In a detailed addendum to her book “Rediscovering Northwest Denver,” North Denver historic author, Ruth Eloise Wiberg, includes a supplement of all the street names in our neighborhoods and the previous names of the same streets. Some of you newcomers to North Denver might be wondering who or what your street name might be memorializing. We can thank a serious … [Read more...] about Hooker Street, Boulevard F, and The History of Street Names
Tom Noel, Dr. Colorado, Denver's premier historian, reminds us in his axial book, Denver, the City Beautiful that Denver in the early days was filled with "sooty coal smoke, stockyard stench, and smelter fumes fouled the air. Housewives complained that their wash became dirty again while hanging out to dry. Street corners were perfumed by more than 300 saloons, which gave 1890 … [Read more...] about Green vs Concrete
Thomas Jefferson, author of our Declaration of Independence, had been horrified at the poverty, squalor, and congestion which he observed in European cities. He could not have been any clearer about open space and living in cities. "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." Like Jefferson, Denver residents and … [Read more...] about Great Civilizations Treasure Parks and Open Spaces
Denver remains unique in American cities because of its Mountain Parks system. If Denver's leaders had not acted when they did way back in 1912, all of the land which now makes up the jewels of the Queen City's crown, the Denver Mountain Parks, would be developed with more ugly architectural monstrosities bulging with asphalt and cement. This puts more pressure … [Read more...] about What is The City But The Parks?
Every year for about 30 years, Tom Noel, John Stewart, and I look forward to being invited to a wonderful annual civic event unique in the city and special to our civic memory. This year was no different from all others. We three were asked to volunteer to lead a live reading of the Declaration of Independence in the park. This year things were different. In years past at … [Read more...] about Downplaying Our Declaration Reading