I believe in balanced, commonsense solutions and collaboration with residents, neighborhoods, business owners and employees, and city staff to plan for Denver's future. Working together, we can ensure that Denver continues on its trajectory to become a world-class city for everyone. As I complete my term – and if I am fortunate enough to earn your vote again – I will continue to:
- Work to address the many issues related to Denver’s rapid growth, including affordable housing and displacement, traffic and safety, land use and planning, parks maintenance, and ensuring that Denver is an inclusive and welcoming city for all.
- Listen to my constituents, respond to their needs and resolve their issues.
- Fight for southeast Denver by advocating for resources to maintain our parks, keep our streets safe and secure, preserve our neighborhoods, communicate with residents, partner with our schools and help support the most vulnerable among us.
- Increase safety on our streets – for drivers, RTD passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists alike. Our five light rail stations should be more connected and accessible to our neighborhoods.
- Engage our seniors and ensure they are connected to the community and the resources they need to maintain their quality of life.
- Create a 21st century southeast Denver by bringing together citizens, business owners, property owners and city planners to plan for our future.
Since 2015, my team and I have worked hard for southeast Denver, focusing on the issues I ran on – planning, mobility and assisting? our seniors – as well as the goals that my constituents have brought to the forefront. Through visioning, planning and engagement, residents can have a voice as to what happens in southeast Denver, which will hopefully result in the preservation of what we love most – our neighborhoods and parks – and the improvements that residents desire: safety, mobility, restaurants, retail and more. By being proactive, the community’s vision can influence future change and development.
My accomplishments include:
- With more than 1,300 residents, together we created a vision for southeast Denver that includes safer and more walkable streets, improved restaurants and retail, increased arts and culture, and improvements to our parks, recreational assets and trails. With our community vision in place, my staff and I continue to work with community members toward our goals.
- District 4 volunteers helped to create southeast Denver’s first festival: South by Southeast, held last August and featured seven local bands, local microbrews, food trucks, community art project, local vendors and much more. About 10,000 people enjoyed the festival, with most riding their bikes or walking. Join us on August 19, 2018 for our next South by Southeast.
- I have successfully advocated for planning and safety and mobility improvements along Hampden Avenue. Collaborating with the Colorado Department of Transportation, I have worked with Public Works to get community input on plans to make Hampden safer for pedestrians and for cars. I look forward to a long-term plan and to the implementation of some short-term improvements in 2019 when CDOT will be repaving Hampden.
- I successfully advocated for bond funding for pedestrian improvements around the Yale Station including a new light at Yale Circle and wider sidewalks, a High Line Canal trail tunnel at Yale and Holly, traffic flow improvements between Holly and Monaco, and High Line Canal trail crossing improvements at Bible Park. I’ve requested a Yale Corridor Study in the 2019 budget for further improvements.
- Working with professional planners, community members will be creating a vision for the Southmoor Station area that may include improved land use and elements like a plaza, restaurants and town homes. This vision will help guide any future changes and development in the area.
- The vacant Kmart property on Evans and Monaco remains a top priority for me. I am working with Denver’s director of real estate and am in communication with the owner. I am continuing to work to ensure this property sells to someone who will develop a meaningful project that will benefit the neighborhood and community.
- The High Line Canal is one of the most valued recreational assets in our area. I am very involved in the future planning for the canal and serve on both the High Line Canal Working Group and the High Line Conservancy Board. I work closely with the owner of the Canal, Denver Water, and with Parks & Rec which maintains the trail in Denver. In 2017, I organized the High Line Canal Trail Blazers – a walking/running group to train for the Colfax Marathon events. I successfully advocated for the replacement of the southeast bridge, as well as the tunnel at Yale and Holly, and the construction of a trail in Bible Park along the current utility road (both of which were both funded in the 2017 bond.)
- I have been communicating with the owner of the Happy Canyon Safeway since 2015 and have shared the results of our restaurant survey and the community’s desire for this empty store. I am so pleased that it will be converted to a central market anchored by Tony’s Meats and a wine/liquor store.
- To address neighborhood safety concerns, I am collaborating with the Denver Police Department on a Good Neighbor and Neighborhood Watch Program. Click here to learn more: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-council-district-4/good-neighbors.html
- From Colorado Blvd to Quebec, Evans is unfriendly and unattractive and dominated by storage facilities and car-related businesses. Working with our Community Planning & Development Department, we will be launching a planning initiative that will lead to long-term improvements.
- Across from the Colorado Station, Evans & Colorado is a vacant and blighted corner in need of redevelopment. I am in regular contact with property owners discussing options that would be beneficial to our community. I am hopeful that in the near future, there will be plans for a development that will benefit our community and be appropriate near a light rail station.
- My staff and I have significantly increase the amount of Public Art in southeast Denver including, a mural on the west side of the I-25/High Line Canal trail tunnel; another mural will be painted on the east side in 2018; Art, in the form of animals on a colorful background, was installed on nine traffic utility boxes on Colorado Blvd from Hampden. An “art” bus shelter was constructed on Hampden at Ivanhoe that is used to display the art of Thomas Jefferson High School Students. Students designed a mural for the bus shelter retaining wall, and at our 2017 South by Southeast Festival, community members painted tiles with the mural design. The tiles will be installed on the retaining wall this spring. Art will also be incorporated into the new High Line Canal trail tunnels at Colorado & Hampden in 2019. Another community art project is planned for our 2018 South by Southeast Festival.
- By successfully advocating for District 4 needs, I was able to increase investments funded by the 2017 bond:
- High Line Canal tunnel @ Yale & Holly
- Improvements along Yale Ave (from I-25 to Quebec)
- Yale Station pedestrian safety improvements
- Hampden Corridor multi-modal improvements
- Buchtel & Colorado Blvd. bike/ped improvements
- Ross-University Hills library renovation
- Eisenhower Rec Center upgrades
- New playground @ Rosamond Park
- Bible trail resurfacing
- New playground @ Bible Park
- Hampden Heights trail resurfacing
- Bike lanes on S. Birch & E. Princeton
- Improvements for fire stations 13 & 22
- Citywide projects allocated for District 4 include: bike lane infrastructure, irrigation renovation projects, sidewalk construction, arterial/collector road repaving, curb & gutter replacements, bridge rehabilitation, and deferred maintenance for city-owned facilities/properties
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