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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!

Unmanned Cars Rolls onto I-25

This morning at about 10:30, this happened at 16th & Central near the Highland Bridge:

Here’s what I understand happened: the driver parked along the northwest side of Central Street and left his car in neutral (and without the parking brake on) to run into Masterpiece Deli to pick up a to-go order. The car started rolling, turned ninety-degrees, jumped the curb, rolled down the embankment, and–smash!–right onto I-25. Or something like that.

Upper Downtown Upgrade

I’m happy to report that I’ve just completed the upgrade to the Upper Downtown section, complete with the new color aerials and updated project data. One left to go: Civic Center. Please let me know if you spot an error or a broken link or something. Gracias.


Gotta love it.

Comments Now Require Registration

In light of the increased comment activity on this blog (which I think is awesome), it’s become a challenge keeping track of who’s who when so many people are named “anonymous.” So, comments now require registration. You can post if you have a Google or Blogger account, or if you have an account with any of the services provided through Open ID.

Remember, keep it civil and no personal attacks.

Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm for Downtown Denver!

Central Downtown Upgrade Complete

I’m happy to report that after a month of working away at it in my “spare” time, I just uploaded the new-and-improved Central Downtown section. Like Arapahoe Square and Lower Downtown before it (plus all the Center City districts), all of Central Downtown now has the new page layout and the larger 2007 color aerial photos. While I was at it, I also incorporated all the latest project information, renderings, construction photos, etc.

Only two to go: Upper Downtown and Civic Center!

Mall Shuttle Makes Unscheduled Stop

At about 2:59 PM this afternoon at 16th and Blake, an RTD mall shuttle was apparently desparate for a Starbucks:

I don’t believe anyone was injured, but the tree isn’t feeling too great right now. I have no idea how this happened.

LoDo District Upgrade

The headline says it all. I’m happy to report the Lower Downtown section on DenverInfill has now been given the full upgrade treatment. Up next: Central Downtown. By the way, if you spot a broken link or a missing image or something, please let me know. Thanks.

DenverInfill Gets Colorized!

It was Spring 2004 when I started building DenverInfill. I didn’t finish it until July 2005 with the launching of the blog, but some of the earliest block pages and street photos are now four years old. At that time, the 2000 black and white aerials were not only the only ones available to me, but I liked the fact that they were taken in the same year as my baseline year for tracking infill projects.

But by 2007, I had grown tired of the black and white aerials, so I knew it was time for an upgrade. In January of this year, I started replacing the Center City district aerials with color aerials from 2004 and mentioned my progress in doing so several times in the blog. I got about three-quarters of the district maps converted, then I stopped. Those 2004 aerials were taken in the winter where everything is a glorious shade of brown, but along came new 2007 aerials taken in the spring of that year, where everything is nice and green. Much better! So I started over, using the new 2007 aerials instead. Here’s a comparison of the 2000, 2004, and 2007 aerials:

As part of the process of integrating the new aerials, I also made a few other changes. I added existing and future transit lines to the maps wherever applicable. I also tweaked some of the boundaries to my Downtown and Center City districts–most notably, I moved the blocks between Larimer and Blake, 20th and Park Avenue, from Northeast Downtown (now called Arapahoe Square) to the Ballpark district, and I created a new Union Station district from part of the Central Platte Valley. With the pending Union Station redevelopment and projects like 1900 16th Street, it’s clear that the area behind Union Station is really not a Downtown-adjacent, primarily residential district like Highland or Curtis Park, but really an extention of Downtown proper. So Union Station is now its own Downtown district and the Central Platte Valley district is now just the area between the railroad tracks and I-25. You can see it all here on the new Center City District and Downtown main maps. For now, the Union Station page is still in the format that I use for the Center City districts, but eventually each block in the Union Station area will get its own page, just like the rest of Downtown.

Another change I made is in the page design itself. I’ve taken the vertical black text box on the left and have switched it to a horizontal black text box at the top. This allows me to use the entire page width for the aerial photo which, along with the switch to the new color aerials, dramatically improves the overall experience. I’ve even changed the Downtown block pages. With some rearranging of the page elements, the aerial photo is now nearly twice the size as before. Here’s a comparison:

So anyway, over the past couple of days when you weren’t paying attention, I uploaded all new Center City district pages, overview map, and Downtown main map, and all new block pages for Arapahoe Square. The block pages for Lower Downtown, Central Downtown, Upper Downtown, and Civic Center still have the old black and whites, but those will all get converted over the next month or two.

Just like Downtown Denver, DenverInfill is a work in progress.