Boulder (/ˈboʊldər/) is the home rule municipality that is the
county seat and the most populous municipality of Boulder County, and
the 11th most populous municipality in the
U.S. state of Colorado.
Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains
at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) above sea level. The
city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver.
The population of the
City of Boulder was 97,385 people at the 2010
United States Census, while the population of the Boulder, CO
Metropolitan Statistical Area was 294,567.
Boulder is famous for its association with
American frontier history
and for being the home of the main campus of the University of
Colorado, the state's largest university. The city frequently receives
high rankings in art, health, well-being, quality of life, and
4 Politics and government
5.1 Outdoor sports
5.2 Bolder Boulder
5.4 Conference on World Affairs
5.6 Polar Bear Plunge
5.7 Naked Pumpkin Run
5.9 Boulder Cruiser Ride
6 Top rankings
7.1 Public schools
7.2 Charter schools
7.3 Private schools
7.4 Colleges and universities
7.5 Science institutes
8 Economy and industry
9.1 Mass transit
9.1.1 Future transit plans
10 Growth management
10.1 Wildlife protection
12 Notable people
14 Sister cities
15 In popular culture
16 See also
18 Further reading
19 External links
See also: Timeline of Boulder, Colorado
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City was a part of the
Nebraska Territory until February 28,
1861, when the Territory of
Colorado was created by the US Congress.
It developed as a supply base for miners going into the mountains.
Residents of Boulder
City provided these miners with equipment,
agricultural products, gambling and drinking establishments.
On November 7, 1861, legislation was passed making way for the state
university to be located in Boulder, and on September 20, 1875,
the first cornerstone was laid for the first building (Old Main
Building) on the CU campus. The university officially opened on
September 5, 1877.
Boulder adopted an anti-saloon ordinance in 1907. Statewide
prohibition started in
Colorado in 1916 and ended with the repeal
of national prohibition in 1933.
Panorama print of Boulder, 1900
U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, there were 97,385 people, 41,302 households,
and 16,694 families residing in the city. The population density was
3,942.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,524.0/km²). There were 43,479
housing units at an average density of 1,760.3 per square mile
(680.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.0% White, 0.9%
Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.7% Asian, 0.1%
Pacific Islander, 3.2% some other race, and 2.6% from two or more
races. 8.7% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 41,302 households, out of which 19.1% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 32.2% were headed by married couples
living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband
present, and 59.6% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were
made up of individuals, and 7.1% were someone living alone who was 65
years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16, and the
average family size was 2.84.
Boulder's population is younger than the national average, largely due
to the presence of university students. The median age at the 2010
census was 28.7 years compared to the U.S. median of 37.2 years. In
Boulder, 13.9% of the residents were younger than the age of 18, 29.1%
from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% were
65 years of age or older. For every 100 females, there were 105.5
males. For every 100 females age 18 and older, there were 106.2
In 2011 the estimated median household income in Boulder was $57,112,
and the median family income was $113,681. Male full-time workers had
a median income of $71,993 versus $47,574 for females. The per capita
income for the city was $37,600. 24.8% of the population and 7.6% of
families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population,
17.4% of those under the age of 18 and 6.0% of those 65 and older were
living below the poverty line.
Boulder housing tends to be priced higher than surrounding areas. For
the 2nd quarter of 2006, the median single-family home in Boulder sold
for $548,000 and the median attached dwelling (condo or town home)
sold for $262,000. According to the National Association of Realtors,
during the same period the median value of one-family homes nationwide
was $227,500. The median price of a home exceeded $1,000,000
dollars in July 2016.
Boulder's iconic rock formations, the Flatirons
The city of Boulder is in Boulder Valley where the Rocky Mountains
meet the Great Plains. West of the city are slabs of sedimentary stone
tilted up on the foothills, known as the Flatirons. The
a widely recognized symbol of Boulder.
The primary water flow through the city is Boulder Creek. The creek
was named well ahead of the city's founding, for all of the large
granite boulders that have cascaded into the creek over the eons. It
is from Boulder Creek that Boulder city is believed to have taken its
name. Boulder Creek has significant water flow, derived primarily from
snow melt and minor springs west of the city. The creek is a tributary
of the South Platte River.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 25.7 square miles (66.5 km2). 24.7 square miles
(63.9 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it
(3.97%) is water.
The 40th parallel (40 degrees north latitude) runs through Boulder and
can be easily recognized as Baseline Road today.
Boulder lies in a wide basin beneath Flagstaff Mountain just a few
miles east of the continental divide and about 25 miles (40 km)
northwest of Denver. Arapahoe Glacier provides water for the city,
along with Boulder Creek, which flows through the center of the
Denver International Airport is located 45 miles (72 km)
southeast of Boulder.
Climate chart (explanation)
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Autumn in Boulder brings many sunny days.
Snowfall is common in Boulder throughout the winter.
Boulder has a temperate climate typical for much of the state and
receives many sunny or mostly sunny days each year. Under the Köppen
climate classification, the city has a semi-arid climate (Köppen
BSk). Winter conditions range from generally mild to the
occasional bitterly cold, with highs averaging in the mid to upper 40s
°F (7–9 °C). There are 4.6 nights annually when the
temperature reaches 0 °F (−18 °C). Because of orographic
lift, the mountains to the west often dry out the air passing over the
Front Range, often shielding the city from precipitation in winter,
though heavy falls may occur. Snowfall averages 88 inches
(220 cm) per season, but snow depth is usually shallow; a strong
warming sun due to the high elevation can quickly melt snow cover
during the day, and Chinook winds bring rapid warm-ups throughout the
winter months. Summers are very warm and dry, with 30 days reaching
90 °F (32 °C) or above. Diurnal temperature variation
is typically large year-round due to the high-elevation dry climate.
Daytime highs are generally cooler than most other
Front Range cities
with similar elevations. However, Boulder's nighttime lows,
particularly during winter, are some of the mildest in the state.
Daily average temperatures remain above 32 °F (0 °C)
The highest recorded temperature of 104 °F (40 °C)
occurred most recently within the city on June 25, 2012. The
lowest temperature recorded in Boulder was −33 °F
(−36 °C) on January 17, 1930. The lowest maximum temperature
in Boulder, −12 °F (−24 °C), was on February 4, 1989.
In contrast, on June 24, 1954, Boulder's overnight low temperature did
not drop below 80 °F (27 °C).
Climate data for Boulder,
Colorado (1981–2010 normals)
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Source: NOAA (extremes 1893–present)
Politics and government
Boulder is a home rule municipality, being self-governing under
Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado; Title 31,
Article 1, Section 202 of the
Colorado Revised Statutes.[citation
Politically, Boulder is one of the most liberal and Democratic cities
in Colorado. As of April 2012[update], registered voters in Boulder
County, which includes Boulder's more conservative suburbs, were 41%
Democratic, 20% Republican, 1% in other parties, and 38%
unaffiliated. By residents and detractors alike, the city of
Boulder is often referred to as the "People's Republic of
In 1974, the Boulder
City Council passed Colorado's first ordinance
prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Boulder
voters, however, repealed the measure by referendum within a year. In
1975, Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex was the second in the United
States ever to grant same-sex marriage licenses, prior to state laws
being passed to prevent such issuance.
Trailheads for many popular hikes are located at Chautauqua Park.
Boulder is surrounded by thousands of acres of recreational open
space, conservation easements, and nature preserves. Almost
60 percent, 35,584 acres (144.00 km2), of open space
totaling 61,529 acres (249.00 km2) is open to the public.
Rock climbing is found near the small unincorporated community of
Eldorado Springs, south of Boulder. There are also climbing routes
available in the city open space, including climbing routes of varying
difficulty on the
Flatirons themselves (traditional protection).
Boulder Canyon (sport), directly west of downtown Boulder, also has
many routes. All three of these areas are affected by seasonal
closures for wildlife.
USA Rugby, the national governing body for rugby in the United States,
is headquartered in Boulder.
Boulder has hosted a 10 km road run, the Bolder Boulder, on
Memorial Day, every year since 1979. The race involves over 50,000
runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair racers, making it one of the
largest road races in the world. It has the largest non-marathon prize
purse in road racing. The race culminates at
Folsom Field with a
Memorial Day Tribute. The 2007 race featured over 54,000 runners,
walkers, and wheelchair racers, making it the largest race in the US
in which all participants are timed and the fifth largest road race in
Founded in 1958, the
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is a critically
acclaimed professional orchestra that offers dynamic programming under
the leadership of its Music Director Michael Butterman.
Founded in 1976 by Giora Bernstein, the
Colorado Music Festival
presents a summer series of concerts in Chautauqua Auditorium.
Conference on World Affairs
The Conference on World Affairs, started in 1948, is an annual
one-week conference featuring dozens of discussion panels on a variety
of contemporary issues.
