🌱 Zoning Equity + Bike Lane Update + Can We 'Fix' Homelessness?

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Hey, people of Denver! It's me again, Brad K. Evans, your host of the Denver Daily.

Friday's weather: Snow showers; winds subsiding. High: 39 Low: 17.

Here are the top five stories today in Denver:

  1. Denver is considering a rewrite of its rezoning code to better include equity. Similar to how racial segregation was once a core value expressed through zoning code, equity and avoiding displacement are the kinds values the City of Denver says that they now want to imbed in the zoning code. The 2019 Blueprint Denver update included the desire of having equity inclusion as a goal by 2040, and now it's up to the Community Planning and Development department to figure out how to include the concept into how (and where) things are built in the future. (Denverite)

  2. Denver's five-year, 125-mile bike lane project passes halfway point. The additions are part of Denver’s five-year plan to add 125 miles of bike lanes by 2024, and are part of the Denver Moves plan. Maps of completed bike lanes, or ones that are under construction or planned are available on the city’s community transportation networks website. (BusinessDen) May require a subscription.

  3. Pedestrian seriously injured in Denver train crash. A pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash involving a train in Denver Wednesday. Police responded to the incident around East 40th Avenue and North York Street. (7News)

  4. Colorado set to “aggressively assert” water rights in fight with neighboring state. Nebraska is planning to spend $500 million on a canal and reservoir that will claim access to land in Colorado under a 99-year-old compact between the states. (CO Sun)

  5. Two cities tried to fix homelessness, only one succeeded. The concept of housing first, long considered to be the best way to address homelessness, has had mixed results nationally. With a surge in pandemic homeless aid available, more housing is planned, but experts say it'll only work with a coordinated, strategic plan in place. (Cronkite News)

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Today in Denver:

  • CWCC Women of Influence & Impact: Leadership Program (8:30 a.m.)

  • Chronic Disorganization or Hoarding? A class to help. (6 p.m.)

  • The Sklar Brothers: At Comedy Works. (7:30 p.m.)

  • Mike Massé Trio at Soiled Dove: Epic acoustic classic rock. (8 p.m.)

  • Karaoke Night: At Western Sky. (9 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Big changes coming to Globeville and Washington Street. Denver recently received a federal grant that will add another $13.9 million to transform North Washington Street in Globeville. The project will complete both sides of the street for walking and biking, improve access to transit, and add streetscaping. (Denver)

  • CDC's COVID-19 quarantine changes. The CDC has shortened recommendations for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine. The change is data-driven, as COVID-19 transmission typically occurs early in the course of the infection. (CDC)

  • The Orchid Showcase is on view in the Orangery at the Denver Botanical Garden through Feb. 21, and is included with general admission. Masks are required while inside the Orangery and other buildings. (Botanical Garden)

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Now you're in the loop and ready to start this Friday. I'll see first thing Saturday morning with another Denver Daily update! — Brad K. Evans

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch

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