August 25, 2014
A sidewalk on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs suddenly ends near the street's intersection with 10th Street.
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Poor pedestrian lighting, missing sidewalks and the presence of a flood zone were some of the things that led a consultant to deem the downtown area blighted last year.
Council President Bart Kounovsky said past councils have for decades passed on opportunities to invest in the downtown corridor, and the current council should be the one to pull the trigger.
City Manager Deb Hinsvark also recently updated the council on the city's desire to start using local improvement districts to fill in some sidewalk gaps around the city.
During one of its longest and liveliest meetings of the year, several council members questioned a recent designation of downtown as blighted along with the suggestion the area is in need of the tax tool to correct that.
Poor pedestrian lighting, missing sidewalks and the presence of a flood zone are some of the things that have helped downtown Steamboat Springs join Colorado's long and growing list of blighted areas.