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Denver is looking to hire its first City Urban Designer. The goal of this new city official? Advance sustainable, affordable, and equitable development while preserving Denver’s rich history.

The City Urban Designer will report directly to the Executive Director of Community Planning and Development. As the city’s population continues to boom, this role will focus on promoting mobility, energy conservation, and social equity without jeopardizing the things that make Denver, Denver.

The city already has a bunch of upcoming redevelopment projects that this person will be expected to advise on, including the overhauls of Sun Valley, 16th Street Mall, Loretto Heights, the River Mile, and the Stadium District.

According to the official job posting, the salary will range between $120,000 to $204,000 depending on experience, which by the way is nothing to scoff at — 10 years working in urban design and a master’s degree in architecture or a related field. (Being multilingual is a plus, too!)

Similar positions can be found in major cities around the country, like Chicago, L.A., and New York City. And just like that, little ol’ “cowtown” Denver ain’t so little anymore 🥲
[Denverite; Denver7; Denver Business Journal]

👉 What you can do: Think you have what it takes? Check out the job posting here.

😎 Today’s weather: 95 and sunny with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms … and hopefully less smoke?

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


📋 Who should get to pick the Independent Monitor?
As the search continues for the city’s new Independent Monitor, some City Council members believe the mayor shouldn’t get to make the final call on the appointment. Instead, they suggest the authority to appoint a new law enforcement watchdog be handed over to the Citizen Oversight Board. The council members behind the proposal are scheduled to present it to a council committee tonight. If the City Council ultimately approves the change, the proposal will be added to the November ballot, giving residents the final say. [Westword]

🔎 Colorado welcomes first Latinx state historian
This week, History Colorado announced the appointment of a new state historian — the first Latinx person to hold the title — Dr. Nicki Gonzales. Her expertise covers the history of the American West with a focus on the Chicano community. Gonzales is also a history professor and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Regis University. [CO Politics]

🎖️ Denver raises new statue honoring Jewish WWII soldier
The namesake for Denver’s Rose Medical Center, Major General Maurice Rose was the highest-ranking Jewish soldier in U.S. Army history. He lived in Denver until he was killed in action during an advance into German territory in March 1945. Now, 76 years later, an 18-foot bronze statue is being erected outside the Capitol building to memorialize him. [Denverite]
👉 What you can do: Learn more about Major General Maurice Rose here, or donate to the monument project here.

🏡 Isaac Slade owns a Denver mansion … and it’s for sale
Did you know Isaac Slade, frontman for Denver band The Fray, owns a fully restored Victorian-style mansion in West Highland? Well he does, and he wants $2.95 million for it. Slade bought the house for $950,000 in 2009 according to property records. [See photos 👉 Global Mansion]


The Good, the Bad, and the Delta Variant
14 mins
Is the pandemic over? With more than half the state fully vaccinated, COVID-19 isn’t making headlines like it once was. So how concerned should we still be? Today, we check in with Dr. Jonathan Samet, an epidemiologist and dean of the Colorado Public School of Health. 


+ FRIDAY: “The Denver That Is No More” Book Signing
Local historian Phil Goodstein hosts a book signing and discussion for his latest volume, “The Denver That Is No More.”

+ FRIDAY + SATURDAY: Global Dance Festival
Tickets are still available for Colorado’s largest dance music festival returning to Empower Field this weekend for its 15th installation.

+ ALL WEEKEND: Colfax Independents Day
Celebrate the local businesses that make up Colfax by enjoying a weekend of specials and promotions.


Photo: From @babewalls on Instagram

If you missed last weekend’s Babe Walls mural festival in Arvada, the Denver Post captured it all for you in this photo gallery 🤩 Check out @babewalls on Instagram to show your support for local womxn and nonbinary artists.

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