Steve Altermatt began living in the Martin Acres neighborhood in 1987 and is intimately familiar with the history of the neighborhood and its housing stock because of his profession as a realtor, in which he has specialized in properties in Martin Acres. In this interview he talks about some of the negative images originally associated with the neighborhood as well as the many positive aspects of living there. He relates history about Martin Acres, ranging from descriptions of the several subdivisions and house models that make up the area; to the building of bomb shelters in the 1950s; the creation of MANA, the neighborhood association; the “Martin Acres Crack”, a crack caused in some of the houses by a 1963 earthquake; and the trend toward pop-top housing expansions.
This interview is part of a series about post-WWII housing in Boulder.
View DVD and transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.