A Yale University Senior Thesis studying metropolitan growth patterns, nodes of activity, and transportation options:
Summer 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri and Denver, Colorado
The author would like to thank the Environmental Studies Summer Research Fellowship and the Richter Fellowship for their generous support of this research.
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Denver does a lot of things right. The region works together well as a unit, with individual governments realizing that improving one area improves all of Metro Denver. Voters decided in 2004 to tax themselves to pay for RTD's FasTracks transit expansion program, with over 100 miles of new rail lines. The region is experiencing continued economic growth, and while the CBD is still strong, many of those new jobs are going towards the edges of the region (where there is land), continuing structural auto dependency.