All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 58, Issue No. 9 • September 2019
INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 2
Not So Fast
By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN
PAGE 16 From left, Lisa Weber Hewitt, Tracey MacDermott, Caroline Carolan, Jeanne Lee and Blair Taylor. The women organized the group Denver East Neighborhoods First in response to the city’s proposed East Area Plan. Photo by Cara DeGette
Check Out Five Stylish Digs And Party At The Daylong Street Fair On Sept. 8 Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair Organizer
Sneak Peek: Five Homes, Street Fair Fun On Sept. 8 Colorado Summer’s End: Tilting At Sunflowers
UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS
Park Hill Home Tour Turns 41 By Jessica Howard
Park Hill Character: Dan Recht’s Passion For Justice, And Riding
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Education Update: Smith Elementary Is A Vibrant Place For Learning
East Area Plan Hits Roadblocks: Concerns Raised Over Proposed Density and Traffic; Rapid Transit Funding Stalls On Colfax
A plan to dramatically increase the density of residential areas close to Colfax from Colorado Boulevard east to Yosemite has drawn fierce opposition from many residents who fear their modest neighborhoods are at risk of the same type of intense development that has altered other areas of Denver. The public outcry coincides with the early August announcement that a $125 million funding shortfall for the city’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Colfax could delay the project for a decade or more. A July 25 meeting drew dozens of residents from Park Hill and surrounding neighborhoods who would be impacted by
Heads Up! A Neighborhood Survey May Land In Your Mailbox Soon
Visit the Zone
At the Street Fair, check out the Sustainability Zone, where experts will be on hand to talk about how you can reduce your ecological footprint. Sustainability demonstrations (plus giveaways) will occur every hour, on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have information about coral reef
The 41st Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair takes place on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour five homes in Denver’s most architecturally diverse neighborhood and enjoy a daylong free Street Fair on the parkway at Montview and Forest with vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, wine & beer, kids activities, and a sustainability zone. This year’s tour features a collection of beautiful homes built from 1926 to 2016 in various architectural styles, including Craftsman, Georgian, Tudor, and English Cottage. Check out pages 14-15 for descriptions of the homes featured on this year’s tour, along with artist renderings and a photographic preview. Early ticket sales are available online and in retail locations. Prices are $20 for adults (13+), $15 for seniors (65+), and $10 for children (7-12). File photo from last year’s Street Fair. Children 6 and under are free. Adult and senior ticket prices increase by restoration, beekeeping, composting, refill $5 on the day of the event. and terracycle, bicycling, public transit and Visit parkhillhometour.org for tickets sustainable habits. Bring your kiddos and and more information. come have a great time for a great cause. The Home Tour & Street Fair benThe Denver Water Truck will be on hand, efits Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. so bring your reusable water bottle to stay (GPHC), a Registered Neighborhood Orhydrated. ganization that promotes the character and Did you know it is both illegal and hazvibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, ardous to dump your old electronics in information, and advocacy, and preserves the trash? This year will feature a free Equality of life and the history of the neighrecycling event at the south end of the fair borhood. at Forest and 17th Avenue. Bring your old,
broken or unwanted electronics for drop off with PCs for People and you can rest assured that your electronics will be properly disposed. Nearly everything computerrelated will be accepted for free, with exceptions for CRT (tube) computer monitors and televisions (those cost $.55 per pound to recycle). Home appliances and lightbulbs are not accepted. Visit pcsforpeople.org for a complete list of items.
Rich In history The Home Tour began in 1978 when a local realtor organized a tour of Park Hill homes to showcase the rich history and diverse architecture of the neighborhood. Over the years, the event has evolved into an important community fundraiser. The Park Hill neighborhood itself was established at the end of the 19th century. Over the course of several decades, Greater Park Hill grew, with the most significant growth occurring between the 1920s and the 1950s. The boundaries of the neighborhood are Colfax Avenue to the south, I-70 to the north, Colorado Boulevard to the west, and Quebec Street to the east. Greater Park Hill is known for its diverse homes, ranging in style from historic Victorian to modest mid-century. Residents and visitors alike love the tree-lined streets and parkways, the meticulously maintained gardens, the charming strips of retail shops and restaurants, and the neighborhood’s central location. See you on Sept. 8!
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 2823 Fairfax St. beginning at 6:30 p.m. See below for details about the Oct. 3 annual meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Save The Date
The Greater Park Hill Community Annual Meeting is Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the rooftop event space at the Carla Madison Recreation Center, 2401 E. Colfax Ave.
Dinner is provided and the program includes a keynote presentation, board elections, and volunteer recognition. Join your neighbors to socialize, honor this year’s Babbs Award recipient, and elect new and returning members of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s recipient
of the Babbs Award for Community Service. Check out page 20 for details on nominations, how to run for the board, and how to RSVP for the annual meeting.
TALK OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMPILED BY CARA DEGETTE, EDITOR, GPHN
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Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. has partnered with National Research Center, Inc. to conduct a neighborhood-wide survey, which is anticipated to launch this month. NRC is an independent survey research firm that will collect and analyze data on numerous topics, including what residents think about current and future land use decisions impacting our community. This is a statistically representative survey, so not everyone in Park Hill will receive it. However if you are selected, we ask that you take the opportunity to complete and submit it promptly. Your feedback will play an important role in informing the Registered Neighborhood Organization’s strategic priorities, policies, and overall direction. Selected individuals will be contacted via mail (US Postal Service). If you have any questions, feel free to call the GPHC office at 303-388-0918 (that number also will appear on the postcard and letter from the NRC). Thanks in advance for your participation in this important survey.
The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Aug. 1 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, Sept. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. See page 1 for details about GPHC’s annual meeting on Oct. 3.
A Word From Westside
Kenneth Ho, who recently went to work for Westside Investment Partners, introduced himself to attendees and answered a few questions about his company’s purchase of the Park Hill Golf Course land. On July 10 Clayton Early Learning sold the155acre property to the development company for $24 million. The transaction came as a surprise to many. The golf course, now closed, is in the northwest area of Park Hill, at Colorado Boulevard and 35th Avenue, and stretches north and east. It is about the size of Denver’s Washington Park. In 1997, Denver taxpayers paid $2 million to Clayton for a conservation easement on the land, meaning it can’t be developed unless the city council votes to remove the easement and rezone the property. Open space advocates have been urging Denver elected officials to maintain the conservation easement and work to preserve the parcel as a park. Ho said that he joined Westside Investment Partners in July, and is the project manager for the Park Hill Golf Course property. His company biography notes he currently serves on the Mayor’s Housing Advisory Committee and spent five years as chair of the Denver Planning Board. One of Westside’s current projects is
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redeveloping the 72-acre Loretto Heights campus in southwest Denver, as a commercial and residential project. Ho said that plans for the Park Hill Golf Course property have not been determined, but that “the expectation is that we will recoup our investment.” Ho also said that Westside is “absolutely” open to developing the golf course land as a park, and that the developers intend to follow a city-led process to determine the future of the property. The GPHN will continue to cover this story in upcoming issues.
Colfax Urban Renewal
Tracey Huggins with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority highlighted efforts to create an urban renewal area for the 1.5mile stretch of Colfax between Monaco Parkway and Yosemite Street. Huggins noted the designation would give developers the ability to access tax increment financing, and stimulate property improvements within the corridor. Some of the properties may be declared blighted, but not necessarily all of them. On Aug. 26 the city council approved the plan 112. Council members Candi CdeBaca and Stacie Gilmore dissented, citing concerns that current residents would be displaced.
Get The Lead Out
Angela Wolcott and Stacy Chesney, who are with the Denver Water Lead Reduction Program, provided an overview about continuing efforts to eliminate lead, which is a carcinogen, from drinking water. Lead pipes were used until 1971, when they were banned. Denver Water has not exceeded the lead action level since 2012. The women estimated between 50,000 to 90,000 lead lines are still in the system, which feeds Denver homes. An estimated 12,000 lead pipes are removed and replaced every year, and homes built before 1950 are more likely to have lead pipes than those built since then. Free in-home water quality testing is available by calling 303-893-2444. Check out Denverwater.org/Lead for more information.
Executive Director Update
GPHC Executive Director Lana Cordes provided several updates on the work of the Registered Neighborhood Organization. The free farm stand outside the office at 2823 Fairfax St. is open on Mondays through September. Stop by and drop off some of your excess garden produce and/ or pick up a few veggies. Cordes noted that between January and the end of July, 373 individuals representing 132 households have used the GPHC’s emergency food pantry. That represents nearly 7,000 meals. The pantry currently needs canned spinach and other types of vegetables and potatoes. See page 20 for details on how and where to donate. The Greater Park Hill News is published by Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC) on the 1st of each month. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. makes no warranties and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein. The opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily the opinions of GPHC. GPHC does not necessarily endorse the companies, products or services advertised in The Greater Park Hill News unless specifically stated. GPHC reserves the right to run any advertisement. Circulation is 14,000 and is distributed in the Park Hill Area by neighborhood volunteers. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteerbased registered neighborhood organization that: promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill; provides resources, information and advocacy; and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation.
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Get Rid Of The Green Stuff In The Back Of The Fridge
• Reduce your own food and yard waste • Leave your grass clippings on the lawn • Sign up for composting (denvergov.org/ compostsignup) Reducing food waste will be my personal September challenge. In addition to helping the planet, I will find less stinky green stuff in the back of my fridge. Join me by visiting SavetheFood.com to learn how to reduce food waste. Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in the Registered Neighborhood Organization for many years, MacDermott was the 2012 recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award for Community Service. She was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2017, and is currently the Statewide Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Project for the 100% Committed Campaign.
