‘Boulder is just a boulder’: ‘The people who built this are just the same’
In a move that would shock most of the country, Boulder residents are moving their homes to the foothills.
The move, announced Thursday morning, will bring about 200 homes to Boulder, where residents have lived for more than a century.
But Boulder Mayor Greg Fischer called the move “a big victory” and said the city would not be forced to abandon its historic center.
“The people of Boulder are the best in the country,” Fischer said.
“We are going to continue to build and build and create jobs, and we’re going to keep doing that.”
The Boulder City Council approved a resolution in March asking Fischer to “reaffirm Boulder’s position as a destination for the 21st century.”
The resolution was a first step in Boulder’s quest to get a second chance.
It was a move some residents were thrilled to see happen.
“I’m a Boulderite, so I know what it’s like to have a house moving from the city to the mountains,” said Dan Dreyer, who moved his home in downtown Boulder from the West End to downtown Boulder.
“I feel like this is a great opportunity to make Boulder a more attractive place for families and businesses to live.”
The move has been a long time coming, with residents in Boulder first making the move in the late 1970s.
Then, after a series of events that led to a landmark citywide referendum in 1989, the city began planning for a citywide housing market that would allow Boulder residents to rent out their homes.
Since then, Boulder has seen the population grow from about 5,000 in 1970 to more than 22,000 today.
“For a while, we were a little worried, ‘Why is Boulder growing?'” said Dreyar, who lives in the West Hills.
“But I’ve had so much success with my business, and I’ve always felt like Boulder has been here and is a city to be proud of.”
Boulder was voted the third-most-populous city in the U.S. by the Brookings Institution in a 2011 ranking.
The Brookings Institute also ranked Boulder among the top five most economically vibrant cities in the world.
The Boulder city council unanimously approved the resolution Wednesday.
Boulder is not alone in this effort.
Many cities and towns around the country have also decided to move to the mountain.
“There’s a lot of momentum in Boulder to move,” Fischer told The Huffington 9.
“And I think we’ve seen that in our city.”
The city council is expected to vote on the new move Thursday morning.