By Dom Nozzi
March 27, 2018
Historically, anti-city and anti-environment folks were in force in places like Houston and Phoenix and Atlanta and Buffalo. They fought hard and successfully for:
- Easing car travel and car parking.
- Providing more open space and larger setbacks.
- Opposing parking supply restrictions and opposing parking pricing.
- Opposing road diets.
- Opposing road tolls.
- Supporting highway widenings and overpasses.
- Lowering densities and increasing fees to the point where new development is unaffordable (an indirect way to stop development and growth).
- Keeping buildings no taller than 1 or 2 stories.
- “Protecting” neighborhoods against infill, mixed use, co-ops, and backyard cottages.
All of these are anti-city (and anti-environment) efforts.
I don’t want Boulder, Colorado (the city I live in) to follow the path of Houston or Phoenix or Atlanta or Buffalo. And that is an important reason why I am so troubled that so many in Boulder have aggressively promoted (and continue to promote) the tactics I list above that were so strongly pushed in cities such as Houston and Phoenix.
Tactics that ironically made places such as Houston and Phoenix the awful places they are today.