"The state of our city is strong because the people of Denver are strong. Time and again, through booms and busts, we have created a city that was built by and for the people. Cities change. Denver is not immune to that. But we can ensure it happens the Denver way, so that we remain connected to our past, to our neighborhoods and to one another, so that we never lose the heart and passion of our city and her people." - Mayor Michael B. Hancock, 2017 State of the City Address
To address one of the leading concerns for residents during this period of rapid population growth, Mayor Hancock unveiled a new Mobility Action Plan. The plan will accelerate projects, policies and programs to move more people, more efficiently and more safely by empowering them to make the choices they want to make. A new Multi-Modal Citizen Advisory Committee will also be established to guide implementation of the new plan.
The Mobility Action Plan calls for:
The plan requires a minimum $2 billion investment between now and 2030, starting with a sizeable portion of this November’s infrastructure improvement bond and next year’s annual operating budget.
The Mayor also announced two new programs to support the next generation of travelers who don’t necessarily think owning a car is the only way to go. This summer, the city will be:
Read the full Mobility Action Plan HERE.
In the year ahead, the city will open the new Carla Madison Recreation Center near East High School and create new parks along the South Platte River.
In partnership with Historicorps, Denver Parks and Recreation will restore the Civilian Conservation Corps camps at Red Rocks Park, with the camp’s preservation efforts offering skills training to veteran’s groups, the unemployed and underemployed. When completed, these individuals will have new marketable skills, and the renovated lodges will be a place for outdoor education, weekend get-aways for Denver families, and where young people can experience our mountain parks at summer and weekend camps.
Parks and Recreation will also launch My Denver Prime to expand discounted access to recreation centers for Denver residents 60 and older.
Plans will advance over the next 12 months to expand the Colorado Convention Center, redesign DIA’s Great Hall, and create the National Western Center.
The National Western Center will be creating a first-of-its-kind community investment fund. This fund will ensure the Center directly invests into the surrounding neighborhoods for the foreseeable future. And it will invest in what the neighbors of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea want.
It is Mayor Hancock's goal that when the people of Denver look back at these projects, they don’t just see a building, but the communities they enhanced, the careers they launched and the futures they secured.
The 2017 General Obligation Bond, up for voter consideration in November, will allow for necessary improvements to roadways, sidewalks, bike lanes, playgrounds, rec centers, pools, libraries, cultural attractions and Denver Health Medical Center.
The 2017 GO Bond was created with the most community input of any bond measure in the city’s history, with residents submitting over 4,000 investment ideas.
READ MORE about this year's general obligation bond proposal
Upcoming recommendations from Denveright – the comprehensive resident-driven planning effort – will guide and coordinate zoning, transit, parks and recreation, and pedestrian and trails plans for the next 20 years. New neighborhood plans and other tools also will help residents chart the future of their communities.
The city will leverage its new $150 million housing fund to create more housing options and mixed-income neighborhoods for all Denver families and residents. Through the new good jobs, housing and health strategy, the city – in partnership with the Denver Housing Authority, employers and building owners – will launch a pilot program that will open up to 400 vacant market-rate apartments to low- and moderate-income renters.
Over the last year, Denver has:
Mayor Hancock’s forthcoming budget package will put anti-displacement measures that support longtime families and businesses front and center throughout 2018 and beyond.