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Denver Parks on Parade

August 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Denver Parks

Earlier this month, more than 30 park professionals from the US and Canada were hosted by Denver Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with City Parks Alliance for a tour of their park system. Eighteen cities were represented, including teams from Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.[read more]

Taking Stock of Denver Placemaking

August 19, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Denver Placemaking

Denver is earning a reputation as a city to watch for 21st century placemaking. Its Lower Downtown historic district—a mixed-use area now 25 years in the making—is a revitalization success story, and the city is making major investments in transit-oriented development.[read more]

Denver's Young Professionals Suffer in Affordable Housing Crisis

Denver Housing Crisis

Congratulations! You just landed the wonderful and exciting entry-level position of your dreams in the city of Denver, Colorado. Unfortunately, due to the lack of affordable housing in the city, you may end up going broke trying to find a rental apartment.[read more]

"Tactical Urbanism" Implemented by the Planning Department in Denver, Colorado

Denver Tactical Urbanism

It sounds more like a military exercise than something urban planners and urban planning aficionados can learn about. In reality, tactical urbanism is a grassroots movement for citizens to make changes in their community without having to go through that pesky, bureaucratic channel known as local government.[read more]

Redeveloped Denver Union Station Shows Priority for Regional Transportation

April 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver and Transport Development

The historic Denver Union Station is getting a makeover to the tune of $900 million. The plan is to turn one of Denver’s most prominent, yet underutilized historic structures, into the anchor of the Denver region’s expanding transportation network.[read more]

City of Denver Advances Local Food Policy With Public-Private Partnerships

Denver and Food Security

Where does your food come from? Residents of Denver may have scratched their heads over it, because most of the city’s food was sourced from elsewhere. Recently, however, stakeholders in the private and public sectors collaborated to help food growers prosper within the Denver metropolitan area.[read more]

Can Denver's Ambitious Light-Rail Plan Meet its 2018 Completion Deadline?

April 1, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver Light-Rail Plan

In 2004, Denver voters approved an initiative to provide funding for a rapid transit system comprised mostly of new light-rail tracks, stations, and park-n-rides to be completed by 2018. Integral to this plan is light-rail access from the Denver metro area, to and from the Denver International Airport.[read more]

Why Grandma is Moving to Denver, Not Miami

March 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver, Not Miami

Denver has the longest winter of any of the U.S. cities, averaging over fifty inches of snowfall per year, and has an average annual temperature more than twenty-five degrees lower than Miami, Florida. So why is grandma moving to Denver and not Miami?[read more]

Inequality in the Provision of Access to Urban Open Space

January 22, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Urban Open Space and Access

Denver’s city government and citizenry are currently very concerned with how we “activate” our urban parks. The biggest issue right now concerns redevelopment in City Park, Denver’s largest. The “City Loop” project proposes to replace a decaying playground with 13 acres of skate parks.[read more]

Denver's New Freedom Park

December 21, 2013 by City Parks Blog

Denver Freedom Park

New Freedom Park was built on a 2-acre vacant lot in an east Denver neighborhood that is home to hundreds of refugees from countries like Burundi, Somalia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Nepal, most of whom live in affordable housing communities.[read more]

Demolition Denver: What Matters in Urban Renewal?

December 16, 2013 by Dean Saitta

Denver Demolition

The demolition in question is the campus of the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Denver. We’ve been chronicling this development, and the struggle between developers and citizens over what it should look like, since June of 2011.[read more]

Placemaking: Whither Civic Center Park, Denver?

September 6, 2013 by Dean Saitta

Civic Center Park

Denver’s Civic Center Park is one of America’s best preserved legacies of the early 20th century City Beautiful movement. Opened in 1919, the park has had its ups and downs over the years. Over $15 million of city money has been spent to repair and restore its historic structures.[read more]