As city planners along with the East Central Area Steering Committee continue to mine the data collected during the 2017 plan kick-off survey, the planning team has been meeting with neighborhood groups and organizations throughout the planning area to continue to gather community input and offer an update on the planning process.
If you would like a presentation at your group's next meeting, contact us to make arrangements.
Throughout 2018, city planners have been working with the steering committee analyzing survey data, including the more than 10,000 comments received for both the East Central and East Area Plans. All that input is serving as the basis for draft vision statements for the East Central Area neighborhoods, as well as focus topics and geographic areas, guiding principles and map-based recommendations.
The community will have more opportunities to weigh in and give feedback on all of this in the coming months. Check back for more information as well as summary survey data, which will be posted here soon.
Late last year, the East Central Area Plan team surveyed more than 1,100 people who live, work, or play in the East Central Area to learn more about their hopes and concerns. Since then, the results of this survey have been guiding the planners and the Steering Committee as they identify key topics to be addressed in the neighborhood plan. Below, you’ll find a summary of the feedback we received.
Question: "What do you like most about the East Central Area?"
Top six most frequent responses
Residents love the East Central Area’s walkability, parks and green space, and mix of bustling shops and restaurants. They also appreciate its historic architecture, local character, and cultural institutions.
Question: “"What are your biggest concerns about the East Central Area, now and in the future?"
Residents in the East Central area are most concerned about traffic and congestion, particularly with regards to how it affects safety for pedestrians and parking availability as well as crime and general cleanliness along East Colfax and nearby areas. Other frequently cited concerns include members of the community who are experiencing homelessness and need better access to services and facilities, and the potential impacts of development on affordability and character.
Question: "What is your big idea for improving the East Central area?"
The most comment “big ideas” submitted by residents were improvements to public transit, ways to reinvigorate and beautify Colfax, and improvements to walkability and pedestrian safety. Twenty respondents suggested the idea of adding a trolley/streetcar with service along Colfax.
Question: "Please tell us what neighborhood amenities are important to you. These can be amenities that exist today or ones you would like to see in the future."
Access to food dominated the list of top amenities for residents in the East Central Area. Ranked highest were Grocery Shopping and Dining, followed by Recreational Activities and Cultural Amenities & Events. Respondents expressed much less interest in prioritizing economic development amenities like childcare and education opportunities.
Question: "Please tell us how friendly the East Central Area is for pedestrians, including the quality of sidewalks and ease of access to amenities?"
The majority of residents agreed that walking in the East Central Area is “very” or “fairly” easy; however, respondents also made it clear walkability in the area is important to them, and can still be improved via safer pedestrian crossings, an improved sidewalk network and reduced crime along Colfax.
Question: "Please tell us how often you use public transit in the East Central Area?"
Respondents were split evenly along the spectrum in their current use of public transit; however, comments provided suggest that improvements to transit should be prioritized. Many respondents requested more frequent and reliable transit, particularly along Colfax.
Question: "Please tell us your opinion on the businesses in the East Central Area."
Summary: The community agrees that businesses in the East Central Area meet “most” or “some’ of their daily needs, and that the area’s local, independent businesses are part of what makes it a great place to live.
Question: "Please tell us how friendly the East Central Area is for cyclists, including the quality of bicycle facilities and ease of access to amenities?”
Nearly one third of residents expressed that biking in the East Area is “not easy”. Comments elsewhere in the survey suggested bikability could be improved via a more robust bike lane network and better connectivity between routes.
Question: "Please tell us about housing options in the East Central Area. The East Central Area has good housing options for…"
Residents agreed the East Central Area has good housing options for young professionals as well as families. They also expressed the area does not currently provide good housing options for seniors, low-income residents and disabled residents.
Question: "Please tell us how safe you feel in the East Central Area?"
Summary: While most of the community reported feeling safe “usually” in the East area (77%), some also expressed concern with local crime and panhandling.
The East Central Planning Area includes the statistical neighborhoods adjacent to Colfax Avenue between Broadway and Colorado Boulevard, including Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, City Park and City Park West. The area contains a rich mix of amenities, jobs, and housing options, and remains one of the most dynamic places in the city. The area’s outdated plans coupled with additional changes on the horizon—including plans to improve City Park, add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Colfax Avenue, and new amenities such as Civic Center Transit Station and the Carla Madison Recreation Center—make East Central a top priority for engaging the community in a new plan.
Focus Group: Design Quality and Character Preservation Meeting #1
Council members Wayne New and Albus Brooks have convened the Steering Committee for the East Central Area Plan. All meetings for the committee will be open to the public.
6-8 p.m., 2nd Thursday of the month
CHUN Tears-McFarlane House Community Room, 1290 Williams St.
|Jimmy Balafas||Colfax Business Improvement District|
|Brad Cameron||Cheesman Park|
|Megan Deffner||City Park West|
|Buzz Geller||Commercial property owner|
|Neil Goldblatt||Commercial property owner|
|Bob Hampe||North Capitol Hill|
|Frank Locantore||Uptown on the Hill, Colfax Ave Business Improvement District|
|Don Novak||Bluebird Business Improvement District|
|Heather O'Neil||City Park West|
|Michelle Reichmuth||City Park Neigborhood Advisory|
|Caroline Schomp||Capitol Hill|
|Myles Tangalin||Congress Park|
|Trent Thompson||South City Park|
|Charlie Woolley||Commercial property owner|