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LITTLETON, CO-Truffles–The Reconstituted Urban Family Forming Links Everywhere—can describe minorities, singles, couples without children and seniors, who are expected to make up the lion’s share of the renters and owners of transit-oriented development in the Denver area and throughout the US, according to a new report. POPS, or People Oriented Places, are New Urbanism-style developments that are not served by light rail or other transit-oriented features, with several examples of those in the Denver area, including Belmar in Lakewood and Olde Town Arvada.

The Truffles demographic is projected to account for up to 80% of the 250,000 residents expected in metro Denver’s dense new developments that will spring up around its 50-plus new light rail stations to be built during the next 15 years or so along the $4.7-billion FasTracks approved by voters almost a year ago. The findings are part of a recent $20,000 report funded by a Denver-area company Peaks PR, a long-time community consulting firm headed by Ken Parks.

The report indicates accommodating Truffles will be a staggering task for some metro communities, while others are well on their way to making the changes necessary to accommodate the fast-moving, affluent, non-traditional families, which soon will be the metro norm. “By the time our light-rail stations open, the traditional family will account for significantly less than one-in-five households metro wide,” Parks says.

FasTracks, Parks notes, is the largest transportation program of its kind ever approved by voters in the US. “This is the first time a feat of this magnitude has been attempted,” Parks tells GlobeSt.com. But challenges lie ahead. According to the Federal Transit Administration, of 3,300 US transit stations, only 100 have been developed into successful TODs.

Findings of the report include:

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