Stapleton and Aurora connections: Block Party kicks off new community connections!!
Change is a word we’re all familiar with. It stirs different feelings based on the person—excitement for the unknown, perhaps a punch-in-gut feeling, the sudden urge to escape, positive repositioning, or longing for the way things used to be. But, best of all is the sweet adrenaline of something new and better.
Folks, that’s what I’m feeling.
This past month roads opened along 26th Ave. on Fulton and Iola Streets, opening a new direct access and street connection between Stapleton in Denver and the Westerly Creek neighborhood of Aurora.
You might think, what is the big deal about a few new blocks?
Stapleton and Aurora, both great communities, are very different and have historically remained separate. The two sides have spent most their time looking at each other through a chain link fence on an unused plot of land along 26th. The roads quite literally break down mental and physical barriers.
Encouraging an open, accepting outlook toward diversity is a priority of mine. A graduate of East High School, I am familiar with diversity, and I could not be more thrilled to be connected to Aurora’s diverse people.
This is the beginning of more seamless neighborhoods, a priority in Stapleton neighborhood planning and something that’s really happening. So, that’s the main reason I’m thrilled.
But here are the bountiful reasons why you might be excited also:
- Quick access from Stapleton to the Anschutz Medical campus - Stapleton is packed with people who work there
- Once-congested traffic on Moline and Central Park now stress-free! You too have most likely sat in that traffic.
- Projected increase in home values and build out of great new park to be shared.
Expected improvement for both Stapleton and Aurora businesses, with an increased probability of an Eastbridge anchor with more potential customers.
- But most importantly, a short drive to some of my favorite Mexican restaurants on Colfax and Montview. Who’s not excited about that?
To kick off this great change, Aurora and Stapleton hosted a block party on Sept. 29. It was a grand success. More than 300 neighbors met, talked, and had a beer and a hot dog. Radio Disney got kids from both neighborhoods dancing. It was the perfect way to welcome each community.
I'm looking forward to future changes toward seamless neighborhoods. For now though, I’m going to hang on to this sweet feeling for awhile.
Call the Stapleton Home Team if you have any great stories about the block party or want me to email you the report I ran showing how the ripple effect of Stapleton positively affects surrounding properties. Making it a win-win situation for all.