The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities has become the new owner of Front Porch newspaper. The transfer was prompted by the retirement of the current publishers, Carol Roberts and Steve Larson, who donated the paper to the Foundation. The paper will continue as a high-quality monthly community newspaper.
The foundation was founded in 1990 by Denver oilman/philanthropist Sam Gary as the Stapleton Foundation. Its mission was to write the redevelopment plan, known as the Green Book, for Stapleton, the city’s former airport. The Green Book was formally adopted by the city of Denver in 1995 as the master plan for the project. The area’s name was changed to Central Park in 2020.
At 4,700 acres, it is the largest infill development in the country. Work began in 2000 to convert the former airport into a New Urbanism project of mixed use residential, commercial, retail, office and open space which is now home to 30,000 residents. The Foundation is the catalyst, with the community, to advance the development’s responsibility laid out in the Green Book to promote and nurture lifelong learning, sustainable and healthy living, alternative transportation and affordable housing.