"As one who has lived in and visited Boulder, CO over the years, I must warn everybody not to judge a book by it's cover. Sure, Boulder is a very hip & fun town, but times are changing. Due to an ever-increasing influx of "hippies", Deadheads, Phishheads, etc., the local law enforcement has been cracking down on the free-spirited mentality of our lifestyle. I have personally witnessed numerous human rights violations & unnecessary arrests all stemming from pressure by the local government & Boulder residents to "clean up the town". I mean, how many places can you go where both you AND YOUR DOG get arrested in the same day?!!! Don't laugh, because it has happened!"
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Posted by marko on 2007-03-17 23:42:14 My Score: Having moved to Boulder three years ago I know know what "keep Boulder weird" means. Boulder is weird, but in a really bad way. Virtually all of my neighbors don't recycle and I have never met a bunch of people that are so unfriendly and stuck up. Probably because they have some money. More than you anyway.
I would describe Boulder as a town where long haired, tie-dyed folks driving BWMs, drive like they are the only people on the road, practically running you over while you are walking into Whole Foods.
There are of course some nice people here, but it is NOT the Boulder that you have heard so much of. That Boulder was 40 years ago. Now it's simply a crowed town that is thriving on a reputation built decades ago. Keep looking.
Posted by Carol on 2007-03-16 23:50:30 My Score: Far-out Bill Maybe we know each other. (email@example.com)
Posted by Mushroomdreams on 2007-01-16 23:56:34 My Score: I've lived in Boulder for 14 years now and (aside from the cold winters) I love it! Like anywhere else Boulder has it's share of assholes but they're a minority here. I see a lot of Prius's on the roads and a lot of progressive bumper-stickers.
I'm a Californian from the 60's and I'm happy with the "live and let live" attitude here. That's why some people call it Boulder-California.
If you want to get away from it all, there is lots of room. Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour away.
Politically, Boulder (and Denver) is somewhere to the left of most of the country. We just elected a Democratic Governor and the state legislature is Democratic. I think Colorado is turning blue.
Posted by MTNS on 2007-01-16 22:59:45 My Score: People on the streets begging as their parents pay $32,000 a year for tuition. You look east and you may as well be living in Nebrasksa. Volvo or saab??? Rasta---try trust-a-farians. The foothills is not the mountains. Boulder is all image, if you want to live in a mountain town, move to the mountains, don't stop at the bottom. And why do all kids who go to boulder think they are so cool?
Posted by chrisg on 2007-01-14 15:51:53 My Score: Alma Colorado - small town in South Park. Great Hippytown, not commercial, laidback - if you blink you would pass thru it! The best things about south park are the "Festival in the Clouds" and the "Southpark Music Festival" - Free cool and tons of great people. It is also clost to skiing (about 15 miles from breck), hiking, biking and great recreational activities. My husband and I bought some property up near there - mostly because of how beautiful it is and the fact that it does not seem to hold any interest for a Walmart or Home Depot to be built. I have lived in Colorado for 15 years. The thing that gets me are places that started out laid back and hippy and end up totally yuppie-sanitized-tourist. Boulder is there, parts of Denver that were cool are getting there (NW Highlands area of Denver, Montclair, NE Curtis Park).
Posted by candyman on 2006-12-16 17:59:13 My Score: i am an old stp family member named candyman, after reading your comments on boulder today, i just would like to say, that thomas wolf was right, "you can't go home anymore." those were the good old days and the bad old days too. a lot of the family are dead, some are straight now and raising families. and a few are still in the streets. from '76 til now i worked a good job, now i'm retired and getting back to just hangin' out. you may e-mail me CANDYMAN@ISPEY.COM
Posted by Mountain Love Child on 2006-11-27 21:55:48 My Score: THIS IS NOT BOULDER the town i am talking about is Gold Hill. Nestled 9 miles North West of Boulder lies Gold Hill. Boulder was the supply town for Gold Hill in the 1800s. Gold Hill has the best scenery of the divide. One of the best views is from the couch where everyone hangs out. After the couch we go to the general store/internet cafe to pick up some munchies. On certain holidays the Gold Hill Inn hosts concerts of Bluegrass and folk music. On days like this the whole town is a festival.All in all Gold Hill is the best hippy in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Moutain Love Child
Posted by stepdaddy on 2006-08-25 16:04:55 My Score: I stayed in Boulder for about a week in the late 80s The vibe was awesome (especially considering it was Reagan's America then) The massive block party blew me away! The whole town partied. the mountains were right across the street and the whole scene was beautiful.
