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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

What do you want from Civic Center Park? City officials are in the midst of planning a major overhaul for the Denver landmark and your last chance to share your opinion is coming up. (Ahem… #ThePeoplesCoaster)

The third and final virtual public workshop for the Civic Center Next 100 initiative is scheduled for next Thursday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Project leaders will share “preferred concept designs” that were the result of feedback and input solicited from the previous two public meetings. The final concept design is slated to be unveiled this fall.

Of note: City officials closed Civic Center Park indefinitely yesterday for cleaning and restoration efforts. They cited violent crime, rodent infestations, and unsanitary conditions among the issues in the area.

The move sparked controversy as unhoused residents were forced to leave the area and fencing was erected. Advocates for the unhoused community are pointing to the decision as yet another example of city leaders failing to address larger issues behind Denver’s housing crisis.
[CBS4; Denverite]

👉 What you can do: Register to attend next week’s online public workshop.

🌡️ Temps are breaking back into the 90s today with a high of 91 and clear, sunny skies.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

💵 Hancock is optimistic about city’s 2022 budget
Mayor Michael Hancock released his draft budget for 2022 yesterday, which prioritizes infrastructure and housing. However, the budget is based on a projection that the city’s revenue will return to pre-pandemic levels next year, so we'll have to wait and see. Hancock said his proposal “invests in our neighborhoods, bolsters our local businesses, and serves as a driving force for our recovery.” The 800-page budget still needs to go through City Council before being finalized later this fall. [Denver Post]

🚫 City Council halts Hancock’s vaccination bonuses
Remember earlier this week when the mayor announced he would be rewarding vaccinated city employees with $400 bonuses? Turns out he didn’t quite have the authority to make that promise — not yet, at least. City Council hit pause on the proposal saying it was sprung on them a little too quickly. Council members want to make a few tweaks to the plan and discuss it more before draining $5 million from the city’s contingency fund. Council plans to revisit the proposal later this month. [Denverite]

🧑‍⚖️ Last summer’s protesters sue Denver
Two local law firms have filed lawsuits against the City and County of Denver over police response to last year’s George Floyd protests. Combined, the lawsuits represent 50 protesters who allege the Denver Police Department and other responding agencies violated protesters’ constitutional rights. According to the claim, plaintiffs say they’ve suffered longlasting trauma after being targeted with weapons and projectiles — despite the fact that none were rioting or committing any acts of violence or aggression. [Denver7]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

From Denver Catholic School to the E! Network: Justine Marino Talks High Plains
17 mins
The High Plains Comedy Festival is back this weekend after a COVID-hiatus, so Host Bree Davies brings personal friend and popular stand-up comedian Justine Marino on the show to talk about her professional comedy career and her life growing up in Denver. 

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ SATURDAY: Suave Fest
Celebrate Latino breweries, brewers, and brews at the country’s first Latino-centric craft beer festival hosted by Denver’s own Raíces Brewing Co.

+ SATURDAY: Museum Day 2021
In honor of the 17th annual Museum Day, these four Colorado museums are offering visitors free entry.

+ SATURDAY: Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Why wait another six months to dress up like a leprechaun and indulge in Irish-style revelry? Talnua Distillery says, let’s do it now!

+ SUNDAY: Bloody Mary Festival
How about a little hair o’ the dog this Sunday? Or maybe several hairs from a variety of dogs… (I’m talking about a lot of Bloody Marys, alright?)

👻 MADE IN DENVER

Photo: @mjmansion on Instagram

Meow Wolf meets Denver Selfie Museum meets haunted house at the Marijuana Mansion in Cap Hill. This 19th century estate touts three floors of psychedelic immersive art, is filled with restless Victorian-era ghosts (allegedly), and serves as a historic landmark for Colorado’s cannabis legacy. Get your spooky fix and some enviable Instagram pics when you visit. Also on-site: Green Dragon Dispensary. (Note: you can only consume cannabis on the premises if you’ve booked the mansion for a private event.)

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