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Hello autumn!
As the leaves drop, here's where we'll be - join us!
Upcoming events:

  • Understanding Displacement - October 7
  • Denver's first One Water Plan - October 20
  • For kids, a photo survey of West Denver - ongoing

Upcoming public hearings:

  • East Central Area Plan at Denver City Council - October 5
  • East Area Plan at Denver Planning Board - October 7
Invitation to a webinar about involuntary displacement
Let's talk about displacement
Join us for a virtual discussion of involuntary displacement in West Denver -- what it is, why it happens, and what’s being done locally and nationally to address its causes. This discussion will focus on West Denver neighborhoods but the topics and strategies discussed have broad relevance locally, regionally and nationally.
Renee Martinez-Stone, Initiatives Director at West Denver Renaissance Collaborative
Tiana Patterson, Esq., Public Partnerships and Legal Director at Elevation Community Land Trust 
Jamie Torres, District 3 Councilwoman
Laura E. Aldrete, Executive Director at Community Planning and Development
Carrie Makarewicz, Assistant Professor at UC Denver
Katie McKenna, Senior Program Director at Enterprise Community Partners

The event will be recorded and available afterward on the West Area Plan webpage.
Learn about your neighborhood and explore variables that may relate to involuntary displacement near you
Earlier this month, we launched a new and interactive way for residents, non-profits and other stakeholders to view public data on housing, employment, affordability and more at the neighborhood level. We also developed an interactive public map that can be used to examine potential relationships between displacement risk and a variety of indicators, including market-driven factors. This work builds upon the key equity concepts and maps found in Blueprint Denver.
Neighborhood Dashboards Screenshot
New neighborhood dashboards
These tools will evolve as additional data sources are added and updated. City agencies use this information to measure and evaluate outcomes of anti-displacement policies and programs, to help prioritize community outreach resources, to better understand the myriad of factors at play at the neighborhood level and their relationship to involuntary displacement, and to tailor programs for keeping people in their homes, including emergency rent assistance and home repair programs. 

Denveright planning process recognized among the best in the state by APA Colorado
The Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association has selected Denver's "Denveright" planning effort as one of the top planning initiatives in the state. APA Colorado's annual awards recognize projects on the basis of innovation, ability to provide transferable lessons to other Colorado communities, quality, promotion of community progress, effectiveness of implementation, and other unique factors.
Kids writing their vision on Jenga blocks at a Denveright event
Completed in 2019, Denveright was an unprecedented, three-year process involving thousands of people who collectively set a vision for Denver as an inclusive, connected and healthy city. Learn more about our citywide plans.
Calling all youth:
Submit your favorite photos of West Denver
The West Area Plan is reaching out to schools and youth orgs
Planning is ongoing now in six West Denver neighborhoods, and city planners want to hear from kids in these areas. Plans are long-term vision documents, which means our kids and teenagers are those most likely to see the impact of a plan over the course of its 20-year cycle. If you are a student in 7th to 12th grade, or a teacher, coach, educator or organization that works with youth, take the brief survey below to upload your photos.
Have you dined outdoors this summer?
Have you eaten outside at a restaurant this summer? Safely enjoyed more outdoor space on a street closed to cars? Students from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver are studying these expanded public areas as a part of the 2020 fall semester and would like your feedback on how these spaces perform and to understand what you like or dislike about them.

table and chairs
Logos of Denver One Water project partners
Denver to hold first community workshop for the One Water Plan
One community. One future. One water.
A coalition of local water resource agencies has formed to develop Denver's first citywide water strategy. The goal of developing a citywide water strategy was identified in Comprehensive Plan 2040.
Denver One Water will break down historic silos between drinking water, wastewater, and other uses to cooperatively manage the entire water cycle. Doing so will better meet social and environmental needs and create predictable policies to advance stewardship of this precious resource.
Water cycle
The first community workshop will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m. 
New mixed-use neighborhood hub by the Broncos stadium moving forward
Following the adoption of a community-led master plan for the area in June 2019, residents can now learn about how the vision for the Stadium District area will come to life. A virtual open house will be held later this fall to provide an update on the zoning framework and other design tools that will guide future development to ensure it meets the community's needs.

Meet Lina Chea, our employee of the quarter
In August, we held our first virtual employee recognition event to recognize the hard-working staff who have kept our operations going without interruption during COVID-19. Lina Chea in cashiering received top honors (Employee of the Quarter) for her dedication to customer service. Lina has been a cashier for Community Planning and Development for just over two years, and if you've been in to pay for a permit, you have probably met Lina. When the pandemic started, she quickly developed a paperless system for the cashiering team and helped her teammates and customers transition smoothly and seamlessly.

Lina Chea in the lobby of the Webb building
Lina Chea
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