Message From the President
Greetings Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Members and Friends,
Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Urban Dweller--Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' monthly e-newsletter. May was a month of momentum for our organization, including some great additions to our membership roster and exciting developments among our committees. Here is the latest from your neighborhood organization:
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President, Board of Delegates
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Business Member of the Month
CHUN Gathers Neighborhood Feedback for Tears-McFarlane Property
Scores of people attend a community meeting or neighborhood gathering at the historic Tears-McFarlane property each year. It was built in 1899 and is recognized as a historic and architectural jewel in Capitol Hill. Since 2005, it has been home to Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods—Denver’s oldest and largest registered neighborhood organization. The historic mansion serves as the office and meeting space for several small businesses and nonprofits, like PFLAG, Experiential Learning International, and other physical and mental health care practitioners. Adjacent to the mansion is Hedlund Hall which expanded CHUN’s ability to welcome larger groups and events including neighborhood forums, private social events, fundraisers, and community conversations. CHUN has provided free and/or reduced rate space for nonprofit organizations and city departments.
Public perspectives are essential and we are gathering some great community feedback. CHUN has collected a number of public opinion surveys and will be conducting other outreach to help us determine the future of this beloved property. We are excited to share what is next in the coming weeks.
CHUN Appoints New Committee Leaders
At the May 2019 Board Meeting, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' Board of Delegates appointed new leaders for both the Historic Preservation Committee and Zoning, Transportation, Land Use and Licensing Committee. The co-chairs for Historic Preservation are Tony Smith and Charles Nusbaum; Sarah Wells, Dmitrii Zavorotny, and Frank Locantore will co-lead the Zoning, Transportation, Land Use and Licensing Committee.
Zoning, Transportation, Land Use and Licensing
'Film On The Rocks' and Other Outdoor Movie Events
Summer is nearly here and that means it's outdoor movie watching season again, too. Red Rocks' 'Film on the Rocks' is in it's 20th season this year and features 7 film events throughout the summer. Each movie is preceded by a love concert and local comedian, courtesy of Comedy Works. This year's lineup includes the award-winning tribute movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody', documentary hit 'Free Solo', cult favorites 'Ghostbusters' & 'Mean Girls', and family-friendly favorite 'The Mighty Ducks'. To see the lineup and learn more about 'Film on the Rocks', visit https://www.redrocksonline.com/fotr/.
But, Red Rocks isn't the only place to see outdoor films. You can find plenty of outdoor movie events across the city and all summer long. Just check out the comprehensive outdoor movies list from the Visit Denver website.
Meetings, Forums & Committees
Public Meeting: Tiny Home Villages Code Updates hosted by Councilwoman Robin Kneich
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
2015 Glenarm Pl,
Denver, CO 80205
Event information available on Facebook
City of Denver asks for public input on new ‘high comfort’ bike lanes
As part of the Public Works Bicycle Program and the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program, design and construction funds have been allocated for 17 miles of bond-funded high comfort bike facilities, to improve connections between Denver’s neighborhoods and destinations and meet the goals in the Mayor's Mobility Action Plan and Denver's Vision Zero Action Plan. Each identified protected bike lane will average around one to three miles, and will take approximately 18-24 months to plan and implement.
Opportunity to submit input and information on forums are available on the Denvergov.org website.
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Forms Climate Crisis Committee
From more frequent wildfires to longer heatwaves and droughts, communities across Colorado already experience the impacts of human-induced climate change. According to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, these disasters will grow more devastating unless action is taken now.1 To heed this notice, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (C.H.U.N.) has formed the C.H.U.N. Climate Crisis Committee.
Throughout its 50 year history, C.H.U.N. has worked to improve the quality of life in Greater Capitol Hill. The formation of the committee is a continuation of this goal and recognizes the need for local neighborhoods to think globally and act locally. “Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods is committed to creating a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable community. From planting trees to promoting cleaner transit options, the Mile High City can--and should--be a model for urban, earth-friendly policymaking” says the organization’s board president Travis Leiker.
The committee’s formation represents the next phase of the foundation established by C.H.U.N.’s longstanding Tree Committee as well as other previous environmental sustainability work. The committee will be co-chaired by C.H.U.N. board of delegate members Jim Slotta, a founding member and president of Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action, and Stephen Polk, assistant professor in environmental studies at Naropa University in Boulder.
“The Climate Crisis Committee will convene a community-based dialogue around the urgent, worsening climate crisis and will promote a planet-helpful lifestyle among residents in C.H.U.N.’s neighborhoods,” says Slotta. “Denver has tremendous opportunities to experiment with creative solutions in combating climate change that involve wide swaths of neighborhood stakeholders,” adds Polk.
Topics that the committee will address include water conservation, recycling, composting, renewable energy, and more. The committee's first meeting will be Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 PM at 1290 Williams Street, Denver. Meetings will be held regularly and are open to the public; follow C.H.U.N. on Facebook for future event/meeting dates.
1. See: https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/ipcc_wg3_ar5_summary-for-policymakers.pdf
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