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.

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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Instigating Change Incrementally

For the past few years I've been attending a conference in February called Saving Places. While historic preservation is the main focus of the event, a wide variety of urban development topics tend to surface including local economics, place building, and...

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Shared Spaces and Naked Streets

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Pullman, Washington, to check out the WSU campus with one of my daughters. A trip like that is an opportunity to compare our college town to another, but it's also a chance to get some reading done while flying there...

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How to make a strip mall more pedestrian friendly

Olive Street, between College and Mason, used to be a residential block. The Armstrong hotel first opened in 1923, but there were still mansions between downtown and the hotel along College Avenue and there were still houses on Olive and Mason on that block. By the...

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Historically Dense Urban Design Makes (Dollars and) Cents

Since the 1960s, historic preservationists have been arguing that older, denser buildings should be conserved and reused and that tearing down these buildings to create parking lots was doing damage to the fabric of the city. They also argued that the big box stores...

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Ten Most Read Articles on Pedal Fort Collins in 2016

2016 was the first full year that Pedal Fort Collins has been around. In the past year, 7,398 people have viewed the site with a full 77.6% of them being brand new readers this year. The most read article of all was seen by 2,692 people! and was quoted by other...

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Taking the Lane at an Intersection

I've written a couple of articles so far about "taking the lane." I've looked at the importance of taking the lane on a skinny bridge where there is quite literally not enough room for a bicycle and a motor vehicle to share a single lane side by side. I've also talked...

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