Built Capital- Breckenridge, Colorado

Built capital refers to the built establishments (includes houses, retail stores, and factories), as well as, infrastructure (includes roads, water, and sewers) within a community (Green & Haines, 2016).


The built capital in Breckenridge, Colorado is an extremely important factor behind the cities overall draw, vibe, and appeal. Beginning with the facts, Breckenridge is 7 miles long and 2 miles wide. The city has 2,200 of its acres developed, and 1,100 undeveloped. With 23.7% of its town- owned land, the state provides 3 main parks, a golf course, historical sites, a stake park, skating rinks, libraries, a dog park, and of course the basic parking lots and municipal buildings. There are over 90 restaurants, over 200 shops and boutiques, 249 documented historical district structures, thousands of lodges, housing units, condos, singe-family homes, and residential areas (Breckenridge Tourism Office, n.d.). All of these factors are some of what makes Breckenridge a difficult place to leave; it is one of the highest visited towns in Colorado.


When researching the potential improvements the community wishes to make, I found three prominent factors. The first being to upgrade/ resurface some of the town’s existing road systems. Improving the stream river over the crossing of Broken Lance Drive was the second, and third being to work on improving their exiting drainage (Defendants, B.M., n.d.).


Built capital plays a prominent role in Breckenridge. It a driving factor that keeps the town contagious and magnet. The community thrives over its art and culture, as well as, the abundance of ma and pop shops.


Breckenridge Tourism Office. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.gobreck.com/

Defendants, B. M. (n.d.). Breckenridge land use guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/Home/ShowDocument?id=1109

Green, G. P., & Haines, A. (2016). Asset building & community development (4th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage.