Decades ago, the idea of a neighborhood was anything reachable within a 20 minute walk. However, in the late 50s and 60s, when automobiles became pervasive, cities like Denver forgot about that original idea. Commute times to work increased, grocery stores consolidated to a few mega-structures, and it became difficult to impossible to access basic necessities. Denver – and in particular District 10 – needs to return the 20 minute neighborhood concept to its residents.
We should encourage new development to make sure you can get dinner, groceries, entertainment, or even a hammer all within a 20 minute walk, roll, bus, or train ride. It saves the planet, allows you to know your neighbors, and replaces long car drives with time for more important things like spending time with family.