Southeast Denver was developed in the 1950s-1970s – when vehicles were the primary mode of transportation. As a result, its transportation artery Hampden Avenue was built to accommodate cars. But as travel habits have changed over time and a greater emphasis has been placed on multi-modal options, Hampden Avenue has remained in the past – leading to problems with safety and connectivity. And, like many areas of the city, Southeast Denver is experiencing rapid population growth – putting even more pressure on Hampden Avenue, which serves residents, visitors, shoppers and employers alike.
In 2017, the City of Denver began studying ways to improve the Hampden Avenue corridor to enhance mobility and reinvigorate the area to better reflect the values of the community. Denver’s Public Works Department led the project, known as the Hampden Avenue Corridor Study, with support from several agencies and consultants, including CH2M who brought CIG on board for public information support.
CIG’s primary role was to gather input from the community about their priorities for the Hampden Corridor – what they needed, what they wanted, and what they envisioned for the future of their neighborhoods. But before we could start gathering input from the public, we needed to educate them about the project and raise awareness of the benefits and value of the study.