“With rising lease rates and a climbing cost of living, it’s no secret that Denver is feeling the pressure of rapid change and the growing pains that come along with it. Seemingly at the top of the Denver “hot list” is the RiNo Art District, a state-certified creative district in northeast Denver made up of four historic neighborhoods: Five Points, Cole, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. These neighborhoods are fighting an uphill battle against market forces that are impacting Denver as a whole, and while many cities and “hot” ’hoods everywhere are working to figure out solutions, the RiNo Art District is hoping to pilot a few of their own ideas in 2018.
One of these ideas has been in the works for over two years and stemmed directly from community concern over how the rapid development could lead to disaster in the form of loss of the unique industrial character and the rapidly rising cost of living. Through a variety of conversations with planners, architects, the city of Denver, City Council representation and the community, thus was born the marriage of a joint Design Guidelines and Design/Affordability Overlays that would work in concert to address the vast concerns impacting the neighborhoods within the RiNo Art District.”
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Dialogue, Building. Colorado REal Estate Journal 26 March 2018.