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Visions of Vibrancy: Boulder, Colorado
« on: December 24, 2015, 07:25:01 AM »
Visions of Vibrancy: Boulder, Colorado



The vibrancy of cities come in all shapes and sizes. Many believe that what works in small town settings may not be applicable for cities such as Jacksonville, which have struggled with embracing walkability. If we look hard enough, we may realize that this type of view should be challenged. Despite the diversity around the globe, all lively cities, downtowns, and urban cores have something in common: being pedestrian friendly. Today, Metro Jacksonville highlights Boulder, Colorado.

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Re: Visions of Vibrancy: Boulder, Colorado
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2015, 07:37:04 AM »
Summer scenes are particularly appealing..........high of 27 in Denver today.   At least it's a Dry Cold.......  ;)
Colorado!....The Chamber Of Commerce State!
Jacksonville surf temp just under 70.......outstanding walk,bike.......kayak conditions.

Family members and friends have moved from Jacksonville to Boulder and adjacent area. Very interesting, temporary fits of inclination to return, particularly this time of year. Seems much of the Boulder Scene attraction sums up as intangible."Attitude","Energy" common references.
Appreciated the reference to "Brainiest" demographic.
"Windshield Wilderness" aspects too.......commonly viewed in the distance, the mountains, public lands. Similar to our "Beach Effect".  A Boulder favorite bike and walk trail might be no further from home than say, Baldwin Trail here, but when you can view half hour auto drive destination from a coffee shop in downtown Boulder it all seems oh so especially accessible.

Building architecture,viewscape certainly lends to walk/bike euphoria.

Space. Pedestrian paths,quality bike routes require space.Space- the final walk & bike frontier.So obvious that reminder is often in order.

Certainly there are pedestrian and cycling accommodation elements.Boulder in-town bike accommodation is indeed admirable.I have heard that Boulder's approach has included outright copy of other cities' efforts.
Present day Boulder is the result of many decades metamorphic. I first visited in 1974.The concept of lands purchase to reserve from development and place in public use was seemingly a bold Boulder signature,just one element of Boulder "Energy",outlook.
During the same era,South Florida engaged in even more strident efforts at curbing sprawl,Big Cypress Preserve but one clear example.Boulder some how commands the Chamber Placement "A+" Award.Jacksonville in fact an equal,and then some.It's not the size of the city,but rather the size of the noggin,you know,"Energy".  8)
Northeast Florida,Duval county can proudly refer to similar accomplishments. Are there key opportunities still?

A while back Denver's Mayor suffered a broken bone due to cycling boo boo...a Badge of Honor!
Colorado's Governor has promoted, embraced Colorado as a National Bike Friendly State.The efforts include bonafide staff, planning and $$$.

I recall early promotions and "Visions" for Oak Leaf.....walk,bike,all handy,a Nirvana. Apparently Nocatee has inclined towards walk and bike to a greater degree. What is in store for established Jacksonville neighborhoods? What is possible?
By the way,how interesting that the Jacksonville's Beach Effect areas are so prone to cycling.......


Would a bicycle loving Jacksonville Mayor inject a certain vibrancy?
Would Cycle "Energy" stemming from the Florida Governor's Office help pedal Vibrancy?

Does Vibrancy and Brilliance go hand in hand?

Do we still have a COJ Cycling Coordinator staff position?
TPO programs, both in place, and needed expansion, challenges ('Space'!), worth discussion.

Photos # 41 & 42 of Boulder Creek shouts volumes; Imagine a cherished and restored,Vibrant McCoy's & Hogan's Creek.
Imagine too,a 'brainy' outlook perhaps, a Downtown Riverfront Shipyards property essentially reserved to Open Space,masterful and truly effective pedestrian and cycle, outstanding cycle routes.Jacksonville's Riverfront Central Park,Gracious Front Porch,and bike rack too.
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Re: Visions of Vibrancy: Boulder, Colorado
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2015, 10:52:32 AM »
Boulder and Denver get high marks from me for retaining and celebrating their historic building fabric. There are no LaVilla-like moonscapes.

As you stated, Boulder Creek and either Hogans or McCoy's Creek have much in common, except of course Boulder Creek is pristine and ours look like a poor backlot from a 'Sanford and Son' TV shoot. In DOWNTOWN Boulder and on the Platte in DOWNTOWN Denver students and entire families were frolicking in the water.

Boulder and Denver had very vibrant street scenes with artists and lots of musicians that offered a wide variety of tastes from Jazz to African Drums.

The downtown wasn't overly regulated and as best as I can tell, skates, bikes, fishing, kayaks were invited to play. I don't think I once was 'distracted' by those mountain views, I stayed too busy, every photo happened within a 7 city block area.

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Re: Visions of Vibrancy: Boulder, Colorado
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 09:22:27 PM »
Boulder and Denver get high marks from me for retaining and celebrating their historic building fabric. There are no LaVilla-like moonscapes.

As you stated, Boulder Creek and either Hogans or McCoy's Creek have much in common, except of course Boulder Creek is pristine and ours look like a poor backlot from a 'Sanford and Son' TV shoot. In DOWNTOWN Boulder and on the Platte in DOWNTOWN Denver students and entire families were frolicking in the water.

Boulder and Denver had very vibrant street scenes with artists and lots of musicians that offered a wide variety of tastes from Jazz to African Drums.

The downtown wasn't overly regulated and as best as I can tell, skates, bikes, fishing, kayaks were invited to play. I don't think I once was 'distracted' by those mountain views, I stayed too busy, every photo happened within a 7 city block area.

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