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Safe and Sound Denver is a local advocacy group that was established last summer in opposition to the city’s proposed amendment to the group living zoning code (which passed earlier this year) upping the number of unrelated residents that can live together. The group was recently successful in securing a spot on the November ballot to repeal those changes.

Now, they have their sights set on the city’s Safe Outdoor Spaces — sanctioned campsites for residents experiencing homelessness.

In their campaign against SOS sites, Safe and Sound Denver is focusing on the recent drug overdose of a local woman at a sanctioned campsite. In a recent campaign email, they said, “Why haven’t we heard about [this woman]? Where is the transparency and accountability in this big experiment?”

City officials and advocates for the SOS sites were quick to respond to the campaign, acknowledging the tragedy of the woman's death but also pointing out what they saw as a lack of context in the campaign email. SOS leader Cole Chandler says Safe and Sound Denver is simply “fear-mongering.”

👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver from back in May to learn more about the beginnings of Denver’s Safe Outdoor Spaces.

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🚎 RTD riders prepare for delays
Some RTD riders should be prepared for delays this week, company officials warn. Maintenance to the H and R light rail lines Wednesday will suspend regular service in Southeast Denver, but shuttle buses will be available. Regular service is expected to resume on Thursday. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: See if your route is affected and find alternative shuttles here.

🦁 Denver Zoo animals next to get vaxxed
The Denver Zoo has announced it will begin administering COVID vaccines to some of its animals. The new veterinary vaccine is meant primarily for mammals, and zoo officials will prioritize critters that have proven to be most susceptible, including large cats, monkeys, and certain rodent species. Veterinary experts say they are not concerned about infections in domesticated dogs and cats, however. [Denver7]

🍺 Last day to bid for a lifetime of free beer
Just a reminder, today is the last day to bid on the Denver Beer Co. NFT that is up for auction. The winner gets a lifetime of free Denver Beer Co. brews. The auction closes at 5 p.m. today. When I last checked, the highest bid was $2,907.68. [Craft Brewing Business]
👉 What you can do: Make your bid here!

⚠️ I-70 mudslides: There’s more where that came from
There was nothing Colorado transportation officials could do to prevent the mudslides that closed down I-70 in Glenwood Canyon last week. And there’s nothing they can do about the many more that are predicted to occur over the next several years. The debris flooding onto the highway is coming from the Grizzly Creek burn scar area, a terrain that is too steep to implement flood mitigation efforts while vegetation regrows. [Denver Post]


Lions, Moose, and Bears, Oh My! Your Summer Wildlife Guide
15 mins
You’re camping in the Rockies and a moose wanders into your site. Do you know what to do? What if it’s a bear or a mountain lion? Today, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Jason Clay walks us through the do’s and don’t’s of encountering Rocky Mountain wildlife.


+ THURSDAY: Denver’s Historic Movie Houses
Local film buffs can join Historic Denver for this virtual event to learn about the city’s most iconic movie theaters and Denver’s cinema history.

+ FRIDAY: Colorado Black Arts Festival
Celebrate Black culture at the Colorado Black Arts Festival running all weekend long. Festival activities will include live music, visual arts, films, games, a marketplace, and more.

+ FRIDAY: “Van Gogh Alive”
Immerse yourself (literally) into the works of Vincent Van Gogh through the multi-sensory installation at the Stanley Marketplace, “Van Gogh Alive.” The exhibit will run from Friday through September 26. 

🍪 Alex’s Best of Denver
Credit: @new2towndenver on Instagram

If you’re new to town (or a longtime local who simply loves finding new Denver nooks and crannies to explore) you’re hopefully following local influencer and Denver expert Alexandra Bodley on Instagram at @new2towndenver for the best places to eat, drink, shop, learn, and celebrate Denver!

When I asked Alex to share one of her favorite places in Denver, she suggested Sugar Bakeshop on Broadway. Alex says it’s her go-to for “beautifully delicious baked goods” that are made from scratch daily. She recommends everything from their special occasion cakes to the vegan popsters. Best of all, Sugar Bakeshop caters to specific dietary needs!

For more not-to-miss Denver gems, follow Alex on Instagram at @new2towndenver, or contact her directly through, her social media management firm. 

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