Kayvan Khalatbari announced his candidacy for mayor of Denver in 2017, decidedly early at two years before the election. A year later he has momentum, raising over $100,000 for his campaign so far and outpacing Mayor Michael Hancock’s fundraising in the first quarter of 2018.
Part II of a four-part series examining gentrification in Denver, its history, causes, and where our city is going next. Part II explores the connection between gentrification and historical segregation in Denver neighborhoods.
This year, Durango became the latest city to add an ordinance banning sitting or lying on public sidewalks. Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs, it became illegal to sleep within 100 feet of waterways, a move the cities claimed was necessary because of increasing e.coli levels in the water.
The Denver Public Library Central branch opens at 10 a.m. each week day. More than two dozen individuals, many living on the streets or in shelters, wait by the door. Public libraries are safe, free environments that serve as de facto drop in centers for homeless individuals. Denver Public Library hired their first social worker in 2015 to address the growing need. Since then, the team has grown to include four Peer Navigators and five social workers. In 2017, the team served 3,501 individuals and expects to serve an additional 1,500 customers in the next year as their star continues to grow.