Denver includes a diverse array of neighborhoods that range from historic districts marked by architecture styles dating back to Denver’s founding, to rows of modern shimmering glass high rises in highly urban settings, to quiet residential streets dotted with single-family homes with backyards and garages. This diversity helps ensure that people of any age, income or physical ability can find a place to call home in our city.
- Comprehensive Plan 2000 outlines Denver’s vision for a future that meets our economic and environmental needs by providing an equitable city that engages its stakeholders.
- Blueprint Denver maps areas of stability and areas of change in Denver’s neighborhoods.
- Plans in progess and completed plans detail the framework for development in your neighborhood or commercial corridor.
America’s first cities were built around walkable neighborhoods in which residential, retail and commercial uses all came together. In the latter half of the 20th century, however, these mixed-use urban centers gave way to more restricted development as single-use zoning became a more common planning tool. In Denver, our streetcar districts retain remnants of historic mixed-use development, and new infill projects and infrastructure investments—especially around transit stations—are helping to re-create communities where people can walk more frequently to their daily errands.
Streets are not just for cars anymore. They are also places for Denver’s residents to walk, bike and use public transit, and they provide a public realm for our city’s neighborhoods and business corridors. Multi-modal streets accommodate more trips by more people by improving transit and providing better pedestrian and bicycle facilities, so that people of any physical ability feel safe using any mode of travel.
The idea that our use of resources today should not impair the quality of life of future generations is a central goal of Comprehensive Plan 2000 and Blueprint Denver. Additionally, Greenprint Denver was launched in 2005 to advance and further support the integration of environmental impact analysis into the city's programs and policies, alongside economic and social analysis.
- Denver’s vision for a future that meets our economic and environmental needs by providing an equitable city that engages its stakeholders is laid out in Comprehensive Plan 2000.
- Blueprint Denver encourages and promotes the integration of land use and transportation to make our city more sustainable.
- Denver’s Transit Oriented Development Initiative brings transit goals and development goals together to create more sustainable communities.
- The Greenprint Denver Initiative tracks and reports on the city’s progress on sustainability goals.