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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

We’ve been hearing about Mayor Michael Hancock’s big bond proposal since April. And while the list of projects it would fund got smaller, the cost got bigger. So what exactly is all that money going toward? Denver officials presented the final project list to the City Council’s finance committee on Tuesday, and here’s the breakdown.

In total, the bond would fund more than 80 projects falling into four categories: city facilities, transportation, parks and rec, and housing and shelter — with the large majority going toward city facilities.

Some projects highlighted by city presenters included new libraries for Westwood and Globeville, new parks, bike infrastructure, road reconstruction, and renovations of buildings like the historic 1909 Stadium Building and the May Bonfils Stanton Theater at Loretto Heights.

The most costly expense on the list, first announced in the mayor’s State of the City address on Monday, is a new National Western Center arena coming in at a hefty $160 million — accounting for roughly 35% of the bond package.

The city says these projects would create more than 7,500 jobs and generate around $1 billion in economic output.

The proposal will go before one more council committee, then Mayor Hancock, before going to the full council for two votes, and potentially landing in front of the voters in November.
[CO Politics; Denverite]

🥵 👒 Don’t put your sun hat away — we’re looking at another sunny day with temps just shy of 100.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚨 Aurora police officer facing assault charges
After allegedly beating, choking, and threatening an individual he was attempting to arrest, an Aurora police officer is facing felony charges. His partner officer is also facing criminal charges for failing to intervene during the alleged use of undue force. Police Chief Vanessa Wilson has vowed swift action and transparency relating to the internal investigation. [Denver Post]

😷 The CDC’s looking at you, Denver
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added Denver to the list of Colorado counties ranking as “substantial” for COVID-19 transmission rates. Under CDC guidance, this means Denverites are encouraged to mask up at indoor public places. It is not required though, and Gov. Jared Polis has confirmed that he has no plans to reinstate a mandatory mask ordinance. [CPR]
👉 What you can do: Check out the CDC’s transmission map for yourself.


Park Hill Golf Course future left to the voters
There are new developments in the years-long battle over the future of the Park Hill Golf Course. Most recently, Save Open Space Denver landed an initiative on the November ballot that would help block development of the land and instead potentially turn the 155-acre golf course into a park. However, the city’s elections division announced this week that Westside Investment Partners, the development firm that owns the land, also managed to get a measure on the ballot, and, if passed, it would render SOS Denver’s measure pointless. [Westword]
👉 What you can do: Need a refresher? Here’s a little background context.


🌮 South Park creators want to buy Casa Bonita
It’s been a tough year for Casa Bonita. And while we’ve been fretting all summer over the fate of our favorite childhood birthday destination, “South Park” co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been devising a plan to save the Denver landmark. The two confirmed to Hollywood Reporter yesterday that they’re in the process of trying to buy the “eatertainment” venue. [Hollywood Reporter]
👉 What you can do: Surely you remember the 2003 Casa Bonita episode of “South Park”?

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

The New DPS Superintendent Wants Snow Days!
16 mins
The new Denver Public Schools superintendent has only lived in Denver for three weeks, and the school year starts in less than a month. City Cast Denver host Bree Davies checks in with the new super, Dr. Alex Marrero, to hear some of his plans for DPS.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ SATURDAY: Denver Days Kickoff
This weekend marks the start of the eighth annual Denver Days — a weeklong celebration of community and culture with block parties, picnics, and service projects.

+ SUNDAY: Colorado Day 2021
This Sunday is Colorado’s 145th birthday! History Colorado invites you to mark the occasion at their free celebration with entertainment, activities, food, and four floors of exhibits exploring our great state’s history.

+ SUNDAY: Community Roots Art Festival
VisionQuest Brewery is hosting its first ever Community Roots Art Festival (CRAFt) to honor work from local Black, Indigenous, and brown artists from across the Front Range. 

🖋️ MADE IN DENVER
Left: (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post/Getty Images); Right: Bree’s Lakeside tattoo by @altogallery
If you haven’t already noticed, we at City Cast Denver are pretty big Casa Bonita fans. But Denverite Zenna Garnett definitely has us beat. She garnered quite a bit of attention on Reddit over the weekend after a friend posted a photo of her Casa Bonita tattoo. The piece covers Garnett’s entire forearm from her wrist to her elbow and depicts a full-color, detailed rendering of the iconic building. Garnett got the tattoo done two years ago in tribute to the place where she (like most of us) spent many a magical birthday growing up. It’s the most Denver tattoo I’ve seen since City Cast Denver host Bree Davies’ Lakeside tattoo 👆 [Denverite]
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