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Social misbehavior in Boulder: Our top three things that really need fixing

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Boulder is certainly used to obnoxious behavior. Whether it's drunken college kids rioting on the Hill, homeless kids with dreadlocks harassing people on the Pearl Street Mall, entitled CEOs landing in jail (or just cutting us off in traffic), or the hippie elite lecturing the rest of the world on foreign policy, this city unto itself seems to make headlines -- and embarrass itself -- on a pretty consistent basis. But now Boulder is in the news yet again for trying to eliminate some of its "social misbehavior." Unfortunately, it's not the misbehavior cited above.

Rather, the city council is backing "a suite of measures designed to make the municipal campus, Central Park and the Boulder Public Library less appealing to the people -- many of them homeless -- who hang out there all day, and more accessible to the general public," according to a report last week in the Daily Camera.

In other words, they're tired of begging, drug use, peeing and the general mayhem that seems to take place in areas like the mall, in parks and on campus.

The Boulder County chapter of the ACLU has already expressed misgivings about the city's approach. "The ACLU of Colorado is paying close attention to the deliberations of the Boulder City Council around what it calls 'social misbehavior.' We strongly discourage the Council from adopting any measures that target the vulnerable by redefining otherwise legal behavior as criminal or that attempt to limit access and enjoyment of public spaces to those in the community that the Council deems 'respectable' and worthy of the privilege," the organization says in a statement.

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Boulder Public Library.
"Transients, panhandlers and people of all types have been part of the Downtown Boulder scene for all of its history. Now the City has proposed new restrictions, ordinances, arrests, prosecutions, jail sentences and exclusion orders targeted directly at an ill-defined population that includes homeless, transient, and other vulnerable individuals on the municipal campus," the ACLU continues.

"The ACLU of Colorado and its Boulder County Chapter oppose new laws that restrict peaceful activity and that provide tools for selective and arbitrary enforcement that threatens the rights of free speech, association and to simply be left alone and enjoy public spaces free of police harassment."

If the city is really going to target social misbehavior, here are three examples we'd like to see it go after first.

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George Boedecker's Twitter picture.
Number 3: Entitled CEOs
Is there something about Boulder that makes CEOs feel particularly entitled? Perhaps.

In February 2011, Boulder-based Wild Oats Market founder and Sunflower Farmers Markets CEO Michael Gilliland was arrested in Arizona and accused of knowingly soliciting sex from a minor. He was sentenced to thirty days in jail in early 2013.

And in August 2012, Crocs co-founder George Boedecker was busted for DUI after police said they found him passed out by his still-running Porsche. At the time, Boedecker claimed that a "batshit crazy" Taylor Swift had actually been behind the wheel. He told police that Swift was his girlfriend, and that she had run off. He later ranted at two officers, telling them to "go fuck [themselves] in the ass," and called another his "enemy for life."

Continue for more suggestions about how Boulder can get rid of social misbehavior.

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Mick Paul
Mick Paul

I am annoyed with shitty local magazines that file frivolous lawsuits against the state of Colorado because they cannot collect advertising dollars from the same rec shops they posted stories on saying they are "raping" people with prices of marijuana.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Uh huh, because clearly, based on the "logic" of the Internet Outrage Contingent, personal anecdote "equates" to universal truth -- particular anecdotes that over a decade old.

Joe Pacheco
Joe Pacheco

#2 sounds the the same as when I was there in the early 90s. Honestly the baseball bat to the raccoon might be justified. A mutual friend of our was attacked by a raccoon when dumpster diving. It's a war zone!!! Also, when I was in the dorms a guy on our floor died from drugged hiking.

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

I am annoyed by the filthy rich asshats in suits...does that count or are we only baggin' on hippies?

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds

Really. A photoshopped picture of a fellah holding a "sign"?

Ashley Miller
Ashley Miller

^ this dude is a hater...I think it's awesome and funny. The crock guys' story is infamous and still just as good as the first time I heard it

Brian Smith
Brian Smith

This is a story? Are you even capable of writing a story that doesn't contain a top 5 or top 10 list?

Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson

I've never seen anything like it! Young healthy people, well dressed and clean, holding signs asking for money! Back in 2000 while taking my family to breakfast on the Boulder Mall I decided to help a gentleman who was holding a sing "will work for food", so I offered him $20.00 and lunch to come to my home and clean out my stables. Something that I did every Sunday and would take less than an hour! After 10 minutes we noticed him walking off my property! These people choose not to work because society enables them by supporting them! They probably make more than I do! Flaw in our fabric!

ltaylo59
ltaylo59

everything i ever read about boulder makes me embarrassed. building a bronze moose statue in honor of a moose that was killed while terrorizing a neighborhood? but don't you DARE smoke a cigarette by the mall! freaking idiots. this is why i, too, live in denver.

Maria P. Fernandez-Yoos
Maria P. Fernandez-Yoos

Boulder not as great as many people think. Come to Fort Collins, great city; great university.

Ross X. Wobble
Ross X. Wobble

People in boulder are. That's why I live in Denver.

