Denver Put up fileWorkers set up the 16th Avenue Mall’s authentic granite pavers in 1981. As a part of a plan to remake the enduring downtown thoroughfare, Denver and RTD have beneficial eradicating the middle median on the mall and including extra timber and more room for pedestrians.Re: “Let’s save the 16th Avenue Mall,” Feb. 2 editorial.
The Denver Put up Editorial Board has it proper — the 16th Avenue Mall needs to be renovated as deliberate, together with reconfiguration of the bus lanes changing the central median, and substitute of the granite pavers with patterned concrete making an attempt to match the colours in authentic design.
As a former member of the Regional Transportation District Board of Administrators and co-chair of the 16th Avenue Plan Steering Committee, I’ve watched and took part in lots of the selections made alongside the best way. Financial, practical and historic concerns have been adequately thought of. Fortunately, funding has been developed by civic companions. This plan will present the very best end result for all.
Invoice James, Denver
As a 16th Avenue Mall dweller, I counsel two revisions to the brand new plan: 1) Hold the pavers on the sidewalk and use coloured concrete within the bus lanes to obviously determine them and cease the breakup of the pavers. 2) Overlook placing in saplings. I feel each retailer proprietor would gladly volunteer to pay for three.5-inch to four.5-inch, extra mature timber in entrance of their store. I do know I’d. Why put in timber whose cover will lastly be vital when it’s time to alter the Mall design once more?
Brooke Banbury, Denver
Once I.M. Pei designed the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, detractors referred to as the construction his “folly.” Now many think about its design a rival to the Eiffel Tower.
The Denver Put up considers the 16th Avenue Mall pavers designed by I.M. Pei a “grotesque extravagance.” The one grotesqueness is the lack of The Put up to know the attractive design and its uniqueness. The Put up needs to be fostering the preservation of those pavers and the priceless design work of Pei.
How many people have visited Europe to see its architectural wonders in addition to marveled on the mosaics of the Greeks, Romans and Christian designers? For a similar causes we worth these designs, we must also worth the 20th century paver design of the 16th Avenue Mall. It will be important for Denver to maintain its historical past, not cowl it up with blacktop and appear like another mall within the nation.