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Photosynthesis: Industrial Colorado

Industrial Colorado on Photosynthesis explores a side of Colorado sometimes obscured by the natural beauty of the landscape, yet critical to the state’s history, infrastructure and environmental issues.

(Photo/Christi Turner)

See the photo essay here. 

Q&A with James Howard Kunstler: Author, Social Commentator and Critic of American Culture

(Photo/Charlie Samuels)

(Photo/Charlie Samuels)

Years ago, James Howard Kunstler took a long look at our post-war method of planning — the model of “suburbia” — and didn’t like what he saw. The upstate New York-based writer has since made a career out of touring the nation’s cities and towns, lecturing, writing and commenting on what he calls “the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl.” He has authored numerous books on the subject, both fiction and non-fiction, including “The Geography of Nowhere,”  “The Long Emergency,” and, most recently, “Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation.” He speaks regularly about urban issues on his weekly podcast, “The KunstlerCast,” which just resumed after a brief hiatus.

Kuntsler spoke with The Boulder Stand about our unrealistic dependence on technology, problems with our current planning models and the future of our cities. His critique of Boulder and Denver might surprise you.

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Smoke and Rearview Mirrors: the Not-So-Simple Science of Driving High

Don't expect signs like these, "Stop and smoke one", to appear on Colorado roadways.  Although marijuana is now regulated, driving stoned remains illegal - and controversial. (Photo/martin cleary via Compfight cc)

Don’t expect signs like these, “Stop and smoke one”, to appear on Colorado roadways. Although marijuana is now regulated, driving stoned remains illegal – and controversial. (Photo/martin cleary via Compfight cc)

With Amendment 64 ratified, pot smokers around Colorado can exhale a sigh of relief and finally, legally, inhale.

But they can’t get high any time—especially not before getting on the highway.

Fearing more stoned drivers on the road, some are seeking to legislate a per se limit for marijuana:  the minimum amount of marijuana in the blood that would determine when a person is legally too high to drive.

“The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” Amendment 64’s full name, doesn’t change the existing DUID law—driving under the influence of drugs—as it relates to marijuana. For all substances but alcohol, DUID convictions rely on observed signs of impairment during sobriety tests performed by trained law enforcement. By contrast, drunk-driving convictions are determined by a per se law that mandates an automatic DUI conviction if a breathalyzer and blood test show a blood alcohol level above .08—a law not without its own controversy. Experts warn that the way cannabis behaves in the body makes even less of a case for setting a per se limit, as there seems to be no consistent, direct relationship between impairment and measurable levels of marijuana in the blood. Yet if such a per se limit were passed, exceeding it would mean an automatic DUID conviction. Continue Reading

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