Neighborhood Spotlight: Globeville

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The Denver City Council recently approved a plan for the Globeville neighborhood, setting forth guidelines for future development in the area. The plan was created over the course of more than two years with input from community members. It recommends ways to create a more unique, strong, connected and healthy Globeville, according to the city of Denver, as reported in this Denver Business Journal article.

Globeville is a Denver neighborhood located near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 25.  Land-use concepts in the plan balance needs of residents, commerce, and industry while improving walkability and bicycle access. “Globeville has unique needs and this plan was customized to meet those needs,” said Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development. “The plan is about the community’s desires for land use and neighborhood prosperity, but it’s also about creating environment and social justice, celebrating cultural history and improving community health.” The plan outlines strategies for promoting Globeville’s cultural history, improving access to jobs and education and updating transportation policies.

5280 Magazine recently wrote an interesting article about Globeville, stating “After the railroads laid tracks through north Denver in the 1880s, smelters popped up to serve mines in the high country, and Globeville quickly became a bustling hub for their workers. One of the original smelters, the Omaha & Grant, is depicted on Denver’s city seal; its smokestack spews fumes that pierce the sunlight behind a bald eagle and the Capitol’s dome”, showing the role Globeville plays within the City of Denver’s history.