And the discussion keeps growing. The group developed a unique metropolitan district, Community Coordinating District No.1, after Eddie Maestas Park was chosen for a pilot project to devise a comprehensive plan for the area that includes not just Triangle Park, but stretches up to 24th Street and over to Sonny Lawson Field on Welton Street. The group has been meeting weekly to talk about possibilities, then continuing the talk on the web. Over the past few months, the proposal for a walled enclosure has morphed from a space enclosed by rocks and wire to a park protected by photos of faces and quotes. And there are other concepts on the site now, too: turning the park into an information kiosk; building an attractive, angular area that would be impossible to occupy — like the Holocaust museum in Los Angeles; transforming it into an art space, with exhibits and performances.

At a meeting last Monday night, two artists proposed rooting it with "The Tree," a thirty-foot-tall art piece that would allow the homeless to share their stories. "Housed in an interactive sculpture, streaming images that are both homeless and non-homeless faces. By blending and weaving the faces together, people driving through the area would not know if they are looking at a homeless face or a non-homeless face," the artists proposed. "The large-scale faces would be impossible to ignore, and will raise questions regarding identity and who are the homeless."

But for one service provider, that proposal also raised very real concerns: Many of the homeless are mentally ill, he pointed out; they don't need voices speaking to them from overhead.

The wall came in for criticism, too. The city has already been accused of "criminalizing homelessness," with opponents of the ban wearing "Homes, not handcuffs" buttons. How would the rest of the country respond if they heard that Denver was "fencing in the homeless"? Even if that fence kept out the drug dealers?

"At the end of the day," said developer Amy Harmon, "everybody's just trying to have a happy, safe place to be."

John Hayden, a resident who's led the weekly discussions, summarized the discussion thus far with a smart PowerPoint that walked people from Sonny Lawson Park — where the ball field was fenced off decades ago to separate the athletes from what were then known as "bums" — to Triangle Park. The ballpark fence should be the first thing to go, the group agreed, returning that park to the place that Jack Kerouac described in On the Road, where the crowd that gathered to watch softball games would include "all humanity, the lot."

All humanity was at Snooze two weeks ago, the weekend before the Denver City Council approved the urban-camping ban. Some of that humanity was outside, where Occupy Denver was demonstrating against the restaurant for supporting the ordinance. And some of it was in the kitchen: Schlegel regularly hires the homeless, and there were four homeless workers at Snooze that day. "It was so odd. They kept coming out and asking, 'Jon, what is wrong with these people?'" he says. "If we criminalized the homeless, I'd have no kitchen help."

On June 18, the Community Coordinating District stakeholders will again gather at RedLine to vote on their favorite proposal, which could forever change the shape of Triangle Park. (Until then, anyone can see the ideas — and add their own — at www.communitycoordinatingdistrict.com.) "I'm real optimistic about everything going on," Eddie Maestas said back in 1997, two years after Coors Field opened two blocks from the store he had to close after he was diagnosed with leukemia. "I see nothing but good for this area."

Maybe one day soon, Denver's vision will finally be worthy of Eddie's name.

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Homobama
Homobama

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calhounp
calhounp

I'd like to publish some of these comments in the print edition, ideally with your full name/town (Bob Smith, I'm talking to you). Let me know if this is okay at patricia.calhoun@westword.com.

Five Points Conservative
Five Points Conservative

The Urban camping ban has nothing to do with the actual homeless. It is to get the annoying OWS cry babies to stop trashing the park and harassing passers by.

Bob Smith
Bob Smith

"From my perspective, it's clearly not functioning as a park," says Lauri Dannemiller, manager of Denver Parks and Recreation. Thank you Patty, for running that quote - gave me my best laugh in quite a while. it's nice to know our bureaucrats are paying a little attention.

I wish the do-gooders and newly-come residents well. The same problems have existed in the same place for the 32 years I've lived here and beyond, and I suspect they'll continue well into the future.

I worked in the area in the 80s, at the Punch Bowl and a nearby, now defunct, repro shop on Stout. I walked past the park regularly, bought my huge handmade lunch sandwich from a small mom and pop grocery store/deli a couple of blocks away where the homeless who'd scored a few bucks came to get their sandwiches as well, patiently waiting in line.

This isn't the first time this part of town has had a bit of cool. 80s at the Punch Bowl had John Kane holding court on the law in the small upstairs room to a crowd of sycophantic young lawyers. The downstairs crowd included Federal Marshals, hip young architects and lawyers, bikers, Marine recruiters, construction guys, diesel dykes, some 17th St financial types, a few tourists checking out the painted booths and tin roof. The Triangle, right around the corner, was a busy gay bar that drew dance-loving straights. We played softball in a bar league at Sonny Lawson, and the homeless dudes fit right into the crowd - if most often downwind.

I can't remember any real efforts back then to clean it up, though. Like Schlegel said: co-existence. At least we had enough sense not to throw a bunch of desperate-for-work city planners at it. Maybe they ought to start up a softball league.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

The sign read: Edward "Eddie" Maestas" Park, also known a Seal Island to the Denver Police.Seal Island closes at 11:00 p.m.The seals and walrus depart from Seal Island destination 1200 block of Cracked Park Avenue West at closing time.Criminal Aliens migrate a safe following distance to the 1200 block of Cracked Park Avenue West; like clock-work.Under the cover of darkness criminal alien gang-bangers Suereno 13, La Mara Salvatrucha move in and distribute mega quantities of crack-cocaine between 11:15 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Stan
Stan

Can I get some acid from you?

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Just legalize what?They got a police camera mounted on a utility pole.They sit underneath the police camera, smoke and sell crack.Legalize public corruption?Do you remember the Denver Bronco that was shot to death by gang-bangers after leaving a confrontation at one of Regas Christous Bars?The police recovered 2 kilos of cocaine.The biggest liar, most violent and corrupt cop on the Denver Police force, Commander John Lamb was allowed to remove the 2 kilos of cocaine from the evidence room and dispose of it by himself.Somebody is making money.The corrupt racist tyrant police commander John Lamb was trusted with disposing of two kilos of cocaine by himself rather than spending the rest of his natural life locked up in prison with a bunch of Crips and Bloods.That's what this is all about, mega quantities of crack-cocaine being sold under the police camera at Seal Island: The corrupt police commander John Lamb is free rather than sitting in prison.

 
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