Yesterday, Denver city councilwoman Susan Shepherd predicted that an amendment allowing people to smoke pot on their front porches and front lawns -- a reversal of a ban that seemed certain to pass -- would be approved at a meeting last night, and she was right. The new rules sailed through. Not so ... More >>
In addition to voting on a proposed plastic bag-fee bill at a meeting tonight, members of Denver City Council will also take on an amendment that would allow people to smoke marijuana on their front porches, thereby formalizing an unlikely reversal of a rule that would have banned it. One key counci ... More >>
The headline on a post published around this time last Tuesday -- "Marijuana: Denver City Council ban on front-porch smoking looks bound for victory" -- reflected the conventional wisdom regarding an addition to the Denver pot ordinance that would have made smoking weed on front porches and front la ... More >>
The Denver City Council has agreed to consider a ban on recreational marijuana businesses in April, joining dozens of Colorado cities and counties mulling similar proposals. In addition, it's Amendment 64 Special Issues Committee will put proposed Denver regulations on hold until spring, so it can c ... More >>
Thousands of homeless individuals in Denver came out to the Colorado Convention Center this week seeking services as part of an event called Project Homeless Connect. It's an effort by the city to actively reach out to those in need -- and one that comes after a summer of intense criticism tied to a ... More >>
After a lengthy public hearing where dozens of property owners and merchants in the Five Points area weighed in on the future of the historic neighborhood, the Denver City Council voted to approve a controversial redevelopment plan that deems the area "blighted." Supporters argue that the plan will ... More >>
Tonight, Denver City Council will vote on a plan to redevelop the Welton Corridor -- and some property owners in the area fear that if it passes, it will allow the city to seize their homes and businesses. But the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, the entity behind the proposal, argues that those conc ... More >>
Denver has ten sister cities, each with its own customs and priorities. Among them is Nairobi, Kenya. City Councilman Albus Brooks, so much a fan of Kenya that he named his daughter after the nation, recently led a trip of Manual High School students (and one teacher), plus private sector businessm ... More >>
After months of planning and fundraising, this year's BoldLeaders trip to Kenya has been grounded, thanks to threats of violence from the Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab. The Denver-based group had flights arranged and was within a week of departure when the U.S. Department of State and its embass ... More >>
This Sunday, City Park Jazz will honor fallen Denver police officer Celena Hollis with a silent vigil that starts on the west side of Ferril Lake at 5 p.m. The concert will begin at the bandstand at 6 p.m., and scheduled performers Lionel Young and his band will play some of Hollis's favorite songs. ... More >>
In the days since Denver police officer Celena Hollis was shot and killed while breaking up a fight during City Park Jazz, the DPD and the community have gathered together for an outpouring of local support. On Sunday, the day after Hollis's public funeral, state representative Angela Williams and c ... More >>
Since Denver cop Celena Hollis was shot and killed over the weekend, there has been a lot of speculation concerning the possible gang-affiliation of the suspect -- but according to Mayor Michael Hancock, reporters are asking the wrong questions. In this case, the gang question, Hancock told Westword ... More >>
Less than a day after Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight at City Park, more than 150 people -- activists, preachers, mothers and teenagers -- gathered at the District 2 police headquarters in northeast Denver to thank the officers who worked alon ... More >>
Earlier this month, Kelsey Whipple wrote about Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks's decision to engage critics of the urban camping ban on social media. Like many of her posts on this controversial subject, the report has drawn plenty of fascinating commentary -- including this item from a person w ... More >>
On Monday, Denver City Council voted 9-4 to pass an urban camping ordinance, and the meeting wasn't pretty: Opponents shouted "Shame!" at the councilmembers, turned their backs on the proceedings and launched a sit-in outside council chambers. From there, roughly fifty protesters followed the pro-ba ... More >>
While protesters gathered in front of City Hall Monday to protest the upcoming ban on urban camping, another group was gathering by the tiny triangular space at 23rd and Lawrence streets, a spot officially known as Eddie Maestas Park, but most often called the Bumuda Triangle.
