Boulder has a fairly steady stream of interesting daily news. In this series, BLDRfly editors highlight that which stuck out.
Boulder’s growing tech playground
Massive tech companies, like Google, Amazon and Twitter, have moved into Boulder in the past several years, bringing in hundreds of employees and rivaling Silicon Valley and Seattle with the money they’ve brought here. But with high-power salaries and impassioned entrepreneurs comes shifting local economics as monied executives attract investment and raise prices in Boulder’s housing market.
Last week, Boulder’s latest big-tech expansion was revealed when investor and development firm Crescent Real Estate LLC sold one million square feet over 21 buildings to Apple. The company plans to bring in 700 employees to local offices by 2026.
City Council progressive majority
With election results finally in, Boulder Progressives represent a majority on Boulder’s City Council for the first time ever. Out of winners Mark Wallach, Tara Winer, Matt Benjamin, Nicole Speer and Lauren Folkerts, the ladder three council members are all progressives. While most local election races have been called the night-of in recent years, this race was close enough that ballots were counted on the Wednesday and Thursday after the election, too.
Read more at the Boulder Beat.
Earlier this month, The Lodge — Boulder’s only shelter catering to those who identify as women, transgender or nonbinary — opened 24/7 after an official open last September. The new shelter at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Baseline Road is the second in the Mother House network, which has served unhoused families in Boulder since 1982 through a residential maternity shelter. Serving around 20 clients at a time, The Lodge is funded by a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Local Affairs.
Read more at the Daily Camera.