Options For Electronics Do Not Send Them To The Landfill By Mark Kuhl
ner EcoProjex. Go to denvergov.org to sign up. 5. Most electronics recyclers take reElectronics are not allowed to be chargeable batteries but few take disposed of in landfills. There are single-use alkaline batteries. The many organizations that will recycle only option we’re aware of for sinthem, usually for a fee. Unfortunately gle-use batteries is to include them there’s no one-stop shop for all elecwith your once annual (or your tronics but here are some options: friend or neighbor’s) Household S K U H Hazardous Waste collection. ’ T 1. First off, the annual Park Go to denvergov.org to sign Hill Street Fair on Sunup for a $15 fee. day, Sept. 8 will include a 6. The Denver Household free drop-off E-Recycling Hazardous Waste program station for people to realso takes fluorescent light O L R E C Y C bulbs, one TV, a complete comcycle their old electronics. The Street Fair is on the Forest puter system, and car batteries. Street Parkway between Montview 7. Home Depot and Lowes take fluoand 19th, and the hours are 11 a.m. rescent bulbs and rechargeable batto 5 p.m. teries used for power tools. 2. Go to Denvergov.org to obtain an 8. Free electronics recycling events – E-cycle coupon for deep discounts like the Sept. 8 Park Hill Street Fair on recycling many electronics. You E-Recycling station – are randomly must bring them to BlueStar Recyscheduled around town by various clers at 953 Decatur St. organizations. These programs are 3. Many electronic retail stores like generally announced in the newspaOffice Depot and Best Buy have elecper and on social media. tronics recycling programs. Staples Note: Check out handy tips for recyappears to have the most affordable cling household items every month program (seven small items per day in these pages. Mark Kuhl has been a for free). Park Hill resident and environmental 4. Denver will take large appliances advocate since 2002. for free with help from their partFor the GPHN
At some point throughout our month we collected by the city. At the same time, the all open our refrigerators to discover concity received a grant from NRDC to prevent tainers growing disgusting looking green food waste, rescue surplus food for those in stuff. We open them up and well, the smell need and to recycle food scraps. overwhelms. Many of the city goals align Americans waste more food with the EPA’s Food Recovery than any other nation on the Hierarchy: planet. A few years ago, The • Source Reduction: Reduce the Guardian published a report that volume of surplus food generated the United States throws away • Feed Hungry People: Donate nearly 50 percent of its produce. extra food to food banks, soup The Natural Resource Defense kitchens and shelters Council (NRDC) estimates food • Feed Animals: Divert food waste around 40 percent. At the scraps to animal feed same time, nearly 42 million • Industrial Uses: Provide waste Americans suffer from hunger. oils for rendering and fuel conIn other words, while 1 in 8 version Americans struggle to put food • Composting: Create a nutrientTRACEY on the table, our country is wastrich soil amendment MACDERMOTT ing as much as half of our pro• Landfill/Incinerator: A last reduce. Most of that waste ends up sort in landfills. NRDC reports that the greenhouse gas Denver piloted a project in the Highlands emissions from food waste is equivalent to neighborhood, in which eight restaurants the output of 37 million passenger vehicles participated. The program provided supeach year. Denver’s manager of Solid Waste port to get the owners and operators to Management, Charlotte Pitt, participated think about ways to prevent food waste and in NRDC’s report at the city level. A mato get food to organizations to feed hungry jority of food waste comes from residents, people. The city provided composting free followed by restaurants and caterers. The during the pilot, which ended this June. The report notes that if we reduced that by 30 final data on the results are not yet availpercent, it would provide enough food for able, but officials are confident it was a suc49 million Americans. Yet about two-thirds cessful program. of landfill waste consists of organic matter. In February, NRDC made an announceJust like food waste ending up in landment regarding an additional grant to confills, so does our yard waste. The Environtinue this work. In a nutshell, 10 Denver mental Protection Agency estimates that businesses and nonprofits have received nearly 14 percent of solid waste comes from funding to work toward reducing food our yards. When food and yard waste goes waste. to a landfill, it breaks down in an anaeroDenver is working with many restaubic (without oxygen) process that produces rants, continuing to provide resources and methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Metheducation on safe food storage, liability ane, when compared to carbon dioxide, has protection and how to safely donate una much shorter life in the atmosphere, makused, yet perfectly good food. ing the reduction of this gas from landfills The compost challenge a viable solution for the climate emergency we have caused. How can you help our city’s efforts? Participate in The Denver Compost Challenge. What Denver is doing The challenge began by community volIn June of 2018, the city released Denunteers and neighborhood green teams to ver’s Food Action Plan 2020, which inrecruit residents to sign up for composting. cludes goals of a 55 percent reduction in According to the website, the goal of the the number of food-insecure households, a program is the following: 44 percent increase in number of commu• Increase the number of residents comnity and school gardens and a 57 percent posting through the Denver Composts reduction in tons of residential food waste program or other options
the number? What else can you do to help? Here are a few suggestions:
Say Yes To Compost, No To Food Waste
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• Decrease contamination in compost (and recycling) • Build community and neighborhood connectedness The challenge has been on since April. Residents have until November to sign up. In Greater Park Hill, our neighbors to the south are leading Denver neighborhoods, with 35 percent of residents composting. In north Park Hill the rate is 22 percent. In northeast Park Hill, the rate drops to 7 percent. One of the barriers to the program is cost. The city’s compost fee is $29.25 each quarter, which can prohibit participation. Cash-saving solutions include home composting, worm composting and taking advantage of free drop off of compost material at the Cherry Creek Recycling Center, which is south of Park Hill at Cherry Creek Drive and East Jewell Avenue. Another solution is to share the cost of composting with a neighbor. Denver’s composting website reports that as of early July the city has 20,084 citizens participating in the citywide composting program. Will our neighborhood help grow
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First graders Leon, Jayden and Cahmren fostering friendships on the steps at Smith Elementary. All photos by Lauren Augustine
Principal Emily El Moudaffar is beginning Two of Smith’s seven preschool classes waiting in line for specials to begin her sixth year leading Smith. last spring.
EDUCATION UPDATE | Lynn Kalinauskas
A Vibrant Place For Learning
Focus At Smith Elementary Is On Rigorous And Joyous Studies
Smith Elementary is one of five elemenlearning,” she says. “So we hire for those tary schools in the Greater Park Hill neighkids, so they can learn sometimes two years borhood. At 3590 Jasmine St., it is a tradiin the space of one.” tional neighborhood school that includes a El Moudaffar is also mindful of her stuspecial program, Transitional Native Landents’ mental health needs. The school guage Instruction (TNLI), which is staffs one full-time and one partdesigned for native Spanish speaktime psychologist. It also houses ers. three special education teachers Emily El Moudaffar is beginning who are all bilingual. The assistant her sixth year as the school’s prinprincipal and dean of students focipal. Before that, she worked in cus on preventative supports for JeffCo public schools as an assistant kids, making sure to put measures principal. She has a strong backinto place that focus on preventing ground in early literacy. This year, incidents and not simply respondLYNN she will be seeing her first graduing to crises. ating class – kids who started in KALINAUSKAS Her approach, to be pro-active kindergarten with her as principal. instead of re-active, has led to a “I wanted to move to Denver Public decrease in behavior disruptions throughSchools to serve a community nearer to out the school. Staff-trainings, bringing in where I live,” she said in a recent interview. tools and techniques to de-escalate chilEl Moudaffar’s love for the school is paldren in crisis and identifying triggers have pable. Her two sons attend Smith, a testaall helped to prevent behaviors and issues ment to her confidence in the school. The that used to impede learning. El Moudafolder boy has just started first grade, havfar speaks of the importance of strong reing been at the school since ECE-3 and the lationships, consistency, predictability and younger is now in one of the seven ECE empowering students to make choices. classrooms. “Lots of staff bring their kid“In the classrooms, students are engaged dos to the school,” she notes. in relevant, rigorous and fun activities,” she says. As if speaking to a student, El MouBy the numbers daffar says, “Who are you and what do you need to actively learn and love being here?” Smith serves close to 400 students. Fully That’s what she wants Smith to be about. 95 percent of the students qualify for Free During the 2019-2020 school year, along or Reduced Lunch, an indicator of poverty. with Stedman and Hallett, Smith will be Approximately 25 percent of the school’s implementing a new social-emotional curpopulation is transient, meaning a high riculum titled Paths. This model also foturnover each year. Planning, El Moudafcuses on preventative measures to support far says, is key. students learning. Approximately 50 percent of Smith’s students attend the TNLI program. TNLI is A safe and fun place not an immersion program. It is a specialized track that serves native Spanish speak“We strive for this to be a safe place,” El ers with native speaking teachers. English Moudaffar says as she describes the school. is introduced into the classroom progres“Adults here don’t yell, don’t shame. They sively. The goal is that the students graduate respond to students’ individual needs. If with the seal of bi-literacy, an award given students are hungry, we feed them. If they by DPS to students proficient in two or need clothes, we find them clothes.” more languages. This approach extends to the students El Moudaffar is a proficient Spanish learning as well. Small groupings allow for speaker herself. She started learning Spanstudents to receive more individualized instruction. “We want to make classrooms ish as a child, playing with native speaking children. Later on, she used her Spanish on vibrant places of learning,” she says. mission trips and eventually formalized Using her early literary knowledge, El her language education by taking courses Moudaffar systematically implemented techniques to improve how students read in college. She also speaks Moroccan Araat Smith. “Kids that we keep at the school, bic at home with her children and husband. consistently know how to read,” she says. Fast-track learning El Moudaffar has just hired a fulltime music teacher to serve kindergarDuring her first years at Smith El Mouten through fifth grade students. Smith daffar focused on hiring the right type of partners with Swallow Hill Music for the staff: those who could teach a community school’s ECE classrooms. Students also affected by poverty and trauma. take physical education and dance, graphic “In order to teach in an impacted comarts and library. munity, you have to accelerate the students
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“We want kids to have fun,” she adds. To that end, El Moudaffar insists Smith holds several celebrations throughout the year: fall and winter festivals, Halloween and Valentine parties, a talent show, and a spring fling.
Joyful, and challenging Given the challenges, making sure all kids get to school on time, everyday, is on the principal’s list of issues that demand her attention. Before and after-school programs help, she notes. Now that early literacy is a success at Smith, El Moudaffar also wants the school to accelerate its performance in intermediate literacy and math. In the last few years, enrollment has generally decreased, as much of the surrounding neighborhood has increasingly gentrified. But Smith has not been too adversely
impacted by this – yet – as it sits on the northern side of the neighborhood. “We’ve capitalized on it by having smaller classes,” says El Moudaffar. El Moudaffar welcomes the Greater Park Hill Community to learn more about the school. “If you walk our halls and visit our classrooms, you would have no idea of the challenges we overcome on a daily basis,” she says. When I ask why, she answers, “Because it’s joyful, organized, and students are polite, engaged, helpful and fun.” “You would simply think this is a great place of learning, which is exactly what we want it to be.” To learn more about Smith Elementary, visit smith.dpsk12.org Lynn Kalinauskas, the author of this opinion piece, is the education chair for Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.
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When Brain Betrays Heart How Our Education System Fuels Implicit Bias
Very few people openly identify as sexist, aren’t racist/ageist/sexist, your initial reacracist, or homophobic. In fact, many will tion certainly felt that way. It can be incrediloudly proclaim their support for marginbly uncomfortable to realize that your brain alized groups while simultaneously engagcan betray your heart – that you sometimes ing in deeds that betray what they think things that you didn’t know claim to be their core beliefs. you felt. Consider a male boss who truWhich leads us to the question: ly believes he supports women’s how does implicit bias affect equity equality, yet continually interrupts in education? his female colleagues, or repeatedly While all people can be affected hires men over equally qualified by prejudice, the power structures of women. While some people may our education system cause implicit intentionally say one thing and bias to negatively impact our black do another, others may be blissand brown students the most. ERIN PIER fully unaware of the incongruence Children of color are overreprebetween their actions and their sented in out-of-school suspensions, words. These unacknowledged beliefs are over-identified in special education, and referred to as implicit bias. underrepresented in gifted programs. They According to Vernā Myers, inclusion speare less likely to be placed in honors classes, cialist and author, “biases are the stories we and less likely to be expected to graduate. make up about people before we actually Implicit bias from teachers and administraknow who they are.” tors regarding black and brown children’s abilities fuels these divides.
