Our post about an advocacy group arguing that a plan to hire ten new police officers to patrol the Ballpark neighborhood, LoDo and the 16th Street Mall essentially criminalizes the homeless inspired a lively back-and-forth between folks with very different views. Here's a post from a reader who feel ... More >>
The Colorado School of English is doing more than just helping foreign students master the complex language of English. It's also teaching them to give back to the communities that help them. As part of the service learning component of the curriculum, students do a volunteer project every twelve we ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post about the Ballpark Neighborhood Association's opposition to a day center for the homeless triggered literally hundreds of comments, with readers on every conceivable side of the issue sharing their views with passion. Here's an example.
Eight years ago, after a $300,000 renovation job that installed low-maintenance plants, easily hosed-off pavement and benches where you could sit, not sleep, the city dedicated Edward J. "Eddie" Maestas Park at the corner of Broadway, Lawrence and Larimer streets, renaming Triangle Park after a long ... More >>
Over 15 percent of inmates in the U.S. prison system report having been homeless at some point in the year before their incarceration. This statistic from a 2008 Yale study is cited by Cycles of Street to Prison / Prison to Street, an original collaboration between the LIDA Project and Source Theatr ... More >>
In our recent cover story, "Bed Check," which chronicles the challenges homeless women in Denver face, we note the need for both emergency shelter and more permanent homes. In the latter category, a group called the Empowerment Program is now pushing forward with a housing project specifically for f ... More >>
The 16th Street Mall turned thirty yesterday, and it's looking better than it has in years, with the best yet to come as work continues on the Union Station project. The mall's official birthday celebration will be Tuesday at Skyline Park -- but some critics won't be coming to the party.
This week, StandUp For Kids founder Richard Koca was arrested on suspicion of child-sexual assault. Given Koca's devotion to working with homeless youth, he had plenty of access to kids over the years, as police note. But one reader says Koca never took advantage of her, despite having many opportun ... More >>
After months without a place to legally camp outside following passage of the city's controversial urban camping ban, Occupy Denver members have finally found a place to bed down where the police can't really bother them: outside Sports Authority. With the company snagging a special permit for its ... More >>
Today marks the announced effective date of Denver's new urban camping ban, an ordinance that makes it illegal to camp on public or private property without permission. After months of debate, followed by a two-week implementation period, both Occupy Denver and the homeless community prepared for it ... More >>
The proprietors of Snooze were surprised to find themselves at the center of the protest over the proposed urban camping ban after co-owner Brianna Borin spoke in favor of the ordinance at a Denver City Council hearing. Last weekend, members of Occupy Denver flocked to the original Snooze at 23rd a ... 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 >>
At a city council meeting yesterday afternoon, Police Chief Robert White outlined what he called a "passive" plan for the Denver Police Department to enforce the urban camping ban if it is passed. As drafted, the strategy calls for law enforcement to partner with outreach workers, and White promises ... More >>
Packed with opposition in orange "Homes Not Handfuffs" buttons, yesterday's City Council committee meeting initiated the first public discussion of Denver's proposed, hotly debated urban camping ban. With the proposal come as many accusations as questions, many of them involving concerns it could cr ... 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 >>
Mayor Michael Hancock and several Denver City Council members are talking up a potential overnight camping ban in public places, including the 16th Street Mall. Given the brouhaha over camping by Occupy Denver, which has been joined by numerous homeless protesters, is this notion a preemptive ... More >>
Manzanares.Jonathan Shikes's most recent Shmuck of the Week post highlighted Michelle Manzanares, accused of giving her teen daughter booze and weed -- gifts allegedly commemorated in photos and video. One reader had unkind words for such parenting, but the following commenter offered a diffe ... More >>
The 16th Street Mall used to be a panhandlers' paradise. But one recent Friday, when I walked the mall from one end to the other on a challenge from a booster who thought it'd gone downhill, I saw nothing but busy, happy people -- and Denver Voice vendors, so polite and friendly they could h ... More >>
The $180,000 man: CCFH president John Parvensky.Grappling with a shortfall in government funding and a rising tide of people displaced by a wretched economy, officers and senior staff of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless will make some tough decisions this evening about what they and th ... More >>
As if you needed another reason besides the band's funky tunes to head down to the Bluebird this Thursday, February 19, for the U.S. Pipe CD-release show (check out Jon Solomon's Backbeat feature on the band from this week's paper if you haven't already), you can grab yourself a free beer and help o ... More >>
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For this fifteen-year-old, it's been a long road to home.
Click here to view the slideshow It was disaster waiting to happen. In the second week of April, Aurora officials got some phone calls warning that the Blue Spruce Motel, a notorious dump on East Colfax, could be closing any day. On Friday, April 13, Auroraâ€™s community development planner, Pau ... More >>
From the week of 3/15/2007
Eddie Maestas gave his heart to the Larimer neighborhood. Now his name is at the heart of it.
Give me a C! Give me a U! What do you have? The start of the year's biggest scandal.
Views of the world’s homelessness are vividly displayed in the Home/Life exhibit.
People-watching on the 16th Street Mall while we still can
Knit for the Homeless shows true glove
Drummer Donnie Eden wants to make a difference in the lives of young people, one note at a time.
The homeless find harmony -- and hope -- in music.
Gates Mansion, now Dave's Place
Order in the Court
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Bag Ladies Ball doesn't quite bring it all together.
Merchants battle transients on the mall.
U.S. Mission supports a network of professional beggars who go door-to-door to pay their rent.
Politics and pollution bubble just under the surface of the former Lowry Air Force Base.