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United in Orange! Go Broncos!

I don’t have any infill updates for you today but I do have one thing to mention the night before Super Bowl XLVIII…

GO BRONCOS! 

Remember the World Series when the city was lit up in purple? This weekend, the city is lit up in orange and blue! Here are some photos I took over the past few days!

 

 

 

 

Go Broncos!!


World Premiere: ‘A Day in Denver’

Today we are not going to be looking at an infill project, rather we are going to be looking around Denver from 37 different angles in the form of time-lapse photography. This has been a rising trend in the world of digital photography with many major cities showcased both inside and outside the United States. After looking around a bit, I noticed there hasn’t been a solid time-lapse compilation on Denver and I figured it was time to make one!

Over the past year or so, on my free time, along with blogging for DenverInfill, I have been taking a series of time-lapse shots around Denver and compiling them into a video that goes along with music. This time-lapse video is titled ‘A Day in Denver’ and showcases a whole day in Denver from early morning to late night. There were 9,186 photos taken for this project, 255GB of data processed, and over 180 hours were spent planning, shooting, and editing this project. Since we all love Denver and its greatness here, I couldn’t think of a better place to premiere this video!

Without further ado, I present to you, ‘A Day in Denver’. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!

(If you are experiencing quality issues with the video, specifically in Chrome, Vimeo is working on a fix for their player. However, you can also fix the issue by following these simple instructions.)

Out of each time-lapse shoot, I picked a single frame that best represented that particular sequence. Below, you can view the slideshow of my selected still images from each sequence you see in the video. You can also view them on my Flickr!


Introducing: DenverInfill Project Map

We’re happy to announce the addition of a new feature to the DenverInfill Blog: the DenverInfill Project Map!

Ever since we retired the original DenverInfill website at the end of 2009, we’ve had plans to introduce a new type of project map that is interactive and easy to update. Thanks to the newest member of our DenverInfill team, Zach Pearson, that day has arrived! Zach put the map together using Google’s new Maps Engine Lite tool, and he’ll take the lead on updating the map on a regular basis.

Here’s a few things you should know about the new DenverInfill Project Map:

To get to the map, click on the Project Map image on the right sidebar. The map will open in a new window.

A project won’t be placed on the map unless there has been at least one post about the project on the DenverInfill Blog.

The time frame for the DenverInfill Project Map is 2010 – 2019, which allows it to be a great complement to the original DenverInfill website, which tracked projects from 2000 – 2009. If a project was completed before January 2010, it won’t be shown on the DenverInfill Project Map. However, any project that was under construction or was an active proposed project as of January 2010 will be on the map.

The infill developments have been grouped into three project type categories: Residential (Yellow), Office (Orange) and a combined category of Hotel (Red) and Other (Blue). The Other category includes civic and community uses like government buildings, museums, schools, hospitals, etc. You can toggle the three categories on or off using the check boxes next to the category headers in the legend. Circle, square, and star symbols are used to represent a project’s status (proposed, under construction, or completed).

When you click on a colored project symbol on the map, a pop-up box will appear giving you a link back to the Blog that retrieves all of the posts about that project. Please be aware, however, that the posts retrieved may include posts about other developments but which happen to mention the project in question.

When you click on a project name in the legend on the left, a pop-up box highlighting the project’s location will appear on the map.

Use the +/- buttons in the lower right corner of the map to zoom in and out in altitude. When you zoom close enough, the aerial photo switches to a bird’s-eye perspective image.

You can change the map background! The default background is the aerial photo, but there are eight other map backgrounds you can select. Just click on the little down arrow to the right of the Base Map header at the very bottom of the legend, and an options box will open. Below is a screen-shot of where that’s located:

Google Maps Engine Lite currently has very limited features. Hopefully, Google will add more features over time (like allowing on/off toggling for additional variables). We’ll keep looking for ways to make the DenverInfill Project Map more useful and fun.

If you spot a project that has changed status or any map corrections in general, please let us know. Just post a comment with the updated information to any blog post about the project, and we’ll update the map.

We hope you enjoy keeping track of all the great urban infill developments in Denver on the DenverInfill Project Map!


DenverInfill Does Denver Diatribe!

I recently had the chance to be the guest on Denver Diatribe, Denver’s most enlightened podcast about… Denver!

In this week’s podcast, I engage in a lively discussion with hosts Joel Warner and Josh Johnson about RTD’s West Line opening, Denver Union Station, all the construction going on in Downtown Denver and the city’s apartment boom, the evolution of cities, automobile dependency, the transit line to DIA, the little-known community of Littlewood, and flying cars. Please check it out and enjoy!


New Downtown Denver Development Map

Over the past five years or so, despite the recent recession, Downtown Denver has seen strong construction activity and investment that only seems to be accelerating in 2013. Whether it’s the big Union Station transit project and its neighboring private-sector developments, the Better Denver Bond improvements, the state’s Ralph Carr Judicial Center and History Colorado Center buildings, or dozens of other public and private projects, Downtown has been growing and getting better every day. Look in just about any direction, and a tower crane or two will be in your view.

