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UrbanLab Mobile Tours

The UrbanLab Mobile Tours are a highlight of every EcoDistricts Summit experience. We work with local and regional partners to unpack and explore the real-world challenges, success stories and innovation spanning our host city, offering attendees the opportunity to forge important new connections and experience the ideas explored throughout the Summit first hand. 

Attendees capped off their 2016 Summit experience by kicking the tires with tours to some of Denver’s most successful districts and neighborhoods and joining compelling conversations with key leaders across Denver’s sustainable development movement. As we work hard to build out our 2017 Mobile Tours across Atlanta's robust urban core, we invite you to explore our 2016 tours more closely.

CHERRY CREEK TRAIL & SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BIKE TOUR

This interactive bike tour of the Cherry Creek Trail to explored some of Denver’s best examples of open space, placemaking, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure. To kick off the tour, participants heard from Denver’s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure planning leaders. Next, we followed the Cherry Creek Trail by bike to explore catalytic urban placemaking — connecting community to nature in Speer Blvd Park, Confluence Park and Crescent Park. En route, participants heard from key public and private industry players to unpack key challenges and compelling outcomes in watershed restoration, open space planning and design, placemaking, mobility and connectivity. Tour presenters also discussed how public green spaces and connectivity have improved equity outcomes for Denver’s underserved communities.

Length: 2.5 hours

Cost: $9 for bike rental.

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Infrastructure and Open Space Go Hand-in-Hand in Denver

August 4, 2016

By Katy Ricchiuto

The City of Denver is taking a holistic, open-space-preservation approach to its pedestrian and bike infrastructure planning. A nationally-recognized bike share program, well-connected bike lanes, and urban trails lined with parks... READ FULL ARTICLE

RINO DISTRICT

Located just north of downtown, RiNo is a former industrial district that has quickly evolved into a haven for local creative, entrepreneurs and foodies. Galleries and studios occupy old warehouses and adaptive reuse buildings incubate startup ventures like The Source, an artisan food market. This Summit tour explored how local artists, organizations, entrepreneurs and developers are working together to ensure that the looming boom of RiNo has positive, equitable repercussions for the entire community.

Length: 2.5 hours

Cost: Included with Summit Registration

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Art, Culture and Regen Converge in Denver’s RiNo and Five Points Neighborhoods

August 4, 2016

By Katy Ricchiuto

Walking through the RiNo (River North) neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, your attention will likely be drawn to the stunning murals coloring building after building. Like it’s... READ FULL STORY

MARIPOSA, SUN VALLEY & THE BIG WONDERFUL

This tour focused on the comprehensive affordable housing and development initiatives in the Mariposa and Sun Valley neighborhoods. Participants traveled to Mariposa, a nearly complete affordable housing development that has incorporated community health and wellbeing, social services, mixed-used development and bikeshare and public transit access to create an inclusive, holistic community that serves the needs of some of Denver’s most vulnerable residents. We heard from leaders on their successful approach to affordable housing development and from Mariposa community organizations about the importance of equitable and affordable development that integrates a strong sense of place in underserved urban neighborhoods. The tour then transitioned to Sun Valley, an EcoDistricts Target City in the beginning stages of development. Sun Valley is one of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods, suffering from historical disinvestment, and physically disconnected from downtown by a major highway. We explored the planned development, methods to attract local business, and the critical role of community development organizations in this future community. 

Length: 2.5 hours

Cost: Included with Summit Registration

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Innovative Design Offers Roots + Community for Denver’s Most Vulnerable

August 4, 2016

By Katy Ricchiuto

The Mariposa and Sun Valley neighborhoods of Denver, Colorado are a before-and-after study of the potential that place-based sustainable design can have on the lives of... READ FULL STORY

UNION STATION & LOWER DOWNTOWN (LODO)

The 2012 grand reopening of Denver’s newly regenerated Union Station catalyzed an economic and civic boom of the surrounding 14 city blocks between Wynkoop and Riverfront Park — previously a no-man's land of abandoned railyards — into a progressive urban center buzzing with offices, restaurants, stores, condos, hotels and entertainment. On this tour, participants began with a presentation at the historic Union Station building by project developers. We explored the station’s role as the transportation hub for the city. Participants heard about the City’s progressive public transportation infrastructure policy and development practices, including future plans. The tour also moved through Lower Downtown (LoDo), an historic downtown neighborhood that has been completely restored and renovated to make it one of the liveliest areas in the city, featuring entertainment, shopping and cultural experiences for residents and tourists. 

Length: 2.5 hours

Cost: Included with Summit Registration

FC5DHF Union Station decorated with Christmas holiday lights, Denver, Colorado USA

FC5DHF Union Station decorated with Christmas holiday lights, Denver, Colorado USA

History and Transit Innovation Meet at Denver’s Union Station

August 4, 2016

By Katy Ricchiuto

The reopening of Denver’s Union Station has catalyzed an economic and civic boom of the surrounding LoDo neighborhood, 14 city blocks between Wynkoop and Riverfront Park — previously... READ FULL STORY