The internationally syndicated radio program e
Town has its
headquarters at e
Town Hall, at 16th and Spruce Streets, in downtown
Boulder. Most tapings of this weekly show are done at eTown
Polar Bear Plunge
Beginning in 1983, hundreds of people head to the
Boulder Reservoir on
New Year's Day to take part in the annual polar bear plunge. With
rescue teams standing by, participants use a variety of techniques to
plunge themselves into the freezing reservoir. Once the plunge is
complete, swimmers retreat to hot tubs on the reservoir beach to
revive themselves from the cold.
Naked Pumpkin Run
Starting in 1998, dozens of people have taken part in a
down the city's streets wearing only shoes and a hollowed-out pumpkin
on their heads. In 2009, local police threatened participants with
charges of indecent exposure and no naked runners were reported in
official newscasts, although a few naked runners were observed by
For several years on April 20, thousands of people gathered on the CU
Boulder campus to celebrate 420 and smoke marijuana at and before
4:20 pm. The 2010 head count was officially between 8,000 and
15,000 with some discrepancy between the local papers and the
University administrators (who have been thought to have been
attempting to downplay the event). Eleven citations were given out
whereas the year before there were only two. 2011 was the last
year of mass 420 partying at CU as the university, in 2012, took a
hard stance against 420 activities, closing the campus to visitors for
the day, using smelly fish fertilizer to discourage gathering at the
Norlin Quad, and having out-of-town law enforcement agencies help
secure the campus. In 2013, April 20 fell on a Saturday; the
university continued the 420 party ban and, again, closed the campus
to visitors. In 2015 the government conceded and once again opened
the park to visitors on April 20.
Boulder Cruiser Ride
The Boulder Cruiser Ride is a weekly bicycle ride in Boulder Colorado.
The Boulder Cruiser Ride grew from a group of friends and friends of
friends riding bicycles around Boulder into "an all-out public mob".
Some enthusiasts gather wearing costumes and decorating their bikes;
themes are an integral part of the cruiser tradition. Boulder Police
began following the cruiser ride as it gained in popularity. Issues
with underage drinking, reckless bicycle riding, and other nuisance
complaints led organizers to drop the cruiser ride as a public
event. Returning to an underground format, where enthusiasts must
become part of the social network before gaining access to event
sites, the Boulder Cruiser Ride has continued as a local tradition. On
May 30, 2013 over 400 riders attended the Thursday-night Cruiser Ride
in honor of "Big Boy", an elk that was shot and killed on New Year's
Day by an on-duty Boulder Police officer.
Boulder has gathered many top rankings in recent years for health,
well-being, quality of life, education and art. The partial list
below shows some of the nominations.
The 10 Happiest Cities – No. 1 – Moneywatch.bnet.com
Top Brainiest Cities – No. 1 – Portfolio.com
Ten Best Cities for the Next Decade – No. 4 – Kiplinger's Personal
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index – No. 1 – USA Today
Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid – No. 1 – Backpacker
America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well – No. 1 – Forbes.com
Top 10 Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire – No. 6 – AARP
Top 10 Cities for Artists – No. 8 – Business Week
Lesser-Known LGBT Family-Friendly Cities – No. 1 –
Town – No. 1 – Bon Appetit magazine
Queerest Cities in America 2015 — No. 10 — Advocate.com
Boulder Valley School District
Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) administers the public
school system in Boulder.
Charter schools (receiving public funding but under private
management) within the city of Boulder include Preparatory High School
(9–12), Summit Middle School (6–8), and Horizons Alternative
A variety of private high schools, middle schools and elementary
schools operate in Boulder.
Colleges and universities
Part of the campus at Naropa University
Colorado Boulder, public university which contributes
roughly 46,000 residents (30,000 undergraduate students, 7,000
graduate students and 10,000 staff/faculty) to the population.
Naropa University is a private university based on Buddhist
principles. It has approximately 400 undergraduate and over 600
Culinary School of the Rockies
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)
Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA)
Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA)
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Geological Society of America, headquartered at 3300 Penrose Place.
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) / University
Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System
Research Laboratory (ESRL)
National Snow and Ice Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
National Telecommunications and Information Administration(NTIA) –
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences Boulder
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
Rocky Mountain Institute
Southwest Research Institute
Southwest Research Institute Department of Space Studies
Space Science Institute
Space Weather Prediction Center
Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
UNAVCO National Science Foundation's Geodetic Facility
Economy and industry
"The Hill" is one of the centers of off-campus life for students at
the University of Colorado.
