Mile High City IV: Boulder, Colorado, one of America’s most livable small cities.

 

One hundred million years ago, Boulder Valley was covered by a shallow sea; pre-historic creatures roamed the region. 

Realization Point sign illustrates Boulder Valley 100 million years ago.

 

Boulder, Colorado, population 103,166 including 30,265 University of Colorado students, is 5,430 feet above sea level – Denver is 5,280.  The city, nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, annually enjoys 300 days of sunshine.

I last visited Boulder, Colorado in June, 1972 and recall thirty miles of separation between the two cities that were connected by mostly two lane road.  As witnessed by me on June 21, 2017, regional urban development has covered over that empty stretch of land that commuter’s daily transverse on six to eight lanes of superhighway. 

Below picture is the view of Boulder Valley from Realization Point.

A multi-use trail that is heavily used by cyclists follows the main road into the city.

The Chautauqua movement was started in the 1840’s to provide wholesome entertainment to the first leisure class of Americans.  Self-improvement activities; literary readings, classical dance, musical recitals, and artistic instruction were popular and the movement reached Boulder in 1889.  The Chautauqua mission was to educate and enlighten tourists and limit drinking and debauchery. 

The setting for rental cabins, common dining hall, meeting spaces and now special events nurtures the soul with its natural beauty.  A dozen teenagers pre-celebrating their evening prom did not diminish the tranquility of the place. 

We arrived at one P. M. and stumbled upon an Earth Day celebration on Boulder’s famous Pearl Street Mall.  A local advocate sang the message of Earth Day to an enthusiastic crowd.  Boulder is renowned for its social tolerance of differences or oddity.

It was a great pleasure to meet up with Weequahic alumni and old friends Carole Ades Kaye and Mona Wineburg Spiegel at the Cheesecake Factory on the Pearl Mall. 

The Boulder Theater, a rock concert venue located near the Mall, is an outstanding example of the Art Deco art and architecture style. 

The nicer the day, the more likely the Pearl Street Mall will be crowded with performance artists seeking a crowd – a juggler enthralls his audience. 

This ends our journey through the Denver – Boulder corridor, a region kissed by sunshine, geography and an economic boom fueled by the legalization of marijuana.