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.

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