Bias and education equity
We all harbor biases about groups of other people, especially those that are different from our own. Often these beliefs are unconscious, and surface only when we’re assessing another human being or reacting to a potential threat. We’ve all done it: a driver cuts you off, and as you pass them to give a deserving glare, you think to yourself, “well of course you’re a terrible driver.” The voice in your own head catches you off guard. While you promise yourself you
Studies reveal startling realities In Denver Public Schools, 73 percent of the teacher workforce is white, while 77 percent of the pupils they teach identify as non-white. Inevitably, cultural and racial divides often exist between teachers and the students they teach. Data collected in 2016 by Seth Gershenson, a PhD at American University, indicates that when black and white teachers evaluate the same black student, white
teachers are 12 percent less likely to predict the student will finish high school, and 30 percent are less likely to predict the student will graduate from college. In a separate study, Sean NicholsonCrotty, a PhD at Indiana University, found that if black students had a white teacher, they were 54 percent less likely than white students to be recommended for gifted-education programs (after adjusting for factors such as students’ standardized test scores). However, if the black student had a black teacher, they were three times more likely to be referred for gifted programming. Similarly, data from the U.S. Department of Education in 2016 show that black children aged 6 to 21 are 40 percent more likely than their non-black peers to be identified as having learning disabilities. They are twice as likely to be identified as having emotional disabilities. These implicit beliefs about black students’ abilities affect students as early as preschool. Data from the US Department of Education in 2014 revealed that black children represent 19 percent of preschool enrollment, but 47 percent of the out-ofschool suspensions.
‘We all lose out’ Halley Potter, a researcher at The Century Foundation, explains how implicit bias can lead to such disproportionate discipline: “If you think about a preschool student … how a preschool student bites another student and how a teacher reacts, and if you have a white teacher and that’s a white student, there might be a different pathway in that teacher’s brain, that says, ‘Oh I recognize that is developmentally appropriate behavior I’ve seen in my child or I’ve seen my niece do this, and so I know how to respond.’ “Whereas if that’s a kid of color, there might be different assumptions. There might be a thought that ‘Oh, this is the beginning of aggressive behavior that we need to manage,’ and those types of decisions happen in split seconds.” Because the white teacher doesn’t identify with the black child, and may have implicit biases toward the intent of the behavior, it is far more likely that the black child will be disciplined, rather than understood. These disciplinary inequities continue through school, as black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students, despite similar, if not identical, infractions. When educators allow biases toward children of color to stand in the way of seeing and encouraging student potential, we fail not just our students, but our country. “We all lose out in multiple ways,” notes former Secretary of Education John King. ‘We lose out economically because people who are poorly educated earn less, pay less in taxes and need more services. They will also more likely end up in prison. But we lose out in other ways that are not obvious.
We can’t help but think of the art that is not created, the entrepreneurial ideas that may never reach the drawing board, the classrooms these Americans will never lead, the discoveries they’ll never make. “Our failure to educate some groups [of] children as well as others tears at the moral fabric of the nation.”
What do we do? While the implicit bias of educators can have a profound effect on students of color, we must be careful not to blame teachers as, just like all of us, their biases are rooted in cultural misunderstandings and are often unintentional. But educators must be encouraged to identify and challenge their biases, through diversity trainings, coaching, and support. Through Denver Public Schools’ Culture, Equity and Leadership Team, several events and trainings are provided to teachers and community members throughout the year. While that’s a start, principals must also ensure that they are creating and maintaining safe spaces that encourage uncomfortable dialogue and promote change. The real work to change these biases starts at home. As parents, neighbors, and community members, we must begin to challenge our own prejudices, so that we can encourage courageous conversations with our children and our friends. In an inspiring TED Talk by Verna Myers, How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them, she encourages us to get out of denial, to really face our prejudices, to ask, “Who do you trust? Who are you afraid of?” and then, go looking for disconfirming data. She challenges people to prove that our stereotypes are wrong by expanding our social circles and making friends with our neighbors. Stop trying to be good people, and be real people instead. Become aware of the dissonance between our head and our heart, and then become comfortable with discomfort so that we can make room for change. Note from PHNEE: Over the past several months, you’ve been reading articles in these pages on a variety of inequities facing our Park Hill neighborhood schools. Our group’s policy committee has been busy working to find plausible solutions to bring to DPS, but first, we’d love your input. Please join us in September for community engagement meetings to discuss ideas and plans for policy change. Your voice matters! Check our website www.phnee.org for more information, including the dates and times of the meetings. Erin Pier is a mother of three, Stedman parent, and school psychologist at the Academy of Urban Learning in Denver. She is an active member of PHNEE. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/phnee, or send an email to email@example.com.
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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS Focus On Proposition CC
Come learn about Proposition CC, which will be on the statewide November ballot to provide funding for transportation and education. Prop. CC would allow Colorado to retain excess revenue that is currently required to be refunded under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). The meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Park Hill Congregational Church, 2600 Leyden St. Carol Hedges, executive director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute and a nationally known expert on TABOR, is the featured speaker. State Sen. Lois Court will also be onhand to answer questions. The event is sponsored by Indivisible Stapleton and Colorado Friends of Democracy (the Park Hill Indivisible group). There is no cost, and no need to RSVP. Just show up with your questions.
Unity on the Avenue Spiritual Center will host a community discussion on healing racism on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Susan Gumm and Rev. Sheila Gautreaux, and begins at 6:30 p.m. at 4670 E. 17th Ave. Although racism is almost universally condemned across the political spectrum, what exactly constitutes racism (and what merits the label of “racist”) is not so clear. What these words actually mean is the subject of ongoing, often heated disagreement. This discussion will move deep into the roots of racism and give us tools to better understand our own views and how to begin to heal racism in ourselves and in our nation. The event is free, but registration is requested at unityontheavenue.org.
tion about codes and topics related to single-family homes and duplexes. The new supervisor for the residential plan review team, Mikaela Firnhaber, will discuss how to use e-permits, answer questions about codes and city procedures, and more. Bring all your burning questions. The meeting is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sam Gary Public Library, 2961 Roslyn St. There is no cost.
Rally For The High Line
The High Line Canal Conservancy is hosting a free community event on Saturday, Sept. 14 to celebrate the progress to protect and enhance the High Line Canal. The “Rally for the Canal-ly” is free and family-friendly and will include complimentary local fare, family fun, the kick off of upcoming trail improvement projects and a Canal cleanup. Attendees will receive a free copy of the new High Line Canal map. The rally kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and goes to noon, at Schomp Subaru, 580 S. Havana St. in Aurora. Public parking is available at nearby Expo Park. For more information, check out highlinecanal.org/ rally.
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Stapleton Open Studios Tour
The 7th annual Stapleton Artists Open Studios Tour is Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29. The open studios tour allows people the opportunity to visit artists in their private home studios on both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kick-off reception for the event is Friday, Sept. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd. Suite C. The self-guided tour is an open format that is a way to encourage dialogue between artists and enthusiasts and allows visitors to gain firsthand knowledge about the creative process. The 26 participating artists represent a range of disciplines, including painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass, and fiber art. Tour maps are available prior to the event at The Cube. Additional information is at StapletonArtists.org.
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Denver Arts & Venues is sponsoring an IMAGINE 2020 Speaker Series event on “Creative Aging.” The free session is on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the McNichols Civic Center Building downtown, at 144 W. Colfax Ave. Cultural organizations all over the world are currently focusing on developing and enhancing creative aging programs to improve the lives of older adults and their communities. Studies show that regular participation in the arts by Power Of Nature Play File photo from last year’s Stanley Arts Festival by Liz Levy. older adults helps to minimize ageOn Tuesday, Sept. 3, City Park related cognitive and physical deFriends and Neighbors (CPFAN) presents cline and contributes to maintaining physia program on “Nature Play in City Park.” intellectual and emotional health. The Stanley Arts Fest Sept. 7 & 8 cal, The event, part of the City Park Master Plan session will be led by Damon McLeese of Update, will feature slides and narrative by The Stanley Arts Festival takes place on Access Gallery. RSVP for this free event at Peggy Day, director of strategic planning Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8 at eventbrite.com/e/imagine-2020-speakerfor the Denver Museum of Nature and SciStanley Marketplace east of Park Hill. The series-creative-aging-tickets-66253051661 ence, as well as Adam Bienstock, founder festival features the works of more than ?aff=ebdssbdestsearch and principal designer of Bienstock Natu90 national juried artists. In addition to ral Playgrounds. This free event is from the art, there will be live entertainment. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Messiah Community Friendship Powwow At DAM Families can enjoy children’s activities Church, 1750 Colorado Blvd. Come share at Creation Station and visit the CherryThe 30th annual Friendship Powwow your thoughts about what makes nature, Arts Mobile Art Gallery. The festival will and American Indian Cultural Celebrascience and play meaningful to you. also feature large-scale inflatable sculption is Saturday, Sept. 7. The Friendship Children are welcome, and materials for ture installations, including “Creatura Powwow is one of the Denver Art Musecreating their own designs will be on hand. Psychedlica,” a monumental pneumatic um’s longest running events, and includes Parking is behind the church, off 18th Avsculpture installation by Bill Kennedy American Indian dance competitions, enue. of San Francisco in partnership with the drum groups, working artists, food venMuseum of Outdoor Arts. The artists will dors and hands-on activities. Admission is exhibit in 13 disciplines, including ceramfree. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downKnow Your Zoning ics, mixed media, digital art, photography, town, just east of the museum entrance Are you curious about Denver’s resimetalworks and drawing. A list of all artbetween 12th and 13th avenues. This year’s dential building and zoning codes? On ists can be found at stanleyartsfestival.org/ Friendship Powwow celebrates the life of Saturday, Sept. 21, Denver’s Community exhibiting-artists/. Stanley Marketplace is Nancy Blomberg, who served in her curatoPlanning and Development department is at 2501 Dallas St., just north of Montview rial role at the DAM for 28 years overseeing hosting a residential permitting presenta-
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the American Indian, African and Oceanic art collections. A new song composed for the DAM, and in honor of Blomberg, by Andy Cozad (Kiowa) will debut during the Friendship Powwow in the afternoon. If you want to skip the hassle of parking, DAM has partnered with Lyft to provide 30 percent off a ride to or from the Powwow. Use the code POWWOW2019. That day – Sept. 7 – is also Free First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum, so you can also check out the art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime.
