March 20, 2015 - This Week in the
East Montclair/East Colfax Neighborhood
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This Week's Neighborhood News


Neighborhood History!
Memories of Phyllis Dixon
1785 Trenton Street 

"The streets were not paved until 1946 after the war. It may have been closer to 1950. East Montview Street had a surface as well as E. 17th Ave. and East Colfax Avenue, but the rest of the streets were gravel. There was a sidewalk in the 1600 block of Trenton Street; we couldn't roller-skate around here because there weren't any sidewalks."


Thank you to Bonna Gayhart and others that have collected and saved our neighborhood history over the years so we can reflect on our history and be able to share these exciting glimpses into our past! This  neighborhood history is based on a oral and written interview with past east Montclair resident Phyllis Dixon who grew up at 1785 Trenton Street in the house her father built in 1925!

Click HERE to read the historical interview!



We will hold three gatherings at our neighborhood parks this summer!

June 27th, 2015 at 11:00 AM - Verbena Park Picnic
August 4th, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Verbena Park "National Night Out"
September 5th, 2015 - McNichols Park Picnic

East Montclair Community Garage Sale!
June 6th, 2015

Stay Tuned for Details!


Litter in Verbena Park!


We have contacted The City's Parks and Recreation Department to request they step up their weekly clean-ups of Verbena Park. Recently more litter has appeared within the park. Besides the City of Denver, YOU can do your part by bringing an extra grocery bag with you when walking the dogs through the park and help clean-up litter!

Let's be proud of our park and help clean it up!

Appeal of Denial for a Driveway 1301 Syracuse, Denver, CO 80220


Hearing Date & Time:   April 7, 2015 at 10:00 A. M.      
Location:                WELLINGTON WEBB OFFICE BUILDING.   
                                 201 W. COLFAX AVENUE
                                 2ND FLOOR TOWER HEARING ROOM, 2.H.14. 
Inspector:               Michael Stitt     

The East Montclair Neighborhood Association will file a letter of support with the City of Denver Zoning Board and Councilwoman Susman's Office for the property owner at 1301 Syracuse to install a driveway in the front of her home as long as there are no safety issues with its installation.  

The reason for the denial is because the city has a code restriction that says for a single residential zoned lot you can only have one driveway, either in the front or back of your house. This would be a driveway on the front, whereas one already exists in the back. 

The homeowner wants to install the front driveway because her mother is elderly and disabled and wheelchair bound. A front yard driveway will allow for easier access to the front door and would be safer than dropping her off on the street which is a highly trafficked area


Traffic and Speeding Concerns on Syracuse 


We have been notified that there has recently been a lot of speeding traffic on Syracuse Street between East  Colfax Avenue and east 11th Avenue. This is a safety concern for residents on Syracuse since this is such a heavily traveled road between Lowry and Stapleton.

We have notified the Denver Police Department and they may conduct traffic operations in the area in order to stop the excessive speeds seen in the area on Syracuse Street.

Their is also a long stretch of Syracuse with no traffic light or stop sign between East 13th Avenue and East 11th Avenue, traffic engineering could possibly add a 4-way stop or light at East 12th Avenue if safety continues to be an issue.

Please SLOW DOWN!!


Denver Police Department District 2 Latest News & Updates




Spring is here, friends! We hope you enjoyed our “Cold Days, Warm Hearts” countdown, and we want to remind you not to put that winter coat away yet – this is Colorado. But as the weather does warm up, and you spend more time out and about, make sure to secure your home. Close and lock windows, doors, and garages before you head out, and before you hit the hay.

For more tips on protecting your home and family as things heat up, visit



How Are We Doing?



Friends, we want to know how we're doing! Tell us what you think about the work we do by taking this quick online survey.

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Latest Neighborhood Crime Statistics 
March 10th - March 20th



Denver City Council Updates 


City Council Meeting March 23, 2015


Revised meeting schedule

The Sharing Economy Task Force time has been changed to 3 p.m. 

Denver City Council Hiring
Part-Time Council Aide!

City Council Aide I job description

The Denver City Council District 11 office is seeking a part-time Council Aide I. This position provides visible and critical administrative and clerical support for the council member.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: by 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015.

Robin Kniech, Councilwoman At-Large who spoke at this week's East Montclair Neighborhood Meeting


Denver City Government Updates 


Denver Office of Economic Development

Homeownership results in equity building at the individual level, and the further strengthening of our communities. We’re working to boost homeownership opportunities for working families throughout the city, and particularly in neighborhoods with a lower frequency of mortgage originations.

