FRESC has a history of leading and winning strategically chosen community benefits campaigns at precedent-setting developments. At the same time, FRESC has begun to think more broadly than just one site at a time. The metro Denver region is in the midst of a huge transit expansion; between 2005 and 2012, RTD and its FasTracks expansion has injected $2.2 billion into the regional economy. FRESC has deployed research, advocacy, community organizing and coalition building to maximize the public good from this once-in-a-century investment.
Currently, FRESC is developing neighborhood leaders and building coalitions along the East, Gold, and Northwest Corridors and pushing a vision of a region that is guided by equity and growth.
Transit and transit-oriented development represent the intersection of many important issues: housing, jobs, health in the built environment, and public investment. FRESC’s community organizing and research will lead to developing and winning public policies so that working families, especially low income people and people of color, across the region can affordably live in transit-rich, health-supporting communities and easily connect to high-quality jobs using the transit system.
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