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May 2017 News and Views

Unique Public Art Project Unveiled in NE Denver

303 ArtWay Mural

On a snowy weekend at the end of April, I was able to take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of an exciting new public art project in Denver - 303 ArtWay. Our city is fortunate to have a renowned public art scene, and this is the latest effort to bring art to the streets for everyone to enjoy.


The idea for 303 ArtWay was conceived by the Urban Land Conservancy and seeks to engage the community around creativity, healthy living, and local heritage. Featured along the proposed 9-mile trail through northeast Denver will be artistic installations and historic details about the area.

There is a spectacular 120 ft long mural located adjacent to the new 40th and Colorado Station along the A-Line. Entitled "Wrapping Multicultural Communities in a Blanket of Unity Through Visionary Art," this piece features motifs traditional to the Serape blanket (part of Hispanic/Latino culture) and the Kente blanket (part of African-American culture).

Denver’s Special Art Districts and innovative projects like 303 ArtWay help me appreciate what makes our neighborhoods unique. I was so inspired by the project that my sister and I spent the evening pursuing one of our artistic passions - creating jewelry. Perhaps I’ll wear it to walk the finished trail!

Get involved with the vibrant arts scene in Denver! Follow us on Facebook and check out our newsletter for updates about artistic projects through the city. 


Buses, bike lanes, and trains, oh my! Make sure your voice is heard in shaping the future of transit in Denver. Denveright has launched an interactive website that lets you give input about your transit priorities for our city. Check it out:

Take an Active Role in Community Stewardship of Denver's Parks

Denver's beautiful parks are in full bloom! Before you head out to enjoy picnics, barbecues and soccer games; the Parks and Recreation team needs your help in shaping a vision for the next 20 years of Denver's green spaces and recreation centers. Take the Parks and Recreation Game Plan survey here



What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Bond Issue

The Gallagher Amendment in the Colorado constitution was designed to maintain a constant ratio between the property tax revenue that comes from residential property and from business property. It also fixed the assessment rate for commercial property at 29%. The effect of Gallagher has been to reduce the assessment rate (the percent of property value that is subject to taxation) for residential properties.  As a result of the most recent property assessment , the residential assessment rate will drop from 7.96% of market value to 7.2%.  If you have a $100,000 house the mill levy rate will be applied to $7,200 of value.  Call 720-913-4164 if you have questions or concerns about your recent assessment.

Denver is developing a proposal to ask voters in November to approve the issuance of general obligation (GO) bonds (debt) to fund capital improvement projects.  The bonds are paid from a dedicated property tax mill levy.  The Denver City Charter limits GO debt to 3% of actual real and personal property value.  What does this mean? The City can issue between $800 and $900 million in GO bonds while keeping the number of mills for debt at 8.433.  To learn what projects are under consideration visit

Denver Home Ownership Programs

The Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program is a special program to assist low and moderate income individuals and families in achieving the goal of home ownership.  Denver can assist with down payment and closing costs up to 4% of your 30-year fixed rate loan.  To qualify households of two or fewer people must have an income under $96,120.  Households of three or more can make up to $112,140. To learn more visit

Summer Youth Employment

If you are between the ages of 16 and 21 and need a summer job, sign up today for the Denver Summer Youth Employment Program.  You will learn about writing a resume, employer interviews and how to dress appropriately for a job.  Following the training you will be placed into a 120 hour paid internship.

Free Composting Workshops

Learn how to turn your kitchen and yard waste into a fertile garden. Denver Recycles has partnered with Denver Urban Gardens to offer FREE hands-on classes about composting. To view upcoming dates and register for a class call 303-292-9900 or visit

Ready for Serious Spring Cleaning? 

The annual Great Denver Cleanup is coming up on May 20. Take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of any junk that has been accumulating in your house, including large items and yard waste. View drop of locations here


Deborah Ortega | City Council At-Large | Ph: (720) 337-7713 | Send Me a Message

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