'New Denver homebuyer assistance program offers fed tax credits of up to $2K annually.'

New Denver homebuyer assistance program offers fed tax credits of up to $2K annually.…/4…/newsid488087/9751/Default.aspx


Denver Launches Campaign to Improve Public Response to Sexual Assault

As a community, we want victims to know we hear you, we support you and that you don’t have to go through the trauma sexual assault alone. Together, we can provide a safe, caring environment where victims are empowered to courageously step forward and take action against those who have harmed them.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver public safety and criminal justice officials today announced the launch of a public awareness campaign called Start by Believing - a campaign focused on improving the public response to sexual assault.

Joined with several public safety and criminal justice officials today to announce the launch of a public awareness campaign called Start by Believing, a campaign to improve the public response to sexual assault.

A friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, and each person’s reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical - a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where sexual assault predators face zero consequences for their crimes.


Volunteer Actors Needed for Disaster Training

Denver Community Emergency Response Training
Full Scale Training Exercise

Date:  April 25, 2015
Time: Registration begins at 8:00 am for role players and 9:00 am for CERT responders; Exercise begins at 10:00 am and will end around 2:00 pm.

Responder - All CERT Trained individuals may attend the exercise.
(Don’t forget your bag or CERT hat.)

Role players – Bring a friend we need about 100 role players.
(What do role players do?  They play the part of people who have been injured in a disaster.)

Moulage Artist – We will need at least 8 to 10.

Amateur radio communicators – Check with the Denver ARES leadership.

Assignments will be given the day of the exercise.
Location: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204
Please register: on line at and under volunteer organization indentify: Responder, Role Player, Moulage Artist or ARES.
Food: Please bring your own snack/lunch/drink with you.
Note:  Media, for the day’s event, the best time for pictures, interviews and video will be from 10:45am to 12:30pm
This is an excellent opportunity to participate and help prepare our communities for times of disaster. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Have a great Colorado Day,
  Carolyn Hughes Bluhm | Community Preparedness and Relations
Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
City and County of Denver
720-865-7698 Phone | 303-725-3084 Cell


Denver Public Schools - NE Denver

March 17, 2015
Near Northeast Regional School Updates
We are excited to share news from Denver Public Schools in the Near Northeast region. Our schools, students and staff do incredible things. Please enjoy a few updates about schools near you!
Swansea Elementary Hosts Read Across America Day

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Swansea Elementary was chosen by the Office of Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver Office of Children's Affairs to host volunteer readers for Read Across America Day on March 2. The National Education Association sponsors the national, annual event. Mr. Jose Cornejo, a representative from Mayor Hancock's office, came to Swansea to read this year's book, the Dr. Seuss Classic Oh, The Places You'll Go. For more information about other great upcoming events at Swansea, please visit their school website or Facebook page!

Construction Underway at Denver's Newest High School


Northfield HS Walls are being painted and classrooms are being furnished at Northfield High School, scheduled to welcome its first freshman students in the fall of 2015. Northfield is Denver's newest high school and will offer a progressive, challenging academic program. In addition, the school offers a full array of electives, athletics, clubs and activities. Visit the school's website to learn more about the school offerings, or visit their Facebook page to see photos of the construction progress!

Morey Students Win Art & Writing Awards

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Two Morey Middle School students were recognized at the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on February 21. These prestigious awards recognize the vision, ingenuity and talent of our nation's artistic youth, and provide opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. One Morey student won the Regional Gold Key award, which means that his mixed media art piece will be entered into the national competition and will be juried against his peers from all 50 states. Congratulations to these young artists!

Teller Students Host World Culture Night Teller Logo

First- and second-graders at Teller Elementary will host a World Culture Night on Thursday, March 19. Students and families are encouraged to wear cultural attire to the event that will celebrate art, music, dance, and food from various cultures around the world. Please visit the school website to learn more about upcoming events at Teller. 

Manual High School Announces New Principal

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Nicholas Dawkins will be the new principal at Manual High School starting in the fall of 2015. Dawkins grew up in the Manual neighborhood and was a DPS student, graduating from East High School. He brings 15 years experience working at DPS to his new role, and has been the principal at Hamilton Middle School for the past two years. Click here to read Chalkbeat Colorado's interview with Dawkins about his leadership style and plans for growth at Manual.

