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Stapleton: A Neighborhood Taking Off

In 1995, when the opening of Denver International Airport meant the closing of Stapleton International Airport, Denver had the unique opportunity to transform 7.5 square miles of runways, concourses, and terminals into a beautiful, new community. It would be the largest urban in-fill redevelopment in the country and, to this day, one of the largest in-fill projects ever.

The building of Stapleton was a collaborative effort by business leaders, civic officials, and citizens who wanted to have a say in how Denver should grow. The idea was to take the best things about Denver’s classic neighborhoods while applying new thinking such as water-wise landscaping and energy-efficient building standards.

This mobile workshop will explore the evolution of the former Stapleton Airport to the largest urban infill community in America. The tour will highlight how the open-space design has emphasized a more natural prairie landscape rather than traditional park design in order to provide a more resilient landscape in Colorado’s climate.