As part of our mission, LoDo District, Inc. supports LoDo, Denver’s unique historical, cultural, and retail neighborhood, through marketing, education, and advocacy. As Denver residents head to the polls on May 7, The Board of Directors of the LoDo District, Inc. resolves to encourage members and residents to vote against Initiative 300 also known as the Right to Survive ballot initiative.
As a designated Compassionate Community, the LoDo District is committed to demonstrating compassion to our citizens, as evidenced through numerous initiatives via LoDo Cares (a collaboration between the residents and businesses in LoDo). As such, we recognize and empathize with the difficult and untenable situation of citizens experiencing homelessness.
However, Initiative 300 does not provide any long-term plans to address the root causes of homelessness, nor does it establish any infrastructure to support the resulting encampments, and its passage will have a lasting and negative impact on residents, parks, open spaces, businesses, the entire public realm, and the people experiencing homelessness, themselves.
LoDo District through LoDo Cares is currently exploring ways in which we can support compassionate solutions to this challenging situation. We urge voters to consider the impacts of Initiative 300 and to advocate instead for lasting, sustainable change.