Thanks for Making Streetsblog Denver’s First Chapter a Success. Look Forward to the Next One.

Yes, that's a kitten calendar.
Yes, that's a kitten calendar.

Today is my last day at Streetsblog Denver.

I founded the website in 2015 with the help of several people who believe in the power of original reporting and commentary to change how we think about our growing city. People who thought it worthwhile to defy the headwinds of car-centric planning and show decision-makers why turning the ship urgently toward walking, biking, and transit is the only sustainable way forward.

Some of those decision-makers are elected officials who’ve used Streetsblog’s reporting to make the case for new policies and projects, or educate constituents on why these problems matter. That’s not to say pols categorically enjoy Streetsblog stories, which, if we’re doing our job, can make them think twice about their choices.

Streetsblog has filled a void in the media landscape, and will continue to do so. Traditional news outlets are decision-makers too. This website aims to correct the record when they’re wrong and lift them up when they take the bike lane less traveled. When an entire city is designed around moving as many cars as possible, it’s unsurprising that most of our institutions accept the car-first status quo as an eternal sentence.

But it’s not. Policy and funding decisions can change how our city works, which leads me to the best decision-makers of all: readers and advocates.

Streetsblog exists and will continue to exist because you care about creating a city for people. You donate your money, which is necessary and humbling. But you also donate your energy, time, and attention to advocating for change. You read, understand, and share content that moves the needle toward a more human-scaled city.

Thank you!

And thanks to our many funders — foundations and individuals — and the Streetsblog Denver Advisory Board for its consistent support and guidance.

I’ll be passing the baton to a new editor and executive director soon, hopefully later this month. In the meantime, you can expect to see the daily headlines every day. They won’t skip a beat. We’ll also continue to syndicate national stories.

And I’m not going far. Starting Monday, I’ll be the city government reporter at Denverite.

One last thing: Our streets belong to everyone. They’re public, and that’s never been up for debate. The question is, do they serve everyone? The answer is obviously no. So while it’s tempting to think this is solely a bike blog, or a bus blog, or a pedestrian blog, the truth is, this is an e-scooter blog.

Just kidding. This is a pro-city publication. Smart, 21st-century urban transportation policy is a means to a more livable city, not a means to tribalize people by how they move around. Thanks for understanding that, and thanks for reading.

  • Riley Warton

    Thank you very much. Did you find someone new yet?

  • Kate Williams

    You’ve done an admirable job, David, and we’ll miss you. The only regret is that you’re not going far….no, seriously, we’re actually looking forward to following you at Denverite (which is my personal favorite right after Streesblog)…..

  • Wranger

    Thank you for all that you’ve done, David. I have really appreciated being kept up to date with bike, ped, transit, street design, etc. going on in our communities and look forward hearing from whoever takes your place. Shifting to Denverite is great…the daily updates from Streetsblog and Denverite are the most oft read of all my emails.

  • Ian Wheat

    Thank you for everything David!


Wednesday’s Headlines

Former CDOT Building to Become Low Income Housing, Hopefully (Denverite) CDOT Rolls out Drugged Driving Campaign (Patch) How to Avoid Snowy Roadways This Winter (Hint: Just Don’t Drive) (Fox31) … and On the Topic of Snow and Traction Laws: E-Scooters (9News) Another E-Scooter Article on Accessibility (9News) Pikes Peak Railway Voting Underway for Proposed Amendments (Gazette) […]

Tuesday’s Headlines

DenPo Backs Prop 110 Polis vs. Stapleton on Transportation (and Other Things) (Denverite) … and More on their Transit Debates (DBJ) Here’s a Breakdown of Donors for Prop 110 (DBJ) Drivers Dominating Traffic Circles, and People Walking Aren’t Happy About it (Westword) Federal Blvd Gets More Cameras, but Not to Enforce Speeds (DenPo) Daily Dose […]

Monday’s Headlines

Private Contractors Are Pretty Much the Only Ones Making Bus Stops Decent (DenverUrbanism) Forest Service will Ban Cars at Hanging Lake (CPR) People Don’t Like Dirty Highway Interchanges (Denver7) Amtrak Won’t Suspend Rural Train Service, but Only For Another Year (Sun) National headlines at Streetsblog USA