The Boulder MSA had a gross metropolitan product of $18.3 billion in
2010, the 110th largest metropolitan economy in the United States.
In 2007, Boulder became the first city in the USA to levy a carbon
In 2013, Boulder appeared on
Forbes magazine's list of Best Places for
Business and Careers.
Since Boulder has operated under residential growth control ordinances
since 1976, the growth of employment in the city has far outstripped
population growth. Considerable road traffic enters the city each
morning and leaves each afternoon, since many employees live in
Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Broomfield, Westminster, and Denver.
Boulder is served by US 36 and a variety of state highways. Parking
regulations in Boulder have been explicitly designed to discourage
parking by commuters and to encourage the use of mass transit, with
mixed results.
Boulder, Colorado, a city of just over 100,000 people, is located
approximately 30 miles northwest of
Denver at the foothills of the
Rocky Mountains. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado, whose
30,000 students swell the city's population during the academic year.
Over the years, Boulder has made significant investments in the
multi-modal network. The city is now well known for its
grade-separated bicycle and pedestrian paths, which are integrated
into a network of bicycle lanes, cycle-tracks, and on-street bicycle
routes. Boulder also provides an innovative community transit network
that connects downtown, the University of
Colorado campuses, and local
shopping amenities. While the city has no rail transit, local and
regional shuttle busses are funded by a variety of sources and
emphasize minimal headways, enhanced route identity, easy fare
payment, and community input in design (RTD, 2005). Due in part to
these investments in pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure,
Boulder has been recognized both nationally and internationally for
its transportation system.
In 2009, the Boulder metropolitan statistical area (MSA) ranked as the
fourth highest in the
United States for percentage of commuters who
biked to work (5.4 percent). In 2013, the Boulder MSA ranked as
the fourth lowest in the
United States for percentage of workers who
commuted by private automobile (71.9 percent). During the same time
period, 11.1 percent of Boulder area workers had no commute
whatsoever: they worked out of the home.
Boulder has an extensive bus system operated by the Regional
Transportation District (RTD). The HOP, SKIP, JUMP, Bound, DASH and
Stampede routes run throughout the city and connect to nearby
communities with departures every ten minutes during peak hours,
Monday-Friday. Other routes, such as the 204, 205, 206, 208 and 209
depart every 15 to 30 minutes. Regional routes, traveling between
nearby cities such as
Longmont (BOLT, J), Golden (GS), and Denver
(Flatiron Flyer, a
Bus Rapid Transit
Bus Rapid Transit route), as well as Denver
International Airport (AB), are also available. There are over 100
scheduled daily bus trips on seven routes that run between Boulder and
Denver on weekdays.
Future transit plans
A 41-mile RTD commuter rail route called the Northwest Rail Line is
proposed to run from
Denver through Boulder to Longmont, with stops in
major communities along the way. The Boulder station is to be north of
Pearl Street and east of 30th Street. At one time this commuter rail
service was scheduled to commence in 2014, but major delays have
ensued. In 2016, an initial 6-mile segment opened, reaching from
Denver to southern Westminster at West 71st Avenue and
Federal Boulevard. The remaining 35 miles of the Northwest Rail
Line is planned to be completed by 2044, depending upon funding.
These future transit plans, as well as the current Flatiron Flyer Bus
Rapid Transit route, are part of FasTracks, an RTD transit improvement
plan funded by a 0.4% increase in the sales tax throughout the Denver
metro area. RTD, the developer of FasTracks, is partnering with the
city of Boulder to plan a transit-oriented development near Pearl and
33rd Streets in association with the proposed Boulder commuter rail
station. The development is to feature the Boulder Railroad Depot,
already relocated to that site, which may be returned to a
Boulder, well known for its bicycle culture, boasts hundreds of miles
of bicycle-pedestrian paths, lanes, and routes that interconnect to
create a renowned network of bikeways usable year-round. Boulder has
74 bike and pedestrian underpasses that facilitate safer and
uninterrupted travel throughout much of the city. The city offers a
route-finding website that allows users to map personalized bike
routes around the city.
In May 2011,
B-cycle bike-sharing opened in Boulder with 100 red bikes
and 12 stations.
Boulder Municipal Airport
Boulder Municipal Airport is located 3 miles (4.8 km) from
central Boulder, is owned by the
City of Boulder and is used
exclusively for general aviation, with most traffic consisting of
single-engine airplanes and glider aircraft.
