Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods’ mission is ‘Preserving the Past, Improving the Present, and Planning for the Future of Greater Capitol Hill.’ Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods strives to accomplish this mission through its emphasis on historic preservation, affordable housing and homelessness, land use and zoning, and public safety.
In 1969 a group of concerned citizens rallied to prevent the proposed conversion of East 11th and 12th avenues into one-way streets. The citizens’ victory over city planners marked the beginning of what is now known as Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Inc., one of Denver’s oldest and largest registered neighborhood organizations (RNO).
At the foundation of all Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods does is the notion of civic participation – that our community becomes healthier and more vibrant through the active involvement of those who live and work in our neighborhoods.
Fundamental to Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods mission is working to strengthen the civic health of our neighborhoods. It seems like an intangible element but when you are in a community with strong civic participation, you know it.
You see people out and about chatting with their neighbors. They build relationships and take care of one another. Neighbors get involved in community efforts to address tough challenges like public safety or development issues.
Everybody participates and the diversity of the neighborhood is reflected in meetings and events. People engage in dialogue – that is, they don’t just talk at each other but they talk with and listen to one another, and maybe most important, people celebrate together. They have fun and appreciate the great place where they live.
But there are obstacles to maintaining strong civic health in our neighborhoods. Having the time to spend and connect in the place where we live is often a challenge as many of us work long hours with long commutes.
Or we have other communities in which we participate that are not in the place where we live such as sports groups, churches, hobbies and extended family. And of course there are immediate family considerations with kids, soccer practices and making sure you spend good, quality time with your family.
The Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Approach:
Past CHUN Presidents