When the need for more socially distanced outdoor spaces became pressing, the city of Denver delivered with a slew of new, car-free streets. Although they were a temporary promise, these open spaces just might serve as a wake-up call for how the Mile High City could reimagine safer and more equitable streets.
The executive director of the Department of Infrastructure and Transportation is tasked with modernizing Denver’s transit system (no small task). Here, he weighs in on the city’s goals, challenges, and more.
RTD wanted to transform how people in the Denver metro area get around. But more than 50 years after it began, most people still drive, pollution persists, and the agency is in crisis. I went back to its beginning to find out how—and when—the problems started.