While Google's big entrance into Boulder is creating a lot of positive buzz, it has also had some negative feedback as well.
For one, the building may be an eye sore against the pristine mountains of Boulder. The building itself will be modern and spectacular, but a city that is very much thriving while maintaining its small-town vibe will be over taken by ample traffic and the large buildings being built. This could have an impact on Boulder' culture as well. A fairly laid back, active and food-conscious city is about to be taken over by leaders in innovation and the tech world, which will no doubt influence the community. That being said, Boulder is trending to a more upscale city. With Pearl Street revamping the west end of downtown and the St. Julien hosting big names such as the Dalai Lama, this city has definitely benefited from its face lift. Another concern of the new construction, however, is its lack of integration of restaurants, shops and living. Being strictly a business site, will deter the rest of the community rather than welcoming them in.
The new campus will also have huge impacts on Boulder's affordable housing and public transportation. With the increase in high paying jobs and Boulder residents, will come a higher probability of high-end housing. While this will be beneficial to the city financially, it will devastate the potential for more affordable properties to be built, thus creating a gap in who can and cannot live in Boulder.
Learn about the pros of Google on our other blog and learn more about this issue in the article, "Google breaks ground on new 330,000-square-foot Boulder campus"
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