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Mile High Monday: Aurora City Council to vote on camping-ban proposal, RTD prepped for arctic front, PrideFest returning

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Hello, good afternoon and happy Presidents' Day, Denver Rounderuppers!

Welcome back to yet another Monday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up, a daily synopsis of the Mile High City's top stories. An arctic cold front is set to hit the Mile High City Monday afternoon through Thursday morning, bringing snow and a drastic drop in temperatures.

The fourth week of February is among us and a lot has happened in Denver since last Friday. Before the first day of this work week ends, take a deeper dive into just a few of Denver's most newsworthy events this Monday:

1. Aurora City Council Will Vote on Mayor Coffman's Camping-Ban Proposal

The Aurora City Council will vote on Feb. 28 whether or not to vote in a camping ban that would prohibit camping on public property.

The proposal would additionally allow city officials to sweep encampments after providing no less than a 72 hours notice and make sure there is shelter space for encampment residents, Westword reports. Former U.S. Representative and Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman believes that dirty and dangerous encampments should not be "allowed to occur everywhere in the city."

Six out of ten city council members showed support for the proposal during a study session on Feb. 7, including Councilwoman Danielle Jurinsky, who feels that leaving encampments in place is not the right choice and described the camping ban as "more humane." However, four democrats on the council do not agree.

2. RTD prepared for complications with sub-zero temps

The Regional Transportation District says it is ready to face any issues with operations this week head-on as an arctic cold front hits the Denver metro, bringing sub-zero temperatures.

Public Relations Manager with RTD, Tina Jaquez said that equipment freezing in the cold temperatures is a large concern and that RTD facilities people are working "overnight" to ensure that park and rides and facilities "are clear of snow." She also said that switches on tracks are also likely to ice over.

FOX31 reports that Jaquez also said that although RTD drivers are trained annually to properly undergo winter driving conditions, certain routes could be dangerous for their vehicles. She advises riders to sign up for service alerts so that they may get messages regarding delays and cancelations.

3. Denver dilemma: Will proposal help or hinder affordable housing development?

A proposal considered by the Denver City Council may guarantee that more affordable housing is built when new homes are constructed.

The proposal calls for new residential developments of 1- or more units to appoint between 8% and 12% as affordable for 99 years, despite the home being for rent or sale, according to NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson. However, some are worried that the proposal could create an added reduction in housing development due to some developers not having the experience required to make developing affordable housing possible.

Public comment can be made on the draft proposal through March 14.

4. Denver PrideFest returns to Civic Center Park in 2022

Denver-based gay and lesbian organization, The Center on Colfax, says it's two-day festival, Denver’s PrideFest will return this year on June 25 at Civic Center Park.

The festival will feature over 250 exhibitors and 20 food and beverage vendors. Additionally, the PrideFest parade is set to take place Sunday at 9:30 a.m. spanning across 14 blocks of Colfax Avenue starting at Chessman Park and ending at Civic Center, CBS Denver reported. There will also be the Pride 5K for participants to enter.

Rules to follow according to organizers are as follows:

  • Bags, containers and packages can and may be searched.
  • Coolers are not allowed.
  • Outside alcohol is not allowed.
  • Sealed, non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. No open, glass or water bottles are allowed.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be carried through exit gates.
  • Weapons of any type are prohibited.
  • Marijuana use is not allowed in the park.
  • Bicycles or unicycles are not allowed in the park.
  • Pets are encouraged to be left at home.

Local Housing Listings

  • 263 S Perry St., Denver, 80219: $299,000, $1,353 estimated monthly. Single-family. 2 beds, 1 bath, 680 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 5553 Liverpool St., Denver, 80249: $475,000, $2,150 estimated monthly. Single-family. 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,731 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 119 S Knox Ct., Denver, 80219: $550,000, $2,371 estimated monthly. Single-family. 4 beds, 3 baths, 1,965 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 3437 Clay St., Denver, 80211: $759,999, no monthly estimate listed. Single-family. 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,338 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 3 S Newton St., Denver, 80219: $890,000, no monthly estimated listed. Single-family. 5 beds, 2.5 baths, 3,588 sq. feet. Find more information here.

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