This week, Denverite posted a numerous stories on aspects about Brighton Boulevard, from development to developers to art, the last item we all know is dwindling away.
Series like this are fun to read, like a kaleidoscope where so many issues can come together to create a personality.
So, there are many links below, starting this past Monday, with the history of Brighton Boulevard’s more gritty complexion than the upscale Brighton Boulevard of today, and following daily throughout the week on the housing boom there, the transit issues that have been somewhat mitigated, the imprint of the Zeppelin family all along that road, and the loss of so much art, during the era when studios and gallery spaces were plentiful. (There also is a story finally pinning down the name of the artist who designed and built, with others, a huge tile mural under the expressway off Brighton Boulevard.)
Many years ago, artists created RiNo (for River North), a neighborhood that clung to a river and a lot of industrial buildings. A few years later, the concept of Corridor of Opportunity included that area – a call for development if we’ve ever heard one.
The photo above was taken about a year ago, when the founders – Jill Hadley Hooper and Tracy Weil – were honored by their prodigious work to create art, exhibit art, and create an arts district. Those signs are great, but perhaps they made more sense a decade ago.
Planters on Brighton Boulevard aren’t just for show, they’re keeping garbage out of waterways