Or it might just seem loooonger as you hang out that laundry in the blazing sun. But we do it, and so can you. Pretend you’re back in nifty 1950. Go retro-politan! [Note to Mayor: you may have that slogan, be our guest.] The main news for University Park and the rest of the city it that the Zoning Code was given the official okey-doke by the Denver City Council, including UP’s own Charlie Brown. After about 6 years of re-re-re-re-re-re-writing, smiting, fighting, biting, delighting, how exciting.
Our nice new shiny zoning code includes a six-month grace period to keep gracefully whacking at it. No lolling about, earnest whackers. If it is like most zoning codes, it will be whacked at for the next 50 years ‘til some planner says This Thing Needs to be Streamlined; it has gone from 700 to 1,400 pages. And then after 5 years of work a draft will be presented which is only 1,600 pages, but so much simpler. We’re funnin’ with ye. It’s a relief to have the ZC OK’d warts and all. Hundreds of plain ordinary people gave thousands of extraordinary hours in this effort. UP’s ZC committee met and registered comments and requests over and over and over again. Most of UP’s warts received attention. The city staff members deserve to be given a moment to reunite with their families. Little Billy/Suzy, meet your mommy/daddy! The UP Independence Day Parade is on Sun., July 4, at 10a.m. at Observatory Park with kids and dogs and streamers and bikes and trikes and wagons and the great VFW Band, and perhaps a shower courtesy of Mr. Fire Hose. Much fun. Many will walk to the Parade, and many will ask why UP has many blocks sans sidewalks. The UP Sidewalk Committee will tell you it’s mainly a matter of historic lack of materials (World Wars I & II, Depression era) and the unpopularity of enforcing Denver’s rule that you must pay for your own walks, unless they’re part of a city/state program. New construction over $100,000 must include needed walks, but older houses are generally left as is unless the owner opts to put walks in. Many cities assess a small general fee for sidewalk construction/maintenance, and it’s been suggested that Denver do likewise. After all, nearly everyone uses the sidewalks. A note of thanks to the anonymous someone who carefully put the gnomen of the sundial in Buchtel Centennial Park right atop the dial, to be found by someone responsible for repairing it. We found it and have alerted Bill Berg, who so magnificently installed it some years ago, that the gnomen is safely on our bookcase. He’ll know what to do. Across S. Josephine St. from this park, the Water Co. office/garage building is rising. Just south of that, the owners of the large undeveloped site finally sent workers to clean it up, mow the weeds, etc. That space would make a nice park, ahem, especially as UP already seems way overbuilt with multi-residential units in this area. What UP folks say they really want are affordable “patio homes.” On Buchtel Blvd. Parkway sidewalks are progressing west from S. Monroe. Bicyclists are managing the temporary detours. One Sunday morning on our way to church we saw a car parked IN the bike lane, and a grown-up helping kids set up a lemonade (?) stand along the Buchtel Trail. We hope they didn’t get ticketed, as there are rules about parkway right-of-ways and parks, and you can’t sell anything without a permit. Dunno if they made a bundle – or perhaps were just giving away water ... Speaking of vendors, the Parks Dept. will notify the Health Dept. where each of its permitted vendors is vending, so there will be inspections. Till now, Health has not known where to look. Also good news, another half dozen Park Rangers have been hired. And it seems the Park Steward program now allows individuals to sign up to do only the tasks they want to do, rather than needing an organized group to do everything listed. Recently we heard that all Denver Parks’ large playing fields are to be redone in artificial turf, which displeases many, as does the word that all parks will be using recycled water which many believe is unsafe. DPR said people “expect” grass in parks. UP is glad to have embraced keeping 14 acres of natural Prairie Park. The Parkway System is another topic under important study at this time. The Buchtel Boulevard Parkway Coalition (BBC) has its quarterly meeting on Wed., July 21, at 7p.m., and the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) Parks/Rec Committee meets on July 20 at 6p.m.– both meetings are at the Heritage Club, 2020 S. Monroe, and will address many park and other related concerns. BBC will include an update on traffic. All are welcome. Star-Gazing Night at Chamberlin Observatory is July 17. Visit www.denver astro.org for info. UP and all Denver neighborhoods have lost a great friend in the passing of John Simi, a resident of the Heritage Club and staunch advocate for good civic causes. He is sadly missed. If you have news or views of UP, please contact Diana Helper at 303-733-4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.