DenverUrbanism welcomes Ian Harwick as our newest contributing blogger!

The Intersection of Business and Urbanism

By Ian Harwick

Here at DenverUrbanism, we often discuss the built environment and how it affects the lives of people living within Denver. What is not often discussed are the ways in which Denverites interact with the businesses that reside within the city. As a business owner and urbanist, I feel that this facet of community is important and under-appreciated. As the newest writer for DenverUrbanism, my goal is to convey how businesses can and do impact the city, its streets, and how we interact with each other.

Through my posts, I will focus on the intersection of business and urbanism, including:

  • Specific businesses located within Denver that are improving the lives of people living and working within the city
  • New types of business environments impacting how, where, and when people work
  • How a business focus may help or harm a community

I hope my DenverUrbanism contributions will convey my appreciation for the unique, vibrant businesses that call Denver home, and that my posts will begin a greater discussion about how we all see business leaving its mark throughout the great city of Denver.


Ian Harwick is a Denver native and serial entrepreneur who’s been building businesses for twenty years and helping others do the same for the past five years.  Currently, Ian runs Harwick Consulting, working with businesses of all sizes—although he has a special spot in his heart for mom and pop shops—and utilizing his abilities to connect objects, ideas and people and organize them in a way that fosters creativity and collaboration. Ian is also co-founder of CityCycle, a mobile app for smart phones that changes the way cyclists interact with Denver’s bicycle infrastructure and the community that it supports. In his spare time, you can find Ian writing a book on community building, drinking coffee at a non-chain establishment, or building something new in his home.