Exploring a changing Fort Collins

 

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in a Denver Historic District

aOn 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...

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...

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...

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...

The Fort Collins Streetcar Was Here

Old streetcar tracks were uncovered today buried under a section of Walnut street. The City is in the process of replacing water pipes that are over 100 years old and it was while digging up the street for that project that the old tracks were found. Though the wood...

We Didn’t Get Here By Accident

It's easy to take Fort Collins for granted. When I ride to the store, I don't have to worry about where I'll park my bike. There's almost always a bike rack nearby. When I take a walk, there are usually decent sidewalks the whole way. Trees line the streets making...

Transit Oriented Development on Elizabeth

A new mixed-use apartment building called the Union on Elizabeth was just approved by the Planning and Zoning board. It will be situated within the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) overlay zone and will include a total of 402 bedrooms. The project is notable for a...

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.

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...

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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...

read more

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...

read more

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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The Fort Collins Streetcar Was Here

Old streetcar tracks were uncovered today buried under a section of Walnut street. The City is in the process of replacing water pipes that are over 100 years old and it was while digging up the street for that project that the old tracks were found. Though the wood...

read more

We Didn’t Get Here By Accident

It's easy to take Fort Collins for granted. When I ride to the store, I don't have to worry about where I'll park my bike. There's almost always a bike rack nearby. When I take a walk, there are usually decent sidewalks the whole way. Trees line the streets making...

read more

Transit Oriented Development on Elizabeth

A new mixed-use apartment building called the Union on Elizabeth was just approved by the Planning and Zoning board. It will be situated within the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) overlay zone and will include a total of 402 bedrooms. The project is notable for a...

read more