Posted by jim on 2006-07-22 03:55:52 My Score: I lived in Boulder in the 70's and again in the 90's, it was a great place to be, tripin out in sunshine canyon, hangin by the mall,stayin at the Hostel. I went to visit in 2004, the thing that really struck me was the traffic! I don't ever remember so much traffic it was areal turn off.
Posted by justmoved on 2006-06-04 04:33:50 My Score: Moved to Boulder about 6 months ago and it is a huge disappointment to us. We are living in a neighborhood where everyone sprays herbicides and pesticides and drives a Toyota ForeRunner. Actually, I saw a man spraying his weed killer all over his yard wearing an "earth day" shirt. No joke. I wished I'd had my camera-- it was unbelieveable. I am appauled and amazed and feel pretty duped. Somehow, I guess, I naively thought this was a earthy, real and progressive town. What I am finding are image-conscious, shallow and not very forward thinking people. To those of you who live here that I haven't met, my apologies, as I likely am just not running into the geniune folks I thought lived here. Before moving to Boulder, scratch beneath the surface and pay *great* attention to what you find and what you feel. I wish I hadn't been so gullible! Best to all.
Posted by Desert Dweller on 2005-12-28 00:07:11 My Score: I lived in Boulder for a year last year. It was okay. The parts I loved best was the hiking, and, of course, the bicycling. I ran into a few fruit loops but I suppose there are some of those in every city across the nation. Pearl Street rocks!
Posted by Pearl Rox on 2005-11-26 06:46:34 My Score: I have lived in Boulder almost my whole life. If i can say anything, it is that this place is one of the most free spireted and strangest places in the world. Yea, it costs to much, but if you are willing to live a less is more lifestyle its amazing. Pearl street is unbelievable and there are maney amazing hiking trails in the rockies for any age group. One thing to remember is that the drug scene is nice, but its very easy to get sucked into. As long as you remember that you are using for fun and not as an excape, and you remember to hiking and camping commonly, this place can be one of the greatest experiances of your life. :)
Posted by Song on 2005-11-03 17:59:16 My Score: Wow! I read all the comments about Boulder and felt a lot of apathy and judgment. I just moved to Boulder from California where people actually are rich and the houses are all 1 million dollars (at the least). But there are good people there just like in Boulder. There are snobs, good, bad rich and poor etc. everywhere. It is up to us change the places we live in, if we don't like them. Yes I have been to a city counsel meeting, (we went as a direct result of police harrassment). I have never been to a city counsel meeting anywhere where the politicians weren't all about money and "the vote". But because you vote if you get enough people to agree there is still the possibility of change in these lower branches of our local goverments. They haven't developed the extent of lying and cheating that our federal goverment has. They will listen when upset tax payers threaten to pull their votes. Boulder is a beautiful city and there are many great things about it. We have a Buddist temple in the mountians here (the mountiands are extraordinary!) and the only nationally recognized Buddist college. The local food Co-Op here is great and they have a nice farmers market, most of the stores are locally owned,and I also noticed that there are lots of people willing to volunteer for stuff. I was also fortunate enough to meet some very nice hippies who opened their home to me when I first got here. I now have a great house with an awesome landloard (who lhas lived in Boulder for 10 years) and I met the love of my life here. But then again, I came here seeing "good" and focusing on it, with good intent in my heart. I found peace and happiness in Boulder Colorado. Yes, the State is very conservitive, but that can change, and if all the enviromental projects are gone maybe we should start them up again. Maybe that's why I'm here. We (my family and I) just organized the November 2nd National walkout for worldcantwait.org here in Boulder. We had great turn out and raised awareness. There are people who care, from all walks of life here in Boulder, people who are willing to act instead of complaining. Hail to the them! And to those who wish to see a difference everywhere. Thanks for listining to my opinion, and by the way I shop at Albertson's because the co-op doesn't accept food stamps. I also have a job and live in nice area of Boulder. My son works too, he's 17 and goes to community college on Boulder's great public transportation system. I have a car but prefer to walk or ride my bike on the beautiful river trails all through this town. I volunteer at a local food bank here that I also qualify to use for my family, so as you can assess I am not rich in financial terms but I am wealthy in happiness and since I have been in Boulder I have gained an immense amount of spiritual wealth too. I love it here!
