Urban development patterns and climate change
Denver and the larger metro area face a wide range of challenges linked to urban development patterns and climate change:
- Development patterns that prioritize vehicles have contributed to urban sprawl and long car commutes.
- Rapid growth is impacting housing costs and the availability of affordable housing.
- Wildfires in the surrounding region have caused steep declines in air quality, which leads to adverse health outcomes for which the burden falls disproportionately on environmental justice communities.
- Drought conditions in the West have necessitated water cutbacks and saving measures.