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.

Throwing a Building Away: Adding to the Landfill

At the rate we're going, the Larimer County Landfill will be maxed out by 2024 according to the Director's Report published last month. The growth and redevelopment of our built environment is contributing to the amount of waste deposited into the landfill yearly....

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Ginger & Baker: a Delight to the Senses

Materials, patterns, textures, and colors shape our lasting impressions of a place as profoundly as does its overall formal organization and composition. -- Sarah Williams Goldhagen I had the privilege of eating lunch at Ginger and Baker last week, followed by a tour...

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Auto Idolatry

America's car culture is a form of national idolatry. The United States has prostrated itself to the automobile. Even if you don't believe there is a God, I invite you to bear with me as I use this spiritual analogy to make a point about what our vehicle use, built...

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Occupancy Ordinances – a comparison chart

Have you ever wondered how the Fort Collins occupancy ordinance (commonly known as U + 2) compares to other cities? Well, wonder no longer. The following two tables give brief summaries of occupancy regulations from around Colorado as well as from other communities...

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Walk & Wheel Skills Hub – Fun with a Purpose

Oh, to be a kid again. I used to play all sorts of games of pretend when I was young. When I was in elementary school, we lived in a small town just outside of metro Boston and I spent a lot of time exploring, imagining, and riding my bike. There's something about...

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We All Just Want to Belong

As a nation, as a state, and as a city, we're faced with issues where people are in direct opposition to one another. It's easy to develop an "us" vs. "them" mentality about almost any issue. We can get caught up in the divide (pointing out how ignorant, selfish, or...

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What is a subsidy?

In talking about affordable housing, transportation, development and other issues related to urban growth, the term "subsidy" often pops up. It's generally used pejoratively and seems to refer to such a large variety of situations that the meaning can start to get a...

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Fort Collins Is Changing… Becoming More Urban

Almost every time I walk my dogs, or ride my bike, or drive my car around the city of Fort Collins, I see something new. I'm not saying that I see something I hadn't noticed before. I mean I see something that didn't use to be there. Driving north on Shields between...

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The Technology That Goes Into Electric Bikes

Congestion on northern Colorado roads is an increasing problem, consuming both our time and patience. The bus works well for some, but with several routes running only once or twice an hour, and other parts of town receiving no bus service at all, it remains an...

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Proximity to Parks in Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins adopted a strategic plan in 2015 that seeks to preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents as the city grows and fills in. Nature in the City, as the program is called, aims to: ensure that all residents have easy access to nature,...

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