Back On Track

Best, Allen
November 2005
High Country News;11/14/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 21, p8
This article focuses on the development of mass transit system in Denver, Colorado. Coventry Development Corp. is planning to build a city in Lone Tree, one of Denver's new southern suburbs. It will cover 3,500 acres. Keith Simon, vice president of the Coventry Development Corp., says, the city will be compact in an inner-city sort of way, with three, five, even 10 times as many homes per acre as a traditional suburb. This city will not be dominated by automobiles. People will be able to walk to offices, stores and schools. By using a light-rail train, they will glide rapidly to their jobs and to other commercial and social hubs in the region. Simon had worked as a landscape architect in several other cities. And he is not alone in rethinking traditional development in this region. During the past decade, several progressive developers, planners and politicians have planned something like this. Many shopping malls and warehouses have been replaced by apartments and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. In November 2005, voters in metro Denver approved a sates tax increase to support a program called FasTracks. It will build 35 miles of new electric-powered light rail.


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