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DenverInfill Blog Turns Five!

It was five years ago today, July 5, 2005, that the DenverInfill Blog made its debut.

A bit of history: I started working on the DenverInfill website in the spring of 2004. It took me a little over a year to complete all of the various downtown and center city district pages and the other major sections of the website. It was early July 2005 when I found myself with a finished website but with one of the ten menu tabs at the top still unused. Hmmm… what to do? Then it hit me: “What about a blog!” So on July 5, I named the final unused tab at the top the “DenverInfill Blog” and wrote my first post about rumors of a new condo tower called One Lincoln Park planned for somewhere along Lincoln Street. Back then I didn’t use any blogging software but wrote the posts on static webpages. You can access those original entries here. I did that for about a year before switching to the Blogger format on August 1, 2006. On December 20, 2009, the new (current) WordPress version of the DenverInfill Blog was launched, which was also the beginning of a new era for DenverInfill focusing on urbanism and not just infill.

The most popular DenverInfill Blog post? It’s not even close. On September 1, 2006, I wrote a silly piece called Guide to Suburban Denver Subdivision Names.  That day I had about 500 visits to the blog, which was about average at the time. Then on October 9, over a month later, my post on subdivision names got picked up by Curbed LA and then the next day by Boing Boing and my site traffic went through the roof with more than 10,000 visits over a three-day period. Since then, Guide to Suburban Denver Subdivision Names has thrived in cyberspace and continues to be viewed about 600 times every month, almost four years later. Overall, DenverInfill is viewed about about 60,000 times a month on average.

The most commented on DenverInfill Blog post? That would also be the briefest DenverInfill Blog post ever, at just eight words in length. Sixty-three people had something to say about The Shortest Path.

Over the next five years, the DenverInfill Blog will continue to evolve, but our mission will remain the same:

  • To inspire Denver citizens to envision and strive for exceptional urbanism in their city and region
  • To inform and educate on topics relating to urban planning and city-building
  • To serve as an online resource of notable urban projects, plans, policies, and programs throughout Denver
  • To promote and showcase Denver and its opportunities to the world
  • To advocate for positive changes to Denver’s existing and future built environment

To conclude, a big THANK YOU to all of you out there who visit this blog on a regular basis and for your kind words of support, and to the DenverInfill Blog contributors who are helping me expand the discussion about urbanism in Denver.

This is DenverInfill Blog post #884. Cheers!

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18 Comments

  1. TakeFive says:

    On the “Guide” post, I had no idea, crazy. My favorite link found on DenverInfill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGJt_YXIoJI&playnext_from=TL&videos=OFiy_VLDJ0U

  2. Mike says:

    Kudos to you Ken! You’ve informed a bunch of people regarding our “built environment” – which defines us as a community. I look forward to being an active participant going forard.

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  4. MarkB says:

    Congratulations, Ken. Denverinfill Blog is the most intelligent place to find out what’s happening in my favorite city. On a side note: what’s going on with the construction site at 17th and Central?

    • Ken says:

      Thanks, Mark. As a matter of fact, I took a picture of the site today. I’m researching what the current design of the project is.

  5. Ryan says:

    Congrats Ken! This blog was the spark that got me really interested in Denver and all it’s happenings. Thanks for such a great resource!

  6. Dave says:

    Congrats Ken, I’ve been a big fan of this site for years. I have this site to thank for helping me get my current job. You have opened my eyes to what a great city we live in. I wish you many more years of success.

  7. BruceQ says:

    Happy “birth” day, Ken! I can’t be sure but I think it was the “Names” post that first caught my eye. Hilarious! Still is. And I always think of you—and chuckle—when I very consciously walk the long way around Commons Park.

    Thank you for all you’ve done to help make Denver great!

    On a personal note, the most popular set of photos on my site, by a factor of about 10, is the aerial shoot to which you so graciously posted a link in June, 2008.

    I’ll say it again, DenverInfill Rocks!

  8. Derrick says:

    Congrats Ken, and here’s to 5 more years! I’ve followed your site from what feels like the beginning. In fact it is inspiring me to look into a career change to urban planning! Thanks!

  9. Aaron says:

    Congrats Ken! In the next 5 years we wanna see video updates including animation of upcomming projects :) yeah yeah i know… See ya on the flip side!

  10. Chucolo says:

    Great site. Thanks for all you do, Ken. All we need in the next five years is, T2, 999 17th, something to replace the horrible Office Depot building, a rehabbed Colorado Building and Cotrell’s and a place to buy a parakeet or two. (Still miss Woolworths.)

  11. David says:

    Congrats, Ken

    I’m stuck in Texas w/ a loft in R’front which I rarely get to visit, so you can imagine how helpful your site has been…basically you’ve been my eyes and ears.

    Very professional, yet collegial reporting. One of the best sites on the entire web for me!

    Thanks,
    David

  12. Crush_Buds says:

    Hooray!

  13. The Dirt says:

    Dirt hearts DenverInfill.

  14. Ken says:

    Thank you, everyone!

  15. carlos says:

    I’m glad to hear this has been a successful blog! I just moved to Denver and this site’s been really helpful and interesting. Good luck on the next five year!