The mood was charged from the beginning. Even before City Council voted nine to four to approve Denver's new urban camping ordinance, one audience member made a point during the Pledge of Allegiance. During its conclusion of "peace and justice for all," he shouted "ALL!" in protest against the measu ... More >>
When Snooze co-owner Brianna Borin spoke out in support of the urban camping ban at a city council hearing two weeks ago, Occupy Denver members took offense and launched a morning-long rally against the restaurant spot -- which employed four homeless individuals inside at that very moment. Days late ... More >>
Breakfast and politics don't always mix -- but Occupy Denver waits for no muffin. After Brianna Borin, co-owner of downtown early-morning eatery Snooze, spoke in "strong favor" of the proposed (and preliminarily passed) urban camping ban at last Monday's eight-hour City Council meeting, the local mo ... More >>
Although Albus Brooks crafted the proposed anti-urban camping ordinance, he supports help for the homeless. In fact, Brooks gave a shout-out to the Denver Voice in his recent Westword interview. And tomorrow night, Brooks will be on hand at a benefit to raise funds for this organization, a Westword ... More >>
Although there have been rumblings about it for months, Denver's proposed urban camping ordinance has only been circulated in draft form for the past few weeks. In this week's feature, "For the homeless, 'urban camping' is no picnic," Jef Otte took a look at its direct implications by spending a nig ... More >>
Today, after the Commission on Homelessness called for an additional four weeks to consider an urban camping ordinance, Denver City Council moved its final consideration date to May 14, one week later than previously scheduled. The decision came with a final vote of four to three. If approved, the b ... More >>
Kelsey Whipple's coverage of a proposed urban camping ban includes a post in which city councilman/chief backer Albus Brooks argued that the issue constitutes an emergency. One reader has a theory about why that might be the case in Brooks's view.
Kelsey Whipple has been covering the controversy over city councilman Albus Brooks's proposal for an urban camping ban -- and the debate can be fiery at times. Here's a comment for someone who doesn't agree with Brooks that dealing with the situation constitutes an emergency.
The urban camping ban, currently scheduled for a May 7 city council vote, is moving too quickly for Denver neighborhood leaders. On Saturday, the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation urged the council to push its decision back until past May 12, when the group will discuss it internally. But councilman Al ... More >>
Although Denver's proposed urban camping ordinance is not scheduled for final consideration until May 7, the sides for and against it are already preparing for battle. Last week, the ACLU of Colorado organized an online petition against the ban, with Occupy Denver taking a stance this weekend. In a ... More >>
"Everyone take a deep breath." So began today's first public meeting about the proposed urban camping ban, organized by City Council's Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in front of a group so large it breached fire code. While organizers stressed its purpose as an informational mee ... More >>
As witnessed by a Westword item from October, Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver's business and outreach communities have spent months discussing and debating a push to ban overnight camping on public property. Now that the issue is reportedly scheduled to be addressed in a City Council committee meet ... More >>
14th Street tourist.Yesterday was not a good time to tour downtown. As city officials jumped in pedicabs to check out the newly refurbished 14th Street, which runs along the edge of downtown starting at Market Street, quite a welcoming committee was waiting at the other end of what's also odd ... More >>
Then-mayor John Hickenlooper at the first Civic Center Eats.It was fun while it lasted, but the last Civic Center Eats of the season gets rolling in Civic Center Park at 11 a.m. today. The gathering of gourmet food trucks and carts has been a movable feast all summer, but after today the even ... More >>
Both Wil Alston and Albus Brooks have been involved in the development and well-bring of the District 8 community, and now both would like to step that up by becoming the next city councilman to represent that area.
Albus Brooks.Carla Madison's death threw the District 8 race into turmoil. Eventually, 38 candidates sought her seat, with predictions that 2,500 votes would win the day. Turns out, though, that far fewer were needed. According to "unofficial final" results, Wil Alston and Albus Brooks will ... More >>