As the Denver metro region continues to grow, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities is committed to fighting for policies that ensure that the vulnerable members of our population benefit the most. The massive expansion of the light and commuter rail system, FasTracks, brings environmental and public health benefits by taking cars off the road. FasTracks also bring lots of construction and changes to neighborhoods near the stations. This type of development is ofsten called transit oriented development (TOD).
The impact of the FasTracks rail system will transform the Denver area for decades to come. These changes represent opportunities for people of color and low income families to have access to family-supporting jobs, affordable housing, high quality public transit, healthy food and a neighborhood that they are proud to call home.
FRESC works with community leaders and organizations on the ground, as well as city, county and regional leaders and businesses, to advance toward that vision. We believe that transit and the development that occurs near it, should be equitable. This means that development and TOD in particular should:
- Emerge from planning processes that include community members in decision making
- Produce good jobs that go to the local residents that need them the most
- Build and maintain housing that is affordable for working families, and
- Create neighborhoods that are safe, healthy places to live.
We are committed to working with our partners to see this vision become a reality. We envision transit and TOD that improve job quality and job access and strengthen our communities for low income people and people of color.