Posted by leaving boulder on 2005-10-17 01:38:59 My Score: I've lived in Boulder for a couple of years....and what have I learned?
1. Most of the rental houses are owned by douche bags who transplanted from other areas.
2. The people here are weird - but in a stuck up, assholish, rich kid sort of weird (not in a good kinda weird)
3. The co-op is going bust, but Whole Foods is thriving - Why? Because god forbid you have to park your Porche Cayenne in front of the co-op. Everyone here loves the overpriced "health food" at whole foods. Boulderits love to say .."Oh yes, I got this at Whole Foods..."
4. The outdoor Pearl Street mall is boring - and all the locals with small shops are slowly leaving.
5. Have you been to a city coucil meeting in Boulder? Biggest bunch of out of touch people I have ever seen.
6. Huge dichotomy of rich and poor here.
7. There are WAY TOO MANY alternative health care providers in this town.
8. I just drove by a tear down house - it sold in a week for 1.2 million dollars. The devoloper that bought it is going to put in 2 more houses and sell each one for 2 mill each. (Very hippy like)
9. Most of the people I have met here are VERY snobby and very chiquish. Either you are just like them (rich, athletic, etc....) or they don't want anything to do with you.
10. Unless you have a Masters degree or above (and are NOT a health care professional - there are too many of those here) - and you can land a good job here - don't bother with Boulder. Its overpriced and has been taken over by the rich.
11. Boulder is perfect for those that have high paying jobs, trust fund kids, and for those who don't mind paying 1 million for a nice house. However, if I'm going to pay that much for a house - I might as well move to a small beach town in California.
Posted by HawaiiMomma on 2005-09-28 01:06:49 My Score: I live in Hawaii with my small family, and we need to leave here because of the economy and school system. We have heard many things about Colorado being the ideal place for young nice cool democratic people like us. We are thinking about boulder because that is what we have heard, but I would like the opinion of any of you who live there now.
unknownbodyworker, you moved there from hawaii. Can you email me and tell me what you think?
Posted by SwanSpirit on 2005-09-20 08:44:37 My Score: Boulder is a distant memory now..but I lived near there when it was pretty wild and 70 something ; and was STP... Bishop told me so ... :)
Beyond that .. no one is moving the energy in those mountains anytime soon ...
Love and HUGS
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Posted by scootertrampphoto on 2005-08-14 20:29:13 My Score: I lived in the Boulder area years ago and loved it. I am now trying to locate any of the old STP Family. Any help out there?
Posted by Phil on 2005-06-07 08:30:59 My Score: i was in boulder for a tournament once ... spent most of my freetime with friends tryin to climb the mountains.. lot of cool people... and alot of people riding bicycles...i loved it .. it seemed the cops were more nforcing against alcohol rather than weed...idk i was only there for 5 days
Posted by unknownbodyworker on 2005-05-27 01:06:04 My Score: I moved to Boulder 3 months ago from Hawaii. I am here because I heard there was a lot of rich people. Up to now all I've encountered are cheapskates, perverts wanting sex instead of healing work and a lot of unfriendly racist and prejudiced people who give me a stink eye. The only thing I can think of is that they don't like people who look like natives. I probably will be leaving here soon. With high taxes, high rent and no money to be made what else can I do. Where are all the rich people with SUV's, beautiful homes, and money to burn?
