Originally Posted by cityscapes
Thanks for posting that, I just watched the show and it was very interesting.
I don't want to give anything away for those who are going to watch, but I didn't like how they made Denver out to be the poster child for urban sprawl. They never mentioned anything about the Denver light rail and the Fastracks projected which would have showed that the city is doing something to offer good transit options for its people, unlike many other American cities.
Yes, the Denver portion was absolutely ridiculous. It's interesting that many of their shots showed the light rail line (and the pedestrian walk overs at the light rail stops) as they were driving on the highway. Denver already has 40 miles of light rail, and will have over 120 miles by 2017 (the largest U.S. light rail/commuter rail system when complete). Each line will stretch out in every direction of the metro area.
The entire region developed an urban growth boundary years ago through a powerful inter-governmental organization called DRCOG (Denver Region Council of Governments) to stop sprawl. In fact, many developers are very angry about this growth boundary because they can't develop where they want. Not to mention the great inter-governmental co-op with the light rail plan. Dozens of light rail stops have (and will have) extensive transit-oriented developments surrounding each stop that prevents any car use. The metro area has hundreds of miles of bike trails (that was conveniently left out and falsely stated) and it's still expanding (especially more bike lanes on the streets).
WHAT BAD REPORTING. They should have used a Texas city or someone else.