For the cost of widening 56th Avenue for three miles, the city could build 67 miles of protected bike lanes and 90 miles of sidewalks. Oh well.
It's unfortunate that building basic walking infrastructure like sidewalks — on city-owned property nonetheless — constitutes news. But that's just where Denver is right now.
Midtown sidewalks are notoriously too skinny to handle the huge numbers of people on foot near Penn Station. The pedestrian crush around the nation's busiest transit hub routinely flows beyond the boundaries of the curb, and people are forced to walk in car lanes. It's uncomfortable, stressful, and dangerous. But people on foot will soon have some breathing room.
It's unfortunate that in 2017, city planners and engineers assume all those new people will come with a car. Why wouldn't they? There's so much room to drive!