“A lot of Denver’s neighborhoods look the way they do today because of “Blueprint Denver,” the first citywide effort to integrate neighborhood development and transportation.
Plans like this matter. It makes more sense to build dense housing, retail, and office space in walkable areas near good transit than in unwalkable transit deserts that encourage driving to work or for daily errands. Conversely, high quality transit and walking infrastructure should serve existing areas where lots of people live and work. These things don’t happen by accident.
Starting in 2002, the Blueprint document aimed to funnel Denver’s inevitable growth into two types of places: “areas of change” and “areas of stability.” Over the next 15 years city planners would use zoning regulations, infrastructure improvements, and leverage things like urban renewal districts to shape neighborhoods.
Blueprint was intended to guide Denver to 2020. So how is it working so far?”
Sachs, David. StreetsBlog Denver 27 September 2016.