Message From the President
Greetings Neighbors and Supporters,
The latest edition of the Urban Dweller, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' (CHUN) monthly e-newsletter, is posted online. Here is a brief update from your registered neighborhood organization and community advocate:
For Denver ...
Travis Leiker, MPA
President | Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inc.
Member of the Month
Tears-McFarlane House: A Place for Capitol Hill to Gather
For decades, neighbors and community stakeholders have looked to the Tears-McFarlane House & Community Center as a focal point for community building, neighborhood vitality, diversity and inclusion, and a place to engage in local programs and celebrations. The house has hosted everything from concerts in Cheesman Park to talent shows in the annex room. As Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods works to revitalize and restore the property, we want this architectural and historical gem to be the community asset the original owners always envisioned.
Conversation on Race and Zoning in Denver: Past and Present
Denver City Council member Robin Kneich invites you to a Conversation on Race and Zoning in Denver: Past and Present. This virtual panel discussion will focus on the history and present racial disparities involved in limits on how many adults can live together in a Denver home, and on where congregate residential care can be built — including racial disparities in who needs these services and the impacts when they cannot be built in our City. The virtual conversation will be held on Thursday August 6, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The virtual event is free and open to everyone. Please register to attend this discussion via Zoom: https://bit.ly/RaceZoningPanel. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Your Car is Not A Dog Sitter
Hot cars are dangerous for our furry friends, and an animal can die from heat stroke in just 15 minutes when subjected to extreme temperatures. Leaving an animal in a hot vehicle constitutes animal cruelty and could result in a fine of up to $999 and/or jail time.
If you spot a dog locked in a hot vehicle, please call Denver Animal Protection's dispatch at 720-913-2080 immediately. If you live outside of Denver, call 911 to be directed to the right place.
Should you find yourself in a situation that may warrant breaking a car window to save a dog, it’s important to clearly understand the law and what steps must first be taken before freeing the animal.
City Offers No Cost Anti-Discrimination Resource in Four Languages
The Denver Anti-Discrimination Office launched a video in four languages – English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin – to remind Denver residents that discrimination is illegal and that if they believe they’ve been a victim within the city’s boundaries, no cost assistance is available.
Greenverein Garden at the Denver Turnverein
Congratulations to the Denver Turnverein and volunteers from Uptown on the Hill and the Front Range Wild Ones! They have put hard work in to building the Greenverein garden on their block. The Denver Turnverein received an inaugural S.E.E.D. Award to use for enhancing their block through added greenery and environmentally appropriate landscaping. To find out more information about this project, please watch the attached video of their progress on the garden.
CHUN Supports the East Central Area Plan
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods ("CHUN"), Denver’s largest, oldest registered organization (RNO), is pleased to announce its support for the East Central Area Plan. CHUN’s mission is Preserving the Past, Improving the Present, and Planning for the Future of Greater Capitol Hill through historic preservation, affordable housing and tackling homelessness, promoting smart land use and zoning, advancing public safety, and encouraging community enhancements. The letter to Denver Community Planning reads in part, "... We acknowledge some may have concerns about this Plan and its implementation. However, it’s important to examine this initiative in a thoughtful, comprehensive way. In doing so, the proposed East Central Area Plan brings a fresh, forward looking perspective to vexing City issues while maintaining the qualities and characteristics that make Denver unique. Moreover, RNOs including CHUN, will be fully engaged in the Plan’s implementation and future development within our boundaries."
The full letter is attached below.
Meet The Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Board
Donny B., Neighborhood 8
Bruce C., Neighborhood 6
Molly W., Neighborhood 8
Travis L., Neighborhood 1
Nikki R., Neighborhood 5
Help Denver Water Get The Lead Out of Our Community
How You Can Help Protect and Preserve Denver's Urban Canopy
By Michael Swanson, City Forester, Denver Parks and Recreation
Flowers are in bloom, birds are busy building nests and with social distancing recommendations in place, people are more eager than ever to spend time outside safely, in their yards or enjoying neighborhood walks under Denver’s beautiful trees. But did you know that our urban canopy isn’t just picturesque and doesn’t just provide respite for wildlife, it’s actually critically important for our overall quality of life? Trees produce oxygen, reduce air pollution, cool our neighborhoods and homes, and increase our property values. Yet most trees are not native to our city and the ones that we’ve planted and cultivated – no matter for how long – are fragile. They are susceptible to our sometimes extreme climate and insect infestations. In short, Denver’s urban canopy relies on us to be kept healthy, protected, preserved and replenished.
So, when the City and County of Denver learned that the emerald ash borer (EAB), which has destroyed millions of ash trees in the Midwest, is making its way to Denver, we leapt into action. There are an estimated 1.45 million ashes in the Denver metro area, including 330,000 in the City and County of Denver. That means that one in six Denver private property trees are ash trees, and they can be found everywhere in the Mile High City – with the majority on residential properties.
You may be familiar with the Be A Smart Ash campaign, which aims to actively educate and enlist the help of you – our City and County of Denver residents – in the process of identifying, treating and replacing ash trees. For our part, we are taking care of ash trees located on city property (including parks) and in the public right-of-way. We ask that you do the same, with any ash trees on your private property. Visit BeASmartAsh.org for an interactive ash tree map, information about ash tree treatment options and resources to find a tree care professional. You can also apply for a free tree for the right-of-way adjacent to your property that can help bolster and diversify our urban tree canopy.
When it comes to identifying, treating, removing or replacing your trees – ash or otherwise – remember that only licensed and insured tree care professionals should actually treat, replace or prune a tree. There are many tree professionals that are licensed by the Office of the City Forester who can lend a hand, leaving you time to tend to your garden, take another walk or literally just stop and smell the roses.
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