I first met Paul Karolyi, founder of the podcast Changing Denver, on November 8, 2016—a memorable evening. Fortunately, Paul and I were able to find plenty to talk about to distract ourselves from national politics. Although I grew up in the Denver area and Paul is a relatively new arrival, we both love to discuss the minutiae of our changing city.
By S.E. Fleenor | Photo by Sarah Harvey
Matt Davidson understands what it means to persevere. From homelessness to incarceration to owning a small business—Matt has been through it all. Even if things haven’t always been easy, he’s never given up. “I’m no one special. I’m just like anybody else: I’m trying to make it.”
By Danielle Krolewicz
The Empowerment Plan began as a challenge in a college classroom. Now it is a nonprofit that manufactures coats for the homeless—and employs the formerly homeless to do so.
By Paul Karolyi
More than a million people are projected to move to the Denver metro area by 2040, according to the Denver Regional Council of Governments. For city officials, urban planners, and other stakeholders in Denver’s communities, the expected population boom presents a challenge: How can we uphold our values while managing growth?
The Hard Times Writing Workshop is a collaboration between Denver Public Library and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. The workshop is open to all members of the public—especially those experiencing homelessness. Each month, the Denver VOICE will publish a selection of the voices of Hard Times.