Traffic fatalities in Colorado have spiked 24 percent in two years, and pedestrian and cyclist deaths have reached a 15-year high. But Colorado DOT chief Shailen Bhatt won't redesign streets to reduce the death toll.
Tearing down I-70 in north Denver neighborhoods and replacing it with a tree-lined boulevard would help mend the scars created by the freeway in the 1960s. That's why the Congress for New Urbanism included I-70 on its new list of "Freeways Without Futures."
What if, instead of light rail cars clanging alongside downtown traffic, Denver's trains burrowed underground? Or if Denver had a network of tracks elevated on stilts throughout the city that flung personal pods from neighborhood to neighborhood?