Posts Tagged ‘Iris Avenue’

Elmer’s Twomile Library: Could Diagonal Plaza be home to a branch library?

Friday, July 8th, 2011

We’ve talked a little about some longshot library-related ideas on this blog in the past, but now here’s someone with a city title doing it:

Donna O’Brien, another library commissioner, said there also could be opportunities to partner with developers to have a library presence in new retail locations. She cited the possible future redevelopment of the Diagonal Plaza center at 28th Street and Iris Avenue as a possible opportunity.

The Camera story talks in very broad terms about the city wanting a library resource for north Boulder of some kind.

What do you think — is two and a half miles to the nearest library too far?

Bolder Boulder 2011 route changes

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Bolder Boulder 2006. But honestly, this is how it always looks. | flickr: scubadive67

Get ready to be trapped at home on May 30th because, while the Bolder Boulder’s route is changing, it’s still gonna make it impossible to escape our neighborhood.

On your mark, get set, go! But not from 30th Street and Iris Avenue anymore.

The Bolder Boulder is making the first significant course change since moving the finish line to Folsom Field in 1981.

Race director Cliff Bosley said Monday the 2011 edition of the Bolder Boulder will begin at a site just north of 30th Street and Walnut Street. The location is about a mile south of the previous start line. There will also be slight modifications throughout the first two kilometers of the 10K race, he said.

Yep — we’ll be surrounded. Here’s the official Bolder Boulder 2011 map (PDF). Perhaps more importantly to those of us who are not running, but who will be here, this is the list of race day entertainment, which includes a Blues Brothers tribute and the Whiskey Bottles.

Big wreck at 28th and Iris; 34th and Iris graffiti

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Last night there was yet another big car wreck at 28th and Iris. We couldn’t tell exactly what happened, but it looked like two cars were involved. One ended up in the westbound lane of Iris (next to the sign for Rocky Mountain Soccer, the liquor store and Murphy’s and all of that), facing east. Couldn’t tell if it started out that way or what. Southbound 28th was blocked off by a fire truck, an ambulance, couple of police cars…

Unrelated, this was on the blotter for April 18:

Police investigated an anonymous report of a substantial amount of graffiti in the area of 34th Street and Iris Avenue. Many electrical boxes, mail boxes, newspaper stands and parking signs were tagged. No suspect information. 11-4781

Tangerine and Moe’s Bagel: Places we’re waiting for

Monday, April 18th, 2011

We recently popped by the new north-central Boulder home of Moe’s — it’s next to the Dairy Queen on 28th Street. It has yet to open, though when we called a while back they said they’d open in March. Well, our taxes are done, so it must be mid-April, but it’s looking pretty close to finished, with some of the tile apparently setting or drying or something. Half of the menus were chalked up and ready to go as of last weekend.

The other one we’re curious about is Tangerine. That’s what Radix Bistro (in Willow Springs Shopping Center, next to Arugula) is being converted into, according to this building permit listed in the Camera:

PMT2011-00560;2777 Iris Ave.; $90,000; Willow Springs; Center Management Group LLC; Tenant remodel for conversion of former Radix Bistro to Tangerine with shared flex space with Arugula. Existing kitchen to remain. Includes electrical, mechanical and plumbing.

Tangerine has both a normal website (albeit very limited at this very moment) and a Facebook page, which tells us they’re hoping to open by June 1. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Tangerine is Boulder’s premier breakfast & lunch spot combining the quality of fresh seasonal ingredients with a playful and unpretentious atmosphere that’s sure to start your day off right. Chef owner Alec Schuler of Arugula Ristorante and Phil Armstrong of Hush Denver work together to bring you the next evolution in brunch eateries. We strive to provide the highest level of service and cuisine while creating an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming to all. Tangerine works together with local farmers and producers to bring you the freshest items available from right here in Colorado ranging from 100% local organic eggs to 2011 roaster of the year Conscious Coffees.

