Wake-Up Call: All aboard for a wonky week

I'm looking over the Platte Valley at the sliver of the "Travel by Train" sign I can still on Union Station through pricy lofts and office buildings constructed over the last few years. And some day there will be a lot more of them, if current plans for the revelopment of Union Station play out -- plans that would have the light-rail terminus blocks away from the station, giving travelers a hefty walk, but also giving developers some golden opportunities.

But first, they'll have to get the critics off the tracks.

At 10 a.m. today, the Colorado Rail Passenger Association will announce the filing of a federal lawsuit to halt the proposed redevelopment plan for Denver Union Station. And ColoRail will do it at 17th and Wewatta streets, within sight of the consolidated main line where light rail is slated to be relocated.

That announcement should add some steam to the Union Station Forum slated for 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Wynkoop Brewing Company's Mercantile Room. Find more details at www.lodo.org.

And there are many more wonky ways to spend your week.

It's National Small Business Week, and the Denver Business Assistance Center is holding an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday, May 21 at the Wellington E. Webb Building at 201 West Colfax Avenue. See a complete schedule at www.milehigh.com.

Still in shock over your property tax assessment? The Denver Assessor's Office will answer questions tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m.at the Highland Senior Rec Center, and again from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Barnum Rec Center.

Someone's bound to get a boot out of the International Parking Institute, which is holding its annual convention from today through Wednesday, May 20, in Denver, the city that gave the world that most hated parking-management device: the Denver boot. Get details at www.parking.org/conference. And the 2009 Colorado Summit for Recycling, the twentieth annual statewide conference, runs today through May 19 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. More information is available at www.cafr.org.

Denver's public meetings on the zoning-code update continue at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 19, at the Denver School of the Arts Concert Hall, with another meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Abe Lincoln High Auditorium. Learn more at www.newcodedenver.org.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, the Downtown Denver Partnership will hold a final public meeting on the 16th Street Mall rehabilitation at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway. For details, go to www.downtowndenver.com. And at 6:30 p.m. May 20, a community meeting at the Eisenhower chapel at Lowry will focus on the Hangar 2 development. Chick in at www.lowry.org for info.

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, the Denver Department of Parks & Rec and its Admissions-Based Special Events Policy Task Force will hold a public meeting at La Alma Recreation Center; details are at www.denvergov.org. And from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 21, an Aurora town-hall meeting hosted by Senator Morgan Carroll and Representative Su Ryden will focus on "Youth in Crisis"; it's in the Forum Room of the Community College of Aurora. For details, go to www.senmorgancarroll.com.

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