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Edit: I’ve written the first of two parts, over at Next American City, on these places: “Denver: America’s Great Urban Canvas, Part I.”

Last week I had the good fortune to visit Denver, hosted by our friends the Doolings, and visit many Denver-area New Urban developments. The purpose for my visit, really, was to see The Police and Elvis Costello at Red Rocks, which I did. It was a great show, and a few photos are available over on my Facebook page.

Below are photos from the vast galleries I put together from visiting these cool communities. You can access all the galleries here, or individual galleries below.

Stapleton (55 photos)
The redevelopment of Denver’s Stapleton International Airport by most accounts has been a huge success. Carolyn and Joe Dooling and their children live there, and kindly put me up for a couple evenings.

Carolyn Dooling, an excellenct urban planning and marketing strategist, and a good friend.

The Dooling house in Stapleton.

Typical Stapleton street scene, where even the bird houses have extraordinary architectural detail.

Lowry (22 photos)
Not far south of Stapleton is the redevelopment of the Lowry Air Force Base. Most of our visit was of Gallantry, the redevelopment of Officer’s Row–keeping the original structures of the buildings intact. That’s impressive, but I’m less impressed with Lowry’s residential neighborhoods.

A redeveloped Officer’s Row duplex is now a single-family home, starting in the $800Ks.

The Steam Works Plant redevelopment is very cool.

Bradburn Village (41 photos)
Bradburn Village is located on our old stomping grounds of Westminster, about halfway between Denver and Boulder. It’s also the UnSprawl case study in the current issue of

The Nantucket Close portion of Bradburn Village features New England-influenced homes on a central, landscaped pedestrian walkway.

Most of Bradburn’s residential architecture is Craftsman, Denver Square, or Farmhouse-based.

Prospect New Town (136 photos)
Prospect, located in Longmont, must be the most eclectic and interesting new development in the country. I absolutely love it!

It takes a brightly colored car to live among such brightly colored homes, no doubt!

When there’s such a large collection of Modernist homes, it works really well.

One of my favorite Prospect homes, and unlike the others, not surrounded by a high wall or fence.

Belmar (37 photos)
This is the second time I’ve visited Belmar, Lakewood’s new “downtown” where once the Villa Italia mall stood. I love its urbanness, particularly the retail and mixed-use, but am not so keen on the townhome architecture.

Attention to detail is one of the things that sets Belmar apart from other redeveloped downtown areas, I think.

Carolyn soaks her feet in a plaza fountain at Belmar. And we needed such respite after walking so many urban neighborhood miles!

Boulder Urbanism and Chautauqua Park (31 photos)
On my last day I spent the morning roaming Boulder’s pedestrian Pearl Street Mall, then hiked up to historic Chautauqua Park and the base of the Flatirons.

The Boulder Cafe on the Pearl Street Mall, the mall being one of my favorite haunts (at least when we lived in Colorado).

Blooming yarrow in a yard adjacent to Chautauqua Park.

The Flatirons, viewed from a trail at Chautauqua Park.

Iris Hollow (22 photos)
Boulder’s Iris Hollow may be Colorado’s first New Urban project. It’s a small neighborhood that fits into Boulder’s urban fabric very well.

Not irises but daylillies this time of year.

A small, single-family home, with a one-room schoolhouse in the background.

Holiday Neighborhood (53 photos)
North Boulder’s Holiday Drive-In has been redeveloped as the green, affordable neighborhood of Holiday, with an eclectic but rich mix of housing and an authentic-feeling “downtown” area.

The Holiday Neighborhood keeps the original Holiday Drive-In sign; very cool.

Holiday features a large community garden, not to mention some very excellent architecture and metal siding.

Larger single-family homes on Holiday’s west side, not far from its commercial area.

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