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Spring is in full bloom in Denver

The seasonal changes are yet another big part of what makes a town like Denver worth living in.  Having lived in a mono-climate, where the only seasonal change was a varying of temperature and humidity and, oh yeah, hurricane season, our seasonal changes are what keeps things really interesting with such a varying of pure change from season to season.  I’ve posted the seasonal change to winter, spring snow and full on summer, but the change from winter to spring, to me, is the most satisfying of all seasonal changes.  With the winter to spring change, we  get a new perspective on life.  Where once was brown, dead dreary trees and grass and dirt, we see buds springing from once lifeless limbs, brown grass magically transformed green and beautifully colored flowers pushing through the dry, hardened seemingly dead earth.  

It’s hard not to appreciate spring and all its newness and beauty.  Away go the heavy coats and boots.  The snow shovel will (hopefully) get stored in the garage for many months and the roller blades, bicycles, shorts and sandals are now at the ready for basking in this new season.  We welcome you spring like a very rich uncle we almost forgot we had. 

Enjoy spring in Denver, but keep your eyes open for the only aspect of spring we truly fear… HAIL!

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Kirk A Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

Perry & Co.   www.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

Denver Zoning changes and West Wash Park

Some changes are coming to Denver and zoning is near the top of the list.  From adding 20 or so more designations to changing the coding of designations, i.e: R1 will be SU (single unit), R2 will be TU (two unit).  Supposedly, this is happening in part to simplify zoning in Denver, and as may be the case in West Wash Park, in part to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood. 

The why’s and when of this whole change is stated below as copied from the Denver zoning website:

Why?

Denver’s 53-year-old zoning code is broken and needs to be fixed. It suffers from more than a half century of incremental changes that have made it complicated, inconsistent and cumbersome. The New Zoning Code will put adopted citywide plans (products of extensive public input) to work for a better city. Denver citizens called for reform of the Zoning Code in the 1989 Comprehensive Plan and Comprehensive Plan 2000. This message was repeated in Blueprint Denver (2002) which provided the vision and initial strategy for fixing the Zoning Code. Denver needs a new zoning code that will support a growing a sustainable environment, a diverse mix of housing, strong neighborhoods, and a high quality of  life, a sustainable environment, a diverse mix of housing, strong neighborhoods, and a high quality of life,

When?

Fixing the Denver Zoning Code is a massive undertaking but the finish line is in sight. We are currently in Phase III – Drafting, where the City’s multi-departmental team and the Task Force are preparing the draft New Code and executing an extensive outreach process to ensure a wide range of opportunities for public input.

Phase IV – Public Review – began with five introductory meetings in May and continued throughout the summer, as we hosted more than 40 meetings in partnership with the Denver City Council throughout the city. The draft of The New Code is available for your review and comment. After the public review and comment period, the code will go to the Planning Board and City Council for discussion, public hearings, and adoption.

Have a Question?Email us at newzoningcode@denvergov.org
Call us at 720-865-3000 during business hours
See Upcoming Meetings

It’s not too late to get involved if you would like to support the changes or state your objections to the proposed zoning changes.  Check out the “See Upcoming Meetings” to view upcoming zoning related meeting and go out to see what’s going on for yourself.

Here is the link for the proposed new zoning planNew_Code_Planning_Board_Draft_Washington Park West

Here is the link for the current zoning, Blueprint Denver Concept Land Use, Existing Land Use –  Wash Park West current zoning

Kirk A Hartshorn  720-244-5454   RIDE ON!

Perry & Co    www.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

Downing St. Bar & Grille NOW OPEN!!

I’m a few days late in this post and announcement of Downing St. Bar & Grilles opening.  I’ve been in 3 times so far, for breakfast, lunch and dinner and am delighted with our new neighborhood restaurant hangout.  Paul, the owner, is there all the time (much to his wife’s chagrin I’m sure) to meet, greet, welcome, chat with and bid good evening to his  guests.   The wait staff is very pleasant and friendly and seem an asset to Paul’s high level of customer service and satisfaction .

The menu is, at this time, a holdover from the Handlebar and Grill for lunch and dinner.  The lunch and dinner menu will be revamped soon keeping about 70% of the HB&G’s menu items and adding some new ones.  The breakfast menu has all the favorites from breakfast burritos and omelette to corned beef hash and eggs.  The meal portions are generous indeed and quite a value for the money I’d say.

My wife and I went in this past Friday night for dinner and had an excellent meal.  She had the spinach salad and I had the fish tacos.  We ended up hanging out in the bar area until 12:00 am chatting with Paul and a couple of his neighbors who were also there for dinner.  There was a nice mix of patrons in the bar and restaurant and I was happy to see a number of families  with young children in for dinner. 

One thing I love about the Downing St. Bar & Grille is that they serve breakfast all day long.  There’s nothing like an omelette for dinner I always say.

So if you’re looking for a comfortable gathering place for a delicious, well priced meal, with a great variety of choices that stays open until 2:00 am on the weekends, go over and say hello to Paul at the Downing St. Bar & Grille.

Kirk A Hartshorn 720-244-5454   RIDE ON!

Perry & Cowww.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

A Wash Park Winter Wonderland

Winter is in full swing in Denver and the beauty of winter in Wash Park is truly a site to behold.  Smith Lake and the boathouse is one of the spots that truly gives winter in Wash Park that wonderland feel. 

As the snow fell peacefully on the park this past weekend, there were many park goers enjoying its beauty.  From cross-country skiers to flag football players, the park was aplenty in winter revelers. 

Even a lone squirrel was enjoying the view out over Grasmere Lake.

So Denverites remember, although Wash Park is especially magical in the summertime, come on over on a snowy day and take in the Wash Park winter wonderland experience.  Bring the dog (on the leash please),  bundle up the baby and grab the pull sled, grab your running shoes, snow shoes, cross-country skis or just walk around with a nice hot cup of coffee from one of  Wash Park’s many neighborhood coffee shops and enjoy your park.

Kirk Hartshorn 720-244-5454 RIDE ON!

Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com

khatrtshorn@perryandco.com

Denver: A great city receiving deserved accolades

For those of us that live in Denver, we know why we’re here.  The outdoor lifestyle, the great weather, the majestic mountains, the parks, proximity to world class skiing, The Rockies, The Broncos, The Avalanche, The DPAC, Brewpubs, etc, etc, etc. 

Well, we’re not alone in our love of all that’s Denver.  Here’s a few links from different publications that have taken polls and surveys in different realms of multiple cities desirability.  Denver ranks very impressively amongst the major city players in the US.

Travel+ Leisure compiled rankings of 30 cities in numerous categries:  http://www.travelandleisure.com/afc/2009/

Harris survey (as reported by the Denver Business Journal) of “where do people want to live”… http://denver.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2009/10/05/daily13.html?ana=from_rss

“Which cities will see the biggest rebound”… as originally reported by the Wall Street Journal found in Realtor.org:  http://www.realtor.org/RMODaily.nsf/pages/News2009100203?OpenDocument

The lure of Denver is evident and its growth imminent.  I have personally moved from Denver 3 times and have been lured back.  The reasons… obvious, it’s Denver.

Enjoy, all that is Denver!!  Ride On!

Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454  khartshorn@perryandco.com

Perry & Co    www.perryandco.com

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