What Sets This Colorado Community Apart
If one concept sets this town apart from countless others dotting the landscape, it is the Boulder open space policy. A simple idea that over time has created a one-of-a-kind community. Most importantly, the Boulder open space policy continues to drive development (or a lack thereof), community and happiness.
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Lets Break It Down
300 Days of Sunshine
Boulder is known for being a very sunny spot. It’s beautiful here. I’m looking out a window ow a I type, little clouds dot a robin blue backdrop. Sure, its cool today (it’s winter as I jot this). But the sunshine warms the soul. And thanks to the innovative Boulder open space concept, there are trails, green spaces, undeveloped close-in mountains all within reach.
By comparison, some places around the country are not only dull and gray, but you need to drive hours to get to the outdoors. Not here. Subsequently, you can have it all. A great place to work, live and relax. All within walking distance.
Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
That’s the official language for Boulder open space. This undeveloped land serves as a beautiful backdrop. A playground for outdoor activities. A recipe for relaxation that feeds body and soul. And consequently keeps encroaching development at bay.
Boulder Open Space Trail Users
- Walkers (frequently with pets on a leash)
- Horseback Riders
- Bicyclists (one of my favorite activities)
- Snow shoe enthusiasts & the occasional cross country skier
The OSMP Mission
OSMP has a beautiful mission. The preservation of the land and its natural beauty that defines the community. I’ve always thought the community embarked on the preservation of the land starting in the early nineteen seventies. But in fact, the very first bond was issued in 1898, with the funds being used to secure present day Chautauqua.
And ever since, the city, county and surrounding towns have approved additional financial resources to increase the open space lands that characterize the community.
Open Space Policy Downsides
While having all this natural beauty and parks and trails is amazing, there is a price to pay. Development tends to be rather constricted. We live in a bubble of high population density. While songs and pop culture speak of wide open spaces in the American West, you’ll find that most of Boulder lives in a rather small area, unable to expand along the edges.
First of all, this lack of space results in rather expensive real estate prices. Secondly, it can result in Locals feeling priced out of their own community. Its not uncommon to be surprised to meet someone actually born and raised in Boulder. We are a community built on relocation!
Lately there is also a bit of a fuss over fracking. As the energy industry pushes into Colorado, many of the pristine open spaces surrounding the city look like drilling sites for fracking, not beloved Boulder open space!
The Most Sought After Landscape
To summarize, you’ll find that Boulder open space really defines the character of the community. The most highly sought homes border the beauty of Boulder’s open spaces. The trifecta is backing to open space, with a stunning view of the Flatirons and located west of Broadway. Check out some Devil’s Thumb, a neighborhood that exemplifies backing to open spaces.