North Denver Resource Center opens to give residents easy access to city services

The center will be housed in the Valdez-Perry library.

Raymunda Carreón and Ray G. stand inside the community garden at Focus Points. Members of the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea Coalition for Health and Housing Justice call for the creation of a community land trust, July 18, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; elyria swansea; globeville; focus points; gentrification;
Raymunda Carreón and Ray G. stand inside the community garden at Focus Points. Members of the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea Coalition for Health and Housing Justice call for the creation of a community land trust, July 18, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The city of Denver on Thursday launched the North Denver Resource Center to make city services readily available for residents in and around Globeville and Elyria-Swansea.

The center will be housed in the Valdez-Perry Branch Library and, according to the city’s official release, will connect the North Denver community to “vital economic mobility services, including housing support, financial coaching, resources for citizenship and small business assistance.”


Denver cop wounded responding to a call is the first woman to earn department’s Medal of Honor in more than 20 years

Denver police officer Rachel Eid was looking forward to chasing down a suspect after responding to the scene of a burglary in progress.

Denver police Det. Rachel Eid shakes hands with Chief Robert C. White after receiving the department's Medal of Honor on Thursday, April 19, in downtown Denver. Esteban L. Hernandez / Denverite
Denver police Det. Rachel Eid shakes hands with Chief Robert C. White after receiving the department’s Medal of Honor on Thursday, April 19, in downtown Denver. Esteban L. Hernandez / Denverite

Denver Police Officer Rachel Eid was looking forward to chasing down a suspect after responding to the scene of a burglary in progress in the West Highland neighborhood. Chasing after bad guys on foot was kind of her thing.

“I’m excited,” Eid said in a video-recorded interview. “I’m thinking for pursuit, I’m actually, (I) usually win them.”


There won’t be a walkout for gun control at Columbine this week because — as with every April 20th since 1999 — it’ll be closed

By Colleen Slevin and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press

A planned national high school walkout for gun control on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting Friday won’t include student protests at the Colorado school that changed the way the nation viewed shootings.

Just as it has done every year since the April 20, 1999, shooting killed 12 students and a teacher, Columbine High School will be closed, and students there will stick with their tradition of holding a day of service to commemorate the tragedy in a community that includes both those who have pushed for gun control and to arm teachers.


Denver opposes Amazon HQ2 more than other bidding cities (but still wants it), according to new poll

The only competing city with a lower percentage of strong support is Denver’s compatriot in saying “hell no” to the Olympics: Boston.

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Vice President Sam Bailey speaks at a meeting on Denver's bid for Amazon HQ2 at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) amazon; hq2; development; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Vice President Sam Bailey speaks at a meeting on Denver’s bid for Amazon HQ2 at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The latest poll results are in and Denverites are still the least keen on Amazon building its second north American headquarters in their city.


Proposed legislation would force Colorado landlords to worry more about mold — and court

While the current statute requires landlords to provide weatherproof homes and functioning heaters, it doesn’t specify mold as a violation of habitable standards.

Apartments for rent in Washington Park West. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) Washington Park West; real estate; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite; residential
Apartments for rent in Washington Park West. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

As Denver becomes a place where more people rent than own, State Rep. Dominique Jackson and advocacy group 9to5 Colorado think it’s time to update laws that protect tenants.

House Bill 18-397, introduced this week by Jackson and State Sen. Dominick Moreno, calls for significant amendments to the current “Warranty of Habitability,” a state statute that holds landlords accountable for making sure their properties maintain basic safety standards. For instance, while the current statute requires landlords to provide weatherproof homes and functioning heaters, it doesn’t specify mold as a violation of habitable standards, according to a summary of the proposed bill.

Under Jackson’s legislation, mold would be a violation.