More than anything else, Denver needs two things to be an inclusive city: housing for the middle and working-class, and diverse, local jobs. After those two issues, safety and education are the top concerns of our city.
Like so many cities across America, housing in Denver has become very expensive. Many of our citizens cannot afford to live in the city in which they were born and raised.
I don’t like this change. I don’t want Denver to become another city that mainly caters to the wealthy and prices out the middle class.
Experts across party lines agree we must increase the supply and types of housing to solve this problem. I believe we can do so while preserving the character and integrity of our neighborhoods, and that we we have a moral obligation to tr
Perhaps more than anything else, Denver needs low-cost rentals for the middle and working-class. Such housing won’t happen by accident: developers must build with these tenants in mind.
To incentivize low-cost development, Denver must aggressively repurpose existing structures like big-box retail and old motels. It is cheaper to reuse what already exists rather than build from scratch. Such development would be targeted to the mid-market, not at those with high incomes.
By using buildings that are already in place, this development would also not create new, large structures that conflict with a neighborhood’s aesthetic.
Such policies create options across the income sale. Just as the car market contains both Cadillacs and Chevys, Denver’s rental market should contain luxury and cheap housing.
In addition to middle-class housing, Denver must create an environment where locally owned businesses can thrive. Local businesses play a key role in our communities: they create jobs and provide a path to the middle class.
As we foster local businesses, it is important to not just focus on tech startups. We should increase opportunities across a diverse set of industries: retail, services, food production, and light manufacturing.
To accomplish this goal we must streamline zoning and simplify regulations to make it easier to form businesses. We must also strengthen vocational and technical education, and help form partnerships between local businesses and these schools.
Safety and Education
Crime has been increasing in our city. I will partner with neighborhood organizations and law enforcement to expand the use of watch programs.
As Denver grows and welcomes more families, we also have to ensure that parents can choose from among many high-quality schools for their children.
I would like to see Denver, and District 1 in particular, be a leader in promoting these policies.