As you know, tracking and promoting all that investment in Downtown is at the heart of our mission here at DenverInfill and DenverUrbanism. It is also an important part of the mission of the Downtown Denver Partnership, which works tirelessly publicly and behind the scenes to improve the Downtown environment and promote public and private development in our urban core. Naturally then, I was excited to accept the Partnership’s offer to help them with their new Downtown Development Map. The map turned out great and it does an awesome job of graphically reflecting the tremendous investment that’s taken place in Downtown Denver during these past few years. Even our own DenverInfill man-about-town-with-camera, Ryan Dravitz, has one of his photos on the map. Nice job, Ryan!

Save the map as a PDF and share it with your friends or send them a link to the map’s page on the Partnership’s website. And of course, don’t forget to remind your friends to put DenverInfill, DenverUrbanism, and the Partnership’s new weekly online newsletter, Confluence Denver, on their reading list!


Inside the Infill: Ralph Carr Judicial Center Part 4

Today we are presenting a video of the construction technologies Mortenson is using out in the field to provide an efficient and seamless information environment for their projects. This is an exciting “digital plan room” technology that Mortenson has recently developed and is using at the new Ralph Carr Judicial Center and elsewhere around the country. Thank you Brett Sisco and David Stone of Mortenson for demonstrating these cool construction technologies to DenverInfill and letting us record it for the blog.


Podcasts!

Over at DenverUrbanism, we recently launched a collaboration with UrbanDesignPodcast.com, a great podcast run by local urban designer Arina Habich. Once a week or so, Arina features a different podcast about planning, design, and other urban issues in Denver and other locations. DenverUrbanism will be coordinating with UrbanDesignPodcast.com once a quarter to focus on a timely Denver urbanism topic. Our first podcast collaboration with UrbanDesignPodcast was about the Union Station project and featured an interview with Anne Hayes from Union Station Advocates and Bill Mosher from the Denver Union Station Project Authority. You can listen to it here or download it from iTunes here (look for date March 4, 2011). Our next podcast will focus on the 14th Street Initiative and will be uploaded in early June.

Speaking of podcasts, I had the opportunity to be the guest on the Denver Diatribe podcast back in January. The Denver Diatribe, according to producers Joel Warner, Jared Jacang Maher and John Dicker, is a weekly podcast about “culture, politics and stuff as it pertains to Denver, Colorado and its environs.  The show was created in the summer of 2010 to fill a void in the local media landscape between hyper-partisan political talk on commercial radio and the agonizing stodginess of public radio.

For my first (and, hopefully, not last) appearance on the Denver Diatribe, we talked about fun stuff like the Denver mayoral race, FasTracks, and that proposed Walmart in Lakeside. To listen to that particular podcast, click here.



Westword “Best of Denver” 2011

Every year, I always look forward to reading the “Best of Denver” issue of Westword. It’s an annual opportunity to celebrate the interesting facets of life in Denver and engage in a serious-but-not-too-serious way of spreading some mutual love for our favorite city. So, I’m particularly excited and honored that DenverInfill has just won its second Best of Denver award—this time for our Denver Union Station tours. Back in 2007, DenverInfill won its first “Best of Denver” award for just… existing. This time, we won because we love to walk and talk (at the same time!) about something we’re rather passionate about: Denver Union Station.

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If you haven’t joined us yet for one of our Union Station tours, that’s OK. The project won’t be complete until 2014. But time has a way of flying, so please don’t forget to squeeze us in sometime over the next couple of years. The Union Station redevelopment is a project that will forever transform the way people arrive in, perceive, and experience Denver. At some point, I hope you’ll join us on a sunny Denver Saturday morning. The tours run on the first and third Saturdays of each month at 10 AM. Check this blog on the Thursday or Friday before for confirmation that the scheduled Saturday tour will take place (holidays, weather, and other factors occasionally interrupt the schedule).

Any mention of DenverInfill’s focus on Union Station would not be complete without mentioning Rick Anstey and Union Station Advocates. Rick is our expert on Union Station construction activites and the author of 56 (and counting) Union Station project update blog posts. I’m guessing that when the whole project is finished, Rick will have around 200 posts on Union Station and will have uploaded some 5,000 construction photos to our project page at JobSiteVisitor.com, a great construction-photo-hosting website operated by my friend Brian Sweeney. Union Station Advocates is the non-profit community organization we’ve partnered with (donations from our tours go to Union Station Advocates) that is dedicated to making sure the historic station and the project’s public spaces are the best that they can be.

Thank you, Westword, for the “Best of Denver” award honor, and thank you, DenverInill readers, for your interest in making Denver better than ever!