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Google plans to take over Boulder, Colorado

Google plans to take over Boulder, Colorado
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Whenever Google has built a "campus" in a city, property values have not-so-mysteriously risen a few years later. Google pays big salaries, is flush with cash and has the funding to turn any small town into a tech bubble whenever it wants.

That's why the residents of Boulder, Colorado, are so worried about a new Google campus that would increase Google's workforce from 300 to about 1,500.

San Francisco's public fight against wealthy Google employees — and the tech industry at general — mostly stems from the fact that Googlers can "buy out" local business owners. In one case, a Google exec bought out an apartment complex, evicted the residents, and turned it into a giant home.

Next page: Should Boulder really be worried?
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