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LIFESTYLE

GETTING AROUND

EXISTING LAND USE

BIKE LANES & TRAILS

32.69 miles

Public
100 Acres
5%
Commercial +
Mixed-Use
161 Acres
8%

Other
12 Acres
%

203.81 miles in Boulder Valley

28 %

of subcommunity within
1/4 mile of a trailhead

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS

Parks/OSMP 1 4 %
285 Acres

Weighted Access Score %


Accessible

72%

6-14

Residential
1,472 Acres

ALL ABOUT

CENTRAL
BOULDER

15-25
26-35
36-45
46-56
57-69
70-86

SIDEWALK GAPS

1.48% of missing sidewalk links


5% (city average)

Located in the heart of the city, Central Boulder is a dynamic and diverse
place. The area is rich with iconic Boulder locations, including Downtown
and the Pearl Street Mall, University Hill, Boulder Creek, and Chautauqua.
As such, Central Boulder offers some of the best shopping, restaurants,
services, entertainment and recreation opportunities in the state. It is a
hub of civic activity and a central gathering place for the community and
the region, and a variety of iconic events such as the Farmers Market,
Boulder Creek Festival, and many others, are hosted here. Central Boulder
is also one of the oldest and most historic parts of the city. Nearly all of
Boulders designated historic districts are located in this area, and many
more neighborhoods and districts are potentially eligible for designation.
Well-connected to the rest of the city and with a diverse collection of
places to explore and things to do, Central Boulder stands out as the civic
and cultural core of the community.

TRANSIT

84%

PARKS & OPEN SPACE

17
1
1
1
4

parks

recreation center
senior center
pottery lab

1
1
1
1

pedestrian mall (Pearl St.)


community center

of subcommunity within
1/4 mile of transit

NATURE
WATER FEATURES

outdoor pool

Goose Creek

Wetlands
.45% of area
12.16 acres

studio

100 Year Floodplains


13.57% of area
366.03 acres

trailheads

SCHOOLS

Public
Foothill Elementary
Columbine Elementary
Whittier Elementary
Flatirons Elementary
University Hill Elementary
Casey Middle
New Vista High

Private
Mt Zion Lutheran K-5
Sacred Heart of Jesus K-8
Watershed High
September School High

Boulder Creek
Gregory Creek

Skunk Creek

PEOPLE & HOUSING

ALL ABOUT

CENTRAL
BOULDER

POPULATION

29,520 (2015)
31,100 (projected capacity)

TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

13,370 (2015)
14,100 (projected capacity)

HOUSING UNIT MIX

BOULDER MOUNTAIN PARKS

Manufactured
3
0%
45%

Single-Family
Detached 4 3 %
5,746

Multi-Family
5,999

12%
Attached 1,564

DENSITY (DWELLING UNITS/RESIDENTIAL ACRE)

8.87 units/acre
7.3 units/acre (city average)

RANGE OF SINGLE-FAMILY LOT SIZE

16.4%
(879)

< 5,999 sq ft.

59.0%
(3163)

6,000-10,000 sq ft.

24.6%
(1322)

>10,000 sq ft.

TOTAL JOBS

23,580 (2015)

EXISTING LAND USE

27,400 (projected capacity)

FUTURE LAND USE

all about

Central
Boulder

(BVCP 2010 Plan)

LAND USE MAP DESIGNATIONS


RESIDENTIAL
VLR Very Low Density Residential

BVCP Land Use

Juniper
/ Kalmia

Residential
Very Low Density Residential (VLR)
Low Density Residential (LR)

Broadway

Medium Density Residential (MR)

West
Hawthorn Hawthorn

Residential
MXR Mixed-Density
(Older areas = 6 - 14 dwelling units per ac.)

Community Business (CB)


General Business (GB)
Transitional Business (TB)
Regional Business (RB)

Salberg
Park

Mapleton
Hill

wo o d
Edge
k
e
re
Hillcrest
eC
/ Panorama
oos
Heights
Lover's
Hill Park

Alpine

St
20th

Fitzpatrick
Park
St
Pine
Whittier

M apleton Av

Whittier
Park

l St
Pear

e St Barker
Park

c
Spru

1 7 th

St

6th St

ut St
Waln
v
on B Central
Cany
e
Cre k Park
Boulder

MIXED-USE

Mixed Use Residential (MUR)

Folsom St

Balsam Av

Mixed Use Business (MUB)

Dr

Old North
Boulder

North
Boulder
Park

Open Space and Mountain Parks


Open Space, Acquired (OS-A)
Open Space, Development Rights (OS-DR)
Open Space, Other (OS-O)

LR Business
MUB

Agricultural (AG)
Park, Urban and Other (PK-U/O)
Public (PUB)

School
Library

Mixed-Use

Mixed Use-Business
development may be
deemed appropriate and
will be encouraged in some
business areas. Business or
residential character will
predominate.