Empathy In Action
The Biennial of the Americas 2019 Festival will take place downtown from Wednesday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 28. The Biennial is an international event of ideas, art and culture that assembles dynamic leaders to identify unique opportunities and solutions to shared challenges across the Americas. This year’s Biennial features 50 international speakers addressing the theme, “Empathy in Action.” In 2019, the Festival is offering a series of nine clínicas, from Sept. 25 through Sept. 27 at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. The clínicas offer participants an opportunity to connect with diverse thought leaders from across the Americas on a variety of topics, including education, housing, art, transportation, marketing, sustainability, artificial intelligence, fashion and inclusivity. They are free and open to the public, but you should reserve a spot via biennialoftheamericas.org. For an overview of all programming, visit biennialoftheamericas. org. Check out the Biennial on Facebook, Instagram (@thebiennial) or Twitter (@ thebiennial).
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Was That A Lie?
As I sit here with my newborn son at 2 a.m., living adjacent to a beautiful piece of green open space I can’t stop but think of the ones who have plotted away, behind closed doors, to scheme up such a deal to transfer the Park Hill Golf Course land into the hands of developers. Clayton Early Learning, congratulations on your $24 million sale to go to the benefit of underprivileged youth. I hope you can sleep at night knowing your hard earned money did nothing to protect the climate and the air quality for those kids you say you serve. Your efforts to get the community “involved” in a visioning process of what to do with that land throughout the past couple of years was quite a beautiful PR stunt, quite a distraction, and quite a waste of time. Westside Investment Partners, congratulations on your purchase. I hope you’re not just looking to find a way to tear up the conservation easement, get approval to rezone for development, then flip the property for a large profit. Please don’t waste our time with another PR stunt pretending you care about the local community and their opinions of what to do with the land. Please use that time and effort towards doing what is right. Denver Mayor Hancock (who supposedly is a big proponent of green space), and city council, do what’s right to protect this concrete jungle from expanding onto the last significant piece of green space left in Denver. Do what’s right to protect that $2 million of taxpayer money you collected in 1997 in exchange for relinquishing development rights on the land forever. Or was that a lie? Every piece of concrete you add to this great city is contributing to the poor air quality and 100-degree summer days, not allowing nature to do its job of cooling the atmosphere due to your buildings retaining too much heat.
As you justify the need for more development by a commuter train, affordable housing, and whatever else it is you’re cooking up, understand none of that matters when the citizens can’t breathe in healthy air (besides the fact that there’s plenty of other land in that area open for development). As I sit here with my newborn son at 2 a.m., I think about those ozone alerts I saw earlier posted across Denver. I think about my weather app telling me it’s another poor air quality day in Denver. I think about this excessive summer heat that we can’t even get a break from in the wee morning hours due to this heat failing to escape from this concrete jungle we call Denver. Thanks to all those involved with this landmark sale of the Park Hill Golf Course. Congratulations. Your move, Westside and City of Denver. Jeff Romeo, Park Hill
Preserve What We Love
I thank Brenda Morrison and Geoffrey Chappell for their insights in the August issue of the newspaper on Denver growth and lack of accountability from our city leaders. Denver is overgrown. City council has its own agenda and relationship with developers. I’ve had many conversations with my district councilman, Chris Herndon, about over-development in Denver and Park Hill. But considering that I’ve lived in Park Hill (50+ years) longer than Councilman Herndon has been on the planet, I am not surprised that he and many others see continual growth as progress. As Ms. Morrison pointed out in her “Thoughts on Leadership” guest column last month, city council neighborhood outreach often occurs only after they have already made decisions that detrimentally impact our neighborhoods and preferred way of life. Despite the results from the Spring municipal elections, our city leaders have forgotten that they are accountable to us for
the decisions they make. And when we do not like their decisions, We The People should remind them. I have an idea about how we can do that: • Use Lakewood Initiative 200 language as a template for an initiative in Denver to slow down growth. • Download petition forms from the Denver Election Commission. 8,265 valid signatures need to be collected from registered Denver voters. The petitions must be turned in by June 2020 to place an initiative on the November 2020 ballot. 10,000 signatures would better insure enough valid ones. I’m willing to bet we could collect enough valid signatures just between Park Hill, Montclair, and City Park residents. We are only a small part of the city that’s being overrun. Denver does not need more residential buildings and residents. There are plenty of surrounding cities in which to live. City officials and business people will tell you that limiting growth will adversely affect the coffers. Don’t believe the hype! Denver has all the major sports venues. Denver has a major theatre complex. Denver has more marijuana dispensaries (revenue!) than any other Colorado city. Denver will do just fine without filling every square inch of it with residential buildings. To quote Peter Finch’s character in the movie Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Let us try to preserve some of what we love about Park Hill and Denver. Peggy Nicholson, Park Hill
Kniech Lays Out Priorities
It is with deep gratitude that I begin my third term as your councilwoman at-large. I am feeling refreshed, excited, and motivated to continue partnering to address challenges and lead change for a more equitable and sustainable Denver where our residents can access good jobs, affordable housing and enjoy our quality of life. Since the May election, my office is hitting the ground running with:
• Passage of a stronger process to govern large developments, which ensures that a community informational meeting must take place before any official applications are submitted, and requires a city-run planning process if no adopted plan provides guidance. I will adamantly fight to ensure this rule is implemented where any conversation about Park Hill Golf Course takes place — only a city-led process would be appropriate to discuss its future under this new policy. • A Temporary Tiny Home Village amendment to the Denver Zoning Code recently passed the planning board. It now moves to council’s Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure committee. • Laying groundwork for a community conversation on raising Denver’s citywide minimum wage. • Re-starting the Council Housing and Homelessness Work Group to continue discussion of renter protections and other new council-led initiatives. • Advocating for provider-funded community education on safety and respect prior to any re-authorization of dockless scooter permits in Denver. • Supporting new energy efficiency “performance contracts” to ensure Denver reduces energy demand while we transition to renewable energy for electricity. • Ensuring we meet and exceed electric vehicle goals through facility upgrades, charging stations, and vehicle purchasing. We’ll need your continued energy and engagement to achieve all this and more. Stay in touch! Denver Councilwoman Robin Kniech, Park Hill, Robin.Kniech@denvergov.org Editor’s Note: We love your letters, and give preference to those that address an issue that has been covered in the newspaper, or a topic that is Park Hill or Denver-specific. Send letters to editor@greaterparkhill. org, and include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following month’s issue.
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mit, where exhausted cyclists are usually met by the local herd of wild mountain goats, and sometimes bighorn sheep. The Triple Bypass requires even more stamina, as riders usually depart Evergreen before dawn, and do not make it around Lake Dillon – past Frisco, over Vail Pass, past the Vail ski resort, and into Avon – until 5 or 6 p.m., spending between eight and 12 hours in the saddle. Recht is married to Elaine and is a father of three and grandfather of two. His older daughter, Molly Recht, who grew up in Park Hill, is amazed at her father’s athletic achievements and the passion he puts into both his cycling and his legal practice. “It is incredible,” she says. “He is in better shape than anyone I know. His passion is unmatched with everything he does. To see a man his age who absolutely crushes it, it is phenomenal.” The Greater Park Hill News caught up with Recht at the top of Mount Evans, among other rides – and later back at home in Park Hill, where he answered a few questions. GPHN: How long have you been road cycling?
Dan Recht passes oblivious mountain goats as he crosses the finish line of the Mount Evans Hill Climb in July, 2016.
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also spends much of his spare time on his bicycle. As you will soon see, the phrase “on his bicycle” is a bit of an understatement. In July, Recht completed two of Colorado’s most grueling one-day organized bicycle rides. On July 13, Recht rode the Triple Bypass, from Evergreen to Avon. That ride covered 120 miles, with 10,600 feet of climbing (more than two vertical miles) over three high mountain passes. Two weeks later, on July 27, Recht com-
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Dan Recht is a celebrated criminal defense lawyer, former president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, former chairman of the ACLU of Colorado and frequent television and NPR radio commentator on civil rights and constitutional law. Few people know that the 66-year-old Recht, a longtime resident of Ivy Street,
pleted the Mount Evans Hill Climb. That ride stretched 24 miles up the highest paved road in North America, from Idaho Springs to the summit of Mount Evans at 14,130 feet. Both these rides are considered two of the most difficult organized rides not just in Colorado, but the world. Both feature spectacular high mountain scenery and high altitude. The Mount Evans ride travels first through forests of aspen and lodgepole pine, before passing the Mount Goliath Natural Area near 11,000 feet, which contains a stand of several thousand year-old Rocky Mountain bristlecone pines. Beyond tree line is Summit Lake at 12,800 feet, reported to be the highest lake in Colorado. Past Summit Lake are five more miles of seemingly endless switchbacks to the sum-
Recht: I grew up in Wisconsin and as kids we rode our bikes constantly. As a teenager I began taking long bike camping trips to northern Wisconsin. In my 20s I rode through Ireland and France with full saddlebags for camping. In my 20s I also rode and camped 1,000-plus miles through the northwest, ending up in Montana. However, I didn’t start racing road bicycles until I was in my 50s. Why? I had persistent running injuries that eventually caused me to switch sports. It took me a while to get over the running addiction. Fortunately, I found a substitute passion that makes me even happier. GPHN: How many times have you ridden the Mount Evans Hill Climb? Recht: I have lost track of how many times I have done the race up Mount Evans, but I have ridden to the top at least 20 times. GPHN: How many times have you ridden the Triple Bypass? Recht: I have ridden the Triple Bypass officially 22 times. However, I have done the ride informally many times. A total of over 30.
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At left, Dan Recht at the start of the 2019 Mount Evans Hill Climb in Idaho Springs on July 27. On the right, Recht makes the final push to the summit. 14,065-foot Mount Bierstadt can be seen in the near distance.
GPHN: Which one is harder physically or harder psychologically? Recht: Mount Evans is crazy and hard, as it is over 14,000 feet. As anyone that has hiked up a 14’er knows, for the last several thousand feet of elevation gain, the air is quite thin. So, the intensity of the effort for the last few hours is extreme and much more than anything on the Triple. On the other hand, the Triple is much longer, and much more grueling. The 10,000 vertical feet gain and over 100 miles of riding is [an obscenity-inducing challenge]. GPHN: How did you train for these rides? Recht: I did not specifically train, but I try to ride in the hills as much as I can. When I have limited time, I often drive to Lookout Mountain [in Golden] and get my hill climbing in by doing Lookout two or three times per ride. Squaw Pass is good training also.
feet five or so times in my life. Those allday climbs compare in effort, psychological fortitude and intensity to the Evans and Triple rides. GPHN: This year, you almost turned around three-fourths of the way up Mount Evans. What happened? Recht: The weather was looking foreboding. I was over 13,000 feet and the thought of screaming down from the top of Evans [with rain or lightening] scared me. In the end I told myself, “you have never abandoned in 20-some efforts, don’t start now.” And so I didn’t. And, I am happy I didn’t. GPHN: What’s your advice for a beginner who might be interested in doing one of these very difficult rides?
