Denver considering multiple options to end violence in LoDo
DENVER — The city of Denver is considering several short-term tactics in an attempt to reduce rowdiness and violence in lower downtown.
Problems have plagued LoDo for years, particularly late at night on weekends. This past Saturday night, a Morrison couple’s car was riddled with bullets as they left LoDo.
“I first heard the sounding of popping and continuous popping, popping, popping, popping,” a man told FOX31 Denver on Monday. “That’s when it really caught my attention. Oh my gosh.”
The city hopes to come up with a comprehensive plan to deal with the violence but in the meantime will focus on overcrowding at bars, the over consumption of alcohol and over-service of bar patrons.
“Is over serving leading to this?” Josh Davies of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association asked on Tuesday. “Yes. Where it comes from, it’s difficult to say.”
Davies said another city idea, to consider enhancing enforcement of a post-midnight ban on food vendors, would be just as valuable. He said those vendors draw big crowds on often narrow sidewalks and that can spell trouble.
“It’s the crowds of people when you get together that start to allow for things to get out of control,” he said.
The city is also looking at tackling traffic congestion in LoDo and relocating some taxi stands in the area.
A number of city agencies and outside groups and organizations will be teaming up to come up with longer-term solutions.
“When you get a lot of people together and you get alcohol there’s going to be a problem at some point,” Davies said. “What we want to do is try to find ways to mitigate that risk and find ways that we can have the fewest number of problems possible and that requires everybody working together.”