn RTD's stated pol~cy was "go ahead and roll on the curbs, the city w~ll then be forced ro replace those curbs with designs useful to wheelcha~rs " b) I wasn't 6om then, 6ut I remember reading tkiat the Chautauqua Pazk tA Downtown Urban Radroad wh~ch ran down Broadway was removed almost immed~ately after a vam caz careened down the h~lls~de from the campus and lulled a woman neaz the mtersechon of Arapahoe and Broadway. I beLeve that is exacdy what I almost w~messed last July at that same mtersecuon when a car rolled mto the bushes at the Northwest corner c) A fire bucned the ongmal Boulder County Courthouse The ciazesvy demanded the bmldmg be replaced wuh stone Boulder was poor then roo So the railroad suggested that ~t was m the process of replacmg its stone bndges and had some old stone to rerycle The recycled bndge stone was what was used to rebmld the Boulder County Courthouse That same rema~mng srone was dumped m a landfill m 1983 because ~t was cons~dered no longer of any value d) I wimessed the Masomc Temple fue m the 1940's It was Boulder's last 14-srory buildmg It was home to several U S govemment World War II Food and Shoe Stamp admm~strahon o~ces, a dance hall, and hotel m add~uon to Walgreen's Drug and Cafetena Across the alley of 14"' Sveet was Boulder C~ty Hall and PoLce Stanon I bel~eve every available fire avck was sent to rescue the hotel dwellers and keep City Hall from burnmg to the ground For yeazs the Southwest corner of 14"' & Peazl Streets remained vacant The Ciry Council decided to relocate City Hall and the Pol~ce Stat~on over at the Southwest comer of Broadway and Water Street neaz the Boulder Creek The ~ railroad had dec~ded that locauon no longer had value as no trams went up Boulder Canyon and the lumberyazd m that uea was movmg furiher east A new bnck 9-story buddmg was conswcted on the Northwest corner of Walnut and 14'" Sveets ro replace the Ctty Hall buildmg The new bmidmg became headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Inveshgations, [he Federal Internal Revenue Serv~ce Office, and several lawyers servmg the Umted States Supreme Court, and on the first 2-stories a new Department Store The Masomc Temple moved to the corner of Broadway and Pme Sveeu construcung ~ts new 2-story locaaon w~th stone It was located next door ro the local Caznegie Boulder PubLc L~brary and mcluded a small parlung lot for use by patrons of the l~brary Walgreen's decrded to replace ~ts shaze of the bmldmg with a one-story drugstore and cafetena and small pazlung lo[ for deLvery veh~cles e) A car ex~ring the bank build~ng dnve-up fac~l~ty at 14th & Walnut streets killed a French female n[tzen The town leaders dec~ded Iha[ for pedes[nan safety reasons, all dnve-up facihhes would have to be built eas[ of Boulder [o preven[ fu[ure [ragedies m a pedestnan env~ronmen[ m Cen[ral Boulder ~ A speedmg caz lalled a retazded woman while she was a[[empang to cross College Avenue & Broadway Blvd The C~ry Planners dec~ded that smce th~s mtersect~on was a ma~or gateway [o rhe Unrversiry of Colorado campus, ~t would be wise to construct an underpass at the mtersechon because traf£c had become too excessrve along Broadway to permit mass crossmgs of pedestnans gomg to and from the Hillstreet Busmess Dismct g) A heavy wmter snowstorm collapsed the roof of the new Faw~ew H~gh School durmg C U Wmter Break a few yeazs ago '.ocal leaders made an agreement w~th the Umvers~ty of Colorado for [he High ^chool students to use the empty campus dunng the wmter break between Semesters whde the roof was bemg repa~red The result was that the high schooi studencs vandalized the campus Norlin Library rugs, glass doors, the Umverstry Memonal Buildmg Booksmre Lockers, broke the donated big ballet muror m the Ballroom Women's Power Room and those were only a few of the changes these ~ teenagers made m vashmg the campus east of Broadway