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Incredible Colorado – Destination for Twenty Minute Lifestyle(TM) March 17, 2009

Posted by Bipin Agarwal in Global Economy, IT offshoring and Real Estate development, Politics and economy, Quality of Living, Real Estate Development in Global Economy, Real Estate Development in India, Recession.

Incredible Colorado – We have a time of great crisis. Individual states are competing to sustain and improve their share of GDP and population. At a time like this, political and business leaders have a great opportunity to provide a compelling story for businesses and people across America to stay in or move to Colorado and make it a destination state. Twenty Minute Lifestyle (TM), is that compelling vision. This vision supports the creation of communities where people can work, live, play, and have access to all the amenities for quality life within the community and cuts down the wasted effort expended in commuting. Thank you President Obama to come to Colorado to sign the bill and recognize Colorado as a Energy economy state.

America is going through a transformation. Every transformation in the history has resulted into dis-location of economic activity. Colorado has gone through oil bust, mining bust, and telecommunication bust. These experiences along with focus on infrastructure and education have created an opportunity such that next twenty years belong to Colorado as far as economic development and quality of living is concerned.

Colorado is uniquely positioned to participate in Energy economy, tourism, and technology innovation. That happens to be the focus of Obama administration as well. Great landscape, educated workforce, beautiful mountains, and a diversified population. Colorado has little bit of everything from telecommunication, mining, tourism, defense and now a big force in alternative energy.

There have been several attempts to create a distinct local identity and community experience in Boulder, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Stapleton, and others. Most of these communities have been designed around a commute based lifestyle and lack the inclusiveness needed to create a fully vibrant, stable, and viable community. The lack of a strategic vision in planning shows up in very fundamental ways – , Boulder (no planned affordable housing for young families), Highlands Ranch (more of residential commute based community only), Greenwood Village (only for upper middle class and rich). They all lacked strategic vision, planning and local government support to build an ecosystem and community that can withstand economic ups and downs and combine a earnings from and global economy with a fully integrated local spending economy.

A Twenty Minute Lifestyle community should comprehend that a vibrant community is created when a diverse community is created that can address the lifestyle requirements of young and old, single and married, rich, middle-class, and younger earners just starting out, and ensures that people will have ample outlets for spending their income in the local community. In order to support the income needs of this diverse, vibrant community the local government should attract big and small businesses which focus on the new economic paradigms of biotechnology, alternate energy as well as the tried and true staple businesses. Local government should ensure that retail areas are integrated into the communities (and not set up as strip malls) with access to pedestrians and cyclists, an ambience that encourages people to get out of their cars and walk and mingle with their neighbors, and creates foot traffic for retailers. In the end Americans will not give up their car based lifestyle unless the alternate is a more attractive and rich lifestyle.

Riverwalk development project near Fort Collins, a brainchild of STONERCO, and Turnky developments is a perfect model project. This 900 acres development will provide an environment for companies to have a walk to work environment, affordable housing for families, access to education, retail, health care, and sustainable living with a focus on environment. Earlier attempts by Stapleton, and Highlands Ranch while successful as real estate development are not in-line with the energy economy, and future reality of sustainability requirements, affordability, quality of living. Riverwalk will be the benchmark; defining how future real estate development (Twenty minute lifestyle micro-cities) will happen in Colorado, and across the world. Riverwalk will be the first model micro-city in Colorado.

Wish you all the best, Riverwalk, and Incredible Colorado!

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Bipin Agarwal




1. Colorado - Destination for Twenty Minute Lifestyle(TM) · Real-Estate-Investing.ExplainedOnline.Net - February 20, 2009

[…] Original post by Twenty-Minute Lifestyle […]

2. Bipin Agarwal - February 20, 2009

Hello Bipin, I hope you are keeping well.

I read your blog about Colorado and what a great place it is. Certainly the area has been through a lot, and has a wonderful environment. One question though. The thing that scares me about committing to Colorado is water. As I recollect, the supplies are diminishing and there are no good plans for handling this lack of resource. I am curious as to whether you see this as an issue, or as something that has, or will be, solved.

All the best, with fond memories of our times working together,

Mike Cooper

3. Bipin Agarwal - February 20, 2009

Dear Mike

Thank you for your comment. I agree Colorado is a great place to work, live and raise family and have fun with beautiful mountain and outdoor activities.

Regarding Water, There is significant work going on regrading water re-cycling every where in the world including Colorado. All new communities are putting water re-cycling plant and waste disposal plant. Just water recycling ensures that water get used, at least twice for different purpose. Another water saving will come from more condo style living then independent housing living. There is lot of water people use in their backyard, that will not be required in Twenty-Minute Lifestyle community.

Bipin Agarwal

4. Bipin Agarwal - February 21, 2009

Bipin Agarwal Colorado – Twenty Minute Lifestyle destination blog posted

Bipin, The article highlighting the advantages of colorado are well crafted. Anybody who has lived in this beautiful state for some period of time will know of this. I think Colorado is uniquely positioned to continue to excel.

Ashwin Bhavikatti

5. Bipin Agarwal - February 22, 2009

Dear Bipin,

I agree with your assessment of the Colorado economy. It has a little bit of everything, and is well positioned to benefit from President Obama’s economic plan. The development of micro-cities will help Colorado enjoy prosperity without destroying what makes Colorado special.

Thomas Neal
Oxford Business School, London

6. Obama Master Stroke - High speed Train infrastructure « Twenty-Minute Lifestyle - April 20, 2009

[…] Great opportunity for Colorado – Colorado is the state for next twenty to fifty years. Several mid tier cities in Colorado are ready to grow but do not have the connectivity to each other. Colorado has a unique opportunity to grab this opportunity and layout a blue print for high speed train connectivity from Colorado spring, Denver, Fort Collins, Bolder, Grand Junction, etc. I undestand that these are long term plans, but we have to start now. Phase one could be the Fast train from Fort Collins (I-25/ Harmony junction ) to Denver to Colorado Spring. Colorado. Political leadership, wake up and  make it happen. All the best, Incredible Colorado! https://twentyminutelifestyle.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/colorado-destination-for-twenty-minute-lifest… […]

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