“After more than seven months of discussion, the city presented its Safe Occupancy Program proposal for DIY spaces and other unpermitted facilities at the Denver City Council meeting on Monday, July 10. And despite that seven months of discussion between various city agencies, activists, artists and other stakeholders, councilmembers got an earful from people who didn’t think the proposal went far enough, or who were concerned with certain provisions.
As a result, city officials held more meetings with reps from Amplify Arts Denver, All in Denver and others this week, to consider possible amendments to the proposal. (Read the original Safe Occupancy Program proposal, billed as a “voluntary path to compliance for existing spaces [that] would ensure safety, avoid displacement.”) And by July 13, they’d agreed on a few fixes.
For starters, the activist groups wanted the proposal to “include spaces previously shut down and vacated by the city since December 1, 2016,” a reference to Rhinoceropolis and Glob, which were closed by the city December 8 and have yet to reopen.”
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Calhoun, Patricia. Westword 14 July 2017.