Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: In 1993, Colorado lost a Black pioneer in medicine. Now it has lost his Denver home

Not many in Denver have heard about Dr. Charles J. Blackwood, Jr., one of its most accomplished residents. Now seems like an especially opportune time to share his story, with the unfortunate and untimely demolition of his former home at 2436 Gaylord Street in Denver’s Whittier neighborhood.  His home was an important historic marker for […]

Posted inHealth, Housing, News, Politics and Government

How one block on Pearl Street represents Denver’s stubborn homelessness crisis

“I’m going to shoot him!”  The man’s shouts echoed in the street at 2 a.m. as he rummaged through his belongings for a gun. Screams and yelling erupted in the encampment on Pearl Street, where about 25 people are living in tents, keeping warm with makeshift fire pits fueled by propane tanks inside blanket- and […]

Posted inGrowth, News, Politics and Government

Denver, facing unprecedented homelessness, moves ahead on family-size affordable housing with 3 new projects

Three new affordable housing projects — including a stack of family-sized units — are on track to start construction in Denver this fall at a time when the city is facing soaring unemployment and a homelessness crisis. The three projects, which stretch from southwest Denver to the far north part of the city, received initial […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Homeless camps in downtown Denver are “out of control” as the pandemic drags on. So what’s the solution?

The dried-up, yellow grass in front of the Colorado Capitol is littered with chicken bones, empty water bottles and food wrappers. More than 100 tents and tarp shelters strung to the trees are the temporary homes for at least 150 people, their coolers and shopping carts parked outside their tent flaps. The tent town at […]