The annual Rocky Mountain CitySummit explores citybuilding in Denver. The 2015 event was described by several attendees in one word: "inspiring."
"If you build great urban centers, you can employ more people," said DDP CEO Tami Door in her introductory remarks. "This is why we are bringing our counterparts together to build relationships and share best practices. When you leave, we want you to leverage these relationships and make great things happen."
Mayor Michael Hancock followed Door with a few words on Denver's drive. "The Rocky Mountain West is has its own ethos," he said. "We have never lost our pioneering spirit, doing things with unlimited vision and leading by example."
Speck's talk set social media afire with a critical take on local and national transportation priorities. "He was inspiring about how we have to stop building around the car," said Saunders. "He said our emphasis around bikes is laudable, but we still had some work to do with our big transportation infrastructure projects."
Saunders said that other notable participants included Amy Liu
of the Brookings Institution, who challenged Denver to up its exports (Salt Lake City is a model); Matt George of Bridj
, the Uber-like bus startup that Saunders said is "absolutely" coming to Denver soon; and Javier Gonzales
, mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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