Other

LR Residential
MUR

Mixed-Use

City Limits
Blueline (approximate)

CB

Community
Business

GB

Goss
Grove
RB

9th St

College Av

Pottery
Lab

Chautauqua
Park

OS-A

University
Hill

The General Business areas


are located, for the most
part, at junctions of major
arterials of the city where
intensive commercial
uses exist.

Regional
Business

Open Space
Acquired

Land already acquired by the city


or Boulder County for open space
purposes.

OS-DR Open Space


Development Rights
Privately owned land with
conservation easements or other
development restrictions.

Open Space

OS-O Other

Other public and private land designated prior to 1981 that the city and county
would like to preserve through various preservation methods including but not
limited to intergovernmental agreements, dedications or acquisitions.

OTHER

Baseline Rd

Park, Urban and Other

Urban and Other Parks includes public


lands used for a variety of active and
passive recreational purposes.

East
Chautauqua
e
Cr

S ku

nk

ek

Chautauqua

1 Miles

Transitional
Business

OPEN SPACE AND MOUNTAIN PARKS

PK-U/O

0.5

TB

The Regional Business


areas provide major
shopping facilities, offices,
financial institutions, and
government and cultural
facilities serving the
entire Boulder Valley and
neighboring communities.

Beach
Park

y Cr
ee
k
Gr
eg
or

General
Business

A Community Business
area is the focal point
for commercial activity
serving a subcommunity
or a collection of
neighborhoods.

Canyon
Park

Columbia
Cemetary

Smith
Park Grant

In Mixed Use-Residential
areas, residential character
will predominate, although
neighborhood scale retail
and personal service uses
will be allowed.

BUSINESS

Bus Stop

Flatirons

High density areas are


generally located close to
the University of Colorado
or in areas planned for
transit.

Mixed density areas


surround the downtown
and are located in some
areas planned for new
development.

High Density Residential (HR)

Business

Columbine
Park

High Density Residential


HR (More
than 14 dwelling units per ac.)

(For new areas = 6 - 18 dwelling units per ac.)

Mixed Use

Newlands

Eben Fine Park

Mixed Density Residential (MXR)

Iris Av

Community
Iris Gardens Center
Longs

Campbell
Robertson
West Park Canyon
Pointe
Pearl
Park
West Bldr
Crk Corridor

Medium density areas are


generally situated near
community shopping areas
or along major arterials of
the city.

Low density areas in the


older section of the city
consist predominantly of
single-family detached
structures.

Very Low density areas in


the older section of the
city consist predominantly
of single-family detached
structures.

Linden Av

Density Residential
MR Medium
(6 - 14 dwelling units per ac.)

Density Residential
LR (2Low
- 6 dwelling units per ac.)

(2 dwelling units per ac. or less)

Martin
Acres

PUB Public
Public/Semi-Public land use designations
encompass a wide range of public and private
non-profit uses that provide a community
service.

AG

Agriculture

An Agriculture land use designation identifies land in the Service Area that is planned to
remain in agricultural use. Uses that are auxiliary to agriculture, such as home, a barn, and
outbuildings and the incidental sales of farm or horticultural products are expected on land
with this designation.

The Transitional Business


designation is usually zoned
for less intensive business
uses than in the General
Business areas, and they
often provide a transition
to residential areas.

LOOKING BACK AT THE LEGACY OF

CENTRAL
BOULDER

A majority of the historic districts, and


much of the citys history, exists within
Central Boulder.
1.

HISTORIC
LANDMARKS

2.

1874
1909

10th Street Bungalows

1860

Mapleton Hill
tier

Whit
eton

Mapl

own

t
Down

in

Boulders first County


Courthouse is built near
10th and Pearl Streets. It is
also Boulders first brick
building and later serves as
an assay office and police
headquarters.

The Boyd Smelter at 3rd


St. and Canyon Blvd.
opens its doors, marking
the beginning of the
mining industry in
Boulder which is the
basic economic
underpinning of the
citys early growth.

1876

1898

1894

Construction begins on the


Texas-Colorado Chautauqua.
The parks most prominent
building, the auditorium, is
constructed in less than eight
weeks.

The Boulder-Colorado
Sanitarium is established which,
began as a branch
of Dr. Kelloggs Battle
Creek Sanitarium in
Michigan..

Central School
graduates its first
high school class,
the same year that
CU is established.

2. The Post Office at


15th and Walnut
Streets is constructed.

berla

Cham

1860

1870

Goss Grove
1. The Boulder City-Town
Company is established.

dway

Eben G. Fine Park

on

Cany

Broa

West

Pearl

er

Bould

Abner Brown builds the first


schoolhouse in what would
become the state of Colorado.

1864

1. To help jumpstart
Boulders growth and to
add an air of sophistication to town, the Hotel
Boulderado opens as
Boulders largest and
most luxurious hotel.

