Settled in 1858 and incorporated in 1871 the city of Boulder began with approximately 343 residence and today has more than 100,000 who more commonly call themselves Boulderite’s. The city is located in Boulder Valley where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains Just west of the city are imposing slabs of sedimentary stone tilted up on the foothills, known as the Flatirons. The Flatirons are a widely recognized symbol of Boulder.
Boulder is famous for its colorful Western history, being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s, and as home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest university. Furthermore, the city of Boulder frequently acquires top rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, education, and art. The partial list below shows some of the nominations.
- The 10 Happiest Cities – # 1 – Moneywatch.bnet.com
- Top Brainiest Cities – No. 1 – Portfolio.com
- Ten Best Cities for the Next Decade – 4th – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine
- Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index – No. 1 – USA Today
- Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid – No. 1 – Backpacker Magazine
- America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well – No. 1 – Forbes.com
- Top 10 Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire – No. 6 – AARP magazine
- Top 10 Cities for Artists – No. 8 – Business Week
- Lesser-Known LGBT Family-Friendly Cities – No. 1 – Wearegoodkin.com
- America’s Foodiest Town – No. 1 – Bon Appetit magazine
Boulder is surrounded by thousands of acres of recreational open space, conservation easements, and nature preserves. Almost 60% (35,584 acres (144.00 km2)) of open space (61,529 acres (249.00 km2)) is open to the public.
Rock climbing is found near the small unincorporated community of Eldorado Springs, south of Boulder. There are also climbing routes available in the city open space, including climbing routes of varying difficulty on the Flatirons themselves (traditional protection). Boulder Canyon (sport), directly west of downtown Boulder, also has many routes. All three of these areas are affected by seasonal closures for wildlife.
Boulder has hosted a 10 km road run, the Bolder Boulder, on Memorial Day, every year since 1979. The race involves over 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair racers, making it one of the largest road races in the world. It has the largest non-marathon prize purse in road racing. The race culminates at Folsom Field with a Memorial Day Tribute. The 2007 race featured over 54,000 runners, walkers, and wheelchair racers, making it the largest race in the US in which all participants are timed and the fifth largest road race in the world.
April 20 (4/20)
Every year on April 20, thousands of people have gathered on the CU Boulder campus to smoke marijuana at and before 4:20 pm. The 2010 head count was officially between 8,000 and 15,000 with some discrepancy between the local papers and the University administrators (who have been thought to have been attempting to downplay the event). Eleven tickets were given out whereas the year before there were only two. 2011 was the last year of mass 4/20 partying at CU as the university, in 2012, took a hard stance against 4/20 activities, closing the campus to visitors for the day, using smelly fish fertilizer to discourage gathering at the traditional Norlin Quad, and having out-of-town law enforcement agencies help secure the campus. In 2013, 4/20 fell on a Saturday; the university continued the 4/20 party ban and, again, closed the campus to visitors.
Boulder Cruiser Ride
The Boulder Cruiser Ride is a weekly bicycle ride in Boulder Colorado. The Boulder Cruiser Ride grew from a group of friends and friends of friends riding bicycles around Boulder into “an all out public mob”. Some enthusiasts gather wearing costumes and decorating their bikes; themes are an integral part of the cruiser tradition. Boulder Police began following the cruiser ride as it gained in popularity. Issues with underage drinking, reckless bicycle riding, and other nuisance complaints led organizers to drop the cruiser ride as a public event. Returning to an underground format, where enthusiasts must become part of the social network before gaining access to event sites, the Boulder Cruiser Ride has continued as a local tradition. On May 30, 2013 over 400 riders attended the Thursday night Cruiser Ride in honor of “Big Boy”, an elk that was shot and killed on New Years Day by an off duty Boulder Police officer.
Boulder, well known for its bicycle culture, boasts hundreds of miles of bicycle-pedestrian paths, lanes, and routes that interconnect to create a renowned network of bikeways usable year-round. Boulder has 74 bike and pedestrian underpasses that facilitate safer and uninterrupted travel throughout much of the city. The city offers a route-finding website that allows users to map personalized bike routes around the city.
In May, 2011, B-cycle bike-sharing opened in Boulder with 100 red bikes and 12 stations.
Government preservation of open space around Boulder began with the Congress of the United States approving the allocation of 1,800 acres (7.3 km2) of mountain backdrop/watershed extending from South Boulder Creek to Sunshine Canyon in 1899.
Since then, Boulder has adopted a policy of controlled urban expansion. In 1959, city voters approved the “Blue Line” city-charter amendment which restricted city water service to altitudes below 5,750 feet (1,750 m), in an effort to protect the mountain backdrop from development. In 1967, city voters approved a dedicated sales tax for the acquisition of open space in an effort to contain urban sprawl. In 1970, Boulder created a “comprehensive plan” that would dictate future zoning, transportation, and urban planning decisions. Hoping to preserve residents’ views of the mountains, in 1972, the city enacted an ordinance limiting the height of newly constructed buildings. A Historic-Preservation Code was passed in 1974, and a residential-growth management ordinance (the Danish Plan) in 1976.
The City of Boulder has created an Urban Wildlife Management Plan which sets policies for managing and protecting urban wildlife. Also, the city’s parks department has volunteers who monitor parks (including wetlands, lakes, etc.) to protect ecosystems. From time to time, parks and hiking trails are closed to conserve or restore ecosystems. Traditionally, Boulder has avoided the use of chemical pesticides for controlling the insect population. However, with the threat of West Nile Virus, the city began an integrative plan to control the mosquito population in 2003 that includes chemical pesticides. Residents can opt-out of the program by contacting the city and asking that their areas not be sprayed.
Also in 2005, the city experimented with using goats for weed control in environmentally sensitive areas. Goats naturally consume diffuse knapweed and Canada thistle, and although the program was not as effective as it was hoped, goats will still be considered in the future weed control projects. In 2010, goats were used to keep weeds under control at the Boulder Reservoir.
In popular culture
Woody Allen’s Sleeper. was filmed on location in Boulder. Some houses and the Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (designed by I. M. Pei) were used in the film.
Boulder was a setting for Stephen King’s book The Stand (1978), as the gathering point for the survivors of the superflu. King lived in Boulder for a little less than a year, beginning in the autumn of 1974, and wrote The Shining (1977) during this period.
The sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–1982) was set in Boulder, with 1619 Pine St. serving as the exterior shot of Mindy’s home, and the New York Deli, a restaurant on the Pearl Street Mall, was also featured prominently.
In the American adaption of the English television comedy The Office, Steve Carell’s character Michael leaves the show in season 7 and in the show, he and his fiancée move to Boulder.
The TV show Make It or Break It about elite gymnasts is set in Boulder
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City of Boulder – Official Boulder City website
City of Boulder Permit Process – Permit information inside the City of Boulder.
City of Boulder Rental Housing – Rental housing licensing and information.
Downtown Boulder – Everything to do with shopping, lodging, restaurants, services and entertainment & events
Boulder County – Official county website
Boulder County Flood – County flood recovery website
Boulder County License, Permits & Records – Access public records and apply for licenses and permits. Find statistic about building permits and information about elections, voter registration, and vehicle licenses.
ReSource Boulder – Selling reclaimed building materials at affordable rates and reduces landfill waste.
McGuckin Hardware – Boulders everything store.