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Colorado's Rapid Population Growth Causes Traffic Problems, Environmental Concerns

Denver — Colorado’s most populous city — grew faster than any other big city in the country last year at a rate of 2.8 percent, according to U.S. Census data. Colorado’s growth as a whole was only outdone by North Dakota in 2015.

That’s causing huge traffic and parking problems in Denver and, outside the city, growth is also raising environmental concern as more people move closer to ever-more-frequent forest fires.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson reports on how two sectors of Colorado are working to combat the negative effects of rapid growth.

Guests

Ken Schroeppel, professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Colorado Denver.

Crissy Fanganello, director of transportation and mobility for the City of Denver.

Jeff Lukas, scientist at Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Kristen Averyt, director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Charred trees cover the foothills of Colorado's Front Range outside of Boulder. In 2010, about 6,200 acres and 168 homes were destroyed here in the Fourmile Canyon fire. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
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Charred trees cover the foothills of Colorado's Front Range outside of Boulder. In 2010, about 6,200 acres and 168 homes were destroyed here in the Fourmile Canyon fire. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
A train arrives at 38th & Blake Station in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
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A train arrives at 38th & Blake Station in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)