Originally Posted by amesj523
but the whole work/play/live thing - it's all been done in cities anyway - HBG, PA has been pushing that for years.
I'm not saying it's new ames but there was a time in the front range that somebody would scrape some farmland and plop a couple thousand homes on it without any consideration of where these people would shop etc. This was during the major boom of the 90's when supply was tight.
With the downturn in the local economy here developers have to be more aware of their competition now. There is alot of new construction inventory out there and the old saying of location...location is still holds true. The builders tolerance for land speculation (cheap land) is pretty tight now and they are willing to pay a premium for intown land or land with Mixed use development potential to stay competitive.
Simply put the I-25 corridor didn't have the traffice volume it does now compared to 10-15 years ago. People aren't willing to make those long commutes and sit in traffic if they don't have to. With the addition of the E-470 beltway (ahead of it's time I might add) this has opened up thousands of acres of land to development which could basically be considered infill land thus helping to curb the "sprawl".
Contrary to Slugs "dooms day" Denver scenario the future is bright here and I do know a little on this subject. I do a little more around town than just cook brats in parking lots.