Message From the President
Greetings Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Members and Friends,
Welcome to the September 2019 edition of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' monthly e-newsletter, the Urban Dweller. Here is the latest from YOUR neighborhood organization and community advocate:
This is what CHUN is, and this is how we achieve results.
President, Board of Delegates
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods
Call for Volunteers: CHUN 50th Anniversary Event
Member of the Month
The nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy will celebrate the centennial year of Denver's Civic Center Park as we honor two very special supporters of the Conservancy, Dennis Humphries and the Boettcher Foundation, with the 2019 Elaine Asarch Award. For the first time in the Conservancy's 15-year history, this annual event will take place outdoors in Civic Center Park.
Cocktails within the Greek Theatre, dinner, entertainment by members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and a post-dinner party will be included with a ticket.
Organized by Conservancy staff and the Centennial Celebration Committee, proceeds from the Civic Center Park Celebration support the Conservancy’s free community programming aimed at revitalizing Civic Center Park - elevating and sustaining this National Historic Landmark as a vibrant and iconic cultural hub. Civic Center Conservancy programs include Civic Center EATS, Civic Center MOVES, Independence Eve, Art in the Park and a range of notable special events and concerts each year. We expect around 400 people for this celebration.
CHUN Meetings, Forums & Committees
As CHUN continues to enhance its programming, the Board of Delegates has recently refined the names, scope, and vision for its primary committees.
For a complete list of CHUN's committees, please visit the Committee Page. Check the CHUN website for upcoming meetings and events.
Top Neighborhood News Stories
Sure looks like Whole Foods plans to reopen in Capitol Hill
Original story by David Sachs - Denverite.com
Well, look who’s (maybe) back.
Papers filed with the Denver planning department suggest that Whole Foods Market wants to set up shop again at its old Capitol Hill stomping grounds.
The grocer closed its doors at 11th Avenue and Ogden Street in the fall of 2017 when it opened a location downtown. But now it looks like the Amazon-owned company wants back in, according to an application asking the city to permit a combination grocery store and restaurant. (The document uses bureaucratic terms like “food market” and “eating and drinking establishment.”)
The applicant has requested three permits, including one to renovate the building, but none have been approved. Architecture firm BRR filed the permit requests and renovation plans, which bear the Whole Foods logo.
Building owner Doug Antonoff told Denverite any confirmation on the store returning to Cap Hill would have to come from Whole Foods, which has not returned a request for comment.
Whole Foods had 13 years left on its lease, Antonoff told Denverite during a neighborhood meeting last year.
As Denverite reported in 2017, Whole Foods planned to hold on to the property. The Cap Hill Whole Foods building is roughly 20,500 square feet, and the company said it was considering locations smaller than 35,000 square feet for its millennial-focused, less-pricey 365 concept.
Local Stories Focused On Climate
With the world recently reflecting on climate catastrophes such as the fires in the Amazon and the Arctic, local communities and government officials have notched up their own focus and efforts around the climate crisis.
The most talked about local Denver climate news has recently been centered around Denver City Council's recent carbon tax proposal.
Read more about the propasl efforts:
However, the carbon tax is not the only environmental topic to come up. Other climate topics that have surfaced recently in local news include the discovery of plastics in rain water and talk about mirroring California efforts to reach zero emissions on vehicles in Denver.
Read more about these latest stories:
Denver Celebrates Workforce Development Month with Series of Events for JobSeekers and Employers Throughout September
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) is celebrating Workforce Development Month throughout September with a series of more than 20 job fairs, free training, and workshops to help area job seekers find new career opportunities. Events are also targeted to employers, to promote staff recruitment, retention and training services provided through DEDO’s workforce development division, Denver Workforce Services.
“Our programs are making a lasting difference at connecting residents to good-paying jobs and career opportunities, while helping employers with their talent needs,” said Tony Anderson, Director of DEDO’s Denver Workforce Services. “We’re looking forward to broadening our reach throughout the month to assist more individuals and employers.”
Notable events planned for September include:
A complete list of Denver’s events for the month is available at: http://bit.ly/WFMonth19
CityLab University: Zoning Codes
Don’t know your R1 from your FAR? We’re here to explain how zoning laws work, how these ordinances shape your city and neighborhood, and why we fight over them.
It’s time again for CityLab University, a resource for understanding some of the most important concepts related to cities and urban policy. If you have constructive feedback or would like to see a similar explainer on other topics, drop us a line at email@example.com.
Although invisible on land and inscrutable on paper, municipal zoning codes have a tremendous impact on the form of cities—and by extension, on the way people live in them.
Today, these arcane regulations are seeing unprecedented levels of public scrutiny. After decades of embracing strict zoning rules, several cities and states want to relax them to make it easier to build housing and create more environmentally friendly communities.
Read the full story on CityLab.com
Also In The News
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