And on behalf of all dogs, and anyone else with ears:
Please get a bell, and let it clang!
Let Freedom Ring,
without a #!!%*BANG!!!
(Practicing the Big Bang theory in the neighborhood can get you arrested, and then your freedom will not ring much at all.)
Now down to Bidness. We had our musical fun last month, and hope you feel free to keep on humming, but now we need to settle down and show Mayor-elect Hancock we are earnest and serious and, you know, like way dedicated to helping run this city right, so not only UP folks but all smart, thoughtful, nice, eager citizens have a say to which someone is listening – and is heeding.
University Park is changing. As we’ve said oft-times, and can’t say too oft (for us anyhow) it has always been changing. This fall we’ll celebrate this neighborhood’s 125th anniversary, and we encourage you to help plan this event and be part of this milestone celebration. If you have pictures or other memorabilia to share, let us know. In 1886 there was not much here, and if we had a time-lapse film through the years, you’d see houses and more houses and apartments and stores, churches, schools, parks, streets and people – the neighborhood spreading out in all directions.
But – but -- but! you may exclaim, we Never had an 11-story building at S. University and E. Evans before. Ah, true, but we have another one two blocks north, and three about as tall four blocks south, and one at the north end of S. Jackson, and a big one over on Colorado Blvd. The difference is partly that the allowed zoning is at last being built Up, which is partly because UP is such a great neighborhood that many people want to live here. Shall we make this a cruddy neighborhood so people will shun it and go Anywhere else? ... probably too late for that.
So, we’ll do as UP folks always have, make sure it’s a great neighborhood and welcome the newcomers, and integrate the new with the historic, living up to UP’s goal “To perpetuate and enhance the integrity of the University Park Neighborhood.”
The concern we’ve heard is about the danger of the Univ./Evans Northbound bus stop at a fenced corner you can’t reach because the sidewalk is closed for the duration. We hope this is getting addressed. The closed sidewalk is a concern in itself in such a busy pedestrian area. We’re told there will be someone answering the phone number posted on site, and urge you to call to express concerns you may have about anything regarding this construction site.
The redo of the Buchtel/Columbine area had a rain delay, but should be starting mid-July. The Buchtel Boulevard/Parkway Coalition (BBC) meets at 7p.m. July 20 at the Heritage Club, 2020 S. Monroe. All are welcome. There’ll be updates on that project and much more concerning improvements to make Buchtel Blvd. from S. Colorado to the Platte Greenway a safe, continuous, attractive route for pedestrians, bikes, everyone. Info: Mary Myers, 303-733-1786.
UP Community Council Board meets Aug. 2 at 7p.m. If you have special UP concerns be sure to contact UPCC Pres. Tom Gonnella, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-698-3777, who sets the agenda. The next UPCC General meeting is Oct. 5. Sometime in Sept. or Oct. will be the 125th UP Anniv. Celebration. Star Gazing is July 9. Meanwhile, for UP news visit the website upcc.us, or call Tom, and check the bulletin board in Observatory Park ... or read this column!
Zoningwise, as we write St. Mary’s Anglican Church at E. Iliff and S. Clayton has asked the city for a variance, to replace the present sign with a larger, lighted one. The hearing is July l2, 9:30a.m. at the Board of Adjustment Zoning at the Webb Building downtown. Also, Zingers at 2075 S. University has applied for a liquor license; the hearing is set for Thur., July 14, 9a.m. If you have comments, please notify the Dept. of Excise and License prior to the hearing.
The “Purple Pages” is UPCC’s annual free directory of important UP contact information for the UPCC Board, Block Captains, government, schools, police and other numbers you may need to call. It is the only publication of UPCC that has advertising and this is the time to get yours in! Business ads and small “business card” types of ads are included. Call Pam Adams at 303-803-3598 for information. She and Ellen Seymour edit this very useful booklet.
The Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) invites you all to its meetings. The general meeting of delegates (85 member-neighborhoods) is July 9 at 8:45a.m. The location this month is 28th & Utica, Sloan’s Lake Community Church. The INC Parks/Rec committee meets July 19 at 6p.m. at the Heritage Club, 2020 S. Monroe. The INC Zoning and Planning (ZAP) committee meets July 23 at 9:30a.m. at 1201 Williams, 19th floor. Mr. Hancock came to the June 11 INC meeting, a good sign. We wonder ... do we now have Gov. Hick, and Mayor Hanc? Begins to sound like Latin I ... hic, haec ... ALSO the INC annual Dictionary Drive needs funds so it can give each DPS 3rd grader a free dictionary. Send checks to Dollar Dictionary Drive c/o P.O. Box 181009, Denver, CO 80218. 13,000 3rd graders will thank you!
Many people move to UP, but we note two departures: Alberta Iliff Shattuck, whose life was a UP history indeed, and Charles Milligan, emeritus Iliff School of Theology professor and longtime peace and justice advocate. And please forgive the gremlins for printing Erne Shubert’s name as Erna in May ... as her family says, she often was called Irma, or thought to be Ernie, but Erne, the majestic Sea Eagle, it is.
If you have news or views of UP, please contact Diana Helper, 303-733-4902 or email@example.com.