I opened the green house door, and old school hip hop filtered through the warm, humid air. A crib sat adjacent to a children’s play area with various toys nestled amongst potted banana and fig trees. Erin was tending her starters which sprout from beds heated by copper pipes carrying geothermally heated water which emerges from the earth beneath the greenhouse.
By Emily Palm
Hear someone mention the town of Buena Vista, Colo., and images of a huge prison and a growing number of 1-acre lot developments sprawling across the valley might spring to mind. But a cohort of New Urbanists seeks to change that with their sustainable, community oriented South Main neighborhood. The development represents growth in a manner they’d like to see, while creating a walkable space to enjoy after recreating in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness or Browns Canyon…
Thanks to the Abdelnours of The Clocktower Flat and Foresight Multimedia for producing this great little video of the LoDo Wave at low water. Here’s a write-up I did on the wave for Colorado Kayak Supply: The “LoDo Wave,” short for “Lower Downtown,” is located at the South Main Town Square [...] Read more »
Well it doesn’t get much better than that, folks- big names, big beats, a weekend full of dance and celebration in our beautiful and increasingly-hip little mountain town. McPhelmy Park was a gorgeous location for the biggest Collegiate Peaks Music Festival yet. Bands like the Ark Valley’s Local Honey and Nederland’s Elephant Revival [...] Read more »
We’re gearing up for another big summer weekend here in BV. The Collegiate Peaks Music Festival starts this Friday and runs through Saturday night. On Sunday, we’ve got a fun kayaking event to keep things rocking. Here’s the beta: Colorado Kayak Supply presents King and Queen of the Wave 2010, a fun and [...] Read more »
Although there are, of course, a lot of things that make up a green home, one of the simplest- and therefore often overlooked- components is the continued care and maintenance of a home. People are less likely to love and maintain a home that they are not emotionally vested in. For instance, it [...] Read more »
We are blessed here in Buena Vista to have the beautiful Jenna Pfingston bringing lots of wonderful yoga energy to her classes at jalaBlu, BV’s first yoga studio. Another amazing thing she has been doing is bringing famous yogis to do guest workshops. her latest workshop with Darren Rhodes drew such a response that it had to be moved from 807 to the Orpheum Theatre to accommodate 46 guests!
We have one of the smallest and most awkwardly-shaped lots in South Main. Shaped sort of like a badly cut piece of pie, it seemed our yard was doomed to not be much- besides our wonderful vegetable garden. But I have a son now so we built a sand box. We never used the space anyways- why not? The sand box started an inquiry that has ended with, in my mind, a surprising realization of just what can be done with a small yard.
Of the three new buildings slated to break ground on River Park Road in the next several months, Todd and Pam Herzer’s California Craftsman-inspired rowhouse will be the first. “I grew up in the foothills next to Pasadena, the peak of the California Craftsman style,” Todd told me. Pam grew up in the Santa Barbara area, also noted for its Craftsman legacy. “So we wanted our design to reference these great craftsman neighborhoods.”
South Main’s Dustin Urban earned a spot on the US Freestyle Kayak Team on Friday and will represent the US at the World Championships in June 2011 in Plattling, Germany. Dustin placed 3rd in the event and is joined on the US Men’s Team by Stephen Wright, Eric Jackson, Clay Wright and Bryan [...] Read more »