WATCH Forums for Denver City Council Runoff Elections

Denver Decides, the partnership of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, the League of Women Voters of Denver, Historic Denver and Denver8TV, presented live runoff election forums on Channel 8 for City Council Districts 2, 7, 10 and 11Denver City Council District Map

The complete schedule of replays is at www.denvergov.org/denver8tv. Videos can also be seen online at anytime at Denvergov.org

Ballots for the runoff elections in these four districts will be due to the Denver Election Division by 7pm on June 2.

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Whittier Loop Project Praises Culture in Diverse Denver Neighborhood [Denver Post]

By Joe Vaccarelli
YourHub Reporter

Denver’s Whittier neighborhood has often found itself in the center of racial issues in the city.

In the 1920s and ’30s, it contained the “color line” — ironically near Race Street close to 28th Avenue — that served as an unofficial line, segregating white homes from African-American homes.

More recently, last year a person began circulating racist letters in the 2700 block of Lafayette Street, telling African-Americans and Jewish people that there was no room for them in the neighborhood, while this year, the neighborhood has had a front-row seat to some of the most violent gang activity in the past five years.

But neighborhood leaders aren’t about to ignore the past or the present.

The Whittier Neighborhood Association is getting ready to unveil the Whittier Alley Loop project, a half-mile pathway across four alleys that will feature murals, historical markers and an outdoor reading area at the neighborhood’s Ford-Warren Library. READ WHOLE STORY at YOURHUB Denver Post.

Whittier Loop Project

Jessie Couch paints the porch at Nateria Williams’ home May 14. Volunteers with Keller Williams and Rebuilding Together Metro Denver helped spruce up Williams’ home. (Anya Semenoff, YourHub)

Denver’s Permitting-Software Upgrade (Accela)

zoning.sm circleparksmDenver is implementing new permitting software June 4-8, 2015. Here’s what you need to know.

Accela is a software system used by municipalities across the United States to automate permitting processes. This system will streamline Denver’s permitting process behind the scenes, while improving the level of customer service we provide to the public. It will link more than 200 record types and active permits — making many processes that are still done on paper electronic. The system will also improve project tracking, measuring and monitoring, while opening doors for more information to be made available online.

New permitting software will mean faster and more efficient city services.

The spring 2015 upgrade affects the following services:

  • Right-of-way land use: encroachments, relinquishments, vacations, dedications, utilities
  • Transportation Engineering plan review
  • Sewer use and drainage (SUDP)
  • Storm and sanitary plan review
  • Street occupancy permits
  • Sewer cutoffs
  • Sewer repairs
  • Address assignment
  • Floodplain
  • Capital Improvement Projects
  • Survey
  • Erosion control
  • Building permits
  • Fire permits
  • Zoning permits
  • Landmark preservation approvals
  • Site development plan review
  • Contractor licensing
  • Cashiering

 

READ MORE about Denver’s new permitting process on DenverGov.org

6 Things to Know about Capitol Hill [9News]

Historic Denver Walking Tours

KUSA – If you drive through the Capitol Hill neighborhood often, you might be familiar with the uniqueness of the area. It’s a mixture of old turn-of-the-century architecture and new modern housing units.

However, how much do you really know about one of Denver’s most coveted neighborhoods? Here are some fun facts about the history of Capitol Hill.  Continue reading