If you had a crystal ball to see 20 years into Denver’s future, what would you hope for?
This is a question Denver’s city planners have been grappling in a two-year program called Denveright that has recently wrapped up. Their wish list, which provides goals for the next two decades, includes improvements to transportation, parks, and pedestrian networks.
Here’s a peek of some of those goals, courtesy of the Denver Post:
- Denver will “take a more prominent role in paying for, and potentially even providing bus and transit services in addition to the system run by the Regional Transportation District.”
- 78 neighborhoods will be within a 10-minute walk of a park.
- At least half of homes in 60 neighborhoods (instead of the current 16) will be within walking distance of quality transit.
- The number of commuters who drive alone to work will drop to 50% (from the current 73%).
- Three-fourths of households will be within one-quarter mile of bus or rail lines that offer services every 15 minutes.
- 80% of new housing will be built “in areas that fit with a growth strategy that targets higher density development.”
- The city will fill in an estimated 350 miles of sidewalk gaps.
- The city’s network of off-street trails will expand.
Of course, one question remains: Who will pay for these improvements? While no crystal ball has that answer yet, a proposal for a sales tax dedicated to parks will be on the ballot in November. And voters have already approved $937 Million through the Elevate Denver bond program. Further discussion on that subject is necessary.
As one member of the transit plan task force notes: “The devil in really in the details.”