In This Issue: Garden Court Home Moratorium, Coffee and Donut Meet Up, Clean-Up Day, WeCAN Running Club
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The West Colfax
Association of Neighbors(WeCAN) 
is the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for the neighbors who live, work, or own property in the West Colfax neighborhood.
WeCAN meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm, in the main hall of the Confluence Ministries building, 1400 Quitman Street.
Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community

Neighbors and Friends,

On August 22, 2016, Denver City Council voted to put a one-year moratorium on garden court row homes – homes with a narrow parking lot between two buildings, often with garages on the first level of the home.  These structures have been nick-named “slot homes” by Christine Franck, a professor at the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver.  Ms. Franck, in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA), has done a study of the West Colfax neighborhood to determine the long-term impacts of this housing form on our neighborhood.  The study looks at the architecture, quality of the buildings, the land covenants attached to the properties, and the impact such structures have on crime in adjacent neighborhoods.

She will present her findings and answer any questions at the September 13, 2016 WeCAN general meeting.  Councilmen Rafael Espinoza (District 1) and Paul Lopez (District 3) will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the moratorium.  We hope you will join us for this very important discussion about ongoing and future development in our neighborhood.

Kind Regards,

Nadia Hafeez Patrick and Leah Rounds
WeCAN Co-Presidents

You can read more about the moratorium in a recent Denver Post article:

General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, September 13

Please join us for the next WeCAN General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, September 13, 6:00-6:50pm in the main hall of the Confluence Ministries building, at 1400 Quitman St. Christine Franck, a professor at the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Boulder, will be there to present on her research of “slot homes”. West Colfax’s two City Councilmen, Paul Lopez of District 3 and Rafael Espinoza of District 1, will also be at this month’s general membership meeting to answer questions about the “slot home” issue affecting our neighborhood. DPD Community Resource Officer Bob Anderson will share recent crime stats and answer any of your questions regarding safety in the West Colfax neighborhood. WeCAN will have announcements about some community events and opportunities to get involved in WeCAN.

Coffee and Donut Meet Up in West Colfax!

Neighbors are invited to a morning of coffee and donuts. This is an opportunity to meet a few of your neighbors and chat about what is happening in the West Colfax neighborhood.

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00am

Where: 1410 Stuart St., the home of Nadia (WeCAN Co-President) & Josh (WeCAN Sustainability Chair) Patrick

RSVP to Josh at or 303-578-6263.
View Coffee and Donut Facebook Event

West Colfax Clean-Up Day, Volunteers and Project Ideas Needed

Saturday, Oct. 8th 9:00 AM.
Meet at Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St.

Join with WeCAN, Confluence Ministries and Extreme Community Makeover in a clean-up day in the West Colfax neighborhood. This is a great way to partner with your neighbors to: complete exterior home repair or improvement projects for a neighbor in need, clean up trash on the streets and alleys, remove graffiti, and meet your West Colfax neighbors!

Do you have a neighbor who could use help with the exterior of their home or their yard? This can be mowing, weeding, painting, ground-level tree trimming, etc. If you know someone in the West Colfax neighborhood (Federal to Sheridan, 12th to 19th) in need of this kind of assistance please contact Diana at 303-550-9853 or

Lunch will be provided on clean-up day. Projects are generally completed by 4PM, but you can come for a half day. Children of all ages are welcome to come with an adult willing to work with and supervise them. To volunteer for the day or to get more information please contact Diana. 

View Clean-Up Day Facebook Event
West Colfax Neighbors at the May 2016 West Colfax Clean-Up Day.

WeCAN Running Club at Seedstock Brewery

We are teaming up with Seedstock Brewery to begin a WeCAN Running Club! The first run will be Monday, September 12 and each Monday after that. Meet at Seedstock Brewery (3610 W. Colfax Ave.) at 6:30pm to run around Sloan’s Lake then return to Seedstock for a 2 for 1 beer! All ability levels welcome.

Contact our organizers if you have any questions, Josh at or Steve at or call 303-578-6263.

