Agents Infiltrate the Charles Landry Lecture in Denver

First, Charlie (that’s what I call him…) is the bee’s knees.

Second, he was in Denver for the launch of Imagine 20:20, the city’s new cultural plan.  More here: http://artsandvenuesdenver.com/events-programs/imagine-2020-creating-a-future-for-denvers-culture/

Third, I’m not going to go through all the inspiring and thought-provoking perspectives this man has on urban life, culture, and the reason most of us get up in the morning.  Read his books if you want the details.  Just know that Agents who were on the scene were blown away by a single statement that seemed to convey the spirit of his approach:

“I’ve stopped answering the question ‘what is the value of investing in culture’.  That is a dead end.  I now ask the question ‘what is the cost of not investing in culture’.”

 

Dig it.

Note to Agents: Alleys in U Hill, Boulder

In the interests of enhancing compact cities, some lovely public spaces can be carved out of alleys.  It makes for quiet place amid the milieu, and can be the perfect home for those little secret restaurants, artworks, and meeting places that are whispered from the lips of locals in-the-know.

 

There are lovely, gritty, curious little corners of University Hill in Boulder, Colorado that are perfect for such an effort.  Agents from the Poorly Kept Secret Society infiltrated a few of these earlier today.  On bicycle, if you must know.  Here is a map, and some photos pulled from the Internets:

 

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(Photo from the Daily Camera, 12/2009)

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(Photo from the Denver Post, 2/2007)

Note: these are old photos, but the alleys are pretty much unchanged.