Robin Shaw
Robin Shaw

I have to agree with dog off-leash misbehavior. My dog can sometimes get dog aggressive so I always have her on leash and under control.... Except when an over zealous lab that is off leash runs up to her and starts jumping on her. People... Just because your dog gets along with all, it doesn't mean the friendliness will be reciprocated. They could get badly injured!

Meghann Maguire
Meghann Maguire

As a Boulder native I could give you plenty of things about the city that are annoying. But this is just a stereotype. Lame. Stick to restaurant and music reviews, Westword!

Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

Oh no dogs off-leash. Its actually legal on a lot of national forest trails.

Venus Cruz
Venus Cruz

^nah. keep your dog on a leash. the world doesn't revolve around you and your dog.

seanmilano
seanmilano

Sorry but the CEO's don't ask me for money, don't ask to use my phone, don't scare the crap out of people pushing baby strollers, and at least confine their drug abuse to closed doors.  

Chad Hill
Chad Hill

I respect your opinion and complaint. Have spent time in other parts of the country and world where attention to detail and surroundings is crucial. The entire gamut from rattlesnakes, cotton mouths, recluse, black widows, trip wires and bombs. Can a moffugga walk his dog off leash in peace without another citizen being a wimp about it? P.S. I'll pick up my dogs poop so you don't step in it.

Ellen Zuckerman
Ellen Zuckerman

I grew up in Boulder and honestly, I loved it. Although I no longer live there, please rest assured we are/were not all drunken college kids, dreadlocked homeless people, elitists, or people who smoke weed. Not that there's anything wrong with any of those things, and Denver has its fair share of the same types of "social misbehavior." Some of us just had parents who loved the mountains and moved to an interesting city nearby. Grow up, Westword, you're getting boring! (but I'll still read your restaurant reviews)

Nick Abeyta
Nick Abeyta

Whatever the case I choose to stay far far far away from that horrible town!

Phil Knight
Phil Knight

Boulder = 20 square miles surrounded by reality !

Albert Martinez
Albert Martinez

If I read it right the article cites the ACLU as saying they are for peeing in public and drug use? Hmmm have to wonder about them.

Jesse Ryan
Jesse Ryan

crappy journalists produce crappy stories, what do you expect

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

You forgot an absolute crap music scene with boring ass bluegrass and frat-bro jam funk bands...,

coloradolove
coloradolove

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that thinks this way. I don't understand how the person that wrote this article can consider themselves a professional writer..  Westword, for your own good, stop writing hate articles on other cities in your same state and focus on other worthwhile meaningful things. You could've brought the news Boulder County was doing, without going off on (yet another) hate tirade about how lame Boulder/it's people are. Cut the crap and get back to what's good <3

Martin Ryeiss
Martin Ryeiss

I'm just gonna come out and say it: Stop writing hate articles on other cities in your same state and focus on other worthwhile meaningful things. You could've brought the news Boulder County was doing, without going off on (yet another) hate tirade about how lame Boulder/it's people are. Unliked.

Chad Hill
Chad Hill

Off leash dogs are cool,why that?

ItsTheBeesKnees
ItsTheBeesKnees

Some of the dirty liberal hippies in Boulder are annoying. The over privileged meat-head frat boys can be ridiculous as well. However, when I want to take the kids to a 'downtown' setting...Boulder is my pick....It's safer.....Cleaner....Mellower.

colinszym
colinszym

Not sure why my comment either isn't showing up or got deleted, but this writer needs to stay on the bright side and with facts.  This isn't an editorial and all the slights against Boulder are unnecessary and negative for negativity sake.  No I don't live in Boulder, but I love this state and Boulder is under the blanket of that love.

colinszym
colinszym

Way to take a paragraph long story of information and add in hating on Boulder.  I live in Aurora, can't we all be Coloradans?  They have nice things and very liberal ideas and street beggers in Boulder, so don't live there then!  To paraphrase the late Hank Hill: "You aren't making Denver better, you're just making Colorado worse."  Try staying on the bright side and reporting some facts, unless the type of article requires opinions.

ltaylo59
ltaylo59

what is it about people in colorado thinking it's ok to let their dogs roam without a leash?! i saw a huge dogfight at red rocks about a month ago due to a dog being off of a leash. it was brutal. i'm sure both of the dogs were pretty badly injured. 

ltaylo59
ltaylo59

it shouldn't be. sorry, animals should be on leashes period. there are way too many idiots who don't train their animals. 

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

Keep your kids on a leash first. My dog has a better pedigree than those mongrels.

ltaylo59
ltaylo59

pretty sure that is it least MOST of boulder though ;) haha i've visited quite a few times and have never been impressed.

ltaylo59
ltaylo59

@ItsTheBeesKnees  i'm sorry but boulder screams WHITE PEOPLE and SUBURBIA. even the downtown doesn't have a downtown setting feel at all. i'd take my kids down there if they wanted to see fakeness.

ltaylo59
ltaylo59

@WillieStortz  keep all of them on a leash. dogs, kids, yourself maybe willie?... just a thought.

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