Please join us for a run and a chance to meet some of your West Colfax neighbors!

View Running Club Facebook Event

Volunteer Opportunity in the Neighborhood: Whiz Kids Tutoring

Whiz Kids Tutoring has been helping kids in metro Denver for over 25 years and has a site right here in the West Colfax neighborhood.  Whiz Kids pairs one adult with one student to meet once a week for one hour of tutoring in basic math and reading. The students attend Colfax Elementary School and are selected by a licensed classroom teacher.  The Colfax site is hosted by Confluence Ministries where it has been a staple of their programs from the beginning. Tutors and students meet together on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm for tutoring with an optional faith-based club time from 5:30-6:00pm.  Tutors receive materials and are trained and supported by on-site Whiz Kids staff. Tutors commit to one school year beginning September 27 and concluding April 25. Fill out an application today at: or call Linda Binkley, site coordinator at 303-912-1754.

Support Colfax Elementary by Clipping Box Tops for Education

WeCAN collects Box Tops for Education to help support the Learning Garden at Colfax Elementary. Each Box Top collected is worth 10 cents and goes directly to the school. Box Tops are collected at every General Membership Meeting, can be taken to the main office of Colfax Elementary, or contact Leah at or 303-578-6263 to arrange for a pick-up or drop-off. Clipping and saving Box Tops is an easy way to support one of West Colfax’s neighborhood schools.

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Next Meeting:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1400 Quitman St.


6:00-6:30 - Christine Franck, professor at the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Boulder, Presentation on “Slot Homes” with Q&A

6:30-6:40 – Councilman Rafael Espinoza, District 1 and Councilman Paul Lopez, District 3, on “slot homes”

6:40-6:45 – Report from DPD District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:45-6:50 - WeCAN Announcements

West Colfax
Events Calendar

September 2016

9/1 - Councilman Rafael Espinoza, District 1, Office Hours: 1:00-5:00pm at the NW Denver Cop Shop, 5094 W Colfax Ave.

9/2 - Councilman Rafael Espinoza, District 1, Office hours: 9:00am-5:00pm at the NW Denver Cop Shop, 5094 W Colfax Ave.

*Councilman Espinoza holds office hours every Thursday, 1:00-5:00pm, and Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm at the NW Denver Cop Shop, 5094 W. Colfax Ave.

9/4 - Denver Broncos Health and Wellness Expo and 7k Race, at Sports Authority Field and around Sloan’s Lake, 8:00am-12:00pm.

9/7 - Planning Board Public Hearing for Rezoning 1007-1095 Julian St. & 1030-1090 Knox Ct. in the Villa Park neighborhood, 3:00pm, City & County Building 1437 Bannock St. Room #389

9/8 - Denver Broncos game, Sports Authority Field, 6:30pm

9/10 - Patriot Day 5k Race, Sloan’s Lake Park, 7:00am-12:00pm

9/12-16 - Extra Trash Pick-up by Denver Waste Management

9/13 - WeCAN General Membership Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-6:50pm

9/13 - 13th Avenue Realignment Study Stakeholder Workshop, 1260 Decatur St., 5:00-6:30pm

9/15 - Councilman Paul Lopez, District 3, Office Hours: 3:30-6:30pm at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St.

* Councilman Lopez holds office hours the third Thursday of every month at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St.

9/17 - Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk, Sloan’s Lake Park, 5:00-11:00am

9/18 - Denver Broncos game, Sports Authority Field, 2:30pm

9/19 - Denver Police Department District 1 Commanders Advisory Group, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

9/21 - WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:30pm

Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at
P.O. Box 12474
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 578-6263
The West Colfax Association of Neighbors (WeCAN) acts as community stewards to connect neighbors with information, resources, and one another in the West Colfax neighborhood. WeCAN brings awareness and a voice to issues facing our historic but fast-changing community, develops and leads award-winning sustainability and community-building projects, and works to enhance our neighborhood while preserving the unique character and diversity of West Colfax.
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