Living Multi-Modally

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I decided to move to Denver after completing a post-graduate service program in Tucson, Arizona. Over the past eight years, Cheesman Park and Cap Hill have been home, and I have taught middle school in the Cole neighborhood.


I have come to know and deeply appreciate District A. Its traditions and distinct neighborhoods bond residents across generations. It offers a wide range of cultural attractions and businesses. Blending downtown density and quieter communal neighborhoods, it is no surprise that District A is adored and sought out by so many. It, along with the surrounding communities, make the metro area vibrant and one of the top places to live in the United States.

While Denver has provided a high quality of life, I have tried to better the community as well. In addition to teaching, I have participated in community zoning discussions as part of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods and Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill and volunteered in a transitional shelter for families experiencing homelessness.


For environmental reasons, I chose to forego car ownership when moving here. 


This decision made District A a clear choice because it promised the convenience of nearby necessities and activities. A combination of MallRide, the 10, 12, 15, and 20 routes, and a bike would allow me to move around the city with relative ease. A cab, or later Lyft and car-sharing services, could be substituted when necessary.


But depending on transit as a part of this multi-modal equation has not been simple. First, buses have too frequently been late or missing altogether. That many bus stops are not protective against the elements and transit technology only recently has begun to match the convenient interface of other transportation applications makes this all the more frustrating. Secondly, using transit has been a more time-intensive affair than other modes because of infrequent arrivals and slow routes (I knew something was critically wrong when Google recommended I walk 2.2 miles because it would be faster than a bus during peak hours). 

Whether someone chooses to own a car or not as I have, we all deserve the right to make choices about our movement in the city—ones that are based on personal values, convenience, and affordability.  

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