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The Fort Collins Downtown Plan.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Readers Digest Version of the Downtown Plan: Urban Design Edition

By On December 6, 2016

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ―… Read More

Changing Crow (seated) and companion -- both Dakota Indians. (Photo from the Denver Library Archive, X-31827.)
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It’s easier to marginalize people when you don’t know their history.

By On November 29, 2016

A recent “Thumbs Up” in the Coloradoan has shined a light on the fact that some residents are apparently unaware of a significant part of Fort Collins’ history. Two thumbs up to the two persons that… Read More

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The Buffalo Soldiers

By On June 21, 2016

On June 18th, the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West came to Soapstone Prairie to lead a horseback ride through the region’s amber waves of grain. But first, Fred Applewhite, the first officer,… Read More

The Masonic Temple on Oak Street in Fort Collins, Colorado. (photo by Meg Dunn)
Architecture & Neighborhoods

A Tour of the Masonic Temple in Fort Collins

By On May 24, 2016

On the southeast corner of Oak and Howes Streets stands a grand old building — the Masonic Temple. While the lattice windows and the pocked, cream colored brick are distinctive, it’s the central portico… Read More

Dave Dixon, president of the Pioneer Association, at the dedication of a plaque on the Hattie McDaniel house.
Cultural Character

The Pioneer Association Places a Plaque on the Hattie McDaniel House

By On March 1, 2016

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Pioneer Association (which is a 110 year old organization started by the Coy family and others) placed a plaque on the childhood home of Hattie McDaniel,… Read More

The Oval at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Creating a Vibrant Local Economy: an Authentic Sense of Place

By On February 26, 2016

Do you remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit? It’s the tale of a stuffed bunny that was so well loved by the child that owned it that the toy became real.… Read More

Diversity is inherently more stable than homogeneity. If Starbucks die, we lose every Starbucks in town. If one local cafe closes, we still have the rest.
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Creating a Vibrant Local Economy: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

By On February 18, 2016

The introduction of the automobile significantly changed the way we build our cities and operate our businesses. Once this faster form of travel became available to the general public (thank you Henry Ford), communities… Read More

Welsh Rabbit, La Luz on Walnut Street
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Creating a Vibrant Local Economy: an Introduction

By On February 15, 2016

A vibrant, sustainable economy is the ideal of any community. On February 4th, at the Saving Places conference in Denver, Kimber Lanning made the case that the key to a robust local economy is… Read More

Matchbook covers from Fort Collins, Colorado
Cultural Character

Matchbooks: adding a spark to your gas station visit

By On January 12, 2016

Click on the photo above to see the full matchbook cover. I like to use the arrow keys on my keyboard to flip through the images. Back in December I shared pictures… Read More

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Matchbooks: a striking look back at some of Fort Collins’ old restaurants

By On December 9, 2015

(Click on the photo above to see the full matchbook cover. If the slideshow doesn’t progress on its own, use the arrows at the bottom of the images.) While puttering around on… Read More

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Racism Remains a Problem in Fort Collins

By On October 20, 2015

  Last night, I attended the premier showing of Fort Collins, Choice City for Whom? a new movie produced by Betty Aragon-Mitotes and directed by Shari Due. The film addresses issues of racism… Read More