The Mile High City is consistently hailed as one of the best places to live in the United States—and who are we to argue? But with an additional 1.5 million people expected to move to the Front Range by 2035, our treasured lifestyle may be at risk. We dug through reams of city-planning documents, talked to dozens of Coloradans, and put together a vision for the future of our city. Now, it's time to make this vision a reality.
New live-work developments keep the car in the garage.
With the revival of urban living comes the rise of transit-oriented developments. TODs combine housing complexes with transportation—in Denver's case, light-rail stations—to create mixed-use spaces where people can rely less heavily on automobiles yet still easily get downtown to work. About three-fourths of the 58 FasTracks stations in the metro area are slated to have TODs. "We're trying to increase the possibility that you don't need to get into your car," says Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Smart TODs blend into a traditional neighborhood: The tallest buildings—along with offices and retail stores—sit closest to the transit stop, and structures gradually get shorter until they become single-family homes.