Expanded Highland
Lawn

2. The First Methodist


Church is founded as
Boulders first faith
community.

Hillside Road
Grandview
Terrace

1859

University Hill

Columbia Cemetery is
opened. The first
person buried here is
Redmond C. Fisher,
who died May 14th,
1870.

1870

1880
Goss Grove, Whittier,
and Mapleton Hill,
Boulders earliest
neighborhoods, begin
to develop.

1880s

1910
Whittier School
opens. It is the
longest continually
operating school in
Colorado.

Mount St. Gertrude


Academy is
established. It is
Boulders first major
private school andfirst
major building on
University Hill.

1910

1900

1890
Crystal Springs
Brewing and Ice
Company takes
over Boulder City
Brewery near 9th
St. and Arapahoe
Ave.

1892

Boulder builds
the Carnegie
Library, the
citys first
public library.

1906

1.
University
Place

Chautauqua

Floral Park

2.

0.5

1882

1897

1 miles

Historic Districts
Potential Local Historic Districts
DesignatedLocal Historic Districts
Subcommunities
Central Boulder

Part of the Central Boulder Fact Sheet, July 2015

Photographs and historic facts courtesy of the Boulder Carnegie Branch Library, City
of Boulder, Denver Public Library Western History & Genealogy Department Digital
Collections, and Stephen H. Hart Library and Research Center Collections.

1.

1.

1.

1982

1967

1938

2.

2.

2.

1910

1921

1937

1. Nearly 280 homes are already


constructed in the Mapleton Hill
neighborhood with a couple
hundred more to come in the
following decades.

1. The Boulder Community Hospital opens


in the former Ben Hageman House at 2705
Broadway.

Boulder High School on Arapahoe Ave. is


designed by Glen Huntington.

2. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. authors


The Improvement of Boulder
Colorado, which helps to shape
Boulders development in the
coming decades.

2. Boulders first
auto park opens on what is presently
known as Eben G. Fine Park.

1910

1920

Dr. O.M. Gilbert


establishes the Mesa Vista
Sanatorium to treat
tubercular patients.

1918

1919

The
Switzerland
Trail train ends
its service
from Boulder
to Ward.

1998

1930
Boulders electric
streetcars stop
running as
automobiles take
over.

1931

1932

1959

The Boulder Lions Club erects a


Bandshell in Central Park. Architect
Glen Huntington designs the structure
& Saco DeBoer is the landscape
architect.

1940
The first Boulder
County Courthouse
burns down which was
caused by defective
wiring.

1. Boulder enacts a building


height limitation.

PLAN-Boulder
implements the
Blue-line to stop
development in
Boulders foothills.

The tanks belonging to


the Federal Gas
Company building that
opened in 1904 are
demolished at 13th and
Canyon Blvd.

2. Central School is
1983
demolished, and helps to serve
Alfalfas first
as an impetus for the
grocery store
establishment of Historic
opens up in what
Boulder, Inc. a year later.
was previously a
Safeway grocery
Midland Federal and Savings Company
store at Broadway
announces plans to build a branch office
and Arapahoe.
designed by modernist architect Hobart
Wagener at 13th St. & Canyon Blvd.

Construction on
the nine-story
Colorado building
at Walnut and 14th
is complete.

Boulders first
liquor license is
issued to the
Hotel
Boulderado.

James Hunter
designs a new
public library for
Boulder at 9th
St. and Canyon
Blvd.

1961

1952

1957

City Council
adopts a
historic
preservation
ordinance.

1974

1969

1987

1982
The Mapleton Hill Historic
District is designated. In addition
to the over 500 houses, the area
includes one of Boulders earliest
schools, the first public library,
and the first major hospital
facility.

1999 Downtown is designated


2010

2000

1990

1. Chautauqua is designated a local historic district and placed on the


National Register of Historic Places. With support from the State Historic
Fund, the Chautauqua buildings are restored.
2006
2. Floral Park is designated as Boulder first historic
The Boulder Chautauqua is
district.
designated as a National
Historic Landmark District,
3. A House near 6th Pine St. becomes the television
one of only 24 in Colorado.
home for the popular Mork and Mindy series.

1976

1978
1.

1. The pedestrian mall on Pearl Street is established and soon


becomes a national example of successful outdoor malls.

2. On February 2nd, Boulder designates its first three landmarks: the


Squires-Tourtellot House, the First Congregational Church, and the
Armory Building.

1.

Boulder History
Museum opens
its new location
on the Hill at
the Harbeck
House on Euclid
Ave.

as an historic district.

1980

1970

1960

1950

1983

1971

2.

2.

3.

Boulder Public Library


expands across Boulder
creek to 10th St. and
Arapahoe Ave.

1992

The Hannah Barker


House is donated to
Historic Boulder, Inc.
The organization
intends to rehabilitate
the house.

2010