Posted by Someone on 2005-04-16 08:11:46 My Score: Yuppie Huh, LOL if that is what you call us. Open your eyes it's 2005. I'm sorry to those who think driving a nice car, wearing a suit, and making decent money puts you into the yuppie class. I am a college graduate with an engineering degree, have a nice job, nice car and live in one of the most beutifull places on earth. I have hippie friends. I have had hippie girl friends and i'm not going to stop because of my job. It is a sad day when people get mad because of other people (yuppies) comming into "their" town. LOL and it is such a horrible thing for companys to dump money into education......., whatever. I love boulder, boulder loves me, love it, or leave it. It's that simple
Posted by Anna on 2005-03-01 03:12:06 My Score: I now live in Colorado Springs. I moved here to be close to my family. I moved here about 2 1/2 years ago from Seattle. I'm looking at Boulder as my next place to live since I've heard it's more liberal. I love hiking, biking, kayaking, and hiking so I love living in Colorado since the mountains are so close. I don't like living in Colorado Springs because no one cares about the environment and there are so many fundamentalists. Does anyone recommend Boulder as a good place for a person like me to live? I've only visited once but I thought it was very beautiful and the people seemed nice.
Posted by LINDA SAFLEY on 2005-01-23 21:48:26 My Score: I AM PLANNING TO COME OUT AND VISIT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION, THEY HAVE A NEW BUILDING, AND I HAVE FRIENDS WHO WORK THERE. AND IS THERE ANYPLACE TO STAY AROUND BOULDER, THAT IS THE QUESTION, FOR A BREIF TIME. CONTACT LINDA SAFLEY@410-243-6535. I WILL SEND MY CELL PHONE NUMBER. PLAN TO GO TO OCALA GATHERING THIS YEAR. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. LOVE YA'S ALL!
Posted by retank on 2004-12-12 02:10:53 My Score: Boulder is gone, the separation of the front range communities that allowed Boulder to remain what it had become in memories of old, has now been developed into one long suburban strip mall that destroyed what was referred to as the "million dollar view" of the Flat Irons, along 36 hwy.
It`s spirit gone, killed as the spirit of the Indians who once
lived hunted and cherished it`s magic and it can never be replaced.
Posted by justme on 2004-11-26 12:22:48 My Score: Hi,
Me again... I thought this quote from one of the posts was interesting... "Due to an ever-increasing influx of "hippies", Deadheads, Phishheads, etc., the local law enforcement has been cracking down on the free-spirited mentality of our lifestyle."
Uuhhh, huh? So if i'm driving down Broadway smoking a joint and get pulled over by a cop, it's some "hippies" fault?
Hey face it, right or wrong, cops are going to mess with the "freaks". The dreadlocked kids on the hill swinging sheets of acid should know what they're getting into. Just because you don't agree with the law doesn't mean you're right. I think there are a lot of stupid laws and regulations in Boulder too. Leash laws, couches on porches, parking fees, etc. But i have a couch on my porch, a dog that runs free, and a shit-heap of parking tickets, i just don't point it out to the cops.
Whatever... hope the point has been made,
Boulder... love it, or do something about it.
Posted by justme on 2004-11-26 12:06:25 My Score: Hey Folks,
sorry to be a bummer, but it's not the 60's anymore. Boulder is not like it was in the 60's..... 'cause it's not the 60's. We gotta move on here. I too, moved here because of the sense of laid-back, liberal thinking that i saw on the surface. It only took me a little while to realize that, like almost anywhere else, there are two sides to the story. Yeah, it ain't all flowers and bong hits here, but i'm cool with that. If you wanna get high, do it, but if you blow the smoke in a cops face, you're probobly going to get busted.
Yeah, there's a lot of bullshit politics in this town, so vote, or protest, do whatever you want. But if you live here and hate it and aren't doing anything about it, move to Seattle or something.
Anyway, thanks for reading, just another opinion,
Happy in "Not So Perfect" Boulder.
Posted by Lesbian on 2004-10-31 11:23:36 My Score:
sadly, as the first poster here noted, colorado is quite right wing. 'focus on the family' has its headquarters here, in colorado springs.
speaking of family, the governor is a Republican who is separated from his wife & children, but still spouts off on family values. oh well...
the point is- for a city in a right wing state, boulder does okay.
