About the Atlas
Te purpose o this atlas is to display the impact o theUrban Land Conservancy’s (ULC) work in the MetroDenver area and the economic actors that prompt ourattention with maps. Mapping Denver’s inequities spa-tially allows us to better understand our communities o ocus, and pinpoint opportunities or impactul projectsthat support ULC’s mission.ULC is a member o Mile High Connects (MHC), a col-laborative o experts in the elds o: transit, aordablehousing, jobs, education, and health. MHC created anEquity Atlas, comprised o maps and narratives promot-ing transportation access to housing choices, good jobs,quality schools and essential services such as health careand resh ood.Te ULC Atlas compliments the MHC Equity Atlas’ ad- vocacy to action, and takes a closer look at the inten-tion o ULC’s investments in community assets. MHCramed these times in Metro Denver as a once in a lie-time opportunity to build a transit system that supportsall o Metro Denver’s residents, ULC will use this atlasto make key investments that ocus on creating equity throughout Denver and its surrounding municipalities.Tis Atlas also serves as an educational marketing toolor which potential partners can better understand ourwork and how we can work together to achieve over-arching goals.
About the Urban Land Conservancy
ULC is a nonprot organization established in 2003 by local business leaders who understood the need to per-manently secure real estate asset and use real estate asa tool to benet urban communities. In much the sameway that a land trust preserves open space or uturegenerations, we preserve real estate assets in urban ar-eas to ensure their continued community benet.Our mission is to acquire, develop, and preserve com-munity assets in urban areas or a variety o community needs such as schools, aordable housing, community centers and aordable oce space or nonprots. Ourassets consist o real estate and signicant seed capital tobe leveraged using public and private sources or uturecommunity investment and economic development.Our work includes land banking and community-in-spired real estate development or, more concisely, com-munity development.
When land is expensive, it is oen not economically easible to use it or essential community acilities. By acquiring (by gi or purchase) land and buildings at to-day’s prices, we ensure these properties will be availableto serve urban communities in the uture when the landwould otherwise be too expensive.
Certain challenging community projects – or example,redeveloping a browneld into an environmentally andsocially responsible community – may require morecapital, resources, and coordination than a nonprot,or-prot, or governmental organization may possess.Our unction is to provide the sta, expertise, and re-sources needed to acilitate the development o suchprojects.