From the front porch of his newly built ranch house in Aurora’s Painted Prairie neighborhood, Michael Kearns can see a wide array of homes — duplexes, single-family, townhomes.
It’s a departure, as Kearns sees it, from “the cul-de-sacs, the row after row of garage doors out front,” that has typified suburban development over the last few decades. Having moved to Painted Prairie from a home in Denver’s Central Park with his wife and daughter in November, he calls his new neighborhood “a porch community where everyone sits out front.”
“It doesn’t feel like a suburb to us.”
But Painted Prairie is very much a suburban community, 17 miles from downtown Denver, just south of the giant Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center and perched on windswept land that hugs the…
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