The Brighton corridor’s location lies mostly within the RiNo district, so many of the environmental concerns regarding previous use history and the environmental consequences that resulted, as well as their correction, are included in the River North Plan (1). That said, the primarily infrastructure- and transportation-oriented improvements planned for the Brighton Corridor will carry their own environmental impacts, many of which are designed to improve existing conditions in the area. These include more shade trees, bushes, and other greenery, as well as lighter-colored paving materials, intended to reduce the urban heat island effect (2). Stakeholder feedback is clearly in favor of including water quality treatment in the overall design (3). The details of how this will be done have yet to be made public, however. Increased bicycle and pedestrian access should reduce overall air pollution in the area, though accommodating heavy-vehicle and industrial traffic will continue to be a necessary concern, as this corridor is, and will continue to be, a critical industrial avenue into the downtown area (4). Eco-friendly materials and sustainable improvements such as LED lighting are also being implemented (5) along Brighton Boulevard, while the planned RiNo Park, to be located nearby, will provide outdoor recreation opportunities in conjunction with a planned adjacent festival area for open-air activities and events (6). Although the Brighton redevelopment includes many planned measures intended to improve the visible environmental conditions in the immediate area, the history of mainly-industrial use in the area has already done considerable damage, and many of these existing problems are not directly addressed, at present. There is also the potential for the increased popularity of the Brighton corridor to bring environmental complications of its own.
1. City of Denver. “River North Plan.” June 2003. PDF https://goo.gl/RvXmRB [downloaded on 02 Feb 2016]
2. Justin. “The Vision for Brighton Boulevard.” Denver Urban Review 08 Apr 2015. Web. http://denverurbanreview.com/2015/04/the-vision-for-brighton-boulevard/ [accessed on 29 Jan 2016]
3. City of Denver. “Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project Report - Final.” April 2014. PDF. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-department-of-public-works/projects/current/brighton-boulevard-corridor.html [downloaded 24 Jan 2016]
4. Locantore, Jill. “Could Brighton Boulevard Become a Pedestrian Paradise?” Denver Urbanism 26 Jan 2015. Web. http://denverurbanism.com/2015/01/could-brighton-boulevard-become-a-pedestrian-paradise.html [accessed on 29 Jan 2016]
5. Justin. “The Vision for Brighton Boulevard.” Denver Urban Review 08 Apr 2015. Web http://denverurbanreview.com/2015/04/the-vision-for-brighton-boulevard/ [accessed on 29 Jan 2016]
6. “River North Park.” Web. http://rinoparkdenver.com/project/park-concepts/ [accessed 04 Feb 2016]