Northeast Denver neighborhood is nation’s most polluted

From Denver Post
By Aldo Svaldi | asvaldi@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: February 16, 2017 at 5:02 am | UPDATED: February 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm

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In the 80216 ZIP code, an index of home values is up 30.1 percent the past year and 250 percent the past five years, handily beating U.S. and Denver averages.

That strong property appreciation is a testament to both how depressed prices were and how desperate buyers are for affordable properties.

Some residents fear the severity of the area’s environmental problems are being ignored and remediation plans remain inadequate. Three major redevelopment projects, including reconstruction of Interstate 70, are combining with booming home and land values to push long-time residents out, said Cdebaca.

“I feel like the new people are clueless” of past polluters, she said. “Sellers aren’t required to report it, and the institutional knowledge is being displaced.”

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Denver Residents’ Issues Survey 2016

With the advent of new Denver City Council members in 2016, INC conducted this first-ever survey to:
1.Gather feedback about key concerns of Denver’s residents
2.Get feedback about City services performance
3.Learn how well Council is perceived to be listening and responding to those issues.
4.Use these results to open dialog with City leaders in a more meaningful manner

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Apartments without any parking still a concern in Denver

“The projects that really started the moratorium in effect could in fact happen anywhere in Denver,” said Bill Vanderlan, President of the Humboldt Street Neighborhood Association.

A moratorium on the development of small lots with no parking remains in place until the end of March. In the meantime, an amendment is moving through city channels, and residents don’t like what they’re hearing.

The new wording doesn’t stop things like that from going ahead, it just legitimizes it,” said Jodie Brownlee, a resident in City Park West.

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Great Denver Cleanup is Saturday, May 20th

The 2017 citywide Great Denver Cleanup is Saturday, May 20th, offering Denver residents free drop sites for household trash, large items, compostable yard waste, donatable household goods and scrap metal.
Spread the word NOW.
Schedule your block, neighborhood and yard cleanups for Saturday, May 20th.
Multiple collection sites will be located throughout the city. A final list of sites will be announced soon.

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Denver Debates Hosting a Massive Coachella-Like Music Fest on Public Land

Concerns from the roughly forty people who attended the meeting included the impact that 50,000 people plus stages and trucks would have on the golf course; noise, trash and safety issues; the revenue the city would make off the project; and the use of public land for private gain. In response to the safety concerns, Ehrlich said that each festival-goer would be given a wristband with a chip that would allow organizers to track where crowds were gathering.

The Overland Golf Course is within eyeshot of a soon-to-open 7,500-seat amphitheater, run by Levitt Pavilion Denver, a nonprofit that champions local and independent musicians and offers free concerts. But AEG and Superfly haven’t approached Levitt, because the venue’s 7,500 seats wouldn’t be enough for the music festival, said Levitt executive director Chris Zacher after the meeting.

Zacher grumbled that AEG hadn’t shown interest in the Overland Park community or his music venue until the company could find a way to exploit it for profit. “AEG gave Levitt zero dollars” in the half a decade that the project has been raising money, he noted.

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Denver Zoo Agrees To Improve Compliance and Governance in Response to Audit

Auditors also found that the Zoo’s Board of Trustees did not adhere to relevant best practices. Board members are not consistently attending meetings as required by the Foundation’s bylaws, and there was no formal training program for new Board members, among other areas in need of improvement. The lack of a consistent onboarding process left some Board members unaware of the roles and authority of the Board. Improvements recommended by the auditors were creating a Board charter, implementing non-voting status for the CEO, involving the entire Board in evaluating the CEO, and placing the Executive Director of Parks and Recreation on the Zoo’s Executive Committee.

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Auditors Report Of The Denver Zoo Jan 19 2017

As described in the attached report, our audit revealed that the City and the Foundation have not adequately monitored and maintained their compliance with certain sections of the Agreement relating to financial arrangements. In addition, the audit found that the Foundation should improve its governance by updating internal policies and guidance for the Board of Trustees (Board).

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