"During the past decade, a small but growing army of progressive developers, planners and politicians â€" particularly Denverâ€™s mayor, John Hickenlooper â€" have put their money where their mouths are. Theyâ€™ve turned one defunct airport into a vibrant community, and are doing the same with a second. Theyâ€™ve demolished 1960s-era shopping malls, such as Villa Italia and Cinderella City, and replaced them with apartments and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Theyâ€™ve transformed aging warehouses into a trendy residential and commercial hotspot. And theyâ€™ve constructed a modest light-rail network.
Call it SimCity, the New Urbanism edition."