In Denver, green space disappearing from the ‘city within a park’

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In Denver, green space disappearing from the ‘city within a park’

Densification of the city is separating the population from nature
As Denver continues to grow some are worried it may turn into a heat island. Large areas of Denver overhauled to sustain an exploding population now are so built up and paved over that residents rapidly are losing contact with nature. Excluding the undeveloped area around the airport, nearly half the land in Denver’s city limits is now paved or built over – up from less than 20 percent in the mid-1970s, a Denver Post analysis of city and federal data found. And that figure could approach 70 percent by 2040.

In Denver, green space disappearing from the ‘city within a park’

As Denver continues to grow some are worried it may turn into a heat island. Large areas of Denver overhauled to sustain an exploding population now are so built up and paved over that residents rapidly are losing contact with nature. Excluding the undeveloped area around the airport, nearly half the land in Denver’s city limits is now paved or built over – up from less than 20 percent in the mid-1970s, a Denver Post analysis of city and federal data found. And that figure could approach 70 percent by 2040.

In Denver, green space disappearing from the ‘city within a park’

Bob Taylor, a scientist with USGS, uses a special tool to measure heat around homes and building in Denver on April 26, 2018. Large areas of Denver overhauled to sustain an exploding population now are so built up and paved over that residents rapidly are losing contact with nature.

In Denver, green space disappearing from the ‘city within a park’

Excluding the undeveloped area around the airport, nearly half the land in Denver’s city limits is now paved or built over, a Denver Post analysis of city and federal data found. And that figure could approach 70 percent by 2040.

In Denver, green space disappearing from the ‘city within a park’

Parker Alley, 7, flies a at Four Winds-Cuatro Vientos Park, in the Westwood neighborhood in Denver, on Dec. 21, 2018. Large areas of Denver overhauled to sustain an exploding population now are so built up and paved over that residents rapidly are losing contact with nature.
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