I’m happy to report that the training in Denver went well. Thanks to the good people at the University of Colorado. They continue to be great collaborators.
When thinking about the city of Denver, my head spins. Things change. I know it and you know it. It’s been three years since I visited so I expected to see plenty of change when I returned. Man, I wasn’t ready. I couldn’t get my bearings because all the main landmarks were hidden by new condos. The old familiar areas with affordable housing were completely bulldozed. Local nonprofits were vacant (and likely bulldozed by now).
When you do follow-up after several years, whole neighborhoods can disappear. With the massive migration of money into urban areas across the country, the working class are being pushed into the suburbs. (In Denver’s case, the people are being pushed out of the metropolitan area entirely). This means more travel time when going by new addresses. You may even consider relocating your project’s headquarters to be closer to the people in your project.
As the city changes, so does your project.