Unfortunately, all the C U Staff were also on wmter break and the C U Pol~ce Force d~dn't have many personnel ~ uound ro superv~se the teenagers h) A solaz wmdstorm lashng an unbel~evable 90 days struck Boulder azound 1969 State Farm Insurance was m chazge of helpmg commumnes cope w~th the cons~stent 110 mph wmds d~saster People accually called State Fazm Insurance Company before they called the Fue Department m emergency sttuauons A s~milaz solaz wmd one day blew down the brand new bnck wal] of a Junror A~gh School bemg bu~lt m Norsh Boulder The local leaders responded to these problems by attempung to encourage t~e down Iaws for roof connecaons and for trailer pazks t) A fire m a wastebasket of a former furmture store azound Peazi and 16'" Streets burned the buildmg to the ground Unfonunately, local cmzen crowds hampered the fire department from putang out the fire The local fire chief responded by forcmg local leaders to msist that all new buildmgs to have mdoor water spnnkters to be built into the ceiLngs of rooms ~) A forest fire m[he Foo[hdls ~us[ West of Boulder provtded Down[own Boulder with plenty of hot smoke one July m the 1994's AAA God had attempted to remove a burnmg p~ece of furmture from h~s home to put out a c~gazette fire The furmture conhnued to bum mto the dry vegetanon surroundmg his home Many homes were burned belongmg to my fr~ends Local leaders decided to encourage the cleanng of land azound mountam structures to prov~de more fire safety Most of the local long-ame Boulder c~hzens were grateful that we had voted m Blue Lme laws to prevent future potenaal traged~es that could have set the enure c~ty of Boulder on fire had people wdlymlly been encouraged to bwld buildmgs above the water table k) Then there was [he pnvate aucraft swcidal p~lot tha[ crashed his a~rcrafr one ho[ summer aftemoon mto a home on Marme Stree[~us[ wes[ of Broadway It is de£mtely a residenUal ne~ghborhood Acmally, ~[ wasn't that faz from [he Boulder PubLc Library and [he local Boulder Mumc~pal Bwldmg The man was s[onng many cans of pamt m h~s gazage He was badly burned m the hot fire that burned his garage and home Our ~ local leaders dec~ded to set up a recychng program for pamt and other hazardous waste products that c~azens irught be stonng m the~r basements, amcs, backyazds, garages, and homes m res~denval neighborhoods 1) I can't forget to menhon the fire at the Ice Wazehouse at 20'" & Peazl Streets, wh~ch was also [he loca[ton of [he only mdoor swimmmg pool m Boulder When i[ burned, mos[ people had long smce gotten elecmc or natural gas refngerators for their homes so the demand for bncks of ~ce from Boulder's own Nederland azea lake was no longer necessazy The lake was changed mto an ice-ska[mg recreahon azea for Boulder crtizens The Spruce Stree[ sw~mmmg pool was replaced w~[h Boulder's very first outdoor swimmmg pool available for use only m summer months Local leaders deaded Boulder was b~g enough ~[ needed a new mdoor recreaUOn gymnasium for adu]ts and a swimmmg pool for yeaz-round use The Boutder Recreauon Distnct was created to fund this program and a locanon was found m North Boulder nght neaz Broadway m) Bu[, by faz the most m[erestmg disas[er was the response of Ihe Gry of Boulder to the B~g Thompson F7ood on the Cen[enmal Anmversary of the Sta[e of Colorado I[ was about 6 45 p m when a most magmficent flash of lightnmg could be seen ~ust up Boulder Canyon m the h~gh mountam crevasse About 25 mmutes after that flash of hghtmng 135 people drown Many of these vichms had ~ust recently returned from seemg the mov~e called "Noah's Ark" which was showmg m a Loveland mov~e house The previous flash flood occurred azound the summer of 1936 m that same valley Fewer people were affected dunng that flash flood which mainly eroded roads The reacuon of local Boulder citizens was one of stunned silence the remammg Old Test ~ment Church Commumhes elected to sell the~r church property and relocate to sa~er envvonments away from the moun[ams The Umvers~ty of Colotado Medical commumty noted that the flood energ~zed Ihe mentally challenged commumty who fel[ suddenly engaged [o become mdepe~dent and take on respons~b~Lty whi]e the seemmgly able-bod~ed cmzenry seemed paralyzed w~th fear Soc~al Serv~ces felt more programs for ~ mdependent lrvmg for handicapped people should be developed ~ n) That wasn't the only flood I wimessed duecUy m my lifeume In the summer of 1950 when I was 10 years old I decided to walk up Broadway to v~sit a fnend that Lved west of ~ Broadway about 10'" Street and Umversity Avenue. There was a flash of lightmng and it star[ed rammg so I humed along so I wouldn't get too wet. As I ran along Uruversiry Avenue I noted that most of the homes had 3 foot cement staucases ]eadmg up ro the~r front doors For some unknown Feason I elected to suddenly chmb one of those sta~rcases neares[ to me because my fee[ were getung very wet As I reached the top stair, I turned azound and [o my amazement saw that [he water flowmg from Bluebell Canyon was lappmg at the top of that staucase as rt flowed down Umvers~ty Avenue past me I have always respected the Chautauqua azea azctutects ever smce that ume E~ther they had wimessed the urban dramage as fiomes were bemg conswcted or were ~ust takmg roexpensive arch~tecNral measures to construct entrances to homes built on a slope In any case I I~ved ro say "I survrved my first flood m my Lfeame" o) In 1965 I well recall the flood that began ~ust as the C U Graduauon ceremomes were begmmng It w~ped out all the bndges along Boulder Creek except for a couple. the Broadway Bndge and the other was the 30`~ Street Bndge To get to work I had to walk on the water sewer culvert crossmg the creek at Folsom W ater was lappmg at the base of the culvert as some fireman encouraged me to ~ust walk across I~ke ~t was no b~g deal but I wasn't to look down under any c~rwmstance When I amved at work, my employer said I tooked hke a drown rat and he wasn't bemg comphmentary Local leaders began replacmg those $oulder Creek Bndges that very day. The fust, of course, bemg the one ro serve the University of Colorado at Folsom p) Mother famous Broadway F1ood occurred m North Boulder where the Boulder County Health and Sonal Sernce Depar[ment Offices aze located on Ins Avenue I had ~ust amved at work at 8 00 a m when a mad man surpnsed the staff wrth an ulumatum to leave the bmldmg at once no purses, no coats, no azguments It haddt been ra~mng when we had entered [he butldmg seconds before but as we emerged outs~de, we d~scovered ice-cold water ]appmg at our kneecaps floodmg the pazkmg loc A strange woman drove me to safety Jamestown and IBM's plant were cut off from Boulder for several months ~"'` as roads were rebuilt Md the Iceai leaders response was that the Gty L~rtuts of Boulder ~r~' should be moved further north to enforce buildtng ordmances and prov~de more flood proofing soluhons q) The concep[ of "Modest Elegance" ~sn't qmte as quam[ a philosophy to Boulder as some people thmk Actualty, the nauve ph~losophy is "D~saster ~s always wamng ro happen m Boulder so better be prepared for the wors[ The d~saster rtught be even worse than you ever ~magmed " The philosophy of recychng is also very old m Boulder Many [hmgs of senamental value have 6een salvaged, reclumed and re-used Maybe it began dunng World War I when no[hmg new was available so that the eqmpment used dunng Gvil Waz rmmng operaaons had to be restored by the newiy tramed CU engmeers Wood from farmhouses bemg torn down back East was sh~pped West ro bwld homes because Boulder had no woodlands or raw materiai to construct shel[ers Fum~ture was always passed around, reused, restored, and reso~d unh] IIs useful Lfe was long gone The same was We of clo[hmg All [hese exchange places used to be located m downtown Boulder o~ Peazl SVeet unnl newcomers re~ected the idea of makmg do and wanted some[hmg new r) Among the changes newcomers have demanded was that each home be eqmpped with more than one telephone hne Imually th~s was ~ust for cable 1"V but now rt also serves mulaple hnes for fax machmes, computer connectwns, web sites, pnvate hnes for several household members, etc I was told that the Broadway Blvd Improvements would mcluded the h~stonc replacer~ent of water, sewer, and cable hnes s~multaneously wrth the alterations of Broadway ro cement This ~s a real alteraz~on m thmking because always m the past, sveets have been ~mproved and withm days been torn up agam to lay down fresh uuLty d~smct Lnes to mess up the biacktop s) It ~s important to note that one mornmg as I walked towards the Boulder Publ~c Library on the nonhwest s~dewalk of Arapahoe I encountered at first L~brary Parkmg Lot mtersection cars stopped from every angie A truck exihng the L~brary Lot was blockmg ~ the pedestnan crosswalk. So I ~ust stood the~r wamng for him to move An tmpauent ~ woman dnver on [he 1050 Arapahce s~de of the mtersect~on swung azound with a hasty lefr turn mto the L~brary Pazlnng L.oc Then the truck backed up and all the cazs made theit left rurns while I was crossmg che uny mtersecuon reserved for pedestrians Then the ffuck dnver made h~s lefr tum belund me. At that pomt I began screammg at the woman exmng her caz that I could have been a child tfiat she fiad hit m her hasce that I was merely waiLng for the wck dnver to back-up so I could cross the sVeet safe]y m front of him and that pedesmans had the law on theu side m th~s azea W~thm 2 days I encountered a large biack o~l drum planted m the middle of that mtersecuon wrth a b~g s~gn readmg "Stop for Pedestr~ans It's a Colorado I.aw " Actually, I've noted that h~ghway engmeers aze expionng several ways to encourage dmers [o stop for pedesmans short of puttmg m vaffic s~gnals These aze at mtersecuons neaz Broadway on Canyon Blvd , Arapahoe, and on Broadway neaz the CU Campus Regent RTD srop 90% of the dnvers must be usmg theu cellulaz phone or playmg follow the teader Many dnvers pay no a[[enhon to the vanety of pedesman crossmg messages unless [he drrver m[he lead slows down and acmally stops I've even wnnessed Bou]der Pol~ce cars v~olate these s~gnals to slow down and stop for pedestnans to cross The people who do obey are obv~ously people who have stopped before m this mtersection and are very cons~derace of people on foot or on btcycles or m wheelcha¢s IPs mtereshng how humans respond to change m Boulder Surv~vors often emote a sense of feelmg "But isn't ~f a beauuful new day~" While those unable to cope seem to pack up and move away to get away from contact with Mother Nature's extceme wea[her forces havmg lost whatever they had mvested ihea hfe savmgs m be rt a house, a busmess, a garden, ~ewelry, fumrture, books, photographs, etc These are the pcople who tell you that they wan[ to Lve anywhere but Boulder and cadt wau [o get ou[ of thfs homd place Th~s ~s my response to the alteraUOns planned for [he Gry of my b~rth I was born on Broadway ~ust abou[ ^1 a uvle north of the Crvic Center Broadway Bndge ~mprovement As a ch~id I collected mmnows m the rr~ sveam bank near the Mumcipal Buildmg and was mformed I had done a bad, bad thmg removmg those fingerlmg fish from the~r namral hab~tat I put the fish back and I was rewazded w~th bemg the proud caretaker of 2 newly purchased bnght orange gold fish living m their very ow~ fish bowl Cunently m 2001 I can boast of bemg a guide and caretaker at Ocean Journey Thece I can mform people about the many kmds of bio-drverse hfe famil~az ro my childhood near the Broadway Bndge wh~ch sadly is not always around where I remembered seemg them as I en~oyed Boulder Creek as a child and young adult ~