Opponents say the expansion would displace at least 56 households and worsen local air quality. More than 80 percent of residents in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood are Latino, and a third of the residents live in poverty. Opponents of the highway expansion used those demographics in a lawsuit to stop the project, saying that poor and minority communities would be disproportionately impacted. In April Federal civil rights investigators found that CDOT’s plan would be less discriminatory toward Elyria-Swansea and Globeville, than any other option studied. Hear an interview with Candy CdeBaca
Do our city Fathers want to sacrifice our beautiful, historic ,public open space, City Park Golf Course(CPGC) , a perfect, natural storm water mitigation system….. to install an old fashioned, industrial sump to collect and hold toxic storm water and trash for up to 8 hours? That polluted water will have travelled over almost 10 miles of filthy urban hardscape.. before it gets to CPGC and then it will rush out to an open, 1 mile long ditch in the Cole neighborhood, then out to the Globeville outfall and into the already polluted , South Platte River. Does that sound like a good plan for Denver’s future? Shouldn’t we have a plan to conserve precious rain water in the ground where it would be cleaned naturally and stored for our future use in aquifers?
“In the process, there will be a drainage ditch put in here on the west side of the park,” says LaMone Noles, President of City Park Friends and Neighbors.
She joins those opposed to the I-70 project with those behind the push to “Save City Park Golf Course.”
“My biggest concern is the ditch is in violation of the city charter which protects public parks in the city and county of Denver,” says Noles.