One of the great things about living in Denver is all of the new development that we have going on. No, no one here actually likes the traffic that is being created as a result of all of this new development, but when you have more than 450 restaurants open up in the past year, it is difficult to say something to the contrary. All of this new development has allowed for a number of the green architects in the city to place their dream hubs. Now, instead of having to come up with function over form solutions, they get to think about how they can make Denver into a green, walkable city.
It is a question that is worth posing for our city of half a million. Before this era, Denver was known more as a cowtown, without much to offer the international scene. After many years, despite what Louis Van Gaal may say about the city, we have turned the corner and can be considered an international destination. We are a city that is striving and growing rapidly and many of these growth ideas are rather intriguing. One of my favorites that is being put forth is around transportation hub centered development. Our light rail system is growing, so there is ample opportunity for people to relocate to these transportation hubs and become part of the mini city or neighborhood that is created. I think that it is pretty interesting to see all of the development take place around these light rail stops. Darby Architects is doing a lot of sustainable design in apartment buildings around the light rail hubs. It is pretty cool to see really nice apartments popping up in areas that would have previously been considered to be derelict. As a city, it is a boon for investment because it means that more and more people will be able to relocate here. That is exactly what we are seeing. Many of the cities tenets are starting to move toward the downtown area and this is not usually something that you would see in a growing city. Usually, many of the people that have lived here for a long time would look to move to the periphery. Nevertheless, with this development many of the buildings being constructed are of the sustainable design.
Architects are striving to make Denver a sustainable city. They are utilizing the 300 days of sunshine that we get here get year and the fresh mountain air that is available. It is a great way for us to develop a better understanding of what it takes to be a city in which you are not required to have a car to live here. There are many people that are starting to do this and I think that it is quite incredible. I hope that more and more cities start to do this same thing. It would be amazing for Denver to be on the vanguard of urban development and for more cities to look to us as a guide.