Exploring a changing Fort Collins

 

To re-Train or not re-Train City Park

In 2010, the City Park Train was shut down due to safety concerns. There was a $350,000 line item in the Building on Basics 2 tax that was taken before city voters in 2015 in order to place a safer train in City Park. The tax passed (and included a lot more projects...

All New Intersection at Laporte and Loomis

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTSAll New Intersection at Laporte and LoomisThere are some significant improvements in the works for an offset intersection in an Old Town neighborhood. While most are pleased with the proposed changes, there are a few who believe the redesign...

The Best Routes to Get Downtown by Bicycle

There's a lot going on downtown during the summer. Carpooling to Old Town can be a smart way to go. But for some events, like New West Fest, parking spots are in very short supply. At times like that you'll definitely want to travel by bike or bus instead (or both!)....

Assumptions Made About Bicyclists

  I attended the Magnolia and Shields intersection open house tonight that was hosted by FC Bikes and the City of Fort Collins. In speaking with a fellow participant, I learned the following. All bicyclists are riding a bicycle for pleasure. Bicyclists don't need...

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in a Denver Historic District

On July 17th, Historic Denver hosted a tour of ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) in the Curtis Park Historic District. "Accessory Dwelling Unit" is a technical term that refers to any additional living space on a lot other than the main dwelling. So if a single family...

Celebrate Independence by Blocking Someone’s Way

Special events often lead to disregard. At any "normal time" most people seem to get that there are rules to where you can and can't park your car. But when it comes to special events, whether that's a kids' soccer game or a holiday parade, suddenly all rules go out...

Blessed Are the Pedestrians

“Blessed are the pedestrians, for they have inherited a world made for motorists."

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Think BIG

“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” ― Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. Humans have been reusing and recycling hand-made goods for millennia....

A Sense of Place Outside of Old Town

At a City Plan meeting last night, there was a short discussion on the term "distinctiveness." It was a theme in the 1997 version of City Plan as residents wanted to be sure that Fort Collins remained distinct from Loveland, Timnath, Wellington and Laporte rather than...

“Organic Energy” – The First Transformer

In 2006, the City of Fort Collins, through the Art in Public Spaces program, commissioned artwork to be painted on transformer cabinets. Not only would the artwork beautify the city, but it would also be a means of combatting graffiti. Artists would be paid for their...

Meg Dunn, author of Urban Fort Collins.Meg has been writing about urban development issues in Fort Collins since 2015. Learn more…

Meg also writes about local history at NorthernColoradoHistory.com.

I’m hoping to add a recommended reading section here soon.

All New Intersection at Laporte and Loomis

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTSAll New Intersection at Laporte and LoomisThere are some significant improvements in the works for an offset intersection in an Old Town neighborhood. While most are pleased with the proposed changes, there are a few who believe the redesign...

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The Best Routes to Get Downtown by Bicycle

There's a lot going on downtown during the summer. Carpooling to Old Town can be a smart way to go. But for some events, like New West Fest, parking spots are in very short supply. At times like that you'll definitely want to travel by bike or bus instead (or both!)....

read more

Assumptions Made About Bicyclists

  I attended the Magnolia and Shields intersection open house tonight that was hosted by FC Bikes and the City of Fort Collins. In speaking with a fellow participant, I learned the following. All bicyclists are riding a bicycle for pleasure. Bicyclists don't need...

read more

Celebrate Independence by Blocking Someone’s Way

Special events often lead to disregard. At any "normal time" most people seem to get that there are rules to where you can and can't park your car. But when it comes to special events, whether that's a kids' soccer game or a holiday parade, suddenly all rules go out...

read more

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Think BIG

“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” ― Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. Humans have been reusing and recycling hand-made goods for millennia....

read more

A Sense of Place Outside of Old Town

At a City Plan meeting last night, there was a short discussion on the term "distinctiveness." It was a theme in the 1997 version of City Plan as residents wanted to be sure that Fort Collins remained distinct from Loveland, Timnath, Wellington and Laporte rather than...

read more

“Organic Energy” – The First Transformer

In 2006, the City of Fort Collins, through the Art in Public Spaces program, commissioned artwork to be painted on transformer cabinets. Not only would the artwork beautify the city, but it would also be a means of combatting graffiti. Artists would be paid for their...

read more

Roundabouts: the Sustainable Solution

I recently returned from a trip to Uganda and Kenya where I was impressed with how frequently roundabouts were used as opposed to traffic signals. It struck me that in an up-and-coming third world country, where resources aren't alway readily available but traffic is...

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Streetcars and Commercial Centers

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Saving Places, a three day conference that looks at historic preservation as a means of enlivening communities, strengthening economies, and giving story to the lives and cultures of past and present residents. Transportation...

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Sidewalk Disorder

This article was originally published on July 11, 2013 on my North of Prospect website. Since that time a Poudre student was struck by a car when a motorist fell asleep at the wheel. The student was walking on the shoulder of Laporte Avenue on his way to Poudre High...

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