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 …

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 …

Those with no housing in Denver suffer, especially as the rents and prices have ballooned. But this is not new.

In the early years of Denver, having no housing was bad, and much worse. A two-part piece titled Homeless in Denver was in the newsletter for the Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Department. The author is Alex Hernandez, a reference librarian in that department -- and the beginning is beyond bleak. (This department, which …

Why is it that developers or owners decide to submit the most totally crummy photographs in Denver’s application to tear a building down?

Perhaps, it’s because those who deal with the city’s Certificate of Demolition Eligibility process and their application submissions should be replaced by another apartment building? After all, submitting the kill-the-building application costs $250, while the three people who must cough up $875 because they are not owners of the building/s. An owner who wants to have …

“The cheese grater. Coarse.”

Dezeen Weekly is a good read, even though it sometimes can be snarky when commenters take on a building or an interior.  This week’s Dezeen included a building to be constructed in Denver. Jeanne Gang’s Populus – the three-sided hotel building to be located on West Colfax Avenue -- is sort of a surprise. What is unusual, architecture and design online posting usually takes us around …

Talk about dereliction of duty: I am supposed to be working on a project, but this week I’m glued to the television.

Taking a break is because viewing the videos over the past three days has been making nightmares.  So for a change, I’ve read (and watched) something easier on the heart. A family that owns the Axton Ranch that straddles Jefferson and Gilpin counties is donating 450 acres to create a mountain park for Denver. It’s …

Racism, classism, xenophobia: Those words were often repeated by numerous people who signed up to speak for the update of the group-living amendment. And to make Denver better.

The Denver City Council meeting last night discussed a major change for Denver. The public hearing started at about 6 p.m. and ended around 1:30 this morning. (The photo above is credited by the Denver City Council and at the top of a Westword story.) The topic was the Group Living Text Amendment.  More than 1,140 letters were …

“Group living” is going to be teed up at Denver City Council on Monday. Will it be OK’d easily, with who knows how many hours of discussion?

Snacks will be by my side. Some of this group living plan makes sense, but then it gets a little more complicated. For three years or more, Senior City Planner Andrew Webb in Community Planning and Development has been putting a plan together. I watched two of the city council committee meetings, one in September …