In June, 2016, David Adamson, Leonard May and Karen Klerman convened an informal group of Boulder residents from diverse backgrounds to meet several times per month over coffee at Vic’s on Broadway’s Back Porch to discuss ways to address the need for housing affordable to moderate and middle income households (60-150% of Area Median Income). Although many in our group might seemingly be from opposing camps on growth and development issues, we have come together in a proactive and good faith effort to brainstorm suggestions without attachments to camps or ideologies. We have had numerous, hour+ long conversations with significant alignment of opinion, conclusions from analysis of data and regulations, and consensus around key themes.
Our participants are affiliated with, but not representing, many community organizations and perspectives: David Adamson (Goose Creek CLT), Leonard May (Architect, Plan Boulder County Board, Planning Board), Karen Klerman (Banker, BHP Board Chair), Scott Holton (Element Properties), Dan Powers (ED Boulder Tomorrow/CO Labs), Leslie Durgin (former mayor working with BHP and Boulder Chamber) and Roger Lewis (consultant to social enterprises like Urban Land Conservancy, formerly with Thistle Community Housing). Doug Parker, formerly of Big Horn Builders and Boulder County and now active with BoCo Strong, and Diane Caile of Community Oriented Real Estate and Goose Creek board member joined us later in the process.
We exist to bring forward innovative solutions that can be tried, evaluated and inform further, larger efforts to provide durable affordable housing options. We will help to move these ideas forward by developing a strong, diverse coalition to build the political will to ensure the Boulder area remains a healthy community for generations of today and tomorrow.