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SoBo Rising: It’s about supporting each other

SoBo Rising is a coalition of over three hundred South Boulder residents bringing positive, constructive events to our Table Mesa neighborhood to promote healing and reconnection in the wake of the King Soopers tragedy in March 2021. While we know we must be respectful of the need to memorialize the area of the shooting, we also know from other tragedies that revitalizing such sites can help a shocked community regain a sense of control and identity.

Our main event in 2021 was the SoBo Sidewalk Social on September 19 when local businesses and community members joined together to offer everything from live music to homemade street tacos, from yoga classes to art classes, and from petting zoo to portrait photography.

Our volunteers have also worked with the Museum of Boulder to gently take down and preserve the memorial fence and helped install the Flower Splash with the City's Public Art Program. In 2022 we're helping support the Healing with Neurographics drawing workshop and Creativity Alive's music, movement, and art series. See our calendar for details.

It’s about identity

Many of the SoBo Rising coalition are decades-long residents who have seen the area add new housing, new transportation options, and new trail networks. Yet, South Boulder still lacks the cultural attractions that can compare with the activities of Pearl Street mall or the Boulder Creek path, or even the First Friday Artwalks of the NoBo Art District.

SoBo Rising is about using the King Soopers tragedy as a catalyst for finding small but meaningful ways to transform our shopping center into that missing cultural hub. It’s about rejecting fear and hatred and welcoming new kinds of neighborly interactions to lift the spirits of our community.

It’s about you

SoBo Rising needs your energy. We seek creative individuals with clever ideas for hosting cultural events in and around our busy shopping center. A wiz at marketing? We need to create a buzz around the Sidewalk Social! Good at crowd control? Help us plan for safe and easy pedestrian- and bike access to the shopping center during our events. Sharp at cutting through red tape? Help us convince Walgreens that after five years of disuse, it's time to lend the corner of Table Mesa & Broadway to a good cause.

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