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Neighborhoods

Block 23 – Bikes, Trains, and Apartments, Oh My!

Exiting a meeting at Daz Bog one morning in December, I looked up to see a whole herd of bicyclists heading my way. They were biking north on Mason, probably to check out the green way that’s been painted in for bicyclists as they cross the train tracks. The bikes turned east onto Cherry as … Continue reading »

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Sidewalk Disorder

As I walked my dogs through City Park this morning, I was dismayed to see a new sidewalk being put in along the northern end of the park. We have kids in this city that travel to and from school along arterial roads with no sidewalks where pedestrians, bicyclists, and trash trucks have to share … Continue reading »

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Development Review – An Overview

A quick review of this site’s (re)development: The (re)development of “North of Prospect” is nearly complete. Joomla is updated, the new theme has been tweaked, all of the old articles have been reuploaded, and I’ve got an email out to Intense Debate to see if I can re-hook up the old comments to the old … Continue reading »

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CSU and Surrounds

Every once in awhile as I’m walking the dogs in the morning, I remember what my friend Rogerio said when he visited from Brazil. He was amazed that our houses didn’t have walls around them. It seemed like no big deal to me. But as I see the photos he posts of houses around where … Continue reading »

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506 S. Washington – an example

During the Eastside/Westside community discussions, people occasionally asked, “What is the problem with people building a house to fit their family?” The response was often, “Nothing. But a lot of these new houses are being built and resold immediately.” When pushed for examples of houses built to be resold, none of us had a house … Continue reading »

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Floor Area Ratio — Examples

The following is a list of houses on the west side of Old Town, Fort Collins that were built within the last 10 years or so. I took information on each house from the county property database and entered it into each table. I then calculated how these houses fit into the current FAR (Floor … Continue reading »

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The Sadler House and the Proposed New FAR Rules

A friend of mine recently pointed out this page on Facebook. It was originally set up to fight against building code regulations that were enacted in 2011, hence the name, “Repeal Fort Collins Ordinance 003.” However, with the Eastside and Westside Neighborhoods Character Study, one of the admins of the page has started posting there … Continue reading »

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Crazy Dancing and Property Rights

The Eastside/Westside Neighborhoods Character Study is in its final stages. There are a few more community meetings to go before the project team present their results to the city council. For the most part, I agree with the changes that the team has come up with. They’ve found a way to allow growth in house … Continue reading »

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At the Corner of Sycamore and West

Some people take holiday decorations a little more seriously than others. Just sayin’.

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Another Old Car – and the Elks Lodge Coming Down

I had to laugh when I was walking the dog yesterday and saw this old car, since I’d just posted about an old car the day before. I suppose old cars have become a mini theme for the week. I also finally figured out why the parking lot at Oak has been shut down. They’re … Continue reading »

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