The 16-block Cherry Creek North retail district was designed to be Denver's premier outdoor shopping area. Yet deteriorating infrastructure, tired aesthetics and competition from an adjacent indoor mall had led to steady decline. Fillmore Plaza in the heart of the district was no longer a desirable public space since being closed to vehicular traffic in 1987. The new streetscape strengthens the retail environment, preserves the district's history and character, improves identity, beautifies the area, provides new lighting, improves signage, and adds 20 "Art and Garden Places" for shoppers to relax and linger. The redesigned Fillmore Plaza is now a vibrant hybrid street closed off to traffic only during planned pedestrian events.
Yang, Bo and Zhang, Yue, "Cherry Creek North Improvements and Fillmore Plaza Landscape Performance Benefits Assessment" (2012). Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Faculty Publications. Paper 140.