Denver & Colorado
The Denver Post
Denver Zoning Changes Enter Final Stretch
By Christopher N. Osher
After more than five years of talking about overhauling the city’s zoning laws, the Denver City Council is finally poised to start voting on whether to put the changes into law. The city’s Planning Board on Wednesday unanimously recommended that the council pass the proposed new zoning code.
The Denver Post/via Washington Post, opinion
Peirce: High-techstrategies for Cities
By Neal Peirce, April 25, 2010
What are the latest innovations – especially high-tech “apps” – to make today’s cities succeed? A host are being applied or waiting in the wings. They include new forms of electronic measurement to track and channel traffic, monitor potential crime sites, check on water quality, gauge the energy use in “smart grids,” and much more.
The Urban Land Institute/The Ground Floor Blog
April 22, 2010
Suburban Housing Market Declines a Result of Demographics Shift
The current decline in demand for suburban “trade up” housing is more than just an economic correction; it is the result of a seismic shift in demographics and consumer behavior according to James Chung, president of Reach Advisors, speaking at the ULI Real Estate Summit at the Spring Council Forum in Boston last week.
Eat your golf course
Coming soon to a cul-de-sac near you: farming!
By Tom Phillpot, April 22, 2010
Suburban sprawl was a dreadful mistake–and not one brought on by “consumer choice,” but rather by a specific set of government policies.
Cities rush to get in streetcar line
By Joseph Morton, April 22, 2010
Considering just streetcar projects, 75 to 90 cities already are at some stage of requesting or using federal funds, with more lining up all the time, said Jim Graebner, a Denver consultant and chairman of the American Public Transportation Association’s streetcar subcommittee.
The Urbanophile Blog
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
If You Want Sustainability, Provide Economic Security
Thinking about how we can create a more sustainable world on this Earth Day, my contribution to the debate is to encourage a greater focus on providing economic security to those at the bottom of the income pyramid.
Editor’s note: The following two articles will support the fact that EVs will once again be offered to the American consumer. This time, we need to embrace them and make sure that they become a permanent cultural movement here in the Denver region. In the next few days I hope a guest writer who will tell you how you can help contribute in expediting that change here along the West Corridor.
Strong Initial Demand For Nissan’s Electric Leaf
By Chuck Squatriglia, April 23, 2010
Early demand for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is strong, with 6,635 people reserving cars in just three days – a figure that represents more than 10 percent of the Leafs Nissan will build in its first year of production.
Chevrolet Volt Gets a Bigger Brother
By Chuck Squatriglia, April 23, 2010
General Motors rolled into the Beijing auto show with a crossover utility vehicle based on the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric vehicle we’ll see at the end of the year. It’s just a concept, but the odds are good we’ll see it in show rooms.
The New York times
Tea Party With a Difference
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, April 24, 2010
The manifesto is easy, too: “We, the Green Tea Party, believe that the most effective way to advance America’s national security and economic vitality would be to impose a $10 “Patriot Fee” on every barrel of imported oil, with all proceeds going to pay down our national debt.”
L.A. Street Summit 2010: Building Momentum for Change
by Clarence Eckerson, Jr. on March 24, 2010
Whatever way you slice it, the L.A. Streets Summit 2010 was a big success. Take a gander at our wrap-up vid featuring many voices from the hundreds of conference attendees who made connections and started some L.A. synergy for livable streets.
Things you need to know along the corridor.
From RTD Fastracks Information Desk: April 23, 2010
West Corridor Crews will roll the light rail bridge across 6th Avenue just east of Simms/Union during the weekend of April 30 through May 2, 2010. All lanes of traffic on 6th Avenue between Simms/Union & Kipling Street will close on Friday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. and remain closed until 5:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2010. Due to the unique nature of this event, the West Corridor Public Information team will be hosting a viewing area in the parking lot located on the northeast corner of Quail Street and the 6th Avenue Frontage Road. Best to enter from Colfax Ave and head south on Quail Street.
The viewing area will be open to the public between
9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010.
For the most detailed and up to date information regarding street closures and delays, please go to:
RTD’s road closure web page
The Foothills Running and Cycling Club (FRCC) is launching activities
on May 13th for you, your family, and friends.
Thursday, May 13 6:00 – 8:30 PM
TriYoga, 16948 South Golden Road
Food provided by La Carreta (TBD)
For further information and to RSVP, contact Dan Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org