Fresh Perspectives on Housing Boulder

Fresh Perspectives on Housing Boulder
April 24th, 2015 0 Comments

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The City of Boulder is hosting an informative event this coming Monday, addressing the challenges of housing affordability in Boulder. Details below are directly from the City’s website.  Can’t make it in person, check out the streaming coverage using periscope with the City’s Twitter account.

Monday, April 27, 2015
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
First Pres Boulder, 1820 15th St.

Join us for the Fresh Perspectives on Housing Boulder event to learn about Boulder’s housing affordability challenges, and discuss what Boulder can learn from other communities’ experiences.

Four guest speakers from outside of Colorado will share their insights, examples of best practices, and observations about Boulder’s housing challenges, then answer questions.

Following a brief introduction at 6 p.m., guest panelists David Doezema, Karen Chapple, Doug Engmann, and Molly Kaufman will discuss the:

  • economics of development, including the impacts of job growth on housing demand;
  • relationship between housing supply and housing costs;
  • psychological effects of change in a community; and
  • strategies to ensure that development benefits the community.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m., the four panelists will answer questions from the audience about other communities’ experiences and how the lessons learned elsewhere can be applied to Boulder’s housing challenges.

Watch the Event Live

We will post a link to watch the live stream here, shortly before the event begins at 6 p.m. on April 27. We’re trying out periscope with the city’s twitter account. Let us know what you think! 

Watch the Event Later

This event will be videotaped and, after the event, the recorded video will be available on and broadcast on cable Channel 8.


• Karen Chapple – an academic focused on ensuring that new development benefits local communities

• David Doezema – a practitioner focused on the cost and revenue of new development (including the impacts of job growth on housing demand)

• Doug Engmann – a free market economist focused on the relationship between housing supply and housing costs

•  Molly Rose Kaufman – a journalist and community organizer focused on the psychological effects of change in a community


Melinda Pollack – co-chair of Mile High Connects, a collaboration of more than 20 philanthropic agencies and nonprofits dedicated to ensuring that all people benefit from the Denver region’s transportation system, with a focus on housing, jobs, education and health.


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