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WALKABLE COMMUNITY
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WHY LONGMONT MUST ACT NOW TO RE-ENVISION THE ST. VRAIN RIVER CORRIDOR.

THE ST. VRAIN RIVER CORRIDOR – LONGMONT’S GREATEST WASTED ASSET!
Why re-envisioning Longmont’s St. Vrain River Corridor from an industrial-commercial no-man’s land to a vital, thriving, high-density, mixed-used, transit-oriented, “smart-growth” corridor is vital to do now!
WHY NOW, WHY LONGMONT, WHY THE ST. VRAIN? –
THE TOP TEN DOZEN REASONS, - EXPLAINED:

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The SAINT VRAIN RIVER - a THREAT or UNTAPPED ASSET to LONGMONT?

The SAINT VRAIN - an overhanging threat and liability  .... or and tremendous untapped resource and asset to Longmont?

WELCOME to CAMPAIGN SAINT VRAIN.com.  That question is what this site attempts to address. The floodplain of the St. Vrain River widens to over 20 times its historic, natural width in places, due to man-made developments.  This 2,000% increase in floodplain width then flows through an area largely zoned commercial-industrial, threatening water quality, life safety, and the very economy of Longmont.

The GREENWAY FOUNDATION, and more....

Related Denver groups supporting their River Corridor Environments:

The Greenway Foundation
(303) 455-7109           (303) 455-7109     
5299 DTC Blvd Ste 710
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education)
(303) 743-9720             (303) 743-9720     
610 S Jason St

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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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What Do These Have in Common?

What do the areas of: Downtown, the Twin Peaks Mall, the Farmers Market, Boulder County Fairgrounds, and the Fastracks Station/Bus Station all have in common?

What do the issues of "economic vitality", City "branding", creating a walkable community, new business development, jobs, the airport, retail leakage, recreation, environmental protection, water stewardship ... and more.... all have in common?

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". 

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: 

Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan

History The most comprehensive and inclusive planning process ever undertaken in Chattanooga and Hamilton County was accomplished between 1982 and 2005.......... ....Following hundreds of public and private meetings involving thousands of citizens, the Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan was completed in March 1985 and later presented to an overflow crowd at the then new Chattanooga-Hamilton County Convention and Trade Center. The visionary plan advised that the Chattanooga riverfront was owned by everyone and should be developed "under a guiding idea which will bring its banks to life, make it a central point of pride for the City's people, and move it to the forefront of national consciousness".

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