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  •  Someone in some other news story -- (6+ / 0-)

    sorry, read too much to remember where -- said Boulder had fared much better during the fires, because Boulder had stayed out of environmentally sensitive areas and left a green belt around its city, as liberals tend to do, while Colorado Springs let anything and everything happen, hardly any building regulations at all, and this is what happened.

    I do not know if that's true. But if you stay out of dangerous areas and have a green belt, you can set a backfire of the green belt and keep your city safe, I would think. So it made sense to me.

    Wish I remembered the source.

    The other thing is, much as we'd like to believe we have the power and strength to handle anything that comes along, we can't. Mother Nature shows us that from time to time.

    This fire was burning, but not huge and not going toward Colorado Springs, and then one day, they had 65 mpg winds pushing it toward Colorado Springs. I don't know how you prepare for and manage that.

    •  I read that green belt story about Boulder here (4+ / 0-)

      yesterday at dKos . . .  I'm going to remember it because it's such a clear example of the distinction between progressive and conservative attitudes to land use.

      Progressives invest in land uses that protect people, protect the environment, create quality neighborhoods, and raise property values. Conservatives promote development that plunders, pillages, and then eventually burns.
    •  I don't even think Boulder would be prepared... (0+ / 0-)

      ...for a wildfire scenario similar to what is currently occurring in Colorado Springs (wildfire staying outside of the city until massive winds push the fire suddenly towards the city). I don't think Boulder's green belt could be backfired in that short of time.

      Of course, Colorado Springs, given the fact that it is one of several beachheads for the Tea Party movement and, accordingly, local politicians decry land use regulations and cut municipal services to no end, stood no chance due to a lack of a green belt and very lenient land use regulations.

      I'm in favor of land use regulations that are necessary and proper to protect the public. I think that Boulder-style green belting is an extreme measure, but adopting lax land use regulations like those of Colorado Springs is simply asking for trouble. Environmentally-sensitive areas should be protected, and, if any tourist money can be made off of them, turned into public parks, but green belting usually isn't necessary in my opinion.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 01:25:11 PM PDT

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