Be Committe(e)d! We urge you to help out with Safety, Historic Preservation, Communication, Parks, Transportation, Events, and all concerns of your neighborhood. You might or might not have to go to a small meeting. But there might be cookies! There will be people with your same interests! The idea that “someone else can do it” is that the “someone else” should be you. Neighbor-hoods Do run themselves, and it takes a lot of neighbors. UPark is waaay lucky to have a terrific board of diligent folks but good golly, they can use your help. So contact UPCC Pres. Traci Samaras at email@example.com or 303-282-7281.
Now, here are other things to do. Go Star Gazing at DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory in Observatory Park on Sat., March 28 at 6:30p.m., when members of the Denver Astronomical Society set up their telescopes on the lawn (in the snow?). The big telescope is pointed heavenward, too – Jupiter’s front and center in March. It costs $1 to look through it, but what a sight to see! There are many other chances to stargaze and learn about astronomy from guest experts. People come from all over town to enjoy these activities. Please visit denverastro.org or call 303-871-5172 for times and dates.
Earth and Sky are well-addressed in UP, as it is not only the home of a great telescope, it also has a bit of the great prairie. We know of no other Denver neighborhood with these two features! The interpretive sign for Prairie Park has been designed thanks to talented graphic artist Betsy Johnson Welty and we await its review by Denver Parks. When it’s fabricated and installed we will all Party on the Prairie.
School kids will have fun, we hope, when Spring Break arrives March 30. But first, they have State Assessment Testing the weeks of March 9 and 16. On April 7 there’ll be class pictures, and CSC and PTA meetings. School info: 720-424-3410.
Dining – While DU is on Spring Break March 13-26, it’s a great time to give some business to the restaurants near campus we might find so crowded at other times. If you go to three per day all week, you might get to them all. Waddle waddle. Don’t worry, you can work it all off at the UP Spring Home Tour (more later) or by starting to clean out your “stuff” for UPCC’s annual “Garage Sale” in June.
Good Neighbors – Big snow Feb. 25 for DU’s quarterly GM meeting, but five stalwart GNs attended including UPCC Pres. Traci Samaras. Topics included the new security system going in at DU, proposed changes to slow down traffic on E. Asbury from York to High Sts., the change to one-way-north on S. York St. by the Newman Center, problem of city allowing too few parking spaces and too little open space with new construction in DU neighborhood, and city not yet doing much-needed traffic study for S. University from I-25 south to Yale Ave. (and beyond), introduction of new “external communications specialist” Ben Gerig, assisting Will Jones. Thanks to Traci and Katie Fisher for this info!
Big Buildings – It’s no fun to have them looming over UP. How could we make them fun, instead of just making fun of them? Someone suggests that we give them fun names! We already have the OOP building at Evans and University (one of Denver’s most dangerous intersections, Oops!). We have Vista Laffs which blocks the mountain vista from everyone on its east side. We have the unbeautiful Razzberry Green now called Un-iversity House (not connected with DU), there’s the grimly graffiti’d 2400 S. Univ. site , and the just-building whatever it will be on the NE corner of S. Univ. and Iliff – and there will be more – names are needed, folks, so get busy.
Sharing – that can be fun, and most of us were taught it’s good to share – but we have been to many meetings about how sharing someone’s house (or a room in it) for a few days, for a fee, is just like using a car-share or bike-share business. Actually getting a room for a short term is more like using a hotel business. The hotel is a place everyone expects in-and-out temporary visitors – usually noton a residential block. This topic is called “short-term rentals” and has its detractors and supporters. As a pleasant learning experience for those hosting visitors from afar, or a vital need of income for those who truly need the money, it could be a good thing. But it can be hard on neighbors, and the character of neighborhoods, and otherwise affordable rentals – and it is presently illegal. To change the law, there is a need for many rules and regulations, licenses, inspections, etc. that must be addressed and enforced. This is all in the City Council works. Be aware. Connect with your Councilpersons (always a good idea!).
Election Forum in UP – Calendar ahead for a forum Sat., April 11 at 9a.m. with candidates for City Council in District 6, City Auditor, and Council-at-Large. It will be held at University Park United Methodist Church, 2180 S. University, and is sponsored by Denver Decides, League of Women Voters, Historic Denver, and Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC). More info at denverinc.org.