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Busted sidewalk? Don’t call the city.

Fixing broken sidewalks, or building them where needed, is the responsibility of the home and business owners bordering the walkway — it’s been that way since the 1950s. And it’s not really a strategy that’s been working out for us.

Despite the special fund and sidewalk-repair program that was established back in 2018 to help locals shoulder the burden, Denver’s process for repairing or building sidewalks remains woefully inefficient.

Currently, transportation officials and some City Council members are looking into a permanent stream of funds for building and maintaining sidewalks, similar to how Denver uses taxpayer dollars for road maintenance.

Meanwhile, the Denver Streets Partnership's Denver Deserves Sidewalks Campaign is launching its own effort beginning this Friday: Sidewalk Palooza, a series of walking tours with City Council members led by community residents. Tours kick off this weekend and will continue through October.

A release for the event reads: “Walking tours have been organized in City Council districts across the city and will be attended by relevant City Council members. Each tour has been organized by community members and will showcase sidewalks to nowhere, broken sidewalks and sidewalks where people in wheelchairs or people with strollers should be able to safely roll, but can’t.”
[Denver Streets Partnership; Denverite]

👉 What you can do: See if your district is on the tour schedule.

☀️ Today’s weather: Sunny with a high of 82 🕶️

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia


🏅 Three Denver schools awarded national honor
Six Colorado schools were recently named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. This prestigious honor was awarded to 325 schools nationwide, signifying the recipients as some of the highest-performing institutions in their respective states. Three of the six Colorado winners were from the Denver Public Schools district: McKinley-Thatcher Elementary, William Roberts ECE-8, and Carson Elementary. Congrats! [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: See the other Colorado winners.

🍽️ Restaurants prepare for cold weather, Delta concerns
On Monday, a $1 million grant through the Colorado Restaurant Association passed an initial vote with City Council, with the final vote slated for Sept. 27. The grant, funded by federal relief money, would be dispersed to local restaurants in allotments as large as $10,000 and serve as a cushion for restaurants as weather begins to cool and concern over Delta continues. Denver’s ordinance allowing restaurants to host patrons on streets and sidewalks was extended through October of next year. [Axios Denver]

♻️ A new program for a more sustainable Denver
Ridwell, a brand new recycling program that launched in Denver earlier this year, aims to make getting rid of things like dead batteries, old clothes, and light bulbs a little easier — ’cause local curbside bins don’t accept them, and let’s be honest, no one really knows what to do with them. Ridwell takes all of those things (and more) to be properly recycled through a bi-weekly, door-to-door subscription service with pricing dependent on each neighborhood. [303 Magazine]
👉 What you can do: Check out Ridwell’s offerings


Breakfast at the New Zaidy’s with David Sirota
15 mins
After closing last year, Zaidy’s is back! This time, in a new location with a bigger menu. Host Bree Davies grabs breakfast with journalist and political figure David Sirota, who might just be the neighborhood Jewish deli’s biggest fan.


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+ TODAY: Seeing the Invisible
Tickets went on sale yesterday for the Denver Botanic Garden’s new augmented reality exhibit.

+ TODAY: Copper Kettle new release
Be the first to check out Copper Kettle Brewing Co.’s newest release, a Hatch Green Chili Mexican Chocolate Stout — I’m intrigued!

+ THURSDAY: Park Hill Farm and Flea
It’s the second-to-last installment of Park Hill’s seasonal evening market, featuring 40-plus vendors, food trucks, and live music at Oneida Park.


Screen grab: Texas BUSHMAN Denver video

Denver had a YouTube celebrity drop by over the summer, and you probably didn’t notice him. The Texas BUSHMAN has nearly 100,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, where he shares hidden-camera videos of himself dressed as a potted bush and hilariously (though good-naturedly) startling people on crowded walkways. Last week, the Texas BUSHMAN uploaded a video of himself inconspicuously stationed on the 16th Street Mall from what appears to be earlier this summer. The 15-minute video is entertaining enough to sit through in its entirety, but if you fast forward to 11 minutes you can see our own Mayor Michael Hancock get startled! 😂👏

We want to give a very special City Cast Denver shoutout to our listener and reader Rosa Cleary. Rosa, your support is why we do what we do! You really rock.

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