Emily Griffith Campus Unites DPS Students and Staff 

The Emily Griffith Campus (EGC) opened this August in downtown Denver. The new building is home to Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, Emily Griffith High School, Emily Griffith Technical College, and DPS Administrative Staff. By consolidating buildings into ECG, DPS expects to save over $5 million in facility operating costs over the next 10 years. The building also provides a more collaborative learning and work environment for students and staff at DPS, as students from Emily Griffith Technical College practice their skills at the in-house coffee shop, café, salon, spa, and barber shop. These services are available to the public! Click here for a full list of services available.


Stay tuned for upcoming Near Northeast Denver school updates!                               


For questions or comments about this publication, please email Brittany Burton at


Denver Moves neighborhood bikeway projects for E 12th Avenue and Garfield Street. The neighborhood bikeway projects are identifying safety features for people walking and riding bicycles in the corridors. Please find the attached meeting announcement and link to the project website. The community workshop will occur on Wednesday, March 25th at Hooked on Colfax Coffee Shop at 3213 E Colfax Avenue. Drop in any time between 7AM and 7PM. Please share this information with RNO members or anyone who may be interested in this project. 
If you have questions and are unable to attend the workshop, please contact the City and County of Denver’s project manager, Dan Raine ( 
Molly Veldkamp, AICP
Fox Tuttle Hernandez Transportation Group

Surrounding Neighborhoods


Community Garden in Historic Montclair
has Openings for 4th Annual Season
Karen Hickey

Denver Community Garden Design

Would you like to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs or flowers but don't have the space? Do you dream of producing rutabagas, radishes, raspberries, Rosemary or roses? If so, the Historic Montclair Community Garden could be just a place to fill your horticultural ambitions. The garden has plots available for the season. Tucked off -street in the 1400 block of Niagara Street, the HMC garden is an amazing urban oasis. The garden has 29 plots, shade trees, and attractive fence and entrance sign, and a heavy duty picnic table.
Community members are encouraged to visit. The HMC garden makes a good destination for bike riders, walkers, joggers, dog exercisers. The graden can be a great place to show out-of-town visitors or have a picnic. Children and well behaved dogs are always welcome.

The fee for a plot is $35, which covers water, compost, some garden supplies and repairs. For information contact Karen Hickey at
or call (303)-321-3542



Safety and Crime Prevention in Lowry

What you can do.

Like any urban community, Lowry has had its share of concerns about crime and safety.  In coordination with the Denver Police Department, we recommend a three-pronged approach to preventing crime:  (1) If you see something, say something, (2) stay informed, and (3) safeguard property. 

See Something, Say Something: Everyone knows to report crimes in progress via 9-1-1, but there are a number of other ways to communicate with the police, including via text message.  

Stay Informed: Find an efficient and effective way to stay on top of what's going on in and around Lowry.

Safeguard Property: Lock your doors, secure valuables, you know the drill.  We've got more information about how to deter crime, including DPD's new initiative, Lights On Denver.

Read the full article here.

This Week:

Sign up: Swallow Hill Music Camps and Classes
Review: Upcoming Meetings and Events on Lowry's Calendar
Read: Lowry: Metamorphosis from Military to Mixed-Use Nears Completion

Burlien-Dodge House at 1445 Quebec Street

Jay B Homstad


Burlien-Dodge House at 1445 Quebec Street

The Burlien-Dodge House at 1445 Quebec Street

This small Victorian house was commissioned in 1907 by John J. Burlien and built by the Bowen & Dinsmore Co. "The house was built with a simple gable roof and oversized projecting dormers, both front and rear. Typically, there is a south side projecting bay window and a small shed extension in the back, (Noel, 1976)".

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District 7 City Council Candidates Forum

  • Date:
  • March 17
  • Time:
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Godsman Elementary School
  • 2120 West Arkansas Ave.,Denver,

Denver INC Event Calender

Sponsored by Ruby Hill-Godsman Neighborhood Organization
For List of Candidates Participating click HERE

INC Counsels Caution in Denver’s New “Shared Economy”

Delegation Passes Resolution

At the March 14th delegate meeting, Denver INC supported a resolution which urges the Mayor and City Council to thoughtfully consider all the implications for Denver citizens and potential detrimental effects on the social and cultural fabric of Denver’s residential neighborhoods. The passing resolution, which was altered from an earlier, more strongly worded version, also requests more transparency and a stronger voice for neighborhood interests on the Sharing Economy Task Force. READ the RESOLUTION
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Denver Decides

Get Ready for the May 5th Municipal Elections
Candidate Forums

Come to these live and lively events to learn more about the candidates before the May 5th Municipal Election. The Forums will start at 6:30 p.m. and each Forum will run from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the number of candidates involved. Programs will be recorded by Denver 8 for TV and online viewing.
Council District boundaries change with this election. If you are unsure of your district, you can find maps on the Denver Elections website or under Voter Information at
Continue reading →
INC submitted Candidate Questionnaire

