Denver to Focus on Reviving Long-Neglected Area of the City

A $1.8 billion proposal to bury I-70 beneath a landscaped lid is just part of an ambitious plan to remake a 23-mile corridor of northeast Denver that includes the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods.

"The area — which runs from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport — suffered from benign neglect for years that produced cracked sidewalks and haphazard road systems, which alienated neighborhoods, say residents and officials. But a new push of projects, including a controversial remake of Interstate 70, will turn the area into a so-called 'Corridor of Opportunity,' said Kelly Leid, project manager for the new 'North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.'"

"The I-70 proposal — which also calls for adding two lanes in each direction along 12 miles of the highway between Interstate 25 and Tower Road — is one of six redevelopment and infrastructure projects included in the Corridor of Opportunity program that aim to revive Elyria-Swansea and Globeville to the west," reports Monte Whaley. "It's all part of a commitment by [Mayor Michael] Hancock to tackle a part of the city that for a long time was avoided by planners, mostly because there were easier projects to tackle, Leid said."

Full Story: I-70 remake at heart of plan to revive Denver's Swansea neighborhood


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