Good Article: “Case Studies in Placemaking: Stapleton, RiNo, and LoHi”

2014 April 10
by David Schlichter
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Eric Peterson has another Good article on Confluence Denver; this one details three case studies in placemaking: Stapleton, RiNo, and LoHi.

Placemaking is leveraging a community’s or location’s resources and combining that with innovation and vision to draw people in and help the area–and the people within it–flourish.  Peterson discusses how Forest City put fruit trees and “harvest tables” in common spaces in Stapleton, which became gathering spaces for residents, especially during harvest season.  He cites Mickey Zeppelin’s TAXI project as creating the energy that fueled much of the latest development in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood (for my take on RiNo’s recent development and future potential, click here).  And he brings up lessons learned and taught by Paul Tamburello–the man behind much of the initial development in LoHi (not to mention Little Man Ice Cream).

The full article is definitely worth a read.  As someone who thrives on the rapid urban development taking place in Denver, I’m grateful to Eric for putting it together–but more importantly, to the visionaries with the guts to take risks and help make Denver an even better city.  Interested in seeing some of these neighborhoods in person?  Click here to see what’s for sale, or contact David Schlichter for a personal tour!

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