Government preservation of open space around Boulder began with the
Congress of the
United States approving the allocation of 1,800 acres
(7.3 km2) of mountain backdrop/watershed extending from South
Boulder Creek to Sunshine Canyon in 1899.
Since then, Boulder has adopted a policy of controlled urban
expansion. In 1959, city voters approved the "Blue Line" city-charter
amendment which restricted city water service to altitudes below 5,750
feet (1,750 m), in an effort to protect the mountain backdrop
from development. In 1967, city voters approved a dedicated sales tax
for the acquisition of open space in an effort to contain urban
sprawl. In 1970, Boulder created a "comprehensive plan" that would
dictate future zoning, transportation, and urban planning decisions.
Hoping to preserve residents' views of the mountains, in 1972, the
city enacted an ordinance limiting the height of newly constructed
buildings. A Historic-Preservation Code was passed in 1974, and a
residential-growth management ordinance (the Danish Plan) in
Effective growth management has resulted in rapid appreciation of
housing values with the median home price rising 60% over the period
2010 to 2015 to $648,200.
Prairie dogs enjoy special protection in Boulder.
City of Boulder has created an Urban Wildlife Management Plan
which sets policies for managing and protecting urban wildlife.
Also, the city's parks department has volunteers who monitor parks
(including wetlands, lakes, etc.) to protect ecosystems. From time
to time, parks and hiking trails are closed to conserve or restore
ecosystems. Traditionally, Boulder has avoided the use of chemical
pesticides for controlling the insect population. However, with the
threat of West Nile Virus, the city began an integrative plan to
control the mosquito population in 2003 that includes chemical
pesticides. Residents can opt-out of the program by contacting the
city and asking that their areas not be sprayed.
Under Boulder law, extermination of prairie dogs requires a
Also in 2005, the city experimented with using goats for weed control
in environmentally sensitive areas. Goats naturally consume diffuse
knapweed and Canada thistle, and although the program was not as
effective as it was hoped, goats will still be considered in the
future weed control projects. In 2010, goats were used to keep weeds
under control at the Boulder Reservoir.
Main article: Media in Boulder, Colorado
Boulder's main daily newspaper, the Daily Camera, was founded in 1890
as the weekly Boulder Camera, and became a daily newspaper the
following year. The
Colorado Daily was started in 1892 as a university
newspaper for CU Boulder. Following many heated controversies over
Colorado Daily's political coverage, it severed its ties to the
university in 1971. Newspaper conglomerate Scripps acquired the
Colorado Daily in 2005 after its acquisition of the Camera in 1997,
Boulder Weekly as the only locally owned newspaper in
Boulder. Scripps relinquished its 50 percent ownership in both daily
papers in early 2009 to Media News Group. Boulder Magazine, a
lifestyle magazine, was founded in 1978. Boulder
Magazine is published three times per year.
Boulder is part of the
Denver market for television stations, and it
also receives many radio stations based in
Denver or Ft. Collins. For
cable television, Boulder is served by Comcast Cable. Over-the-air
television reception is poor in the western part of the city because
of interference from mountains.
Paladin Press book/video publishers and Soldier of Fortune magazine
both have their headquarters in Boulder.
Paladin Press was
founded in September 1970 by Peder Lund and Robert K. Brown. In 1974,
Lund bought out Brown's share of the press, and Brown moved on to
found Soldier of Fortune magazine the following year.
Non-commercial community radio station
KGNU was founded in 1978
and commercial music station
KBCO in 1977.
KBCO programs an adult
album alternative format and is owned and operated by iHeartMedia.
KBCO transmits from atop
Eldorado Mountain south of Boulder.
KVCU, also known as Radio 1190, is another non-commercial radio
station run with the help of university-student volunteers. KVCU
started broadcasting in 1998.
See also: List of University of
Colorado Boulder alumni
Notable births in Boulder:
Dead Kennedys frontman
Tony Boselli, five-time
Pro Bowl offensive tackle
United States Navy
Admiral and Chief of Naval
Project Mercury astronaut
Sex and the City
Sex and the City actress
John Fante, writer
Chuck Pagano, former
Indianapolis Colts head coach
Other notable residents:
Albert Allen Bartlett, emeritus professor of physics, frequent
lecturer on the dangers of compound growth, and one of the principal
backers of the Blue Line in the late 1950s.
Bill Bower, the last surviving pilot who took part in the Doolittle
Raid, resided in Boulder from 1966 until his death in 2011.
