CHUN to hire out management of People’s Fair

by J. Patrick O’Leary

Following five years of declining revenue from the Capitol Hill People’s Fair, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) will outsource production of the event and shift its focus to improving and renting out the Tears-McFarlane House to fund its community work.

DPD and Colfax Ave Business Improvement District partner to conduct added patrols

by Haines Eason

At the request of Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (Colfax Ave BID), on-duty Denver District 6 police officers will soon be conducting an additional 100 hours of foot and bike patrols along East Colfax Avenue in the blocks near the capitol. Specifically, the patrols will focus on the 200 to 600 blocks of the iconic Denver strip, roughly between Sherman and Pearl streets. 

No compromises reached: Smiley’s Laundromat still at impasse 

The future of the old Smiley’s Laundromat building at Colfax Avenue and Downing Street remains up in the air. Conflicting concerns about parking and historic preservation are keeping a planned development from progressing. Property owner CIG Investments’ plans include two stories of below-grade parking; ground floor, marketplace-style retail; one floor of co-working space; and five stories with 184 residential units. The current zoning code requires approximately 200 parking spaces, which would be difficult to achieve while preserving the 1930s-era building. It would necessitate excavating under the existing building, which would present structural problems.

LIFE Editor's Note, October 2016: Bringing our schools up to par

Those of us who choose to live in the city do not take its history for granted. We are just as invested in the stories behind the buildings as in the bricks and mortar itself. As a neighborhood, we have been fortunate to maintain many of our historic educational spaces, such as Dora Moore K-8 School, Morey Middle School and East High School.

Election 2016: November ballot overview

There are a wide range of important initiatives for Colorado voters to consider this election. Up for consideration are amendments and propositions on topics ranging from healthcare to the public consumption of pot. Several contentious initiatives did not make the ballot. For a list of those initiatives, visit ballotopedia.org and search “Colorado 2016 ballot.” 

Election 2016: Congresswoman DeGette talks Trump, guns and 21st Century Cures

Congresswoman Diana DeGette has been representing Colorado’s 1st Congressional District since 1997 when she succeeded Pat Schroeder. This fall, DeGette is running for her 11th term. Congresswoman and Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette seeks her 11th term in the upcoming general election. DeGette is co-author of the 21st Century Cures bill that would modernize the NIH and FDA to allow for more streamlined biomedical research. The bill has already passed in the U.S. House and is set to go before the Senate this fall. Photo courtesy Diana DeGette In the spring, DeGette defeated Democratic challenger Chuck Norris, winning 86 percent of the vote. Republican Casper Stockham, an Uber driver, author and Christian marriage coach, is her adversary in November. 

Election 2016: Casper Stockham talks economic disparity, guns and debates

This fall well-known Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado’s First District has a challenger: Casper Stockham of Aurora. Stockham doesn’t feel his lesser-known status will slow him down given what he sees as the economic disparity—and discontent—between Colorado’s white voters and its black and brown constituents. 

Business rent increases spark game of musical chairs

Denver’s leading economic indicators are up—way up. The metrodenver.org website September economic indicators reports employment is up 3.6 percent over the last year, foreclosures are down 38.2 percent and 8.4 percent more people are flying out of DIA this year. The downside is the number of all types of retail spaces available for lease or sublease is down almost 5 percent, and this has pushed Denver retail rents up by about 35 percent since July 2013, according to loopnet.com, a commercial real estate site. 

Assistance League to sell long-standing headquarters

Whether one is a baby boomer, the parent of a baby boomer or a millennial, trying to rid ourselves of years of collected clutter seems to be a common theme. Also common nowadays: downsizing our homes from suburban living to urban living or moving into tiny spaces where owning a car is discouraged in favor of walking, cycling, riding public transportation or using the services of Uber or Lyft. The Assistance League of Denver is no exception. They, too, are on the move once they sell their chapter house, the Bosworth House, at 1400 Josephine St. 

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