Randal O’Toole of the Independence Institute confirms what we’ve known all along–that forced affordable housing programs don’t work and amount to government engineering of local real estate markets.
Fortunately, Longmont City Council under Mayor Bryan Baum repealed its Inclusionary Zoning ordinance in 2011. But in true far-left fashion, the city of Boulder continues its affordable housing program at an outlandish20% mandate to builders.
The unsurprising failure of Denver’s ‘affordable housing’ ordinance
By Randal O’Toole
Denver’s urban-growth boundary has made housing expensive. More than a decade ago, the city blamed “failure by the private market to produce enough affordable housing” (see p. 5). To fix this “failure,” the city required developers to build “affordable housing.” Now, the city admits that this ordinance is a failure. Continue reading →
It was an honor and privilege to call Percy Conarroe a friend and confidant. If you’ve read this website or its earlier versions you saw that he was a contributor of great value. He passed away recently at the age of 86. In true Percy fashion, he didn’t want flowers but instead requested that you write a letter to the editor about something you care about. I’ve tired of the local paper turning down my opinion pieces while they let far worse through, so being the editor of this website I’ll write here about something I care about – or in this case someone I cared about, Percy Conarroe. Continue reading →
By Bob Greenlee
Posted: 06/10/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
Things may never be perfect enough for some Boulder citizens even though, according to a recent Gallup poll, the city boasts having the happiest residents of any city in the United States. Continue reading →
(This is obviously an April Fools joke. But that doesn’t make it a bad idea)
LONGMONT – An idea that many in Longmont say is long overdue. A City and County of Longmont? Not exactly.
Longmont’s Mayor Bryan Baum and Firestone’s Mayor Chad Auer, along with administrators from Mead, Dacono, Lyons, and Frederick are in talks of creating a new county – with the working name “St. Vrain County”.
It would encompass those cities plus extend westward to the Grand County line to include the Eldora Ski Area, which has complained for decades of living under the “iron fist of Boulder County”. Continue reading →
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