Impacts & Initiatives

Impacts & Initiatives

Local Projects that will affect Winston Downs

The Winston Downs neighborhood is positioned in East Central Denver,  and is surrounded by areas that are in rapid transition.  There are a number of local and regional projects that will directly or indirectly affect quality-of-life and home values in the neighborhood.  Since 1991, Winston Downs was adjacent to the nation’s largest (and most successful) urban redevelopment project, the Lowry Redevelopment (in 2000, I was appointed by Denver Mayor Wellington Webb to the Lowry Citizens Advisory Committee, where I served through 2003).  Currently, there are a number of  urban redevelopment and public works projects that are worth keeping track of . . .

Density at Buckley Annex Causes Alarm

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Living, Projects | 0 comments

Density at Buckley Annex Causes Alarm

Neighborhoods around the Buckley Annex Redevelopment project (including Winston Downs) have been increasingly vocal recently about the move toward higher density in the 70-Acre urban development. After raising concerns about density, building heights, and traffic, citizens are looking at the actions of Neighborhood groups like West Highlands and Cherry Creek North which have filed lawsuits against Denver City Council over the approval of development plans.  Some feel that local government is being controlled by developers, and in the case of Buckley Annex, The Cherry Creek Chronicle claims that “Lowry residents were shocked to learn that Monty Force, Director of the Lowry Development Authority, negotiated a contract that awarded him a bonus if high density was approved . . . ” Is City Council serious about it’s obligation to represent it’s constituency?  Are public officials giving lip-service to neighborhood concerns about the same values they envision for new urban communities (e.g., “live, work, play”, multi-modality, and people-oriented places)? Read more . . ....

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Buckley Annex street views

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Living, Projects, Traffic Calming | 0 comments

In her February newsletter, Councilwoman Sussman shows a couple of renderings for street views at 1st Avenue.  There has been some concern from adjacent neighborhoods about how these areas would look after construction. For detailed information about the Buckley Annex redevelopment, click...

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Streets as Places

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Living, Projects, Traffic Calming | 0 comments

Streets as Places

All around the US, communities are increasingly becoming concerned about the consequences of designing streets that function exclusively for the efficiency of automobile movement versus those that serve broader economic and social needs of communities. In its broadest application, Placemaking is a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable and economically viable cities of the future. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then, they have completed projects in over 2500 communities in 40 countries and all 50 US states. Partnering with public and private organizations, federal, state and municipal agencies, business improvement districts, neighborhood associations and other civic groups, we improve communities by fostering successful public spaces. These ideas and practices are useful in informing our local discussions with traffic and public works agencies regarding infrastructure (street improvements,...

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“Studying” Quebec St.

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Projects, Top Nav, Traffic Calming | 0 comments

“Studying” Quebec St.

From the GWHOA and District 5 City Councilwoman Sussman (November newsletter) we learn that Denver will hire consultants to do a Quebec Corridor Alternatives Analysis.
Both sources emphasize “position[ing] the corridor for future funding” and alleviating “current congestion.” Which means that this will mostly be a capacity project, but look for a public process of some sort including a discussion of multi-modal aspects (pedestrian, bicycle, bus . . . ).

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