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The Changing Face of Denver

Denver is reinventing itself. Meet some of the people who call the city home and are helping to shape its future.

What neighborhoods in Denver do you like? Why?

Barnum, because it’s where I live and we have a great park. I love the trees in Park Hill. I love the Golden Triangle and Downtown because there’s lots to do, especially theatres and music venues of all sizes. If I were just moving here and could afford it, I would live in RiNo because it’s so active.

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Shakira Abney-Wisdom

I am a proud Denver transplant from New Jersey working with Denver Public Schools.

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What are some of the things that you love about Denver?

The Parks. The feeling that I can touch real Earth by taking a 15 minute drive.

What neighborhoods in Denver do you like? Why?

Barnum, because it’s where I live and we have a great park. I love the trees in Park Hill. I love the Golden Triangle and Downtown because there’s lots to do, especially theatres and music venues of all sizes. If I were just moving here and could afford it, I would live in RiNo because it’s so active.

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Shakira Abney-Wisdom

I am a proud Denver transplant from New Jersey working with Denver Public Schools.

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What is a popular myth about Denver that your experience has dispelled?

The first impression many people have when they first arrive at DIA is that it is a desolate place straight out of the wild wild west – it’s not!

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Marissa Molina

I am a proud Colorado Native working with Denver Public Schools. Contact me.

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What are some of the things that you love about Denver?

Having moved to Denver from a small city tucked away in the mountains, I love the diversity of food and people that Denver has to offer. I was especially excited to find a variety of Mexican markets and grocery stores where I can find products that I had not seen since I left Mexico.

What neighborhoods in Denver do you like? Why?

I work and live in between the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch communities, and have really enjoyed it. Both of these communities bring together folks from many different backgrounds; people here are so welcoming and have made me feel right at home.

What is your favorite restaurant or entertainment activity in Denver?

Brunch is my absolute favorite meal, so I like to make weekend brunch a special outing with friends. Denver has many great places to eat brunch, but my two favorite are the Denver Biscuit Company and Four Friends Kitchen.

What is a popular myth about Denver that your experience has dispelled?

The first impression many people have when they first arrive at DIA is that it is a desolate place straight out of the wild wild west – it’s not!

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Marissa Molina

I am a proud Colorado Native working with Denver Public Schools. Contact me.

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What is a popular myth about Denver that your experience has dispelled?

When I travel outside of Colorado, many people I speak with whom have never visited Denver believe that it’s a place that lacks diversity and is geared towards only those who ski. Denver is home to many different cultures and backgrounds, that are present throughout the city. And I don’t ski nor do my friends or family, but we have a great time hiking and being active outdoors with one another.

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Blake Hammond

I am a proud Colorado Native working with Denver Public Schools. Contact me.

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What are some of the things that you love about Denver?

I wanted to be an educator in an urban landscape after teaching in a rural community in Mississippi. Denver definitely offers that, and I am very fortunate to work for an innovative and progressive school district. I really enjoy living in Colorado, and I love Denver’s access to the mountains if I want to go on a hike with friends or simply enjoy a weekend taking in the outdoors. Considering that I am more of a city guy, Denver’s vibrant downtown is great. What I enjoy most about Denver is its diversity! I have friends from all different backgrounds and walks of life.

What neighborhoods in Denver do you like? Why?

My favorite neighborhoods in Denver are Glendale and Montbello. Glendale is a very active area that has many places to shop, entertainment and has a variety of local restaurants that I tend to try with friends. Montbello is full of diversity, which fuels my passion to continue working in this community throughout my career. This neighborhood has a lot of native pride and heritage.

What is your favorite restaurant or entertainment activity in Denver?

Denver has a lot of fun activities to engage in, but to be honest, I really take advantage of the spacious parks that are located in the city. Denver is always very sunny even in the winter time, so people are always outside. My favorite activity is to spend time playing touch football, walking or working out with a group of people at Washington Park or City Park!

What is a popular myth about Denver that your experience has dispelled?

When I travel outside of Colorado, many people I speak with whom have never visited Denver believe that it’s a place that lacks diversity and is geared towards only those who ski. Denver is home to many different cultures and backgrounds, that are present throughout the city. And I don’t ski nor do my friends or family, but we have a great time hiking and being active outdoors with one another.

Meet

Blake Hammond

I am a proud Colorado Native working with Denver Public Schools. Contact me.

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