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It’s the DenverInfill Blog’s 10th Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe, but it was ten years ago (July 5, 2005 to be exact) that I wrote the very first DenverInfill blog post. It had to do with an announcement for a new high-rise condo project called One Lincoln Park.

For that first year, the posts were simply dated entries in reverse chronological order on a static webpage titled for the month and located within the original DenverInfill website. You can find those posts via the “Older Archives” link under the Pages section on the right sidebar. It was in August 2006 when I transitioned to blogging software (remember Blogger?) and then on to WordPress, our current platform, in December 2009. For more on the history of DenverInfill, check out the About page or this post from our 5th Anniversary in July 2010.

Here are a few stats about the DenverInfill blog’s 10 years of existence:

  • Number of blog posts published: 1,613
    • Ken Schroeppel: 1,126
    • Ryan Dravitz: 351
    • Rick Anstey: 102
    • All Other Contributors: 34
  • Number of comments: Approximately 18,300
  • Number of images posted: 4,598
  • Number of unique development projects covered: 403
  • Number of posts that mention Union Station at least once: 454
  • Number of Facebook page likes: 4,057
  • Number of Twitter followers: 862
  • Average number of views per month: 80,000

The most viewed DenverInfill blog post ever? It’s not even close:

Guide to Suburban Denver Subdivision Names


The Guide to Suburban Denver Subdivision Names was originally published on September 1, 2006. Simply read from left to right and select any one word from each column!

That was from back in 2006 and has been viewed in excess of 100,000 times since then and is, ironically, one of the few posts that doesn’t really have much to do with the blog’s focus: Downtown Denver infill development. More recently, the biggest traffic day was June 13, 2014 when we announced both 1144 Fifteenth Street and SkyHouse Denver (about 10,000 views that day).

Who is the typical DenverInfill blog reader? According to Google Analytics (which knows way more about your web-surfing habits than you would care to know), that person is a 25-34 year old male living in Colorado, viewing the blog on his Windows-based computer using Google’s Chrome browser or, when not at his desk, on his Apple iPhone.

A big THANK YOU! to my contributing bloggers, particularly Ryan Dravitz, who has voluntarily given so much of his time and photography expertise to help make the blog successful. However, my biggest gratitude goes to you, dear DenverInfill readers. You love Denver and are excited by its growth and revitalization and, in particular, by the eradication of those soul-sucking black holes in the urban fabric: surface parking lots. Your support and interest in DenverInfill and your commitment to helping Denver become a more vital, sustainable, and urban city has greatly contributed to the success of this blog.


Mmmm… infillicious!

So while I’m thrilled that the DenverInfill blog has managed to survive and thrive for a decade now, the real star here is the Mile High City. With billions of dollars of investment in Downtown, the amazing Denver voter and their support at the polls, and big ambitious projects like Denver Union Station—Denver has given us so much to work with, all we’ve done was offer some play-by-play and color commentary.

Speaking of Denver Union Station, you are invited to come to our DenverInfill 10th Anniversary celebration, doubling as our Denver Urbanists MeetUp #13, on Wednesday, July 8. You can read all about it here!

We Give Thanks to You, Denver

The holiday season is upon us and we here at DenverInfill would like to give thanks to the great city we live in.

Back in April, Ken Schroeppel and I went around central Denver creating a time-lapse video for the global One Day on Earth media campaign. On April 26, we had a 24-hour window to film around Denver to answer a specific question about our city. Totaling 4,842 photos, our time-lapse video attempts to answer the question: How do pedestrians interact with their city?

Saturday, April 26, 2014 was a typical Saturday in the Mile High City, and there were no major sporting events or conventions in town. As expected, the chilly morning didn’t bring many people out at first but, as the day warmed up, the amount of pedestrian activity increased considerably all over the city.

Shooting commenced at 5:06 AM to catch the sunrise, and ended at 7:55 PM when my last camera battery, out of seven, died as the skies darkened. Ken accompanied me for the entire shoot, helping carry equipment and transporting us to every location. This project would not have been nearly as amazing without Ken’s help, knowledge, and creative ideas. Thank you, Ken!

Once we shot the beautiful sunrise, we visited an additional 15 sites. We had the process down to a science: get to the site, setup, shoot 250 photos at 4-second intervals, take down, and move on. There was no looking back and no retakes.

Without further ado, we would like to present One Day on Earth – One Day in Denver!

In case you missed it, about a year ago we premiered our first time-lapse video, A Day in Denver; a title that would prove to be coincidentally similar to 2014’s One Day on Earth – One Day in Denver media campaign. Make sure you check it out!

Ken and I and everyone at DenverInfill and DenverUrbanism thank you all for following along with us as we chronicle Denver’s remarkable growth and development and its transformation into an even more amazing urban place. We love our city!

Happy Thanksgiving, Denver!

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…


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.