16th street to become just another street?

Someone in my editing class was telling me today that next year, 16th is going to revert back to being just another street. Anyone know if this is true, or if it’s just hearsay?

4 Comments so far

  1. Jason Ackerman (den_jason) on April 21st, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

    I would be shocked if this were the case. After all the money dumped into converting and then maintaining… they spend something like 200,000 per year just on replacing the paving stones. There’s no way they’d dump money into reverting… I just can’t put together a scenario in my mind where this makes economic sense.

  2. valerie on April 21st, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    "On Tuesday night, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Regional Transportation District and the city of Denver held a public hearing to discuss the future of the 16th Street Mall…..

    The Partnership said it is looking at three options:
    # removing the median
    # adding public vehicular traffic
    #keeping 16th street a pedestrian mall

    But the Partnership said it does not have a predetermined course of what will be done and that is why they are asking for input from those who use and live on or near the mall."
    From Channel 7 News. This came up from a search for ’16th Street Mall’

  3. Jason Ackerman (den_jason) on April 22nd, 2008 @ 7:21 am

    amazing what a quick internet search will find. ;)

    I would still be shocked if they just straight up reverted to a standard traffic street. Well, shocked and a bit bummed out. I still have a hard time seeing it as something that makes economic sense for the city.

  4. valerie on April 22nd, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    yeah, you just have to have the skills…:-)

    It does seem odd to revamp the street now that it’s matured and the area around it has developed so well. Hopefully there will be plenty of push back during public hearings.

    I’d vote for the RTD to move the central bus station closer to the light rail so that it at least shows up as an option when I’m going to Englewood. Right now, it’s all buses all the way, according to the trip planner.

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