I do love breakfast, whether it’s a solid bagel (Moe’s calls everything bagels “Italian” bagels — weird or just me?) or a sit-down organicstravaganza. We’re looking forward to adding both spots to our north-central Boulder restaurants listing.

Love reading, hate going to the library?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In the spirit of tossing everything on here that I find, here’s a letter to the editor that ran in the Camera, suggesting a library book drop-off at 28th and Iris.

Install book return receptacles

In response to the recent article detailing how the Boulder City Council recognizes the need for a north Boulder branch of the public library system, but does not foresee having the money to build one, I would like to pose a suggestion for the interim.

All of the north Boulder residents have to venture at least halfway across town to return their library books. For the most part (meaning, yes, some people will walk, cycle or bus, but the majority don’t) this increases traffic congestion and carbon emissions. We all would like to reduce pollution and traffic, including the city of Boulder.

I ask that the city place a library book return receptacle in north Boulder, perhaps similar to the one in the Canyon Boulevard library parking lot, so we can have a local spot to return our books. A single library vehicle, preferably an electric one, could make a daily round to empty the receptacle.

I would also suggest possible receptacle locations at the intersection of 28th Street and Iris Avenue, in the Diagonal Plaza, where the Department of Motor Vehicles is located, or the Safeway parking lot, or in the Willow Springs Shopping Center. All are easily accessible by bike/pedestrian paths, bus stop or car.

Eventually, additional receptacles could be installed in other under-served locations throughout Boulder to help decentralize public access. This would be a low-cost way to begin mitigating this situation in the meantime, while providing a very welcome service to expanding Boulder and her residents.


PHOTO: The early smoke

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

At first, I thought it was a huge cloud. This was probably half an hour after the fire started. The wind carried the plume of smoke in such a way that it drew a straight line to 28th St. and Iris Ave.

Photo taken from Villa Shopping Center parking lot.

Photos of ash on the doormat didn’t turn out too well, but it doesn’t matter — there are photos that tell the story far more compellingly now.

Tonight, there’s a benefit just outside of what we’d call “our neighborhood,” but it still has some Condo City flavor: The Whiskey Bottles will play some tunes, Comida and Streat Chefs will sell some food and Common Threads and other businesses will collect donations for Fourmile Canyon Fire relief at Common Threads.

Fourmile Canyon fire ash falling on neighborhood

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Needless to say, it’s bad out there — close your windows, keep your air recycled and get a mask if you have to go outside. The light turned orange about 11:30 this morning and that’s when the ash started falling. The smoke was going directly over Iris and 28th today early on, and now it has widened to become a giant cloud over the city.

Drink a lot of water today, folks.

Follow the developing Fourmile Canyon fire story at the Camera.

Send in your smoke photos of you’ve got ‘em. I’ll post some when I’m not so busy. Here’s one from a Camera reader, taken from Nederland.

Free yoga at Vida on Sept. 17

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Vida Yoga, located in the Willow Springs Shopping Center, is advertising a free yoga day on Friday, Sept. 17.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Yoga Flow
  • Noon- 1 p.m. Hatha Yoga
  • 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Restorative Yoga
  • 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Yoga Flow

Find out more by calling 303-562-5963.

Diagonal Plaza redevelopment consideration dates and facts

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Last week, there were murmurs of action in the direction of redeveloping Diagonal Plaza.

The city has added a Diagonal Plaza redevelopment page to its website, with the following action items mentioned:

  • the city named a team of consultants
  • the city is preparing a Community Challenge Planning Grant application for submittal in August to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Transportation departments (looks to me like the deadline for that was a week ago, so I have to assume this was done on Aug. 23, when the Camera story on this subject ran)
  • City Council direction on the Diagonal Plaza redevelopment options is currently scheduled for Nov. 16, 2010

24 Hour Fitness burglary

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Lockers at 24 Hour Fitness in Diagonal Plaza got burglarized this week — and so did another fitness center in Boulder. One of the things stolen from lockers? A gun.