Recht: You need to slowly build up, or you are assured of getting injured – not unlike deciding to do a running marathon GPHN: What kind but failing to build of equipment is necslowly. It’s a sure “My tip for avoiding crashes up essary? recipe for injury and or injury? Stay on the couch unhappiness. On the Recht: Any time I other hand, if you ride at elevation, at and open a beer.” train for at least six a minimum I bring months, gradually raincoat, warm wabuild up your base terproof gloves, and and plan to just finother miscellaneous material to use if it ish, you might just harbor the type of inrains or gets very cold. Regarding bike sanity to get it done. equipment, your bike needs to have a wide gear range with a pretty easy easiest gear. However, I don’t go so far as to have a triple chain-ring in front. GPHN: Have you ever had to quit in the middle of one of these rides? Recht: I have never abandoned the Mount Evans ride. And only once have I abandoned the Triple. That was because it was raining hard and very cold as we descended from Squaw Pass. I and hundreds of others were worried about hypothermia. GPHN: Have you ever done any other rides anywhere else that compare? Recht: I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world on somewhat extreme adventures, but have never ridden anything harder than Evans and the Triple. Just last November, though, I did a remote arduous 20-day trek in Nepal with my daughter Hannah that took us over 18,000 feet. I have also climbed to around 20,000September 2019
GPHN: Have you ever been injured? Do you have any tips for avoiding crashes? Recht: The major danger on these rides are the steep, fast downhills where speeds hit 50-plus miles per hour. I suppose there is also the danger that your friends and family will label you with an insanity diagnosis. I have not been injured in one of these serious mountain rides. I have been injured [broken collar bone] while riding at high speed in a big pack while race training. My tip for avoiding crashes or injury? Stay on the couch and open a beer. GPHN: You’re 66. How long are you going to be doing these grueling rides? Recht: Who knows? Health and longevity are part of the great mystery of life. But I can tell you I hope to continue doing such things as long as I am able. I will invite you to my 70th birthday celebration on top of Mount Evans.
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Not So Fast, continued from page 1 what officials call the East Area Plan. City planners, along with a committee of volunteers appointed by members of the city council, have been working on the plan for two years. However, many residents had no idea of its far-reaching impact on their properties and neighborhoods. Most reported they had just learned about the plan when planners rolled out their recommendations this spring.
Triple the density The complex plan calls for a tripling of the density in some areas in long established neighborhoods. The area includes many modest single-family homes, as well as low-rise apartment buildings and multiplexes directly to the north and south of Colfax, which has been identified as a high traffic corridor and is slated for a number of improvements. The overall plan includes residential neighborhoods from 8th Avenue north to 23rd Avenue. The highest density is being proposed between 13th and 17th avenues. Neighborhoods that are impacted include South Park Hill, Mayfair, Montclair, Hale and East Colfax. Among the recommendations: zoning changes that would allow property owners to divide existing houses and add second dwellings. The plan would also allow third residential units (ADUs) to be added onto properties. Owners would be encouraged to keep the façades of their current homes. However, there are no design requirements, and critics have said there would be nothing stopping developers from buying up modest homes, scraping them, and replacing them with high-dollar duplexes (plus adding third residential units to the lots). The plan also calls for an eight-story building at the site of the Mayfair Town Center on Krameria and 13th. Other eight-story buildings are proposed at Colfax at Quebec and at Colorado and Yosemite. Additional density is proposed for several other intersections at Colfax near stops along the proposed Bus Rapid Transit. The extensive plan can be reviewed at tinyurl.com/ GPHNDenverEast
‘It’s ominous’ Emerging details about the plan were roundly criticized during the July 25 meeting, which was held at the Art Gym on 14th and Kearney and drew an overflow crowd. “These are residential areas, and eight stories would cast so much shadow onto the nearby homes it would be overwhelming – it’s ominous,” said Marcia Johnson, a former member of the Denver City
Council. Johnson’s comments were met with applause. Many expressed alarm that the plan would force current residents to unfairly bear the brunt of the high-density development, and anxiety about how the plan would transform their neighborhoods. Audience members raised a number of other issues of concern: • Traffic: One major assumption behind the East Area Plan is that people will no longer drive their cars. Or at least they will drive less, since they will be closer to the transit corridor of Colfax. The plan calls for Colfax to be reduced to one traffic lane in each direction, with the Rapid Bus Transit taking up what are now the two middle lanes of the thoroughfare. Critics note that car traffic will spill out to the surrounding streets. • Parking: The new development will not come with requirements to accommodate parking for everyone. Planners expect residents will choose public transit over cars, particularly if the transit is more convenient. Critics contend that people move to Colorado with cars, and they need to be able to park them somewhere – even if they opt to use public transit much of the time. • The existing infrastructure would not support a tripling of human density in the concentrated areas.
This rendering depicts Colfax Avenue at Krameria Street with the addition of Bus Rapid Transit running up the middle lanes. The BRT system would reduce car traffic to one lane in each direction of Colfax, and reduce left turn capabilities along the busy thoroughfare. Critics say car traffic would increase on other east-west streets through neighborhoods, including 13th and 14th avenues, 17th Avenue, Montview Boulevard and 23rd Avenue. (The mature tree canopy along Colfax in the illustration does not currently exist.) Image credit: City of Denver
• The proposed density is an undue burden on residents of established neighborhoods, many of whom are middle and working class. Other neighborhoods, including wealthier areas of Park Hill and Montclair, Hilltop, Congress Park and Crestmoor, are not being asked for similar “upzoning” for increased density. • The character of the neighborhoods could be ruined. Without any design requirements, new development would look similar to the high-density projects that have replaced established neighborhoods in other parts of Denver, including in North Denver, Five Points and Sloan’s Lake. • High-rise buildings would block views and sun from existing one- and two-story homes. • Property values would be negatively impacted. • There is no guarantee that the development would include needed affordable housing in Denver. • Allowing developers to build out the footprints of existing lots would result in the loss of permeable land. Many of the areas identified for increased density are already in flood zones, and this would exacerbate the problem. • Development would not result in a meaningful increase in parks or green space, unless developers are willing to include them, or receive financial incentives to do so.
One of 78 plans The group Denver East Neighborhoods First is distributing this flyer to residents in neighborhoods that would be affected by the proposed East Area Plan. The map shows areas where high-density development is being proposed in established residential neighborhoods. The plan would impact more than 31,000 current residents in South Park Hill, Montclair, Mayfair, Hale and East Colfax.
The plan has been coordinated by city planners Curt Upton and Liz Weigle. A steering committee includes 11 residents, many of whom do not live
in the impacted areas of the plan. They were appointed by city Councilman Chris Herndon and former Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman. Upton noted that the East Area Plan is one of 78 neighborhood plans that are being developed or will be developed throughout Denver within the next seven to 10 years and are the result of the Blueprint Denver master plan adopted by council earlier this year. The city, he noted, is growing rapidly. Herndon, who represents Park Hill and the East Colfax neighborhood, as well as Stapleton and portions of Montbello, has indicated support for the plan. Newly elected Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer, who defeated incumbent Susman in June and now represents the neighborhoods to the south of Colfax, announced at the July meeting she would not support the current plan, noting concern over the increased density and height proposals. Most of the steering committee members are supportive of the plan, including Hilarie Portell, who is also the director of the Colfax Mayfair Business Improvement District. Among other aspects, Portell said, the plan will help enhance and promote the character of Colfax for small, independently owned businesses and provide an important transit route. During public meetings, residents have expressed skepticism over density, but they support improvements along Colfax – parts of which are run down and have been magnets for criminal activity.
Flyers and yard signs After the July meeting, a group of five women organized with the intention of alerting as many of the more than 31,000 residents who live in the impacted area as possible. Two of them, Tracey MacDermott and Blair Taylor, are on the board of GPHC (MacDermott is currently the board chair. She is also on the East Area Plan steering committee, and has been the lone voice of dissent). Others in the group – called Denver East Neighborhoods First – include Jeanne Lee, who lives in Mayfair, Caroline Carolan, who lives in South Park Hill, and Lisa
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Weber Hewitt, who lives in Mayfair. The women have spent their own money, creating and distributing thousands of flyers highlighting the most controversial aspects of the plan. The group’s yards signs have sprouted on lawns across the five affected neighborhoods. They question the unfair burden of higher density on homeowners with less economic means than those living in wealthier areas. And, they wonder why the desire to maintain modest single-family homes in long-established neighborhoods has become the equivalent of a dirty word. “We are fighting this plan because currently it is not thoughtful, sustainable or inclusive,” Taylor said. In anecdote after anecdote, they described encountering property owners and renters who have never heard of the plan – a similar scenario to the overflow room of neighbors at the July meeting who reported being unaware. They are doing, they maintain, what the city should have long ago done. “Why hasn’t the city sent notifications or meaningfully communicated to everyone who is affected, that they will be impacted and their property potentially rezoned?” asked Carolan. “We’re doing this because the city hasn’t.”
The rabbit hole of social media The controversy has also inspired long threads on social media, including on NextDoor and on neighborhood Facebook pages, drawing hundreds of comments. Numerous commenters, many of whom do not live in the impacted areas, have expressed support for aspects of the plan, including density along transit routes and the need to welcome people moving into the area. Nam Henderson, who is on the board of GPHC, has weighed in, saying he is encouraged at the prospect of the possibilities of affordable housing. Another GPHC board member, Justin Petaccio, noted there is currently no guarantee for affordability in the plan, “but doing nothing only guarantees increasing unaffordability.” “The reality is that people don’t like it because they would prefer not to live in density, which is totally fine, however without any sacrifice we will not do any better,” Petaccio wrote. Kate Swan, who lives in the proposed high density zone, responded, echoing what others have expressed: “I am utterly unconvinced that adding density will increase affordability or diversity.” Many commenters wrote they fully support improvements and higher-density development along Colfax itself. Colfax itself is already zoned to allow buildings between 3-5 stories. For the most part, the social media dialogue has been respectful, if at times lively. However, Andy Sense, who was appointed to serve on the city’s steering committee by Councilman Herndon, has been less tactful. He’s accused opponents of spreading misinformation, being unwilling to be inclusive, and has called those who don’t share his viewpoints “privileged,” “dishonest,” and even “stupid.” “I’ve gotten to the point where I believe I share no values with my neighbors and I
basically now assume they are all a bunch of classist I’ve-got-mine-ists who are also willfully stupid,” Sense wrote on one thread, which was subsequently shared on another of his threads. Sense’s public comments are noteworthy as he is one of the 11 citizens appointed to the steering committee, representing the city and the neighborhood on this issue.
