Here’s a Logic-Ridden Presentation on the Urgent Need to Make Denver People-Friendly

Photo: David Sachs
Photo: David Sachs

Resistance to policies and street designs that put pedestrians, transit, and bicyclists at the top of the pyramid is strong. Despite the human toll, financial burden, and diminution of public space that result from putting cars first, they still rule the streets.

Denver’s growth spurt has forced us to a fork in the road: Continue to shape the city around cars and the hostile streets they engender, or begin to undo the mistakes of last century by prioritizing people. That’s what Blueprint Denver, the city’s forthcoming land use and transportation plan, should remedy. Blueprint is part of the Hancock administration’s Denveright planning overhaul.

The people behind the plan come from all walks of the city, and one of them is Jill Locantore, associate director of WalkDenver. She gave a presentation last month at a Blueprint Denver task force meeting that deserves more eyes and ears than were present that day. (Trust me, I go to a lot of these meetings, and they’re rarely this juicy.)

Enjoy.

  • deadindenver

    Thumbs up!

  • TakeFive

    What I might disagree with isn’t as important as what I would agree with. -:)
    You can wish in one hand…. but w/o funding nothing happens. It’s why, for grins, I’ve put together a $15.5 billion metro transportation funding plan. Not that anyone need give a wit but I’ll give one good example.

    In 2015 Seattle voters approved [U]Move Seattle[/U] a $930 million city transportation plan to be spent over 9 years. It was mostly, but not entirely, for improving transit/mobility/walkability. In 2016 metro Seattle approved ST3 (Sound Transit 3) which fantasizes $54 billion of transit investments off of $27 billion in expected new tax revenue. Which would you think will be more impactful: a) the city plan or b) the metro plan?

    Phoenix provides another great funding model but I’ll save that on for another time.

  • Roads_Wide_Open

    for sure not a mike drop presentation. Good luck though trying to change the habits of what 90-95% everyone does everyday!

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