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Transit-oriented developments, urban villages, and new town centers are becoming increasingly popular as the nation's demographics change. They respond to people's changing needs and priorities. According to the book Place Making by Charles Bohl, published by the Urban Land Institute, "Demand for residential properties in town centers continues to exceed expectations in a wide variety of markets. Most surprising of all is the strong demand for housing above retail shops." Dramatic demographic and lifestyle changes are sweeping across the United States and metro Denver is no exception.

DRCOG forecasts show the metro Denver area will continue to grow at a rapid rate -- adding 1.2 million people by the year 2030. Another key change is that the senior (60-plus years old) population will more than double. Between 2005 and 2030, the senior population in the metro Denver area will increase from 341,000 people to nearly 876,000 people. TODs can help the ever-expanding elderly population to "age in place," limiting their dependency on government-subsidized transportation and meal delivery. Another big demographic change is the fact that only about 25 percent of households consist of a married couple with children in the metro Denver area. Singles and couples without children each outnumber "traditional family" households and their growth will outpace "traditional family" households by a factor of 10 over the next 20 years. As people change, so do the choices they make. At the end of World War II, nearly 70 percent of households consisted of two parents with children. Housing choices were limited: about the only choice for most people was a single-family home in the suburbs and people followed the advice "Drive 'til you qualify."

Today, seniors, couples without children, and other demographic groups are increasingly choosing smaller, more compact housing in neighborhoods where shops and services are within walking distance and where high-quality transit service is available. These groups are predicted to account for the vast majority (80 percent) of people attracted to transit-oriented developments.