Posted by bldrkid on 2004-07-23 22:14:58 My Score: I've lived in Boulder for 15 years including HS and College and just love it. Sure the town has gotten bigger and the community wealthier, but if you look below that and discover what makes the community up you will be amazed. Once you find a small community below the surface life is phenomenal. Summer days tubing down boulder creek, long hikes in misty mountains, watching local bands at Penny Lane. If you're considering moving here or just want to visit I highly recommend it. Living in parts of the city are expensive; I agree. Boulder is worth it all though, the good, bad, the hype and disappointment it triumphs over all to make a truly enjoyable community and time to spend our few short years here.
Posted by righteoushedrick on 2004-06-15 07:37:32 My Score: Where else can someone find an outdoor mall, ampitheatre, Dushanbe Teahouse, a dog exclusive bakery, and three parks in a one mile radius.
Posted by Hippy Washer on 2004-05-19 05:13:40 My Score: wake up to reality my stinky friends: the yuppies are the productive members of society that keep the economy running. We can't live on love and pot alone! Long Live Big Oil!
Posted by Bill on 2004-02-11 01:58:48 My Score: I too moved to Boulder in 1968 Carol!..I lived at 11th and Euclid and have memories of a lifetime...as Pete Seeger says "wasnt that a time"...I am very nostalgic and go back every other year or so for a day and yes things have changed but so has the world and so have I..its still one of the most beautiful college towns in the world and I imagine the kids there today,although with no Vietnam and so many other things that are different, are still making memories for a lifetime just being in that magical settingCarol get in touch to reminisce if you like.
Posted by on 2004-02-01 14:09:05 My Score: Carol
STP Family, you remember them? Have you heard about Butler?
Posted by Carol on 2003-12-14 23:37:47 My Score: I ran away from home in 1968 and lived in the streets of Boulder.
All I wanted was my Freedom and I was. Outdoor concerts, Hari Krishna, STP family. Those were the day when life and the world was simpler.
Posted by Four Wolves on 2003-11-24 14:13:50 My Score: Earth Temple is the party to end all wars
Posted by Old Boulder Bozo on 2003-11-15 14:53:23 My Score: What a bunch of come-latelys!
It's quite true there are a lot of affluent people in Boulder. That's what PAYS for all the open space, historic preservation and other amenities that wouldn't exist if the town were full of nothing spare-changers and roaming dogs.
The town also has a lot of folks who were hip long before the people posting here were born, and who continue to quietly go their own way.
Posted by mysterio on 2003-08-17 03:06:57 My Score: I lived in Boulder in 80's and the yuppies were already taking it over then: Coors pumped tons of cash into CU and right-wing bizness ventures, and from what I have heard it is worse now. It was getting expensive back in the 80's and lots of the dead heads, buddhists, leftists were rich kids living on Daddy and Mommy's monthly check...though I had some great times and love the place: attended CU and went to some Naropa poetry readings, visited Cubensisland, rambled through Front Range, got in fights at the Pioneer Inn with Nederland locals, met a few beautiful hippy gals: all I can say is Long Live Boulder Freaks....
Posted by Butterfly on 2003-08-05 15:57:44 My Score: P.S. My daddy lived in Boulder in the 60's, and he remembers there being yuppies there in those days, too. Only they called 'em squares.
Posted by Butterfly on 2003-08-05 15:53:41 My Score: I lived in Boulder in the late 90's and up to last year, when I went traveling to China. Like anyplace, Boulder is what you make it. I wonder why some of these posters have chosen to put their energy into being with, and being bothered by yuppies? Actually, when you give up the labels and judgements, there is much to learn from all people, even yuppies. You get what you give and, in Boulder, if you make an effort to meet awesome people you will. I went to Naropa University and met lotsa beautiful, kind people. Not to mention I was there with the spirit of the great poets! Ginsberg, Kerouac, Waldman... How inspiring. Look for the subcommunities in Boulder and you will have so many friends! I also found spiritual, wonderful people in the "outdoor aventure" communities--rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, skiing/boarding. And there is a large buddhist community and good veggie places to eat.
No one can expect to move to any town and have it be utopia unless they are willing to help create utopia. Boulder is the one of the very most beautiful places in the world, and I've been all over! Beautiful, gorgeous, inspiring... There are social and cultural opportunities, as well as opportunities to get involved in activism and volunteering.