Funding shortfall sidelines BRT At the July meeting, Upton told the overflow crowd that at least two more public meetings would be held, with a final draft plan expected in September. The plan, Upton said, would then go back to the steering committee in the fall, and on to the planning board. The Denver City Council would ultimately vote on the plan, possibly this winter. However, a week after the July 25 meeting, a curveball appeared. As reported by the Denver Post, the bulk of the funding to build the Bus Rapid Transit – considered a driving factor for the East Area Plan – has not materialized. The Bus Rapid Transit, which has recently also generated intense controversy, is a plan designed to improve the transit corridor along Colfax from Broadway to Yosemite, which is the eastern edge where Denver meets Aurora. Under the current plan, Colfax – which currently runs two traffic lanes in each direction – would be reconfigured to reduce car traffic to one lane going east and one lane going west. The buses would run down the middle of Colfax, stopping at the identified high-density stops every quarter-mile. Critics say the extra traffic will undoubtedly spill over to other already-stressed east-west roads – including 23rd, Montview, 17th, 13th and 14th, as well as onto residential streets running north and south. However, planners have maintained that car traffic would decrease with the addition of faster bus service. Colfax currently has the highest bus ridership of any corridor in the region – more than 22,000 every weekday. RTD projects that number to increase to more than 50,000 by 2035. In 2017, Denver voters approved $55 million for the BRT, with another $20 million approved for improvements for sidewalks, streetscaping, traffic calming and other safety measures along Colfax. As reported by the Denver Post in early August, preliminary city estimates now put the total cost of the BRT project at more than $200 million, though the final budget hasn’t been determined. The city has not secured additional funding, meaning the project – which the city projected would begin construction as soon as 2022, could likely be delayed until the late 2020s. “I need to know where that money is, where that project stands, and what comes next,” Councilwoman Sawyer was quoted saying. “We can’t be planning an entire (East Denver) area plan around something that’s not going to happen. We need to have some specifics.” Following the reports of the budget shortfalls to the BRT, city planners cancelled an Aug. 22 public meeting for the East Area Plan. As of press time no new dates for public meetings have been announced.
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Tour Welcome to the 2019 Park Hill Home Tour. These tour homes were picked based on their unique character, charm and significance in the ongoing and ever-evolving story of the neighborhood. We have no doubt you will enjoy visiting and exploring all of them on Sunday, Sept. 8. As in past years, the homes will undoubtedly amaze you with architectural details and thoughtful designs. Every year the houses on the tour reveal their own unique theme. We are delighted to share this year’s overarching story, which we discovered when we asked each of the participants to share their favorite feature of their home. They all answered the question in the exact same way: “The neighbors.” “We live on the best block and have the best neighbors,” was the universal narrative, complete with shared stories of camaraderie, connection and fun. With that in mind, while you tour the homes and take in their distinctive appeal, this year we also urge you to step back and appreciate the community in which they stand – and their connection to the surrounding neighbors. That is, after all, the real story of Park Hill. Information about where and how to purchase tickets, as well as details about the free daylong Park Hill Street Fair also on Sept. 8, are on page 1.
Christi and Brett Mathens
2291 Cherry St. This Craftsman-inspired home, built in 2016, balances the contemporary with the traditional and then adds a pinch of the owner’s Austin, Texas roots. The eucalyptus wood floors, natural stone accents and high ceilings lead you into a house that was built for entertaining adults and children alike. As you enter the home, you’ll notice the dining room on the left, which is connected to the kitchen through a butler’s pantry. On the right is a room outfitted for making music, which the family excels at. The leather couch and chairs make it the perfect spot to settle in and play all those guitars while the wet bar and bathroom make it an easy place to stay for however long you desire. As you continue in, you’ll see that this house was built around the kitchen, designed around the marble slab that makes up the kitchen island. This heart of the home has plenty of space to welcome the Mathenses four children and their friends. The mudroom has floorto-ceiling cubbies to hold all their stuff, and a natural wood wall on which their daughter embossed a family motto. The see-through fireplace between the living room and the back patio brings the out-ofdoors in, which makes that bookshelf made from 100-year-old barn wood feel right at home. As you make your way upstairs, take in the master suite, with its large walk-in closet, spa-like bathroom and separate office space.
Three additional bedrooms allow everyone in the family to sleep upstairs, with added space for a friend or two. The upstairs laundry room is another bonus that makes taking care of the family a bit easier.
Following the flow back downstairs, the finished basement is a mecca for kids of all ages and as you can see, designed as a place for people and their friends to gather.
Bridget and Kory Mitchell
5800 E. 17th Ave. Originally built in 1937, this Georgian house was completely renovated over a three-year period and purchased by the Mitchells in 2017. The bright and clean aesthetic of the house is inspired by Studio McGee and beautifully executed by Bridget, who is bringing that same talent and good taste to her recently opened store, Red Lark, at 2208 Kearney St. The boutique focuses on carefully curated homewares, accessories and unique gifts (for more on Red Lark, check out page 16). The preferred gathering place for the owners and their toddler is the kitchen and attached family room. This inviting space includes one of the home’s five fireplaces and was built for cooking, relaxing and hanging out. The kitchen includes a granite island, Sollera cabinetry, six-cooktop gas range, with a warming oven and wine fridge. The formal living room and dining room use natural elements and textures to convey a Studio McGee feel that is at once welcoming and formal. The dining room opens onto the side patio, which gives you the feeling that you’re enjoying the best of being indoors and out. Upstairs you’ll find the master suite with its fireplace, walk-in closet, jetted claw foot tub, steam shower and private balcony, plus the baby’s room. Two bonus rooms await you on the third level, one of which has been converted into a playroom. The finished basement has two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom, half-bathroom, laundry room, wet bar and family room.
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Brie and Kevin Cosgrift
5045 E. 17th Ave.
Danielle and Michael Martines
1926 Leyden St.
This brick home was built by the owners in 2016. Note the brickwork and detailing of the exterior, which exemplifies the approach the Martines took to create a new house that was reminiscent of the original Tudor home that was first there. Every detail was carefully selected by Danielle, which you’ll appreciate as you walk through the home. As you enter, to the left is a dining room that connects to the kitchen through a butler’s pantry. To the right is a first-floor guest suite and additional first floor powder room. You are then drawn into the hub of the home, which includes the family room, kitchen and outdoor space. The expansive, open-concept kitchen is built for entertaining with a wine station, large island and welcoming details. The mudroom was built to accommodate the family’s busy life, taking even the dog’s needs into consideration in this space. Beyond the kitchen and family room is an outdoor living space. It’s easy to see why this is one of Danielle and Michael’s favorite places to hang out with its outdoor kitchen, fire pit and spa pool. There are three bedrooms, an office and a laundry room on the second floor. The master suite has an attached master bath, where you can again see that every detail was considered as this home was built. As amazing as the top floors are, prepare to be wowed by the basement. The main room includes a bar created from old wine barrels and railroad ties, a pool table and teenage hangout space. Prepare yourself for the pièce de résistance – the wine cellar. Built to resemble a wine cellar in Tuscany, it includes a brick barrel-arched ceiling made from 100-year-old brick, and a travertine tile floor. The basement also includes a workout room, a full bathroom, bedroom and additional powder room.
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A 2017 year-long, full remodel by homeowners, the Cosgrifts transformed this 1934 Tudor into a 21st century beauty with an open floor plan, improved roomto-room flow, and inviting, sun-filled living spaces. With 3,376 square feet of living space, the renovation preserved many of the home’s original features and created multiple family rooms for relaxation and entertaining. The Scandinavian-inspired design reflected throughout the house and backyard shows off the clean lines and openair feel of the house. The first floor is an inviting space with plenty of room for relaxing and entertaining. The state-ofthe-art kitchen and attached sitting area create plenty of space for the inevitable phenomenon of entertaining – where everyone ends up in the kitchen.
The Copelands bought their 1926 English cottage-style home in 2012 from the estate of Frances Melrose. Ms. Melrose, a third-generation Denverite and one of the first female writers for the Rocky Mountain News, moved into the house “in a blizzard” in 1961. The house was originally designed and built by Thomas Idris, an arts and crafts teacher at Manual High School. Idris was a woodcarver, originally from Wales, who wanted his house to look like the thatched roof cottages of the old country. The modest home is featured in The Park Hill Neighborhood historic Denver guidebook, but for nearly 90 years had few updates from its original state. It was in very rough condition when it went up for sale, and neighbors were concerned the home was going to be scraped. However, the Copelands had a vision for renovating and expanding it in a manner sympathetic with the original architecture and Craftsman design elements. Jim, a carpenter specializing in home restoration and renovation, embraced the challenge of turning a diamond in the rough into the gem it is today. Over a period of six years, Jim meticulously and lovingly worked on every square inch of the house, renovating and/or restoring all the original woodwork, doors, windows, hardware and lighting fixtures, bringing them back to their original working order and beauty. The first floor was remodeled to create a more open floor plan, a larger kitchen and add a stairway to the new second floor living space. The second-floor attic conversion, which added two bedrooms, a bath and loft, was accomplished without changing the original roofline of the house by utilizing dormers to increase the usable floor space. Built-in cabinets, draw-
The original unique design of the house puts a room at the top of the first landing and creates an additional family room that adds to the spacious feel of the house. The second floor’s renovated bathrooms and bedrooms modernize the home while maintaining the original Tudor characteristics. The basement renovation uncovered original hardwood floors and opened up space for an additional bedroom, bathroom and laundry room. Out back, a garage-to-office conversion, newly added two-car garage, a chicken coop and view into the school playground adds functionality and beauty to the Cosgrift’s backyard.
ers and secret hideaways were designed to utilize every nook and cranny of available space. Don’t miss the triangle drawer in the upstairs bath and wizard’s closet under the stairs. The interior and exterior woodwork and architectural design of the new second floor was carefully matched to the original design. A pleasant winding walk through the lovely front gardens, designed by Alisa, welcomes visitors to this storybook home through the south side-facing front entry, which features the original circular-windowed front door. Out the back, French doors lead to a delightful patio with grape and rose arbors, vegetable garden and flagstone pathway through an arched gate.
SPILLING THE BEANS
Business (Not) As Usual On Colfax By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN
Welcome to Spilling the Beans, East Colfax edition. This occasional series focuses on business news happening in and around Park Hill. Last month we turned our attention to the Oneida Park Center, on Oneida between 22nd and 23rd avenues. Under new ownership, the block has drawn an influx of new businesses, as well as a summer Thursday afternoon/evening market. (If you missed it, check the Oneida story out at greaterparkhill.org.) This month’s focus is on businesses that have recently opened on and around the long stretch of Colfax between Colorado Boulevard and Quebec Street. Also included is a general list of the number of businesses along the strip that are owned (or co-owned) by women. (Hat tip to Hilarie Portell, director of the Colfax Mayfair Business Improvement District, for helping to compile the following):
Now (or almost) open for business
• The Goddard School is a new preschool at the corner of Colfax and Locust. It replaced a branch of U.S. Bank and opened in March.
