Seven months after most houses of worship in Denver were forced to temporarily close to prevent the spread of Covid-19, religious leaders have found new ways of conducting services, including livestreaming sermons, holding outdoor baptisms and bar mitzvahs, and offering drive-by communion. “They didn’t teach us in rabbinical school how to make a TV studio in our basement but that’s what I had to do,” says Rabbi Joe Black from Temple Emanuel.
Law enforcement may well be the only profession where you can be called upon to change a tire, address neighbors’ disputes over barking dogs, intervene on behalf of someone who has been physically battered by a spouse, and talk down a gunman. All in one day. “Regardless of the purpose of the call,” says Capt. Sylvia Sich, the 38-year Denver Police Department veteran now in charge of the Police Academy, “that is the most important thing happening in that person’s life right now…And you respond to it that way.”
What may be the long term implications of pods on public education? In the long term, could it lead to middle class and wealthier parents’ divestment from public schools?
This month: 1) NE Denver Summer Crime Statistics; 2) I-70 Nighttime Noise Variance Approved; 3) Planning Board Recommends Zoning Code Changes for Group Living; 4) StoryCorps: Submit Thoughts on Central Park Name Change 5) New City Park Golf Course Opens 6) Reminiscences from 1966 & 1946 and 7) Youth Program Locator
Two former city councilmen share their thoughts on long-term impacts of the pandemic, particularly on economic development and housing. Proposed zoning changes for group housing and allowing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zoning have raised concerns among some homeowners, as evidenced by this yard sign.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many normal routines and traditions, but perhaps nowhere more than the annual fall ritual of heading off for college.
Norman Rockwell fans will see his most famous paintings at the Denver Art Museum, through Sept. 7. But the show goes deeper, exploring his later scenes of racism and violence in America. The presentation resonates with current events and invites reflection and discussion.
Harold Fields says of reparations: “We have pipes that are deep underneath these buildings and underneath our streets. The pipes are decaying, they’re old. They’re leaking, and they are only distributing resources to certain places. You’ve got to be able to dig up those pipes and re-do the system. It’s not a matter of changing the washers on faucets or putting in a new shower head, but changing the system.”
If you were listening carefully on July 17, you could almost hear the city-wide moan as DPS announced its decision to postpone in-person learning until at least after Labor Day.
Stapleton United Neighbors announced in a Zoom meeting on Aug. 1 that 63% of the final vote favored Central Park for the new name. This is the story of how that name came to be.