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CITIES AND BUILDINGS
CITIES AND BUILDINGS
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City Planning & Architecture
City staff presentation to City Council re. the St. Vrain Corridor, at the 2011 annual retreat

Click the above link to view the City Planning Department's - staff presentation to City Council regarding the  St. Vrain Corridor topic as discussed at the 2011 annual City Council retreat at the Xilinx Center.   This links to a PDF presentation given to the Council as background before there Saturday afternoon discussion.  Contains background and executive summary.

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1st & MAIN - Transit Center

Longmont has begun their community outreach and visioning on the 1st & Main Transit Center.  Located near the St. Vrain River Corridor, the succsess of this effort may largely depend on linkage to this vital greenway.

There is an excellent presentation about the vital importance of creating "PLACE", in  the economic well being and flourishing of cities in the future "New Economy". 

"SMART + CONNECTED" COMMUNITIES INSTITTUTE - PLANNING LESSONS

SUSTAINABILITY was the focus of this Boulder conference.  Although you missed it, it is not too late the see the recorded sessions!  (and save yourself a lot of $$'s).  The big concluding lessons to come out of this are that "Smart Cities" are deliberate about their futures, and utilizing innovation pro-actively.  They recognize the changing reality of how the internet is empowering learning and development strategies that are efficient, less expensive, and more effective towards creating sustainable futures for our cities.

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Denver Studies the value of redeveloping land along the river corridors.

Denver continues to reap the benefits of its visionary efforts to re-imagine and rediscover the SOUTH PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR. This study explores the nearly $5 BILLION dollar potential impact of this initiative, both past and future.

This link opens a pdf file booklet that "outlines what we believe is a visionary concept: to redefine and transform thousands of acres of under-utilized or distressed commercial, industrial and residential real estate assets (Red Fields) through the creation of public park land (Green Fields) in the Denver metro area."

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River Corridor Develpment Drives Pueblo Economy

Pueblo's Arkansas River Corridor has garnered 100's of millions in investment funding, helping to drive the economy of the city.  What Longmont does will be different, perhaps more of a natural river stewardship approach, perhaps with linkage to Twin Peaks or Longmont's downtown, or the Count Fairgrounds.  Whatever route the city takes, what exists now needs to be re-examined.  Read more about Pueblo's approach at the attached article: 

Estes Park River Walk Blog

An interesting Blog post about the Estes Park river corridor, and the kayaking, sports and recreational uses that it was intended for.

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Glendale, CO actively brands their River Walk project for economic development.

http://glendaleriverwalk.com/

Colorado River Walks:  The City of Glendale, only 1.3 square miles, is actively promoting their "River Walk" project, a 43 acre master planned mixed use development along Cherry Creek.  Their vision is for a very dense mixed-use office/retail/hotel complex to build an economic engine for their city.  Perhaps not right for Longmont, but another perspective on other cities looking to their waterfronts for inspiration.

Livable Communities: Walking, Working, Water

The AIA explores the vital role of water in creating community.

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