Tag Archives: Boulder

Two downtown pedestrian malls that work and work very well


I have now had the pleasure of recently visiting two American cities with hugely successful pedestrian malls in their downtown core – St. Augustine, Florida and Boulder, Colorado. During the 1960s and 70s, pedestrian malls were seen as a possible … Continue reading

Posted in adaptive reuse, Advocacy, architecture, art, bicycling, Biking, branding, cities, civics, coffee shops/cafes, colleges, commerce, Cuisine, culture, density, downtown, economic development, entertainment, Food, fun, geography, historic preservation, history, Housing, infrastructure, land use, landscape architecture, Maps, pictures, placemaking, planning, shopping, spatial design, third places, tourism, traffic, transit, transportation, Travel, urban planning, walking, zoning | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A luminous urban Pearl (street)


There really is no other street like in the United States. The Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, Colorado is an iconic place; and urban planner’s dream come true of walkable, urban shopping and entertainment packed into four glorious blocks … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, adaptive reuse, architecture, art, brewpubs, cities, civics, colleges, commerce, consumerism, Cuisine, culture, downtown, economic development, economic gardening, entertainment, entrepreneurship, environment, Food, fun, geography, Geology, government, historic preservation, history, infrastructure, land use, landscape architecture, music, North America, pictures, placemaking, planning, product design, revitalization, skylines, spatial design, sustainability, third places, tourism, transportation, Travel, urban planning, walking, zoning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Scaling 8,144 foot Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado


Last Saturday (October 11th), just 12 hours after arriving from Michigan, we undertook an arduous hike to the top of Green Mountain, Colorado. The weather forecast was poor for Sunday, so Saturday was our best opportunity to enjoy the splendid … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, Alternative transportation, Animals, cities, entertainment, environment, fitness, fun, geography, Geology, health, hiking, historic preservation, history, land use, landscape architecture, logistics, Maps, pictures, placemaking, recreation, Statistics, sustainability, tourism, Travel, walking, weather, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter scenes on the Boulder Creek Path


Below are series of photos from my morning hike with my middle son this past Monday, January 6th, along portions of the 5.5 mile long Boulder Creek Path near the campus of the University of Colorado. It was absolutely gorgeous on this … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, art, bicycling, bike sharing, Biking, cities, civics, civility, colleges, culture, economic development, economic gardening, education, entertainment, environment, fitness, fun, geography, government, health, hiking, historic preservation, history, infrastructure, land use, Maps, nature, pictures, placemaking, planning, recreation, schools, seasons, spatial design, States, sustainability, third places, tourism, trails, transportation, Travel, urban planning, walking, weather | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A bolder thesis from Boulder


I finished reading an excellent economic development planning and entrepreneurship book a week or so ago. It is entitled Startup Communities by entrepreneur and author Brad Feld. In the book, Mr. Feld adeptly describes how the Boulder, Colorado startup community began, … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, art, book reviews, books, branding, cities, civics, civility, coffee shops/cafes, commerce, Communications, culture, diversity, downtown, economic development, economic gardening, economics, Economy, entrepreneurship, environment, family, government, health, hiking, historic preservation, history, humanity, inclusiveness, infrastructure, Labor, land use, literature, marketing, nature, North America, placemaking, planning, product design, recreation, Small business, spatial design, sustainability, technology, third places, Trade, urban planning, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ten planning lessons from Boulder


I had the great pleasure of visiting Boulder, Colorado for the first time over an extended four-day weekend. As an urban planner, I was able to take away many useful lessons for many communities across the nation, including here in … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, adaptive reuse, Advocacy, Alternative energy, architecture, art, bicycling, bike sharing, Biking, branding, brewpubs, Bus transportation, cities, civics, civility, colleges, culture, density, diversity, downtown, economic development, economic gardening, Economy, education, entrepreneurship, environment, fitness, fun, geography, government, health, hiking, historic preservation, history, humanity, inclusiveness, infrastructure, land use, nature, new urbanism, North America, peace, placemaking, planning, revitalization, schools, spatial design, sprawl, sustainability, third places, tourism, trails, transit, transportation, Travel, urban planning, walking, Wildlife, zoning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Day-hiking Boulder’s gorgeous Flatiron Trail


Below are a series of photos from this afternoon’s (Saturday) amazing day hike on the Flatiron Trail #1 at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark in Boulder, Colorado. The gorgeous October weather and CU’s homecoming had many day hikers joining … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, entertainment, environment, fitness, fun, geography, Geology, health, hiking, land use, nature, pictures, placemaking, tourism, trails, Travel, walking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where the Buffaloes roam


Here are some images of the University of Colorado (or CU in local jargon) taken over the past couple of days. I have long thought that Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington & Lee, and Stanford were the handsomest college campuses, … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, architecture, art, civics, colleges, Communications, education, fitness, geography, historic preservation, history, infrastructure, land use, North America, placemaking, planning, schools, skylines, spatial design, States, tourism, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments