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Thursday, May 21,2015

The return of the ferret

By Paul Danish
One reason the feds are hot to turn the Arsenal into a pied-a-terre for the pieds noirs is because of the ferrets’ fondness for prairie dog. Each ferret is expected to eat between 100 and 150 prairie dogs a year (16,000 to 24,000 for 160 ferrets) according to refuge manager Dave Lucas.
Thursday, May 14,2015

The campaign to pass the Danish Plan

By Paul Danish
The campaign to pass the Danish Plan began in August 1976 with a panicked phone call to me from Councilwoman and future Mayor Ruth Correll. She wanted to know why the Danish Plan (officially called the Slow Growth ordinance) didn’t exempt affordable housing from its growth limits.
Thursday, May 7,2015

The road to the Danish Plan

By Paul Danish
It would be wrong to say that Boulder wasn’t concerned about growth until 1971. In the 1950s and 1960s Boulder was plenty concerned about growth — specifically about how to get more of it. And over the next 20 years, Boulder got the growth it wanted — good and hard.
Thursday, April 30,2015

The Danish Plan recalled

By Paul Danish
Participants in Boulder’s current conversation about growth are starting to allude to the Danish Plan, the growth control ordinance I wrote in 1976 that was adopted by a vote of the people in the November election that year, so I thought I’d provide some background on it — starting with what it said and didn’t say.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Boulder’s insane densification

By Paul Danish
The council’s land use and development decisions, motivated by a mindless, delusional obsession with affordable housing (whatever that is) and sustainability (whatever that means) has led to an explosion of dense, ugly development that is destroying...
Thursday, April 2,2015

How to provide higher learning at a lower price

By Paul Danish
In the 17th and 18th centuries, indentured servitude was your ticket to America if you couldn’t afford a ticket. And most folks couldn’t — because passage to America back then cost the equivalent of about seven years’ wages.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Putin and anti-fracking activism

By Paul Danish
Harold Hamm, the multibillionaire oilman who is president of Continental Resources, the company that is the biggest player in North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil patch, raised some eyebrows last week when he said the Russians were financing the anti-fracking movement in the United States.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Obama’s happy dance with Iran

By Paul Danish
The agreement will allow Iran to keep most of its existing nuclear infrastructure, which is approaching the size and scope of the Manhattan Project’s, with America’s blessing — while imposing flaccid limits on the number of uranium enrichment...
Thursday, February 19,2015

Boulder needs a municipal oil company

By Paul Danish
Many Boulder residents chafe under the tyranny of Big Oil, which supplies the gasoline, natural gas and asphalt in the Whole Foods parking lot on which their survival depends. But fortunately, there is a way to rescue the city from the talons of Big Oil. (Just as all babies are beautiful, all dogs are good and all bicyclists are Little Lord Fauntleroys, all oil companies are Big.) Anyway, if you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em. Boulder should start its own oil company.
Thursday, February 5,2015


By Paul Danish
“It is long past time to hold polluters responsible for their failures. The public is time and again asked to shoulder the burden of toxic spills occurring as a result of carelessness, ignorance, shoddy workmanship or cutting of corners in service of the bottom.