• Ed Moore Florist, at Colfax and Leyden, is under new ownership. After more than 35 years, Lydia Mary sold the business to Park Hill resident Jenny Perkins. Offerings have expanded to include community workshops and special occasion floral consulting. All of the former floral designers have stayed on with Perkins. • The Handmade Market at Colfax and Leyden is designed to be a co-op of sorts for artisans. • Tessa Deli at Colfax and Ivy: The deli is currently under renovation, and scheduled to open in late fall. • Dash & Dare, at Colfax and Ivy, is a women’s clothing boutique that opened last December. • Hank’s Texas Barbeque at Colfax and Grape, is now open. The restaurant is in the space of the former neighborhood favorite Solera. • Anytime Fitness on the Fax, at Colfax and Jasmine, offers personal training, consultation and group fitness classes. Open 24 hours/day. • Synapse Strength and Movement, at Fairfax and Colfax, offers group classes and private training. In addition to Anytime Fitness and Syn-
apse, several other fitness and yoga studios have settled in along the Colfax and near-Colfax strip near Park Hill. Koko Fit Club in the Mayfair Center at 14th and Krameria, provides individualized coaching and customized workouts. Pilates Bodies, Ascent Yoga and Revolution Yoga are also on Colfax.
Women On The Move Portell noted another trend along the Colfax strip: At lease 20 businesses are owned, or co-owned, by women. The following have just opened, are getting ready to open, or in a few cases have been in operation for years: • Anytime Fitness on the Mike and Kate Jenulis, owners of Anytime Fitness at Colfax and Fax Jasmine. Photo by Cara DeGette • Art on Monaco • Mod Livin’ • Axum Ethiopian Restaurant • Mouna Hair Braiding & Beauty Supplies • Ceramics in the City • Pilates Bodies • Cheyenne Fencing/Modern Pentathlon • Rhythm Revolution (yoga and fitness) Center • Winning Coiffes hair salon • City Floral Greenhouse & Garden Center • Dash & Dare Note: Do you have news about a busi• Denver True Value Hardware ness in and around the neighborhood that • Denver Upholstery and Design you’d like to share? Has ownership changed • Ed Moore Florist hands? Has a local shop recently opened? • Elevate Yoga Closed? Retired after decades in business? • Fairfax Wine & Spirits Won an award? Had a visit from a VIP or • Hey Babe! Nail Salon celebrity? Send your business news tips to • Li’s Bakery (cakes and other baked email@example.com for considergoods) ation. Please include “Spilling the beans” in • Marczyk Fine Foods the subject line of the email. • Mindful
Red Lark Opens On Kearney Street Take 5 With Bridget Mitchell This summer, Park Hillian Bridget Mitchell opened a specialty boutique, Red Lark, stocked with gorgeous gifts and oneof-a-kind items. Red Lark is on the business block of Kearney and 22nd Avenue, next door to Cake Crumbs. In a Greater Park Hill News interview, here’s what Mitchell had to say about her new venture. GPHN: What is the background on your decision to open shop? Mitchell: Red Lark was born out of a desire to provide a beautiful space where people feel welcome to slow down, explore new things and find something special. My life took a lot of twists and turns before I took the leap of opening my own shop, but I know this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. I love connecting with friends, meeting new people and providing an experience that keeps people coming back. I only offer items that I love and hope others will too.
GPHN: What is your background? Mitchell:I grew up in Colorado. I lived in New England and decided to move back after too many long Boston winters. I’ve worked in legislative affairs, as well as a marketing/business development professional in the construction/design industry. Most recently, I was a public affairs officer in the US Navy. I worked for a small independent boutique in Boston and have always loved finding shops that inspire new ideas and offer unique products. Red Lark serves my personality and feeds my passion. My husband and I love living in Park Hill and it was only natural to open a store in our neighborhood. GPHN: What do you hope to be able to provide to the neighborhood? And why the name, Red Lark? Mitchell: My goal is to be the place
Red Lark Owner Bridget Mitchell, in the boutique. Photo by Cara DeGette
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Faces As Big As Pie Plates Late summer is sunflower season in Colorado, with fields in bloom south and east of Denver International Airport. Mountains and sunset provide dramatic backdrops for these six-foot tall sunflowers, their faces as large as pie plates and stretching as far as the eye can see. Two large fields of sunflowers are within a 30-minute drive of Park Hill. To visit, take I-70 west to Peña Boulevard as if going to the airport. Exit onto 56th Avenue East. Drive east on 56th through Green Valley Ranch, past C-470 and all the way to Imboden Road. One field is on the southwest corner of Imboden and East 56th. To get to the other field, turn south onto Monaghan Road from East 56th. It’s about 1.5 miles further, on the west side of Monaghan. If you go, take pictures only from the road. The fields are private property and so be respectful while appreciating Colorado’s infinite beauty. Photo by Reid Neureiter
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Down Memory Lane Here are a few photos from past Home Tour and Street Fairs in Park Hill. This year’s party takes place on Sunday, Sept. 8.
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THIS MONTH AT THE LIBRARY
An A-Plus In Our Books School’s Back In Session. Guess What? Learning Never Ends By Tara Bannon Williamson Park Hill Librarian
Many students are already back at school, but learning never ceases at your public library. You are never too old to learn a new skill or pick up a new hobby, and we’re here to help you explore and discover. No matter the reason you are hitting the books, here are a few back-to-school reads that earn an A-Plus in our books. The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes (Ages 3 - 6)
This upbeat gem of a book that provides a positive message about starting kindergarten. Vivid colors complement the charming illustrations, so whether you read this oneon-one or to a classroom, this book leaves everyone cheering.
was bad? Artie has it waaaaay worse and has to keep reliving it over and over again. Fast-paced and silly, this is a great book to wind down after a tough day of school and realize maybe your day wasn’t so bad after all. Spidey: Freshman Year by Robbie Thompson (Ages 12 & Up)
Prepare to laugh out loud at Spiderman’s antics during his first year of high school in this action-packed graphic novel. You don’t have to be in high school to sympathize with this superhero’s woes. The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe (Ages 16 & Up)
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will begin working on your set within 72 hours. • Need homework help? The library offers databases and resources for students 24/7, including chat reference help. Be sure to ask about research appointments too. teens.denverlibrary.org/homework/ research
Pauline Robinson Events Tech Help Appointments | Tuesdays, noon - 1 p.m.
Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720-8650290 to schedule an appointment. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Can You Recycle This? |Thursday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m.
Members from Alpine Waste and Recycling will be here to discuss the importance of recycling and other fun facts. eBooks Made Easy | Saturday, Sept. 14, noon
bring food items to be donated to the Greater Park Hill Food Bank and help create the last hole from these items. Ride Sharing Apps with Senior Planet | Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
Apps have changed the way many people get around. This presentation will explore ride sharing apps, which are also known as e-hailing apps. Learn about the two most popular apps—Uber and Lyft—and the pros and cons of them both. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, Sept. 10 & 24, 6 p.m.
Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18. Lasting Conversations: Journeys and Values | Saturday, Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m.
What do we owe to each other? How do we talk about what matters most? Engage in one or all of our monthly discussions using classic and contemporary texts as springboards for talking about pressing issues. September’s topic is Homelands. Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Book: Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean by Cynthia Lord Adopt a stuffed pet and create a mini doghouse craft. Ideal for ages 6 to 9. Welcoming Week with Helen Thorpe | Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad (Ages 5 - 10)
Imagine how you might feel on the first day your sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school. What might you learn as you see the way others treat her? This thoughtful and inspiring story celebrates the wonderful relationship between the sisters Asiya and Faizah.
It’s the First Day of School – Forever! by R. L. Stine (Ages 9 - 13)
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the journey and experiences of refugees through the eyes of these young adults and their families. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Park Hill branch to hear Thorpe speak about her experiences and what she learned.
Resources For Teachers and Students • Need books for your classroom? Librarians at any branch can put together a set of books for you to check out. Complete the request form at kids.denverlibrary. org/teacher-set-request and a librarian
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Learn how to access library eBooks, audiobooks and video with your library card. Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or explore the eBooks website using a library computer. Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Sept. 28, noon
This month’s selection: The Passage by Justin Cronin. Drop-ins are welcome.
Park Hill Library Events All Ages Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program. Baby Storytime | Thursdays & Fridays at 11:15 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program. Toddler Storytime | Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. The River, with Author Peter Heller | Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m.
When Peter Heller was 17, he was at a party and noticed a rather despondentlooking guy standing at the edge of the crowd. He went on to tell Heller that he had just lost his wife - they had been camping, and she just “disappeared.” That tiny seed of an idea grew in Heller’s imagination, and he convinced himself that this was actually a murder. When the author sat down to write that story, the first line of The River “fluttered” down - “They had been smelling smoke for two days.” Come hear Heller, who is based in Denver, talk about his writing and how the poetry of language is his muse. BookBar Denver will have copies of The River and other Heller titles available for purchase and signing. After Hours Mini Golf | Saturday, Sept. 7, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
What does it mean to be an active ally to the immigrant and refugee community? Bestselling author Helen Thorpe, who wrote a book on the topic of refugee resettlement The Newcomers wowed readers, describes her experiences getting to know various refugee families in Denver. Come be inspired to get to know your refugee and immigrant neighbors better. Food provided by Comal Heritage Food Incubator, a lunch restaurant and training program. Its goal is to provide skills in culinary arts and business as a platform for economic development to aspiring women- many originating from Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia - to maintain and celebrate their traditions through entrepreneurial ventures. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.
Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. The Festival of Mountain and Plain and Colorado’s First Movies with David Emrich | Saturday, , Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m.
Colorado’s movie-making history starts with Edison’s filming at Denver’s Mardi Gras, the Festival of Mountain and Plain, in 1897. The Festival’s rich history will be shown through photographs and these movies. Connecting the Dots on Dementia | Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m.
Connecting the Dots is specifically designed for family members and friends who are concerned about or caring for someone who is living with any form of dementia. Concert on the Lawn: “Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe | Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.
“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe has been performing for more than 40 years and was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Bring a camp chair or a blanket and enjoy Jack’s unique performance with uplifting wit and historical anecdotes on the lawn. Ask a Master Gardener and Plant Swap | Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.
Ask one of the amazing Colorado Master Gardeners, who are trained in horticulture by Colorado State University Extension staff, and can answer your gardening questions. You can also find perennials, bulbs and seeds you’ve been looking for and bring your extras to trade.
