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How did Colorado Blvd. become such a reviled road?

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Colorado Blvd.
Hart Van Denburg / CPR News
Colorado Boulevard, pictured here Oct. 28, 2022, these days often feels like a traffic-choked, pedestrian-intolerant, sometimes-totally run down mess. But CDOT and the city are in the early stages of making bus transit improvements that could restore some of the road’s original feel.

Colorado Boulevard might just be metro Denver's most reviled road. It’s congested, full of long lights, and can be dangerous to walk or bike. CPR transportation reporter Nathaniel Minor dug into the boulevard's history to answer a question submitted through Colorado Wonders, and tells us about its potentially very different future.