Boulder Moves Forward Together

Proving hip-hop is for everyone

Westword’s staff writer, Oakland L. Childers, profiles a powerful 10-woman hip-hop dance group, The Janes, who will be performing their first show at The Dairy Center this Sunday. Veering away from their typical routine of dance competitions, “We Are The Janes: The Show,” presents a new image for not only themselves, but for all women. In Childers’ article, group member Christa Lewis points out, “However, there is still that ‘Wow, you’re good for a girl,’ stigma. Our goal as a powerful female group is to erase the ‘for a girl’ statement and finally have an equality of talent and respect among men and women – those in the hip-hop community and those not in the hip-hop community.” The performance represents creative risks that these women have taken in order to start a new movement.

Building art 

The Daily Camera reported on what new modern architectural designs residents envision to incorporate the city of Boulder. The presenters at the annual Month of Modern event at eTown Hall consisted of a panel of architects and various other designers to discuss ideas about how to bring aesthetic change to Boulder. Quentin Young, a writer for the Daily Camera, noted, “Boulder has fallen behind when it comes to modern design. Its built environment in recent years suffers from a lack of imagination, a strain of exclusion, a failure to lead on green principles and a tolerance of mediocrity. But the moment is ripe for the city to do better.”

With Boulder rapidly expanding, MoM will continue the discussion about what sort of unique and artistic elements to implement. Quentin writes, “This isn’t just a matter of aesthetics or a concern limited to people who can afford high-priced architects. It has a community-wide effect on quality-of-life, and affordable-housing projects present some of the biggest challenges, and opportunities for innovation, for architects and designers.”

Promoting community safety

Boulder County has devised an alternative option in case of an emergency. 9News reported that texting “911” is beneficial to those who are unable to make a phone call. The reporter, Mackenzie Concepcion, says, “For example, it is appropriate to text 911 if you’re hard of hearing, deaf or speech-impaired, if voice connectivity is unavailable or in situations where silence is important for your safety, like in intrusion and abuse situations.”

In order to expedite the police arrival, the text should be simple, straightforward, and provide an address.

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