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Blight designation in downtown Steamboat Springs may pave way for urban renewal projects

A sidewalk on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs suddenly ends near the street's intersection with 10th Street.

Crime data a factor

Crime and traffic accident data helped Steamboat meet one of the 11 criteria needed to be designated as blighted. Here’s what data from the Steamboat Springs Police Department showed about crime and traffic:

• There were an average of about 218 criminal incidents each year in the downtown corridor from 2008 to 2012. These incidents include assaults, thefts and all other criminal reports.

• There were an average of about 151 traffic accidents each year from 2008 to 2012. A large majority of the accidents occurred in the Lincoln Avenue zone.