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Editor’s Note 1/7/16: This Ask the Mayor event will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 at Call To Arms Brewing Company. The event was originally scheduled for December 15, but was postponed due to snowy weather.
You’ve heard the complaints: Denver’s too expensive. Rent is out of control. I can’t find affordable housing. I’m moving out of the Mile High City.
Here’s your chance to get some answers. On Tuesday, December 15 at 5 p.m., we’re sitting down with Mayor Michael Hancock to chat about all things affordable housing. The event, which will be at Call to Arms Brewing Company, is the latest in Hancock’s Ask the Mayor series, a monthly chat on a topic that impacts your day-to-day life.
To prep, here are five 5280 articles about real estate, homes, and Denver’s changing neighborhoods. Got a question you’d like us to ask? Leave it in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
1. The Two Sides of Denver’s Real Estate Boom: Finding affordable housing in Denver has never been more difficult. This white-hot market is dividing our city—and one student and a young investor are at ground zero of the monumental transformation.
2. Denver’s Best Neighborhoods: What makes a neighborhood amazing? We dug into the data—home prices, crime stats, school quality—and factored in intangibles such as proximity to parks, public transit, restaurants, and cultural attractions to find the most livable spots in the Mile High City. You might be surprised at what hoods made the list.
3. Our Town: Tonight, more than 6,000 people in the metro area won’t have homes of their own to sleep in. Even more are on the verge of homelessness because of rising housing costs and a surging population. Think it couldn’t happen to you?
4. Five Points: You Have Arrived: For decades, Five Points has been dubbed “in transition,” an “emerging area,” even “up-and-coming.” No more. This north Denver neighborhood has officially arrived. Here, a close-up look at how one of the city’s most vibrant areas has evolved over the past 150 years.
5. Welcome to Globeville: For more than a century, Denver has mistreated, maligned, or misused the Globeville neighborhood. It’s been cut in four by major interstates. It’s been a dumping ground and a proposed Superfund site. Now, as gentrification encroaches on this historic neighborhood, Globeville residents keep waiting—and wishing—for something better.