Pueblo Mexico

By Aurelio Martinez

DENVER (November 11, 2019) – In 2015 the city of Denver floated a Billion Dollar bond for National Western Center and Colorado Convention Center. Although the focus of the money will be directed to the National Western Center and Convention Center, Included in the description for the use of funds would be creating additional connections between Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods and increasing access to public transportation and creating flexible art and cultural facility spaces including art galleries, music, art and dance studios, and a year-round fresh food market.

Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods are highly populated by Mexican people, the reason these neighborhoods have not been hit with the gentrification that has engulfed similar neighborhoods Five Points, Mestizo Curtis Park, Cole, and various communities in North and West Denver is simple. Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods are communities filled with older wood-framed homes, not the first choice of people moving into Colorado wanting to live in downtown neighborhoods. However, this will change with the major improvements, with the beautification and enhancements to the National Western Center. Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea will become a highly desired area for people moving into the city. Adios Muchachos.

Here’s an idea up for grabs, after all, preservation doesn’t have to be solely for buildings and structures.

How about the city of Denver allocating a portion of the billion-dollar bond in developing a ‘Pueblo Mexico’ similar to the ‘Chinatowns’ in San Francisco and New York? It fits right into the description of the Denver Revenue Bonds and Tax Extension for National Western Center and Colorado Convention Center, Measure 2C that was passed in 2015. [Creating additional connections between Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods and increasing access to public transportation. Creating flexible art and cultural facility spaces including art galleries, music, art and dance studios, and a year-round fresh food market.]

The business section of ‘Pueblo Mexico’ will not only serve as a huge tourist attraction but will be a place where people can buy authentic merchandize from indigenous Mexican people and share the culture. Along with the business section, low-interest home improvement loans can be offered to existing and long term homeowners preserving the nature of the neighborhood and initiating a cap on property tax for retired and senior citizens so they won’t be forced out as the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods change.

All we need is for the city of Denver’s administration to “Want” to preserve the nature of Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods.

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