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Austin Scores Highest on Pandemic Recovery; Bay Area and Baltimore Lowest

The Bay Area Council and CBRE created an economic tracker to measure how well the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas have recovered from the public health restrictions imposed on their regions at the onset of the pandemic.

March 5, 2023 - Bay City News Foundation

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Denver Transit Proposal Could Lower Fares, Make Transit Free for Youth

The agency released a draft plan to eliminate regional zones, make airport trips more affordable, and reduce fares systemwide.

February 16, 2023 - The Denver Post

Blue Denver Connector transit van with wheelchair lift

On-Demand Transit Supplements Denver-Area Bus and Rail

Residents in far-flung parts of the region can connect to rail and bus lines and access local destinations through an on-demand service called the Denver Connector.

January 5, 2023 - The Denver Post

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Denver Evaluates Success of E-Bike Rebate

The program proved extremely popular with Denver residents, opening up biking as a transportation mode to more people.

December 21, 2022 - The Washington Post

A light rail trail leaves a station with a field of grass under the blue sky in the background.

Denver’s C and F Light Rail Routes Closed Permanently

The Regional Transportation District in Denver suspended two light rail lines at the onset of Covid-19 in March 2020. The routes have now been permanently discontinued.

December 18, 2022 - The Denver Post

People on bikes in downtown Denver, Colorado

Success of Denver’s E-Bike Rebate Continues Unabated

The city’s latest round of vouchers were snapped up by the public within minutes of being released, showing the unrelenting popularity of the e-bike rebate program.

October 17, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab


Denver Announces Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot

Residents who have experienced homelessness will receive monthly cash payments to help them find and stay in stable, long-term housing.

September 22, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Denver Region

A New Urban Growth Boundary for Metro Denver

Douglas County’s master plan indicates that areas south of current development will likely remain preserved through conservation initiatives, but the metro area’s booming population indicates that growth will continue to happen, somewhere.

September 21, 2022 - The Denver Post

Regional Transportation District

Colorado Planning for a Less Car-Dependent Transportation Future

Multiple funding plans are on the brink of reformulating the state of Colorado’s approach to transportation—away from cars and toward active transportation and high-capacity public transit.

September 14, 2022 - The Denver Post

Pedestrians walking in downtown Denver, Colorado surrounded by tall office towers

Jaywalking Up for Decriminalization in Denver

Like other city and state leaders, Denver’s city council will weigh a proposal to decriminalize jaywalking in an effort to reduce interactions with law enforcement and improve transportation equity.

September 13, 2022 - Westword

The sloped roof of a googie style building is prominently featured in this image of a restaurant in Denver. Tall apartment buildings are seen in the background.

Denver Makes it Easier for Landowners to Oppose Landmark Designation

The balance of power in the historic preservation process shifted slightly toward the preferences of property owners in Denver.

August 31, 2022 - The Denver Post

RTD train pulling into a station in Denver, Colorado

Commerce City Approves Transit-Oriented Development

An isolated train station north of Denver could become a hub of housing and commercial activity.

August 23, 2022 - The Denver Post

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Denver Food Truck Ban Could be Unconstitutional

In a letter to city officials, a law firm called on the city to lift restrictions on food trucks, saying the ban “smacks of protectionism” and could violate equal protection guarantees.

August 22, 2022 - Denver Post

Accessory Dwelling Units

Denver Struggling to Unlock the Potential of Accessory Dwelling Units

Why doesn’t Denver build more ADUs? It’s complicated.

August 3, 2022 - The Denver Post

Civic Center bus terminal in Denver

Major Redesign Planned for Denver-Area Bus System

The Regional Transportation District will make significant changes to bus frequency and routes in an effort to make transit accessible to more Colorado residents.

July 28, 2022 - Colorado Public Radio

Biking in Denver

Denver Taking New Applications for Wildly Popular E-Bike Rebate Program

Residents are taking advantage of the city’s rebate program, which offers discounts of up to $1,200 on e-bikes for low-income residents.

July 12, 2022 - Westword

Civic Center bus terminal in Denver

Denver Transit To Boost Security Presence

A rise in harassment of bus operators and other safety issues are prompting the Regional Transportation District to increase security staffing.

June 30, 2022 - The Denver Post

Denver Cap Park

I-70 Expansion—Toll Lanes and Cap Park Included—Wrapping Up in Denver

The Central 70 Project is well underway in Denver, with a public-private partnership completing major changes to the interstate freeway where it cuts through the city.

June 16, 2022 - Denverite

A sign with gas prices all listed above $7.39 per gallon.

Signs Gas Prices Are Curbing Driving in Colorado

Surveys and transit ridership both show some signs, with significant caveats, of the limits of the appetite for gasoline in Colorado.

June 14, 2022 - Colorado Public Radio

Regional Transportation District

Denver Adopts Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

The Denver City Council recently adopted the “Expanding Housing Affordability” policy.

June 13, 2022 - Denverite

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