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Mayor Launches Community Process to Review Public Asset Naming Using an Equity Lens

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced that he has asked the Agency of Human Rights and Community Partnerships advisory board, a diverse and inclusive set of representatives from the city’s advocacy commissions, and the at-large members of City Council to survey, take community input on and provide recommendations for the potential renaming of landmarks and other public spaces in the city named for individuals associated with racist groups or ideologies. The group will work with residents and neighborhoods to identify locations and other assets, including buildings and parks, for potential renaming. 

“Our public spaces belong to everyone, and everyone should feel respected in these places. Hearing from our community at this pivotal time in our history will ensure that our city’s parks, spaces, and places represent our values and the equity and diversity of our city,” Mayor Hancock said.

The commission will consult with the State Historian’s Council as part of the process to ensure accurate historical review before putting recommendations forward. People can submit potential renaming recommendations to for the commission to review.

The renaming of the Stapleton neighborhood will be undertaken in a separate process. The Mayor has directed Community Planning and Development to remove references to “Stapleton” from the city’s public GIS maps and all adopted city plans and codes, including Blueprint Denver, the Denver Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan 2040.