Growing Pains: What residents think of Denver development

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Margie Valdez

Cheesman Park resident

“It wouldn’t say it’s perfect, but I think Denver city officials are doing the best they can considering the circumstances.”

Valdez wants to see more being done to keep people in their homes. She also said that development in the city has started to better connect some neighborhoods to amenities like grocery stores and parks. As an environmentalist, Valdez said neighborhoods and cities need to be more walkable.

Bernard Candelaria

Capitol Hill resident

“Denver’s become a lot more interesting in the last 15-20 years."

Calendaria went on to say that development has been good and bad for the city. While things like traffic and parking have worsened, home values have risen. Candelaria said he bought his home in the 1990s when it was still affordable to buy in Capitol Hill.

Kathy Betz

Five Points resident

“To me it seems to be like a high developing city."

Betz moved to the city in August to start her master's degree at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Betz, originally from Germany, said that in some ways Denver has developed faster than countries in Europe, such as in technology fields, saying the focus between the two continents is different.

She added that job opportunities continue to grow here as the city’s population continues to rise.

Although she is still learning the streets that have bike lanes, she said construction near her apartment has sometimes made it difficult to ride her bike in the city. But she still enjoys going for rides.

“I feel like they’re making more and more efforts to make it bike friendly.”

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