The Denver Regional Equity Atlas is a tool to help raise awareness among a wide range of stakeholders about the benefits and opportunities that a robust public transportation network can create. This interactive tool provides users with the ability to create maps that depict the region’s major origins and destinations in relation to the current and future transit network, and also generate reports on demographic, economic and other data of the region or particular communities. The Atlas emphasizes the need to ensure access to opportunity for everyone in the region, especially improving connections for the region’s most economically disadvantaged residents. The future transit network will better connect people to jobs, healthcare providers, schools, grocery stores, parks and other essential destinations, but there are challenges in ensuring that the people who use and need access to public transportation the most have the opportunity to live, work, learn and play in transit-oriented communities.
The first phase of the Equity Atlas was completed in April 2012 and is available on the Mile High Connects website. This static document captures a snapshot of the region at one point in time (2011). The Equity Atlas is being used by practitioners and community members alike as a tool to explore the relationship between different issue areas (housing, education, jobs and health), guiding investment decisions, grant making and community outreach. The Atlas has received national attention for its innovative approach to visually representing the region’s opportunities and challenges in relation to transit, and several other regions are now considering developing their own equity atlases.
- Population and Demographic Characteristics of the Region
- Access to Affordable, Quality Housing Options
- Access to Jobs and Economic Development Opportunities
- Access to Educational Opportunities
- Access to Health Care, Healthy Foods, and Recreational Facilities
The following organizations have contributed to the planning, design, development, testing, and data sourcing of this product:Reconnecting America and the Piton Foundation represent Mile High Connects on the Regional Equity Atlas project.