Why the Right to Survive is Wrong for Denver
Friday, February 15, 2019
Initiative 300 is on Denver’s May 2019 ballot.
The initiative undermines public safety and the well-being of all Denver residents, including our neighbors experiencing homelessness, by preventing the enforcement of essential public safety laws.
Denver should be a place where all people thrive, not just survive.
Vote NO on 300. We can do better, Denver.
Doing Better By Our Homeless Neighbors: Initiative 300 is NOT the Answer
Allowing people to sleep outside in public places is not safe, healthy or helpful for the people experiencing homelessness or the broader community. Denver is a community where all people can thrive,not just survive. However, Denver’s growth and rising housing costs, combined with mental health issues are creating a real crisis. The City and community partners are taking meaningful steps to create more affordable housing and provide effective outreach and support services to people experiencing homelessness. More should be done to ensure Denver is a safe, supportive place for everyone, but Initiative 300 is not the answer.
Initiative 300 will:
• Prohibit Denver from enforcing essential laws that protect public safety.
• Allow people to occupy all outdoor public places, including parks and sidewalks, indefinitely.
• Eliminate all park curfews.
• Include parking/living in legally parked cars.
• Allow for unfettered distribution of food in public spaces.
This will endanger public safety, quality of life and the economic vitality of
our neighborhoods and our city.
If passed, this ordinance would apply to all of Denver’s beloved public outdoor spaces.
People could sleep, camp, and live in:
• Residential Areas: on sidewalks and in alleys around homes.
• Parks, Trails, Open Spaces & Rivers: including Denver’s major urban parks like Washington Park, City Park & Sloan’s Lake, our mountain parks including Red Rocks, and our smaller neighborhood parks. Dog parks, open space, trails and river greenways, including the Highline Canal, would also be included.
• Neighborhood Business Districts: the small commercial districts throughout Denver neighborhoods that are home to locally-owned coffee shops,
restaurants and retailers.
• Cultural & Sports Facilities: including spaces outside and around the Zoo, Children’s Museum, Museum of Nature and Science, Art Museum, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Coors Field, Mile High Stadium and Pepsi Center.
• Downtown: our central business district, where thousands of Coloradans live, work and play, and a destination for visitors from around the country & the world.
Find out more at Together Denver No on 300: www.togetherdenver.com