Devoted to a Thriving District 8
When my husband, Luke, and I looked for our first home during the pregnancy of our daughter, walking around Park Hill was a dream; the tree-lined parkways, the diverse housing and architecture, the proud civil rights history, the community environment — just a 1.5 mile from downtown Denver. Residents since 2007, we have seen many changes in the neighborhood and the city; not all for the good of the all the residents. Denver has become a developer’s city where developer’s dictate the look and feel of the neighborhood. Let’s get back to “Denver — the city of opportunity and optimism.”
After 8 years in New York City, I wanted more of a work-life balance. Working for one of the largest media companies in the world, provided me with an understanding of “the bottom line” and hierarchy. I always wanted to learn more and see more so I bought a car and drove across country. Along the way, we stopped at the Musocogee Creek Nation [Okmulgee, OK] where I spoke to the citizenship board about my heritage and obtaining citizenship through my great-grandfather Royal Bird. This citizenship, granted in 2016, represents an important part of my heritage and the connection I feel with my family/friends and the earth. We arrived in Colorado in Fall of 2007. Maybe it was the orange and blue sunsets or the purple mountains majesty but I stayed.
Raised by a single mother and grandmother, in New York, who were very involved in the community, especially education and real estate. I was taught to ask questions, do your research, and speak up. Being a District Representative on the Greater Park Hill Community board for several years, has provided me with the opportunity to formally act on issues such as, zoning provisions for neighborhoods, true public parks, traffic safety and mobility.
Park Hill, Stapleton, Montbello and East Colfax are neighborhoods facing individual growing pains. Park Hill is a 100 yr old community facing issues of how to preserve its history and diversity. Stapleton, is about 20 yrs old stretching and expanding, trying to manage schools, neighborhood planning and a growing population. Montbello has basic needs going unmet, working to secure a fresh food grocery, access to clinics for its aging residents, and accessible/affordable public transportation. East Colfax is working towards becoming a thriving community, retaining its views of the Front Range while revitalizing mixed use districts. [map]