As for the government, there is a lot of room for improvement, that's true. There is a lot of conservativism and money-making going on. And the police, as posters have mentioned, do some really messed-up stuff, in general, they're on a bad control-trip. However, I don't think there's a lot of strength and honor in just going to a place where everyone agrees with you. That's what surprises me most about the Boulder bashers: There's no room to teach and grow in a place where everyone thinks the same way you do. Much better to go to a place where you can make a difference and get involved to promote the values you are committed to, thereby enlightening others! Remember, BE the change you wish to see in the world!
Posted by BLUE on 2003-06-28 18:41:11 My Score: It's sad to see the comments that Boulder has rolled downhill.
I remember it as a great hippie haven.
Our band used to tour there and we'd always play a set or two at a little place called the Blue Note.
Everyone jumped around like the Swahili and we rocked well into the night.
We'd stay in the Boulderado, which was expensive at the time, I'm sure ~ but since it was all paid for ~ hey, we enjoyed it.
If it's gotten stuffy and expensive that's not unusual.
Alot of havens have gone that way.
Instead of trashing Boulder I'm going to look down the road for some new havens to hang out in.
And I'll hang on to my happy memories :)
Posted by on 2003-06-02 01:52:41 My Score: it angers me to hear boulder talked about in such negative ways. i alos think it is rediculusthat people who have never been to boulder/ colorado put up a post degrading a great town. And basing most of his negative comments off of something he has read . Hey you read alot of things in youre life its just a shame you have to believe all of it. I say come see boulder meet some of its great people and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the west. As far as the police are concerned i drive a car plastered in Grateful dead and phish among other stickers with no back window and have yet to be pulled over by the police. they will hassel you if they have a reason to like in anyother town
Posted by Cakes on 2003-05-31 12:16:54 My Score: My older Sister and Mom remember when Boulder was a free-loving open hippie town. Boulder was a really amazing place in it's time. I've heard really cool stories. Boulder is built on a very powerful energy point, right in a valley, where both the mountains and the plains end and begin for miles and miles and miles. An energy point draws really old people and really bad people. The hippies that are still here are older and sucessful. (herb experts, body workers.) You have to be successful to afford to live here! Hopefully, with a few people out of office, something will change. Asheville NC is a great place for hippies! VERY beautiful.
Posted by Ben Miler on 2003-03-06 13:18:08 My Score: Doesn't sound like I'll be wasting my time in Boulder either. If any yuppie town pretends it's hippie, I just avoid it like the plague. And no, from what I've learned, Boulder isn't as liberal as it pretends to be. I've heard online that Boulder has been taken over by a pro-big business, pro-development conservative Republican mayor (you can thank the yuppies for voting him in). So, as not to sound like I'm making this up (as I've never been to Boulder, or Colorado in general), I found the article regarding the conservatives taking over Boulder:
Anyway, in my opinion, if it's a supposed hippie town, and it's too expensive to live there, I can't imagine the vibe or the scene being all that real.
Posted by Hannah on 2003-02-16 20:21:59 My Score: I agree with you all on your comments about Boulder. I lived in Boulder for about two months and couldn't afford it anymore. Boulder is filled with uptight rich kids pretending to be hippies.
Posted by gratefulady on 2002-08-18 13:16:11 My Score: I recently lived in Boulder for about three months and that's really all it took to realize it wasn't at all what I was looking for. It's a beautiful town but unless you want to pay loads to live there among the yuppies and excessive amounts of SUV's then you probably won't dig it either. The attitude in Boulder is a little sketchy too, there isn't much of a community feel, just everyone out for themselves! I can think of many places that are much more worth the time than Boulder.
Posted by desert mama on 2002-07-29 03:33:04 My Score: I agree. Boulder is overpriced; the rent is expensive and it's hard to get a job. It is full of rich people who drive SUV's and pretend to be outdoorsy. There are a few down to earth people, but mostly tourists and yuppies.
Posted by DesertRat on 2002-04-27 16:30:23 My Score: I concur. My biggest disappointment was moving to CO only to find that it's the most oppressive ultra-right wing state there is. They've pretty much dropped their environmental programs (unless you live in an upper class neighborhood). Off roaders sued and won the right to tear up public lands. Developers rule.