Today, Soren and I walked to the Blair-Caldwell Library to drop off our household ballots. When we got to the room where you drop off the ballots, this awesome dude working suggested having Soren stand on a chair so I could get an action shot of him depositing the ballots into the box. This didn’t go well. Soren’s kind of shy around new people (unless he notices or approaches them first, if that makes sense) so he was a little “eh” about this dude helping balance him on the chair while I tried to get a picture, which turned out to be pretty much impossible because I just brought the iPhone, which isn’t really made for this level of action photography. Anyway, it’s not like we’re in Chicago anymore, where babies actually vote.
We saw a few cool things on our walk up and down Welton Street. (I love Welton Street, by the way. It’s one of my favorite places in Denver.) There was the Declaration of Self Esteem (or something like that; my awesome photography skills omitted the top) on a wall outside a barber shop. The Five Points 100 Trees sign was pretty cool — it definitely caught my attention. I’ve been trying to find out what’s up with Five Points 100 Trees, but it’s somewhat mysterious thus far. It has something to do with the Center for Transitional Landscapes, which according to their website, does this:
The city of Denver owns and maintains over 3,000 parcels of vacant land. Recent budget limitations have forced the city to divide maintenance responsibilities to various municipal departments. Parks and Recreation absorbed many of the parcels, despite being financially stressed to the point of forcing some closures of parks during the summer months. Meanwhile, artists, schools, urban agriculturalists and local communities are seeking space for projects which enrich the community at large. What if we could curate the vacancy itself, to align the desire for space with the city’s need to alleviate maintenance costs? What if we could turn a maintained site into a productive site? We could cultivate new relationships, new ideas, and new potentials that would positively affect how we live in cities? We could exploit vacancy as an opportunity rather than a liability?
That’s kind of awesome. It’s exciting when people come up with new ideas like this.*
The most exciting thing was finding the notice for the Celebrate Spring: Sprouting Hope Growing Knowledge Garden Festival taped in a window. We went to this last year (it was at a different location) and it was super-fun. We dropped off some seeds and plants, got some new seeds and plants, had a few delicious vegetarian tamales, and met some cool neighborhood peeps. I’ve been scouring the internet for weeks to find out whether they’re doing it again this year, with no success, probably because I was looking for our neighborhood, not knowing it was at a different location. Anyway, there’s more information here. If you live in the area, I recommend it!
The first picture in that mosaic is designed to inform you that, after much deliberation, I had some beer and voted with my heart. You probably already knew that would happen.
* Not that they’re as cool as the Center for Transitional Landscapes, but I have two of my own ideas I’m going to start working on soon. One involves something like the Amazing Race but with dogs on a tiny, local level and the other involves having kid-friendly DJ shows in parks. I’m also still working on the Cole news network thing, which will be internet-based at least for now.
The Michael Hancock bus was parked on Welton playing this as we walked by: