CU Boulder environmental design students will share their ideas around enhancing downtown Longmont, including design options for alleys, breezeways and plazas at "Help Shape Downtown Longmont," a community discussion and design gallery on May 1 at the Longmont Chamber of Commerce.
At the event, which is open to anyone interested in the future of Longmont's Main Street, students from a seminar class taught by Scott VanGenderen, ENVD lecturer, and Brian Muller, associate professor, will answer questions about class research results, including student interviews of Longmont residents.
The second part of the event will include a stand-up poster gallery where students will exhibit their design ideas and answer residents' questions.
The Downtown Longmont Praxis, under the auspices of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) considered physical solutions to contribute to the activity and vitality of a variety of open spaces along the Main Street corridor, says VanGenderen. After better understanding Longmont through surveys and GIS analysis of US Census data, the students proposed enhancements to the 6th Avenue and St. Stephen's plazas, and the alleys and breezeways that link the downtown environs. Students additionally considered programmatic enhancements such art displays, a children's garden, and a craft beer and music tour.
The event includes a free light lunch for those who register in advance.
"Help Shape Downtown Longmont" is a Colorado MetroLab project, which brings university research and expertise in design, engineering and community engagement to city programs. The ongoing effort is sponsored by the University of Colorado Boulder's Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR), the Program in Environmental Design and the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).