Aurora grew 10.7% between 2010 and 2015, demonstrating that our city has a lot to offer. Growth and development are not inherently bad but it is important that we grow responsibly. This means ensuring that housing remains affordable for those who already live here and improving the quality of life for all Aurorans without overburdening current residents.
In 2014, 109,298 employed persons living in Aurora, or 34% of the working population, worked outside of the city. There are many reasons for this, such as job opportunities and our proximity to the state capitol in Denver. But in order for Aurora to grow and remain a thriving and vibrant community, we must offer jobs and advancement right here in the city. This is why the opening of the R-line is so exciting – it allows easier access to mobility around the city.
That said, we have work to do. According to Who Is Aurora?, a demographics report, Aurora has a higher unemployment rate than other metro areas. Although unemployment rates are down across the board since 2010, it varies by race.
What do emergency response times, clean water, and public transportation have in common?
Safety. Feeling safe means many things to many people. For some, it means providing food and shelter for their children. For others, it means clean water and neighborhoods free of crime. But no matter who you are, there are certain actions that a community can take to foster a sense of personal safety for each and every one of us.
From community policing to affordable housing and transit, Allison believes that we must meet Aurorans where they are and do what’s necessary to address the very real concerns residents face on a daily basis. This includes:
- Ensuring emergency personnel arrives promptly
- Providing support to victims regardless of their immigration status
- Supporting neighborhood watch groups
- Providing adequate funding to emergency personnel
As more and more individual communities feel that their needs are being met, a sense of safety, both real and perceived, can foster a sense of well-being and create safer, more vibrant communities.