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Exploring a changing Fort Collins

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...

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...
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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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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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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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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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Infrastructure Infill

"Development is an endurance exercise with incremental improvements." - Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance of Indonesia For pedestrians and bicyclists, many improvements come slowly and in small ways. And this can be frustrating. But as long as they're coming...

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Visit to Tulsa: View From the Sidewalk

With twin daughters that are seniors in high school this year, we've spent a lot of time visiting colleges. Our most recent trip took us to the University of Tulsa, which has a beautiful campus a couple miles east of downtown. Our travels have also provided me with an...

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A New Treatment at Cherry and Mason

The pedestrian crossing at Cherry and Mason is difficult and scary. The coincidence of distracted motorists who don't notice the crosswalk signs, families with kids heading to the museum, tourists who are unfamiliar with the area, a train line, and a connection to a...

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Take a Walk Around a Fort Collins Block

In the book, Walkable City, Jeff Speck states that "the cities with the smallest blocks are the ones best known for walkability, while those with the largest blocks are known as places without street life...." While there's certainly more involved in getting people...

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