David cut his teeth covering transportation, development, politics, education, and art in D.C. He's covered sustainable transportation for Streetsblog since 2015 and has lived in Denver's Cheesman Park neighborhood since 2012.
Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction, now has cold feet.
Right now Denver's bond includes just $30.7 million dollars for sidewalks, meaning KC's bond outspends Denver's 5 to 1 on the most basic form of transportation infrastructure.
To have the Post tell it, widening an interstate through city neighborhoods is actually a community connector, a jobs program, an affordable housing solution, an investment in our children, and a boon for outdoor recreation. That must be why so many cities are solving their problems these days by spending billions of dollars on traffic-generating, sprawl-inducing highway expansion projects.
The allocation to sidewalks might be less of a problem if Denver had a policy and a funding stream that treated sidewalks as fundamental infrastructure instead of a special treat for lucky neighborhoods. But that's not the case.
The report, which examined the turn-of-the-century expansion of I-25 known as T-REX, says that these managed lanes would expand the capacity of the corridor for everyone while providing a "congestion-free" option for drivers and better transit for people who don't drive — without a widening that would be financially and physically impossible.
Mayor Michael Hancock finalized his preferences for what he wants to see funded by a bond initiative heading to voters in November, and a lot of good walking, biking, and transit projects made the cut. So did $101 million for long-neglected road maintenance — about 24 percent of all transportation funding on the list.
Mayor Michael Hancock announced a $2 billion-plus "mobility action plan" today aimed at creating a transportation system in which 30 percent of all commuters walk, bike, or take transit by 2030, and no more than 50 percent drive alone. Carpoolers and people who work from home would fill the remaining gap.