Connecting Auraria Pedestrian Experience and Safety Improvement Project on Larimer between Downtown and the Auraria Campus.

The Connecting Auraria project will improve the pedestrian experience and safety on Larimer between Downtown and the Auraria Campus.

What began as a rebuild of the 60-year old Larimer Street Bridge crossing Cherry Creek, evolved into an effort that improves connectivity, promotes multimodal transportation, adds public art, and enhances the public realm experience between 14th Street and Southbound Speer. Stakeholder engagement was critical in understanding these additional opportunities and guided the work. Livable Cities Studio worked with the Downtown Denver Partnership, University of Colorado, and various Downtown stakeholders on the public realm design for Connecting Auraria.

The design establishes a strong sense of place by creating a dual-sided gateway and cohesive character that links the campus to Larimer Square. The Larimer Street Bridge serves as the focal point, while considerations to pavement, lighting, and furniture create a comfortable and memorable promenade.

Construction is set to wrap up by the end of 2023.

Livable Cities Studio gives special thanks to the project team: lead engineer, Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers and Architects, Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

About Livable Cities Studio Livable Cities Studio is an urban design and landscape architecture studio focused on addressing the needs of the contemporary city by uniting people through public spaces and connections to the natural environment. The studio is based on the idea of creating places for people and human experience. We focus on city building and addressing the complex needs of urbanization and change in our cities. We aim to create livable cities that unite people through public spaces that are designed for inclusion, social purpose and emphasize human experience.