Blue Dot Place

Blue Dot Place, the first multi-unit residential building constructed in downtown Colorado Springs since 1960, includes 33 one- and two-bedroom apartments above retail space that houses a local coffee shop and entrepreneurial center.

Building a Truly Bike-Friendly City: Lessons from Amsterdam

Amsterdam has long been recognized as one of the world’s great bicycling cities, and for good reason—the city is home to more bikes than people and a higher percentage of trips within the city are made by bike than by car. While Amsterdam residents have long had a history of cycling to meet their daily needs, a cultural preference for two-wheeled transportation alone does not explain why the city so vastly outpaces its peers in nearly every measure of bicycle use. Instead, over the past half-century, local advocates, elected officials, and other stakeholders have worked to reverse the city’s post–World War II embrace of the automobile by crafting bike-friendly policies and directing funding toward infrastructure that makes meeting one’s daily transportation needs by bike a safe, convenient, and even obvious choice.

New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street

Designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street is an 899-unit residential apartment building that also includes a pre-K to grade 8 public school, an ambulatory care center, retail space, and parking on the lower levels. The 1,040,904-square-foot, 76-story building is 870 feet tall and was at the time of its completion the tallest residential building in North America. The building, which features a rippling, undulating stainless steel facade, has become an iconic landmark that has captured both local and global attention and won critical acclaim.