Report: 76% of Black Denver Residents Don’t Want to Live in Stapleton

black people don't want to live in StapletonA recent Front Porch article discusses the challenges facing Forest City and the community in regards to affordable housing and diversity. “Stapleton continues to lag behind the rest of the Denver community and the original promises of Forest City,” says Stapleton CAB (Citizen’s Advisory Board) Committee Chair Kent Nebel. “We have repeatedly addressed this with Forest City and nothing has changed.”

A new report may show that Forest City actually isn’t to blame for the lack of diversity in Stapleton. “In a partnership with CU Boulder’s mathematics and statistics department, we conducted a comprehensive study to see why Stapleton is not attracting more black residents,” said Forest City Spokesperson Janelle Ayers. “The biggest finding, according to Ayers, is simply that black people don’t want to live in Stapleton. One of the questions on the survey given exclusively to black residents in Denver and surrounding cities was whether they would live in Stapleton if their home was already paid for,” said Ayers. “Three in four said that they wouldn’t live in Stapleton, even if their home was free.”
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Stapleton Death Toll Reaches 26 After Two More Hanging Baskets Lose Lives

hanging-basketsThe numbers of the dead continue to rise after the Stone’s put to rest their two hanging baskets. The heat, plus no outdoor air conditioning ultimately took the lives of the two beautiful young hanging baskets, who were only in this world for a couple of months. “You know when you buy hanging baskets, they are eventually going to die,” said Karen Stone, ‘mother’ of the baskets. “It’s just that these were so young. I felt like we took excellent care of them. Watering them twice a day, miracle grow, and we even took them down during the hail storms. At what point is the government going to step in? It is getting out of hand. We can’t just continue to sit back and watch all of these beautiful hanging baskets die off. Especially when you consider how much they cost.”
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Angry Birds: Runners, Bikers Fight off Protective Mother Bird

Bird attacksStapleton runners and bikers beware. You are facing a new danger. No, not bad Aurora drivers. Off leash dogs? No, you figured out how to avoid those long ago. How about muggers? That’s pretty unlikely. The biggest danger to runners and bikers in Stapleton are mother birds. That’s right, overprotective birds trying to protect their young at all costs. A Stapleton runner explains.

“I was running on MLK,” said runner Gabe McCarville. “Right about where the drive is to get into the rec center, something hit the top of my head. I turned around, and sure enough it was a bird coming back at me for another pass. It was crazy.” McCarville said he at first thought it was a random incident, but he runs the same route often. “It happened to me three more times,” said McCarville. “I’m aware that I could have crossed the street, but I have too much pride to hide from some small bird. I wanted it to come down and fight like a man. However, it’s a bird, so it really only knows bird fighting, and wouldn’t know the first thing about how men fight. Unless it watches Bloodsport, in which case it would have a really good idea of how men fight.”
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Xcel Bills Make Residents Feel Like Inefficient Dicks

xcelbillOf course, many Stapleton residents don’t take time to look at their bills. They simply pay them and discard them immediately. However, for the residents who do actually look at their bills, they find the Xcel Energy bill to be the most perplexing. “We actually try to keep our energy usage down,” says Stapleton resident Bryan May. “We use their energy saver program, we open the windows anytime we can, use efficient light bulbs, etc. In fact, our bills don’t seem that high, but according to Xcel energy, we aren’t doing enough.”
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Even Pocket Park Pressures Parents to Stay in Shape

pocket-park-exercise-equipmentThe new ‘completed’ pocket park on 26th and Fulton features a large, new age jungle gym, swings, slides, and a sandbox as well as other contraptions for kids to enjoy. But the hidden gem of the new park is the three exercise areas for ‘kids’ 13 and over. There is an apparatus for sit-ups, another for squats, and yet another acts as a step machine. Forest City spokesperson Janelle Ayers explains why they added the exercise equipment. “We feel that one of the things that defines Stapleton is just how fit the community members are. With the parents being in such good shape, it is an added benefit to encourage kids to stay in shape as well. Furthermore, if a mom or dad happen to be at that park, they can get a little workout in while their kids are at play.”
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Stapleton Pride Party Goes off With Just One Hitch

Stapleton PrideThe 2014 Stapleton Pride party was again a huge success, with residents from all walks of life showing up to celebrate diversity in the Stapleton community. “The weather tried to keep us down,” said organizer Kristen Miller. “But, nothing can keep down the great people who attended the party.” The party went on despite the weather, but there was one hitch. A wedding that is.
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Editorial: A Stapletonian’s Response to Station 26 Kid Controversy

station 26A recent post on Westword Blogs suggests that Stapletonians are ruining Station 26 by bringing their kids who are essentially unsupervised and running amuck. I have only been to Station 26 once (enjoyed the experience), but feel I can add some wisdom to both sides of the issue.
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