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Denver is re-thinking growth — and updating its ‘blueprint’

Author: Adam McCoy - February 22, 2018 - Updated: February 22, 2018

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Panorama of the Denver skyline at twilight. (f11photo, istockphoto)

Denver is signaling a change in its approach to growth, arguing Denverites demand a city with “strong and authentic neighborhoods.”

It says it is shifting from its old model of classifying parts of the city as “areas of change” and “areas of stability,” to acknowledging the whole city is evolving. Denver’s growth philosophy shifts as city planners begin the process of updating Blueprint Denver, its sweeping, long-range plan for transportation and development in the city.

City officials have announced a slew of Blueprint Denver workshops to inform Denverites and field comments on city planning updates. As Denver articulates in a statement:

Based on your input in Denveright’s Blueprint Denver planning effort, city planners are working on a new approach to managing land use in our city. The new concept acknowledges that all places in our city are constantly evolving in pursuit of becoming complete in their own way — not just through enabling or limiting development, but through quality-of-life infrastructure like safe sidewalks, housing options, transit access, parks and open space. Diversity, affordability and good urban design/architecture are key to complete neighborhoods as well.

Here’s a complete list of Blueprint Denver workshops:

  • Feb. 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson High School, 3950 S. Holly St., Denver (Council district 4)
  • Feb. 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Laradon, 5100 Lincoln St., Denver (Council district 9)
  • Feb. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Potenza Lodge Hall, 1900 W. 38th Ave., Denver (Council district 1)
  • Feb. 22, 6 – 8 p.m., District 3 Police Station, 1625 S. University Blvd. (Council district 6)
  • Feb. 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Corky Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St., Denver (Council district 3)
  • Mar. 1, 6 – 8 p.m., All Saints Parish Hall, 2559 S. Federal Blvd., Denver (Council district 2)
  • Mar. 6, 5:30 – 7:30, Community of Christ Church, 480 N. Marion St., Denver (Council district 10)
  • Mar. 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Evie Garrett Dennis Campus, 4800 Telluride St., Denver (Council district 11)
  • Mar. 8, 6 – 8 p.m., Valverde Elementary, 2030 W. Alameda Ave., Denver (Council district 7) SPANISH-LED
  • Mar. 14, 6 – 8 p.m., DSST Byers School, 150 S. Pearl St., Denver (Council district 7) – No Spanish interpretation
  • Mar. 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m., DSST Stapleton High School, 2000 Valentia St., Denver (Council district 8)

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.