BOULDER BUSINESSES AND ARTS
Boulder is much more than a mix of buildings and roads, though the discussion around elections often focuses on development and transportation. For the people living in Boulder, a big part of what we love is a specific restaurant or store, a summer concert, a great art or science camp for children. Lots of elements create this vibrant life, ranging from CU to the lady who decides to open a handmade chocolate shop.
Keeping Boulder affordable for small, local businesses is becoming more challenging. We have already seen so many businesses close or leave town. I will progress ideas such as including permanently affordable commercial spaces in new developments and of establishing a program that creates three-way agreements between tenant, landlord and the City in existing buildings to prevent extreme rent rises. I am especially concerned about the future of small businesses in the Opportunity Zone, where so many of Boulder’s workshops, non-tech startups and mechanics are found.
I also recognize that tourism is an important source of income for many of Boulder’s retailers and plays a vital role in the local economy.
Boulder’s performing artists and visual artists also rely on out-of-town visitors. Artists require support in the form of venues and performance opportunities, grants and marketing, and, often, affordable housing. In return they contribute to the Boulder economy substantially, as much as $70 million in economic activity, according to a 2017 report by Americans for the Arts (READ MORE HERE). As a Council member I will support a diverse array of culture, as not only is it good for Boulder but very close to my heart. The arts bring people together, crossing boundaries of language and nationality, and help us to overcome differences.