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Past articles by Shay:

“Opportunity-free zone”: Council bans development, demolition in east Boulder

After an hours-long discussion and with the clock nearing 1 a.m. Wednesday, Boulder City Council voted 6-3 to temporarily ban development of office space and demolition of apartment buildings in a broad eastern swath of the city designated as a federal opportunity zone. → Read More

Police begin ticketing of cars, campers at Boulder’s Diagonal Plaza

Boulder police have handed out 96 tickets to people living in their vehicles in Diagonal Plaza since Friday, after calls from businesses and a city council member to enforce the property's ban on overnight parking. → Read More

Boulder says no to big home ban, but council urges action

Boulder will not pursue a moratorium on homes of a certain size, city council decided Tuesday night, but will act quickly to develop regulations that will encourage smaller dwellings and may include a cap on how big houses can be. → Read More

As Boulder assault weapons ban looms, authorities have certified 85 firearms

Boulder police have certified 85 assault weapons to residents with less than a month to go before all such firearms will need to be verified or removed from the city. → Read More

Boulder will ask residents to weigh library district

City council will turn the question of how best to pay for Boulder's wildly popular library system over to residents, as the library's board pushes for a special tax district as a stable source of funding. → Read More

Boulder to revisit rules on predatory towing

Boulder will revisit tighter towing rules in the near and distant future after a discussion over ways to limit impacts on low-income residents spanned several hours Thursday night. → Read More

Boulder City Council to tackle predatory towing at Thursday meeting

City Council on Thursday will consider restrictions on what towing companies can do and how much they can charge in a bid to protect low-income and minority residents whom elected officials allege are being unfairly targeted. → Read More

A tale of two taxes: High cost of sugary drinks in Boulder helps residents, but burdens businesses

Because of the tax, passed in 2016 by 53.9 percent of voters, Tracy is able to feed her family fresh fruits and vegetables, purchased from the Boulder Farmers Market with vouchers paid for by the revenues. She often buys in bulk to get lower prices, canning and freezing peaches, raspberries, carrots — all organic — for year-round consumption. → Read More

High cost of sugary drinks in Boulder helps residents, but burdens businesses

Rachel Tracy and Matthew Sponenberg have never met. They live in separate cities, lead separate lives. But they are linked by a measure that has affected them both in very different ways: Boulder's tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. → Read More

Boulder eyes new car fee to combat climate change

City council on Tuesday weighed a possible new fee on cars, aimed at shoring up dwindling funds for financing Boulder's climate goals. → Read More

In era of online shopping, does Boulder’s retail-saving strategy make sense?

Boulder's City Council is on a mission to save small, local shops. A wave of recent closures and redevelopment has inspired a commitment to providing affordable space and attempts to prevent the scraping of business establishments. → Read More

“We cannot govern by ambush”: Boulder backs off emergency ban on building new “McMansions”

The Boulder City Council did not pursue an emergency ban on so-called "McMansions" on Tuesday night after an outpouring of comments from homeowners and builders frustrated over the rushed public process. → Read More

Boulder Council schedules emergency vote to limit mansions

Boulder's move to limit the spread of McMansions is speeding up, as the City Council scheduled an emergency vote on a measure that will either temporarily outlaw large homes or make them more expensive to build. → Read More

With downtown bus station over capacity, Boulder eyes temporary, long-term fixes

More than 3,800 people stream through downtown Boulder's bus station on a typical weekday, taking an average of 1,200 bus trips in and out of town -- more bus trips than at Denver's Union Station, which also is a hub for light rail. → Read More

Student housing developer buys Boulder Liquor Mart property for $16.6M

A piece of land home to Liquor Mart, a longtime Boulder retail business, has been purchased by a Chicago development company for $16.6 million, according to property records. → Read More

Longtime Boulder Creek Festival producer out, alleging unfair process

The longtime local operator of Boulder Creek Festival is alleging an unfair process after been replaced by a for-profit, out-of-town company to run the event. → Read More

Boulder’s Bustop strip club, shuttered after 42 years, to be sent off with “conscious” dance event

There will be dancing once again at The Bustop, part of a pre-demolition celebration to mark the transition of north Boulder’s now-shuttered strip club into an arts space and 53 permanently affordable apartments. → Read More

Boulder names Ramat HaNegev sister city in heated meeting

"Israel, with all its challenges, is still a thriving democracy," said Rabbi Fred Greene. "There are people within Ramat HaNegev who are advocating" for minorities and protesting government action. → Read More

Boulder makes Israeli region a sister city despite heated opposition

Passion was plentiful in the discussion Thursday night over a proposal to make a region of Israel Boulder's ninth sister city. Council approved the sister city relationship with Ramat HaNegev, Israel, and another with Kathmandu, Nepal, unanimously on a 7-0 vote. → Read More

Boulder’s Bridge House, Har HaShem get creative in housing formerly homeless

Misti Doyle doesn’t remember the last time she lived had proper housing. → Read More