MURP Professor Presents Research at DRCOG Metro Vision Idea Exchange

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March 3, 2015

MURP Assistant Professor Carrie Makarewicz presented the findings and recommendations from Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Outcomes Assessment & Knowledge Sharing grant at the DRCOG Metro Vision Idea Exchange on Wednesday, February 25. The audience included planners, elected officials and representatives from nonprofits.

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the performance of the half-mile areas around existing light rail stations based on four factors: affordable housing, site development, accessibility and jobs, and economic development.  The research team will be making recommendations for the regions current and future light rail lines based on this study. Funding for the project comes from a Sustainable Communities Initiative grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to DRCOG.

Other MURP professors working on the project include Austin Troy, Jeremy Nèmeth, and Ken Schroeppel. MURP partnered with the CU Denver School of Public Affairs on the grant, as well as the new interim director of the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism, Rocky Piro. Students in Carrie’s fall studio course, plus six other current MURP students, Greg Roy, Debra Bristol, Laia Mitchell, Jenny McGinnis, Alison Redenz, and Sarah Blanchard and recent MURP graduate Melanie Sloan, have also worked on the project.

Check out a related post from December here and one from October here.