Thursday, June 19, 2014

Metro Denver en route to becoming one of the nation's most walkable regions

A new style of city development is taking hold, one which holds the promise of better health and greater opportunities for socializing for its citizens.  Its use in the development of areas within metro Denver could drive the metro area to become one of the country's most walkable metropolitan areas, according to a  new study.
Redevelopment projects, such as the Westminster Mall overhaul, paired with transit investments will help propel the metro area into the nation's 10 most walkable cities, the study says. The  Denver metro area is expected to jump from No. 14 now to No. 9 in the next 10 to 15 years.  Washington, New York and Boston top the current list. Denver sits behind Philadelphia and ahead of Houston.
The top cities have shifted planning strategy to urban-style development from sprawling growth, said George Washington University researcher Chris Leinberger, the study's lead author. By the end of the decade, he thinks most Denver-area cities will have done the same.
For more details, go to Denver Post .  For more information on the effect of the built environment on personal health, contact Cate Townely  in the Prevention Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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