Aurora’s new vision for Havana Street corridor

August 1st, 2022

Denver Post’s Article Here

Saja Hindi

Reporter – The Denver Post
Twitter: @BySajaHindi


Aurora has a new vision for the Havana Street corridor as transportation “rebirth” is needed

Michael Palmer, 38, waits for the bus on the corner of Havana and 11th streets in Aurora on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. “It definitely needs to be wider,” Palmer said of the sidewalks there. “Some of the hedges stick out.” (Jintak Han, The Denver Post)

The Havana Street Corridor is known for its food selections from all over the world, with Mexican, Korean, Ethiopian and Chinese restaurants located along its streets. Mixed in, visitors can find small business-owned retail shops, grocery stores that sell African or Asian staples, and service-oriented businesses like nail salons, auto shops and dental offices. The popular corridor is also a major thoroughfare and state highway, and it includes a residential area, which has led to some transportation challenges.

As Aurora grows so does the number of people using the corridor whether they’re driving, biking, using RTD buses, walking or using wheelchairs to get from one place to the next. That’s why the city launched the Havana Street Corridor Study, meant to provide recommendations for transportation needs and strategies to improve the corridor, particularly at key locations that have a lot of crashes or need traffic calming measures and enhancements for mass transit.

Planners also want to add in “gateway features,” which include landscape and lighting improvements, bus stop enhancements and even utility box art to highlight a residential and commercial area that’s considered vibrant and successful, Saja Hindi reports.

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