Exploring a changing Fort Collins

The Old Ghent Motor Building Could be Repurposed

There's a perception that historic preservation only ever always gets in the way of development. Once we've saved one important house and turned it into a museum, what would be the need to landmark anything else? Can't the preservationists just focus on the museum and...

Lost Housing in Old Town

While some residents are becoming increasingly concerned about the cost of housing in Fort Collins, there are others that are removing relatively more affordable homes and replacing them with... well, not housing. 125 S. Grant as it looked in 1948. Photo taken by the...

Increased Density on Tennyson Street in Denver

This is what increasing density looks like on the 4400 block on Tennyson Street in Denver. All images captured through Google Streetview. 4470 N. Tennyson St. is the house at the center of each image.4470 N. Tennyson St, Denver - September 20114470 N. Tennyson St,...

The Larimer County Poor Farm

This photo of the Larimer County Hospital is from 1925 or after. It is from a postcard I found on eBay. The small house that can be seen in the background was a part of the Larimer County Poor Farm. I'm currently researching the history of our local hospitals and have...

How We’ve Lived, Over Time, in This Place

The current City Council has spent quite a bit of time looking at housing related issues. Government oversight of rental properties, rezoning mobile home parks, addressing occupancy limits and removing all single family zoning have all at least been on the table. Some...

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

Bicyclist using the new bike lane on S. Shields St.   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...

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 it's a kids' soccer game or a holiday parade, suddenly all rules go out the...
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Lost Housing in Old Town

Lost Housing in Old Town

While some residents are becoming increasingly concerned about the cost of housing in Fort Collins, there are others that are removing relatively more affordable homes and replacing them with... well, not housing. 125 S. Grant as it looked in 1948. Photo taken by the...

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Increased Density on Tennyson Street in Denver

Increased Density on Tennyson Street in Denver

This is what increasing density looks like on the 4400 block on Tennyson Street in Denver. All images captured through Google Streetview. 4470 N. Tennyson St. is the house at the center of each image.4470 N. Tennyson St, Denver - September 20114470 N. Tennyson St,...

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The Larimer County Poor Farm

The Larimer County Poor Farm

This photo of the Larimer County Hospital is from 1925 or after. It is from a postcard I found on eBay. The small house that can be seen in the background was a part of the Larimer County Poor Farm. I'm currently researching the history of our local hospitals and have...

read more
How We’ve Lived, Over Time, in This Place

How We’ve Lived, Over Time, in This Place

The current City Council has spent quite a bit of time looking at housing related issues. Government oversight of rental properties, rezoning mobile home parks, addressing occupancy limits and removing all single family zoning have all at least been on the table. Some...

read more
All New Intersection at Laporte and Loomis

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...

read more
The Best Routes to Get Downtown by Bicycle

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

Assumptions Made About Bicyclists

Bicyclist using the new bike lane on S. Shields St.   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...

read more
Celebrate Independence by Blocking Someone’s Way

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 it's a kids' soccer game or a holiday parade, suddenly all rules go out the...

read more
Blessed Are the Pedestrians

Blessed Are the Pedestrians

“Blessed are the pedestrians,for they have inheriteda world made for motorists."This is a pedestrian sidewalk... though you wouldn't know it from the looks of it. It's one thing to have a tree blocking part of the sidewalk. At least the tree is also providing shade...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Think BIG

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Think BIG

“The ultimate test of man's consciencemay be his willingness to sacrifice something todayfor 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....

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A Sense of Place Outside of Old Town

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...

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