ZAP Co-Chair Concerned with Denver’s Future

It’s Time to Take Our City Back, Denver

As guest commentator for the Denver Post, INC’s Zoning and Planning Committee Co-Chair, Greg Kerwin, takes City Hall to task for cozy relationships with developers. He questions the imposition of high density projects on largely residential neighborhoods, without adequate infrastructure. While he writes on his own behalf, we value his contribution to this important dialogue about Denver’s future. Click HERE to read the column.

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WalkDenver E-News

 What makes West Colfax so wicked for pedestrians?

WALKscope data provides insight


Colfax Elementary is one of the many destinations along West Colfax.  Photo source: Google Street View captured October 2014.

Famously dubbed "the longest, wickedest street in America," Denver's Colfax Avenue offers a myriad of diverse destinations ranging from bars and restaurants to elementary schools to major employment centers to steam baths. The public buses that traverse Colfax are among the most used in Denver's entire transit system, with the highest boardings per hour and lowest subsidies per boarding. Outside of downtown, Colfax may be the busiest pedestrian corridor in the city.  And yet, as anyone who has spent time on the Avenue can attest, Colfax can be an unpleasant and sometimes even unsafe place to walk.  A new report from WalkDenver and partners highlights some of the factors that make Colfax, specifically West Colfax, so wicked for pedestrians.


Many intersections along West Colfax, such as this one at Vrain Street, have no crosswalk or traffic lights, requiring pedestrians to walk several blocks out of their way to cross the street safely. Photo source:
In the summer and fall of 2014, WalkDenver, PlaceMatters, the West Colfax Business Improvement District, and Ken Schroeppel’s Planning Methods class at the University of Colorado, Denver, College of Architecture and Planning partnered to audit the pedestrian environment along the West Colfax corridor. Trained neighborhood volunteers and planning students used the WALKscope mobile tool to collect data about sidewalks, intersections, and pedestrian counts throughout the area roughly bounded by Sheridan Boulevard to the west, Zuni Street to the east, 19th Avenue to the north, and 10th Avenue to the south.  A total of 1,532 data points were collected: 1,062 sidewalks, 425 intersections, and 45 pedestrian counts. Major findings of this assessment include the following:


  • The places where the most people walk, including Colfax Avenue and the areas adjacent to light rail stations, are the least pleasant and the least safe for pedestrians.
  • Unsafe traffic speeds are a major problem on Colfax.
  • Crossing distance is also a problem on Colfax.  Pedestrians must cross 5 or more lanes to get across Colfax at pretty much every intersection.
  • Crosswalks are few and far between on Colfax, where they are needed most. In many cases, people have to walk several blocks out of their way to cross at an intersection with crosswalks.
  • The lack of buffers between sidewalks and the street degrades the pedestrian environment.  With few exceptions, the sidewalks along Colfax are all "attached," meaning they are directly adjacent to the street with no buffer. 
Click the infographic above for more details, or view the full report here. WalkDenver is continuing to work with the West Colfax BID and surrounding neighborhoods to identify potential interventions along the corridor that would improve the pedestrian environment, and we hope to demonstrate some of these design concepts with temporary installations.  Stay tuned for updates!



Moving Toward Zero Deaths

On Monday of this week, Governor Hickenlooper declared that Colorado will actively work to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero. Colorado is one of 35 states adopting this zero-fatalities approach in their transportation planning.  Read more about the initiative in the Denver Post.

What are your thoughts on transportation in the Denver region?

The Denver Regional Council of Governments wants to know! Share your ideas on  the most important things the region could do to improve transit, walking, biking and roadways by taking a short survey.  
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Neighborhood Real Estate



1961 Verbena St, Denver, CO 80220

$236,000 (Trulia Estimate)
Last sold on Mar 10, 2015
East Colfax
Denver, CO 80220
2 beds
Single-Family Home
818 sqft

Year Built 1939

    $219,000 (Trulia Estimate)
    Last sold on Mar 9, 2015
    East Colfax
    Denver, CO 80220
    2 beds
    Single-Family Home
    962 sqft

    Year Built 1947


Recently Listed

1603 Yosemite St, Denver, CO 80220
1603 Yosemite St Denver, CO 

East Colfax
Denver, CO 80220
6 beds
2 baths
Single-Family Home
2,924 sqft


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