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  •  Don't base your opinion of Boulder City (3+ / 0-)
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    on anything Frank Crowe did. The federal government hasn't run Boulder City in over 50 years.

    I grew up in Boulder City. Some of my family still lives there. It is a quiet, peaceful little community.

    There are Democrats and progressives there too, though now less numerous percentage-wise because of the town's evolution into a retirement community. My mom's house was Obama Central last election.

    Besides being the camp town for building and running Hoover Dam, BC has a few other claims to fame.

    Boulder City was the nation's first master planned community. It's original design was drawn up by landscape architect Saco Rienk DeBoer and over the years Boulder City residents have taken a tremendous interest in how their community has developed.

    Boulder City has maintained, to my knowledge, the most effective growth control ordinances in the west.

    Just to give you an example, when I graduated from Boulder City High School in the late 70's, Boulder City's population was around 5,000 and Henderson, where our then-arch rival Basic High was located, had a population of approximately 15,000.

    Today the population of Boulder City is 15,005 (2006 estimate) and Henderson is at 236,506 (2006).

    What makes BC's commitment to growth control more impressive is that Boulder City, thanks to a provision in their original agreement with the federal government that gave them first right of refusal on purchasing federal land adjacent to the town, is also the largest city in Nevada by land area and the 35th largest in the nation.

    Not only that, Boulder City's Lakeview neighborhood (the original site of Ragtown) has Southern Nevada's most scenic views, since it is the only non-federal land overlooking the (receding but still beautiful) waters of Lake Mead.

    Boulder City has also positioned itself to become an industry leader in U.S. solar power production.

    Capitalizing on its abundance of bright sunlight, vacant desert and transmission stations capable of sending power to the rest of the country, Boulder City's Eldorado valley is home to two operating solar power plants.

    Nevada Solar One is the third largest concentrated solar power plant in the world, with a nominal capacity of 64 MW and maximum capacity of 75 MW, as of June 2007. The project required an investment of $266 million USD and electricity production is estimated to be 134 million kilowatt hours per year.

    The El Dorado Energy Solar 10-megawatt facility is the largest thin-film PV project in the U.S.

    Despite growth constraints, over the years Boulder City actually has maintained a small but lively manufacturing sector. The inventor of the touch sensitive lamp originally lived and manufactured here. Now Boulder City is home to Fisher Space Pen (they make the pens that work in space) and Amerityre Corporation, which makes Flatfree polyurethane foam tires (no more flat tires on your bike Kos, think about it).

    Long known as "Clean, Green Boulder City," during the 2000's, BC became the only desert town in history to employ a Forester (yes, a Forester, the rightly famous Damon Ohlerking) on the city payroll. Ohlerking oversaw the planting of thousands of additional trees and played a key role in the development of Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park, the internationally renowned mountain biking venue. Consisting of a variety of different types of trails, the park has been designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as one of their "Epic rides."

    There is much more, but these are some of the highlights.

    One correction to your article: Boulder Dam Hotel is still a hotel, the delightful little museum is a tenant there.

    Ilegitami non carborundum.

    by kevinpolk9 on Sun Jul 18, 2010 at 03:21:14 PM PDT

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