Auraria neighborhood "doomed," predicted 1975 campus impact study
|A graphic showing "high accident locations."|
That may seem a mite overstated even for the polarized racial politics of 1975, but the study goes on to present some sobering stats and trends to support its assertion that, unless intensive planning is done to integrate the new higher ed center with the neighborhood, "It appears that the community and its sociological components are doomed."
Ironically, one of the measures advocated by the authors -- allowing local residents substantial access to Auraria's athletic fields -- is one of the selling points for the latest development surge on campus, which is prompting Metropolitan State University to build new ball fields south of Colfax on contaminated industrial land. Over time, even institutional planners can learn something from the lessons of the past.
For more of the 1975 view of what Auraria might become, see the excerpt below. But first, a couple of other bits of fallout from my feature. I've been chided by the University of Colorado Denver (no longer "at" Denver) branding police for referring to their institution as UCD. After spending big bucks on new branding campaigns, they tell me that's so...1975. But until they come up with a better acronym, "CU Denver" sounds so...dumb. Other vigilant readers have taken me to task for referring to "Buffalo pride" when everyone who's up on their branding (me excluded, obviously) knows that UCD (oops) recently declared that its mascot is Milo the lynx. They may not have an obscenely bloated athletic budget like "CU Boulder," but they have their own mascot, and that's a start.
Now, here's some more from that study.
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