Thank you for finally fairly representing the hypocrisy of the “pop and scrape” ordinance and the eagerness of wealthy City Council members and other Boulder elite to dictate terms to those who depend on our ability to develop and/or sell our homes for our families and our own retirement. Unlike City Council and large homeowners who can dictate the ordinance, we are affected in really severe and life-affecting ways. My favorite profile (although all the Council member profiles were quite telling) was Matt Appelbaum’s. In effect, he said that the laws he makes aren’t based on personal welfare. He says, “I just don’t make decisions based on my personal situation and how things are going to affect me … if we were living in a smaller lot, we would have done something different.” He claims that he bought a big lot and house and developed them to the max because “things were affordable years ago.” My family also bought our home “years ago,” in 1992, when small lots were “affordable” and it was “happenstance” that nobody was dictating our future security. Now the wealthy lawmakers are dictating for everybody who is not in their income and housing range, and making sure we can’t vote on it. I have an idea. If this now unfair ordinance, which has merit in terms of the monstrosities I have seen, meets the light of fair law, let it apply to ALL of Boulder retroactively. Then Applebaum and his cohorts can “do something different” at their own expense, like those of us who are affected. And let us all vote on it. As an educator, I know that there’s a reason that Johnny won’t listen, at least in Boulder. His wealthy and secure parents don’t have to listen either.