Stapleton study reveals problems with new urbanism development

DENVER - How do you balance increasing demand for walkable, urban-centered communities with old, auto-oriented engineering infrastructure?

That's the dilemma Stapleton area has been trying to figure out as it tries to stay in-line with the new urbanism development plans residents are demanding.

A newly released University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) study found that Stapleton has struggled to adjust to the need for infrastructure centered around more sustainable, walkable communities and has fallen behind neighboring Denver communities.

According to the study, Stapleton has:

  • Higher than desired vehicle speeds;
  • Higher shares of people who drive; and
  • Less walking, biking and transit use than peer neighborhoods in the region.

Part of the problem, the study said, is the fact that Stapleton's efforts to create on-street parking has been largely underutilized. On-street parking is a popular method cities use to slow traffic and protect pedestrians from busy streets.

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