This October, the Colorado chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) launched its annual Great Places in Colorado award, naming Olde Town Arvada its first Great Place. “The program …
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This October, the Colorado chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) launched its annual Great Places in Colorado award, naming Olde Town Arvada its first Great Place.
“The program provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the residents, leaders, officials and professionals who contribute to great communities through the planning process,” said Robin Becker, Great Places Colorado program chair. “Olde Town Arvada has been awarded due to thoughtful development, smooth transitioning between surrounding areas and the unique preservation and reuse of historic buildings and structures.”
The American Planning Association is an organization that serves as a forum for urban planning professionals. The association has run a Great Places program for 12 years, with some state chapters developing their own programs over time.
The city of Arvada made a concerted effort to earn the inaugural Colorado chapter title, creating and submitting a video along with the application. The video highlighted the historic residential districts that have “retained their character and charm” and the effectiveness of the city's new G Line.
The video listed quite a few stand-out Olde Town qualities — and even still, residents and business owners say there are even more things that make Olde Town such a great place to be.
For some, it's the night scene that seems to grow livelier each year; for others, like Arvada resident Dave Boufferd, it's the steady stream of everyday residents stopping by in the daylight.
“It's regulars that come here. I like that in the day, it's an older crowd,” Boufferd said.
He, along with family members Kelly and Steve West, highlighted the restaurants and the G Line's connection to downtown.
“I can go downtown and watch a ballgame — even now, we're just about to go down there,” he said.
Those who work closely with the city, such as community and economic development director Ryan Stachelski, also can list a number of things to celebrate when it comes to Olde Town.
“It is an honor for the community to have been recognized in this way,” Stachelski said. “The things that make Olde Town and other Arvada neighborhoods truly great are the people and businesses who live and work there.”
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