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On The Water When Coloradans think of outdoor exercise, they often think of hiking, cycling, or skiing. But there is also a thriving rowing community in Denver at the 880-acre Cherry Creek Reservoir southeast of Park Hill. Two rowing clubs are based there. The Mile High Rowing Club focuses on youth and juniors ages 13-18. The Rocky Mountain Rowing Club caters to adults, with practices almost daily beginning at 5:30 a.m. The image above is of rowers from the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club in the early morning hours on Aug. 22. The club is the oldest and largest rowing organization in the Rockies, offering recreational, competitive and instructional programs through November to more than 100 members. The club’s learn-torow programs start in the spring. Check out additional information at rockymountainrowing.org/. For youth and juniors, information about the Mile High Rowing Club is at milehighrowing.org/. Text and photo by Reid Neureiter
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It’s Home Tour & Street Fair month. As Get a sneak preview of the homes on the former organizer of the Park Hill Home pages 14-15. Tour & Street Fair, this event holds a special We are also gearing up for GPHC’s annuplace in my heart. It’s both GPHC’s largal meeting, which will take place on Thursest (in terms of dollars raised) and oldest day, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the fabulous rooftop (established in 1978) fundraiser and comevent space the Carla Madison Recreation munity event. If you’ve not been, I strongly Center, 2401 E Colfax Ave. Dinner is proencourage you to check it out on Sunday, vided and the program includes a keynote Sept. 8. presentation, board elections, and If you purchase a ticket to the volunteer recognition. If you plan Home Tour, you will have the opto attend, visit greaterparkhill.org/ portunity to tour five beautiful join-us/community-meetings/ and and unique Park Hill Homes. You complete the RSVP form. can catch a glimpse of how others Voting will take place for replive, spark your interior decorating resentatives of districts 2, 4 , 6, 8 imagination, and take in the design, and 10 and additionally for three art, and warmth that you’ll find in at-large positions. If you would these homes. LANA CORDES like to run for one of these board Whether you tour the homes seats, please indicate your interest that day or not, make sure to head on the RSVP form or you can call over to the Street Fair on Forest Parkway, us at 303-388-0918. The deadline to submit between 19th and Montview. There you’ll your name for the printed ballot is Friday, enjoy 100 vendors ranging from artists to Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. Write-in candidates are auto services, local live music, beer, wine, also welcome. food, an educational sustainability zone, Our September community and board kids zone with activities for the littles, and meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 at even free electronics recycling. 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. All are invited Truly, you do not want to miss out on this and encouraged to attend. Park Hill tradition. The amazing planning Thank you to the donors and volunteers committee has been working their tails off, who give their time, talent, and treasure. so come and bring all your friends. There is We are grateful to be part of a community no Broncos game on Sept. 8, so really, what that comes together to care for those who else are you going to do? need it most.
Donors This map shows the 10 district boundaries of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Your district representatives are identified in the column below. Six at-large representatives also currently serve on the board of the Registered Neighborhood Organization.
GPHC, Inc: Who We Are, What We Do, Our Mission
The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer at-large representatives, as well as 10 district representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303-388-0918 or info@ greaterparkhill.org. If you have an issue you’d like to discuss about the neighborhood, contact your board representative. For those board members who don’t have a phone or email contact in the list at right, leave a message at the main number and it will be forwarded to your elected representative by GPHC Executive Director Lana Cordes. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St.
• Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: email@example.com • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer and District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 1 Rep LaMone Noles • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • District 4 Rep Kevin Wiegand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8 Nam Henderson • District 9 Stephanie Ceccato • District 10 Colette Carey • At-Large Matt Bradford • At-Large Christine Caruso • At-Large Jeanette Fedele • At-Large Justin Petaccio • At-Large Louis Plachowski: firstname.lastname@example.org • At-Large Rebecca Rogers • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Community Planning Chair Lisa Zoeller • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Building Services Chair Louis Plachowski • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis: email@example.com
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Donor Organizations AARP #995 Queen City Bikes Together Blessed Sacrament Cure D’Ars Catholic Church Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being Lowry Elementary Messiah Lutheran Church Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church Park Hill United Congregational Church Park Hill United Methodist Church Pique’s Lemonade Stand St. Thomas Episcopal
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Seeking Babbs Award Nominations Recognizing Park Hill Leaders
Nominations are being sought for this year’s Babbs Award recipient. This award recognizes a Park Hill resident who has made a significant contribution to the neighborhood. The award, which has been given every year since 1980, honors the legacy of former Park Hill United Methodist Pastor Dr. J. Carlton Babbs. Previous recipients have included Art & Bea Branscombe, Marjorie Gilbert, Roberta Locke, Geneva Goldsby and Robert Homiak. Blair Taylor won last year. Park Hill residents are invited to submit their nominations by Friday, Sept. 20. The award will be presented during the Oct. 3 annual meeting and board elections. (See related details in Lana Cordes’ column on this page.) Babbs was minister at Park Hill United Methodist Church from 1955 until his death in 1978. He helped organize the Park Hill Action Committee and was a key supporter of integration in Park Hill. On the same Sunday in May of 1956, all of the ministers in the community preached sermons on the need to eliminate all the barriers to church membership and housing on the basis of race, sex or national origin. The Park Hill Action Committee, organized and sponsored by these churches, became Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Historically, GPHC’s impact on integration, zoning, schools, justice and legislation for the community has been widely recognized. At the time of Babbs’ death, the clergy of Park Hill met and decided that a community service award in his memory would be a fitting tribute to one of the neighborhood’s outstanding leaders. Identify your nominee, his or her address, phone number and/or email and the reasons for the nomination. Your name and phone number is requested in case we need to follow up. You may mail or drop off your nomination to 2823 Fairfax St., or email it to email@example.com Thank you for taking time to recognize Park Hill leaders. The Greater Park Hill News
PARK HILL PET OF THE MONTH Sylvia In The Box Sylvia the black cat (who brings good luck, but no money so far) is seen here modeling the satisfied look that most felines adopt when they encounter cardboard boxes. If we’re thinking that cats just love to jump into and hide in boxes because their human caretakers think it’s so stinking cute, it’s time to bust a myth (see 10 more of them below). Seeking out confined spaces is an instinctual behavior for cats. In the wild, enclosed areas allow them to both hide from predators and surreptitiously stalk their prey. Photo by Cara DeGette
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10 Common Cat Myths Are Black Cats Lucky? Depends Where You Live. September is Happy Healthy Cat Month! So, you think you know cats? Maybe you do, but there are still very common myths that circulate. Here are the top 10: 1. Black cats are unlucky.
This one depends on your country. In Japan, you are lucky if a black cat crosses your path, but in Europe, they are thought to be bad luck. In Scotland, a black cat appearing at your door means money might be coming, while in China it could mean poverty will be knocking at the door. 2. Cats hate getting wet.
repetition that it does for a dog. 7. Indoor cats cannot get diseases.
This one is perhaps my favorite to bust because it’s totally not true. Indoor cats are safe from harm such as being hit by a car or tussling with a raccoon, but being indoors does not offer any protection against infectious diseases. Rather, you the human carry in germs on your clothing and cats are also exposed to airborne germs. Additionally, many diseases of cats are diseases of aging and/or obesity. So, get them checked out by their veterinarian at least annually.
Hate is a strong word … cats DR. MARGOT 8. Pregnant women should completely more likely dislike water and that’s VAHRENWALD avoid cats. because their coats hold onto water Nope, not true. The primary conand don’t dry quickly. But you can acclicern is for the litterbox – so for the duration mate a cat to bathing with lots of treats and of your pregnancy, mom-to-be, you must a gentle introduction. avoid cleaning and handling of the litter and feces. But you can still snuggle your 3. Cats always land on their feet. fur buddy any time. Cats do have a righting reflex that can help them land when falling from a short height. But if they fall from a higher height, such as a couple of stories or more, they will often suffer significant injury. 4. Cats are nocturnal.
Actually, cats are crepuscular, which means their times of highest activity are dusk and dawn. However, most cats do adapt to their human’s schedule – so if you’re a night owl, you’ll have a night cat sitting with you.
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Not true. Cats (and dogs) may just like to eat some fresh grass on occasion. So, get your kitty a little pot of yummy grass for nibbling. 10. Cats can eat table scraps.
5. Cats can drink cows’ milk.
6. Cats cannot be trained.
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9. If a cat eats grass, then they might be sick.
No, no and no!! Think of a little onecentimeter chunk of cheese – that doesn’t represent very many extra calories to you, but to a cat, that’s the equivalent of almost three chocolate bars. Too many empty calories and you will be changing your cat’s name to El Gordo. Happy September – make sure to keep your cat/s healthy with exercise and play, a high-quality diet fed in the proper amounts twice daily and regular visits to your veterinarian.
Unless your cats have been continuously drinking milk since they were kittens, milk is a bad idea. Milk is high in calories so it can quickly help pack on the pounds. And, once weaned from milk, kittens/cats stop making the enzymes to help them digest milk and are lactose-intolerant – meaning milk can equal diarrhea.
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2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303-388-0918 The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month, except for July and December. The meetings are free and open to all. The next community meeting is Thursday, Sept. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the GPHC, Inc. office at 2823 Fairfax St. GPHC, Inc. will hold its annual meeting and board election on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carl Madison Recreation Center, at Colfax and Josephine.
Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP)
HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:157:30pm. RSVP required to lsullivan@ denverfoundation.org.
denverlibrary.org See the “At the Library” feature in this month’s issue, for a complete listing of events and programs at the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson branch libraries. Northeast Park Hill Coalition The Northeast Park Hill Coalition hosts its monthly meeting at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being, 3401
Eudora St. Meetings are the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.
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Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-3558508. Hours: Monday –Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits.
Park Hill Peloton
A recreational group of road cyclists that roll from Park Hill once or twice a week. Find them on Facebook.
303-370-0932 The Greater Park Hill Sertoma Club holds a breakfast meeting every first and third Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St.
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Tattered Cover Travel Lovers Book Club
The book club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Tattered Cover at 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
www.walk2connect.com Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips set off every Tuesday morning from Spinelli’s Coffee and Ice Cream at 23rd and Dahlia at 7 a.m. No cost. Walks are about one hour long, just under three miles, and family and dog friendly. For more information, email email@example.com or call 303-908-0076. Northeast Park Hill Bilingual Walk take place the first Saturday of each month. Gather outside Hiawatha Davis Jr. Rec Center on 33rd and Holly at 9:30 a.m. for a one-hour walk. No cost. The walk is family friendly and bilingual Spanish/English led by Ana Luisa Gallardo. For more info contact maria@ walk2connect.com or call/text Ana Luisa at 720-298-0605. For text reminders, send CAMINANED to 33222.
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feNciNg aNd deckiNg New fence installation, fence repair, staining and power washing • Deck building, repair, staining and power washing • Owned and operated by Park Hill resident with over 20 years experience • Free estimate • Senior citizen and veteran discount.
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Prep, power washing, professional. Owned and operated by Park Hill resident with over 20 years experience • Free estimate • Senior citizen and veteran discount. Pablo’s Painting
Greenwood Village ranch with main floor master on .65 acres. COMING 5136 finished square feet backing SOON to Greenwood Gulch Trail.
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