Let's talk citywide retail. Some interesting things in this mid-point update.
The recent data is even higher than the numbers I had.
Boulder's retail operations generate $2.957 BILLION in annual sales; $27,024 per capita
Broomfield: 5.1M sq ft of retail space; 71.6 sq ft per cap; $1.041B in annual sales; $14,627 per cap
Longmont: 5.9M total sq ft; 61 per cap; $1.341B annual sales; $13,858 per cap
Lafayette: 1.8M sq ft; 58.2 per cap; $239M; $7,736 per cap...
Superior: .8M sq ft; 55.8 per cap; $389M annual sales; $29,942 per cap
More family-owned, minority-owned, locally-owned; family restaurants, not fast food and high end; options for clothes for men, children and seniors, big & tall
More diverse cuisine: Greek, Ethiopian and Jewish requested
More access to fruits & veggies for Asian and Latino population
More shoe repair, vacuum repair
Independent/foreign movie theater
Maybe, says Sarah Wiebenson
Yates: Retail sales per capita is $27K. If you do the math on that, our budget is about $3K per capita. 1/3 of our overall budget comes from retail sales. We could really screw that up.
But equally blamed were landlord issues: floods, leaks, pass-through of costs.
Young: I was pushing for someone, but the committee did not support, so we felt it was better to reopen the applications.
Young: I don't think he weighed in. The objection from the NAACP was that there was not a close enough tie to Boulder. My argument was sometimes it's good to have somebody outside the community.
Weaver: Are you comfortable with that?
Young: If you all concur
Council OK with that.
Young: Idk. They're getting bused, they need 72 hours; just enough time to get some food, take a shower, and regroup.