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We’re really excited about boulderspace, a blog that we helped conceptualize and launch as a forum for discussion relating to development, land use, design, and other community issues here in Boulder and beyond. Prices downtown are creeping toward $1500 / sf, making living even in the most dense parts of town unaffordable for the average citizen (poor graphic designers included). When combined with the apparent lack of foresight and desire to create architecturally interesting structures on the part of the developers, lots of folks I know have been waving red flags for a while now. Hopefully the bouldersace blog will give people the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns about the face-lift of our town that seems to be happening with very little community input.

Big Diffy was a hit (check), we sold a couple of posters (check) and people appeared to be enjoying themselves(check). Friday night at White Hills was fun. Thanks to everyone who came out. Click here for more pics. (more…)

Finally coming up for air after office-scramble-Sunday. We’ve settled in, at least temporarily, to our new home in the Smokeproof Press / Neighbor letterpress shop. It should be a creative, albeit cozy, solution while we look for something a little more permanent. Regardless of how long we keep our day-to-day operation here, this is where the letterpress magic will continue to happen. The photo above is a panoramic shot of the shop, so imagine yourself looking from left-to-right and then continuing from left-to-right through the bottom photo. Click ‘more’ for more photos. (more…)

I’ve become rather attached to the current incarnation of my desk…views of the foothills out the window, exposed brick and ceiling beams, and what might look like a mess to most people, but to me is a beautiful system of organized chaos. But change is good and Neighbor is on the move. We found a nice turn-of-the-century row house and it feels like a good move that should allow for a little growth and a little more breathing room. We’re also trading second floor anonymity for street level signage and a toilet that barely flushes for a full bathroom with a clawfoot tub. And the beautiful thing is that it’s only about a half block away. Maybe I can move my desk without disassembling a a year’s worth of clutter after all.

UPDATE: Scratch the row house. Despite being over 100 years old, the City of Boulder apparently sees very little historical significance on the enitre block (surprise), which we just found out will eventually be completely demolished to make way for more million dollar yuppie huts. Even worse, the people behind the project are the same ones responsible for all the other god-awful new developments around town.

I’m actually looking forward to Plan B–working out of Brad’s / Neighbor’s letterpress studio on Arapahoe. It’s an inspiring, albeit cozy workshop that should get the creative juices flowing as we hopefully begin thawing out a little bit around here. I’ll post some pics when we get settled in.

There are parts of I-40 in New Mexico where you can drive parallel to the highway on historic Route 66. Kind of like a time machine to a road trip from 50 years ago. It doesn’t hurt that a lot of original signage is still right where it has always been, even if the business along the road died when the insterstate was built. I’m a sucker for old signs–it seems like everyone had metal and neon back in the day and now everyone is too cheap to pay for it. Here are a couple of pics from the part of Rout 66 that runs through Tucamcari. (more…)

I never thought I’d be this happy to be in Bush Land. But after spending NYE in a motel room, it was actually a welcome sight. The irony is that there are some ~real~ cowboys that live here, not the pretend kind you see on t.v. mending fences in Crawford.

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Might as well get this thing off the ground while I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere. The annual holiday pilgrimage home and back isn’t going so smoothly this year. Just grabbed a couple of Budweiser tallboys from the Love’s truck stop and plan on patronizing the Waffle House in the morning. Now those are a couple of nice looking websites. Hopefully the road will clear up tomorrow. It’s like an ice skating rink out there right now.