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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]

Draft Urbanism: Art in the Cityscape

August 15, 2013 by Dean Saitta

Denver Public Art

In this post I examine the billboard art of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas exhibition of Draft Urbanism. More than 30 artists, poets, and philosophers contributed pieces covering 10 square mile area of the city, each annotated with museum labels.[read more]

What’s Missing from the Top 10 Cities for Urban Trees

February 24, 2013 by Leda Marritz

A few weeks ago, non-profit American Forests released their list of the 10 Best Cities for Urban Forests.[read more]

Places Develop People

March 4, 2012 by Jim Russell

Photo by paukrus via Flickr

For talent migration, tolerance doesn't matter. The idea that London is a winner in the vote-with-feet competition because of its cosmopolitan disposition is amusing. No city is immune to parochial attitudes:But London in 2012, like most other global cities, is in significant flux, much less beholden to sepia-tinged notions of what it...[read more]

Transportation Choices Can Keep Money Local

September 27, 2011 by Peter Rudd

According to this infographic from Denver bikes, four of five dollars you spend on your car leave your local economy.  To keep 130k transportation dollars in your local economy your city would need to reduce car ownership by 15k cars.  Which could mean 15k more bike owners, and bike money stays 100 percent local which makes...[read more]

Social Bicycles: Bikeshare Everywhere

July 5, 2011 by Donovan Gillman

From, a project for social bicycles: We need your help to introduce a flexible, scalable, and affordable bike sharing system that makes cycling more accessible and interactive. Over the last few years, bike sharing has spread across the world and become a new transportation alternative in cities such as Paris, London,...[read more]