Paul Danish, author of the Danish Plan of residential growth
control; editor and publisher of the former weekly Boulder County
Town and Country Review.
Carrie Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie) moved to Boulder in 1905
and stayed until 1906, in hope of that the local climate would help
improve her health.
Chief Niwot or Left Hand, a tribal leader of the Arapaho, lived at the
site of Boulder. Niwot and his war party rode to a nearby
settler's camp whereupon he pronounced his legendary curse: "People
seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying
will be the undoing of the beauty."
JonBenét Ramsey, when she was murdered in December 1996. The
made-for-TV movie Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City
of Boulder, based on the book of the same title, was released in 2000.
It dramatized the investigation into the murder. It was filmed on
location in Boulder.
Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer, astronomer, skeptic, writer and
popular science blogger.
Larry Sellers, actor, has been living in the town.
Leon White, a professional wrestler, although not born in Boulder, he
was an offensive lineman for the
Colorado Buffaloes football team in
Evans Woollen III (1927–2016), architect, originally from
Pearl Street Mall
Pearl Street Mall in Boulder
One of the most popular sections of Boulder is the famous Pearl Street
Mall, home to numerous shops and restaurants. This four-block
pedestrian mall is a social hotspot in Boulder, with dozens of
restaurants of all kinds and specialty stores that include artisan
shops and unique gadget shops. In the summer and on weekends, many
street shows and acts can be found throughout the mall, along with
street vendors and henna tattoo artists.
Boulder's traditional Downtown area, including the Pearl Street Mall,
is in the western part of present-day Boulder. During the 1950s and
1960s, the city grew to the east, since the west side is bounded by
the foothills. Downtown is host to a variety of restaurants, bars, and
boutique stores. However, it has few grocery, hardware, or department
stores and is therefore more of a "shopping destination" than a
neighborhood with stores supporting the local population.
South of Pearl Street and adjacent to the CU Boulder campus is another
historic shopping center, The Hill. Featuring some of the city's
landmark stores and venues, such as Albums on the Hill and the Fox
Theatre, The Hill has been the center of college life for many of the
nearby sororities and fraternities.
The Twenty Ninth Street retail district opened in October 2006,
located in central Boulder on the site of the former Crossroads Mall,
east of Downtown.
Pearl Street Mall
Pearl Street Mall the
Farmers' Market opens every Saturday
morning and Wednesday evening, April through October on 13th Street
next to Central Park. The market was started in 1986 by regional
Boulder has seven official sister cities:
Tajikistan (since May 8, 1987)
China (since 1987)
Ciudad Mante, Mexico
Japan (since 1994)
Landmarks representing Boulder's connection with its various sister
cities can be found throughout the city. Boulder's Sister
– dedicated on May 17, 2007 – is located on the east lawn of
Boulder's Municipal Building. The plaza was built to honor all of
Boulder's sister city relationships. The
Dushanbe Tea House is
located on 13th Street just south of the Pearl Street Mall. Dushanbe
presented its distinctive tea house as a gift to Boulder in 1987. It
was completed in
Tajikistan in 1990, then shipped to Boulder where it
was reassembled and opened to the public in 1998. A mural
representing the relationship between Boulder and Mante,
dedicated in August 2001. The mural, which was painted by Mante
muralist Florian Lopez, is located on the north-facing wall of the
Dairy Center for the Performing Arts.
More information about Boulder's sister city relationships can be
found at Boulder's official website.
In popular culture
1619 Pine Street was used for the external shots of Mindy's house on
the TV show Mork & Mindy.
Woody Allen's film Sleeper (1973) was filmed on location in
Boulder. Some houses and the
Mesa Laboratory of the National
Center for Atmospheric Research, designed by I. M. Pei, were used in
Boulder was a setting for Stephen King's book
The Stand (1978), as the
gathering point for some of the survivors of the superflu. King lived
in Boulder for a little less than a year, beginning in the autumn of
1974, and wrote The Shining (1977) during this period.
The television sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–1982) was set in
Boulder, with 1619 Pine St. serving as the exterior shot of Mindy's
home. The New York Deli, a restaurant in the Pearl Street Mall,
was also featured prominently in the series.
In the American version of the television sitcom The Office, the
character Michael Scott leaves the show in season 7 and moves with his
fiancée to Boulder.
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Deloria, Philip J. "Drain the Lake! Tear Down the Butte! Build
Paradise!: The Environmental Dimensions of Social and Economic Power
in Boulder, Colorado, and Benzie, Michigan," Southern California
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