Making plans for the future — and (we hope) the people

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Cities love to make plans. All kind of plans. Some get implemented, and others sit on a shelf. And as we recall, the best line ever about making plans was Daniel Burnham’s often-quoted “make no little plans.” Burnham and his co-author, Edward H. Bennett, were tapped in 1906 to create a plan for Chicago’s growth. Some aspects were put in place, and some were not. But Burnham and Bennett are long-remembered.

Starting next Tuesday, the City of Denver wants to hear from people living in the East Central Neighborhood Area of Denver about their thoughts on a new planning initiative.

Many thanks to Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods — the super-active Registered Neighborhood Organization, or RNO – for sending out information on a series of meetings for residents to offer suggestions and hear proposals for the neighborhoods in that part of Denver.

The East Central Planning Area includes the statistical neighborhoods adjacent to Colfax Avenue between Broadway and Colorado Boulevard, including Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, City Park, and City Park West.

More than a year ago, two of Denver’s City Council Members – Wayne New (District 10) and Albus Brooks (District 9) — appointed a Steering Committee comprised of about 16 members, with involvement with a city planner. Apparently, the planning process is now at a point where the committee is requesting broader public input.

The first meeting is an East Central Area-wide Community Workshop, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 1370 Grant Street. Three other sessions follow on Feb. 7, 12 and 13, focusing on specific neighborhoods in the city’s central area.

For more details, check out the link to the City of Denver’s website and to Capitol Hill United Neighborhood’s Facebook page. The link to the page on Denver’s website lists the names of the steering committee, with some highly recognizable names, as well as a list of pertinent plans created many years ago. For example, the plan for North Capitol Hill dates all the way back to 1986, and like most Denver neighborhoods, North Cap Hill has certainly changed.

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