The Channel7 Building was ditched as a landmark, when Denver City Council said it wasn’t beautiful enough and didn’t have enough adjectives. Hello: Anywhere U.S.A

So, Monday night, 40 people signed up to speak about the Denver Channel7 Building, which proposed landmarking from three applicants in the community. I know all three of them: two attorneys and one architect. They believed that the building at 123 Speer Boulevard was impressive, with a Brutalist tower that could support not just landmarking …

Since we’ve been dealing with a pandemic for more than a year, we’ve learned a lot of medical information, but there is so much more to learn in the past.

Last Sunday, The New York Times magazine published The Health Issue. At first, I thought at times it is overwhelming to understand what is going on concerning COVID-19 and its growing numbers of variants. But that’s what viruses do, apparently. But beyond the virus, taking a look about what was going on centuries ago, there was a …

Now more groups want to get on board to deal with the Denver7 Building. Before, it seemed so simple, but not now.

Monday night, May 3, there was a quick reference to the Denver7 Building, a precursor to the public hearing on Monday, May 10. District 10 Council Representative Chris Hinds spoke up because the Denver7 Building is in his district, at 123 Speer Boulevard.  He said that he had talked to the press about this issue, …

Newspapers now usually don’t write very much about a preservation issue, but when they do, it can be eye-opening.

That’s eye-opening because in a story in today’s Denver Post, the first paragraph reads: “The brute stands five stories tall at the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Lincoln Street in Denver, wrapped in panels of red Colorado sandstone and concrete, its grids of rectangular windows facing every direction but north.” Brute? Really? Like the Incredible Hulk or …

For scooters and bikes, the third charm on Tuesday’s council committee meeting to move the contracts to the full Denver City Council.

The continuing saga concerns what the city should do about launching a new type of program involving scooters and bikes. Yesterday, the third committee meeting sounded sort of the same, but not completely. As before, the presentations to the Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure committee were given by those who work in the Department of …

Dear Denver: Please pick up your trash. Not just for Earth Day, but every day.

Once upon a time, there was not much trash everywhere in this city. Now, Denver is full of it.  So: People coming here from other states – and here, too -- please stop pitching bags of trash out of your car window. Put it in your waste bin.  Please pick up your dog’s poop. Your …

If there is a chance the applicants and the owners could come together, it would mean that the Channel7 building could be re-used. Something else could still be built on the rest of the property, and it could be even taller.

Call it horse-trading, but it was not totally kumbaya. However: From the beginning, the three people want to save the Channel7 building to undergo adaptive re-use. Save the exterior, and figure out a new interior for a new use.  The Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met Tuesday to decide whether the Channel7 octagonal building …

When people stand up to remember dark times, such as Amache, the World War II internment camp is getting more support in Congress from two Colorado representatives. The push began in 2006, so…

MCA Denver was located in a renovated fish market in Sakura Square, before there was land donated for the museum on Delgany Street. Visiting the museum in Sakura Square was great because it was in a part of Denver that had a special meaning. What intrigued me was a bust of Governor Ralph Carr, who …

Learning from others is important, especially when Latino and Chicano residents know their history in Denver — and today.

This past Saturday morning, Denver’s Community Planning and Development (CPD) held a Zoom meeting, and about 70 people were online.  The idea was to come up with information to bolster history, like how Latino and Chicano residents came to Denver and how they created their neighborhoods, and how they struggled for their rights and dignity. …

David and Goliath can continue to discuss the future of the Channel7 building, but then when it goes to city council, do you want a building — or a plaque?

Yesterday’s Denver Landmark Preservation Commission meeting had a strange vibe when it came to the public hearing involving a tower at 123 Speer Boulevard. An owner-opposed application is always a long haul, and when the owner has the ability and wealth to seek support, the process can become less than pleasant. Of course, going to …