Phew, what a transformative year. As one major headline began to settle in, another, seemingly bigger one, would take its place. From a worldwide pandemic to urban protests to devastating natural disasters to a pivotal election, the social and economic landscape of 2020 has tested us all in ways we never imagined. We arrive at the end of this year reflecting on all we are capable of, the good and the bad, and look forward to a new year reinvigorated with a higher collective understanding.
Amid a heightened uncertainty for the future, we can all agree it’s helpful to pivot our perspective and count our blessings. Local publication, 5280 reminds us of one simple truth: it’s good to be a Denverite. Follow along as we recount some positive parts of this momentous year in our beloved city…
-After protests ravaged our capital, thousands of Denver resident volunteers came to the rescue scrubbing off graffiti and picking up trash in the days to follow.
-A family in Washington Park gave out free masks from their fence post. Another in Cheeseman Park held socially distance family concerts from their front porch.
-Volunteer street medics, some professionally trained and others with at least basic training, combed crowds of protestors to provide first aid support to anyone in need.
-Neighbors of Paul and Stephanie Vitulli organized a widespread effort to save the couple’s Glendale restaurant, Pie Society Pizza, struggling in the face of the pandemic’s restrictions. They all ordered lots of delicious pie.
-A North High School student named Gabi Isom organized a peaceful march down Tennyson Street. Accompanied by many members of the Denver Police Department, the group called for policing reform and positive change.
-Two Denverites with a crazy idea to go outside and howl every night at 8pm inspired the nearly 600,000 members of their Facebook group to do just that. The goal was to simultaneously and harmlessly blow off some steam in community solidarity and honor frontline workers.
-Hundreds of boarded up windows in urban Denver slowly transformed by the work of local artists into stunning murals celebrating George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
-An anonymous customer of Floyd’s Barbershop left the staff a $5,800 tip just after Denver’s first lockdown.
-The owners of one of Denver’s tallest skyscrapers created a gigantic LED heart on the side of the building to adorn Denver’s skyline, reminding us that love, kindness, and generosity will see us through.
Corken + Company is proud to be a part of such a vibrant, talented, and collaborative community. We have served its incredible residents for more than twenty years. Looking forward to another year finding real solutions without limits. Thank you for your support and for making Denver the best place to call home!