Thursday’s Headlines

Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis in her Platte Park campaign office.

Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis in her Platt Park campaign office. Photo: Andy Bosselman

From Streetsblog

  • Mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis: The Streetsblog interview. We talk about her proposed streetcar network, Colfax BRT, and asked about her cozy relationship with real estate developer Kyle Zeppelin. (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news

  • Man arrested, accused of hitting a school bus then fleeing the scene. (9 News)
  • Jerek Fabjancic, 29, charged with hit-and-run after striking and killing 82-year-old pedestrian James Steele Jr. in LoDo Friday night. (Denver Post)
  • Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce wants a train to Denver. They’re working with the Colorado Rail Commission to join the proposed Front Range commuter rail system. (Laramie Live)
  • Boulder County staff will present suggestions for updates to its Transportation Master Plan (Stock Standard)
  • CDOT will study allowing hazardous materials through the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels. (Summit Daily)
  • Lakewood voters could limit new home construction to 1% per year. (Denverite)
  • Denver Air Quality Index:  6 a.m.: 34 Good. Yesterday: 54 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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  • TakeFive

    I find listening to Dr. Lisa Calderón to be delightful and her ‘real person’ responses are refreshing. Not sure how realistic or practical some of her ideas are but Denver is fortunate to have so many good candidates who want to serve as Mayor.

    Best response:

    What I’ve been hearing from people who resist the idea of less spaces for cars and making a more people-centric city is: What’s the alternative? Right now they can’t see the alternative. What we see is, we can’t get around the city very easily. And so if you take away my car, that’s going to make it even worse.

    Best recommendation:

    I want to prioritize our funding sources so that we could get to that affordable, accessible and reliable transportation system that’s going to be good for the environment.

  • TakeFive

    Worst question:

    Q: If you look at the region’s gleaming light rail system, which serves mostly white, suburban commuters going to downtown jobs…

    For starters, Dr. Lisa Calderón’s response was excellent.

    I much prefer to think in terms of different socioeconomic classes. With an immigration mix of Easter Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians & Indians, Africans and Hispanics we no longer live in a black and white world. The whole point of FasTracks was to serve all regions. To classify suburbs as if they were all white is badly flawed. In fact it is Denver that is becoming more homogeneous while the suburbs have become more diverse.

    • TakeFive

      stops that tend to serve economically and racially diverse communities, it’s clear that the region has invested much more in office workers than other transit riders.

      On the whole RTD has done a better job than most peer cities of serving diversity and lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. For decades downtown Denver’s biggest job profile was from all the state and city/county government jobs and NOT the more recent high-paying tech jobs.

      ‘Equity’ may be an admirable goal but it’s very misunderstood. Marlon Boarnet, a professor of public policy and chair of the department of urban planning and spatial analysis at the USC Price School of Public Policy chaired research that was released in 2017. Here is what his study found:

      The researchers found that car commuters in low-income neighborhoods in San Diego have about 30 times greater job accessibility than those who take public transit.

      They also point out how important ‘first/last mile’ access is in order to benefit from transit.

      The different ways riders leave and arrive at the stops closest to home and workplaces — what researchers term “first- and last-mile access” — can close this gap, even more effectively than more traditional and costly public transit measures like increasing transit frequency by adding buses and drivers.