Exploring a changing Fort Collins

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...

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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Visit to Tulsa: View From the Sidewalk

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

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

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

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

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

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.Busley's...

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Historically Dense Urban Design Makes (Dollars and) Cents

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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Black Friday – The Parkingest Day of the Year

Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, which means it's also the day when parking lots are put to the test. In fact, during the latter half of the 20th Century, many city land use codes, including Fort Collins', set their minimum...

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