Neighborhood Revitalization

Roughly one in six Americans is currently in need of a decent, affordable place to live.  The need in Colorado is equally dire - 47% of all renter households are paying 30% or more of their income toward housing and are considered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to be housing burdened.  In Denver, we need  21,000 additional affordable housing units to meet the needs of all of those living in substandard housing.

At Habitat Metro Denver we know that affordable housing is essential, but we also know that a great community is about much more than houses.  The Neighborhood Revitalization Program is our effort to transform neighborhoods using a holistic approach - joining residents, nonprofits, businesses, local governments, and communities of faith to create and implement a shared vision of revitalization.  We launched this program in 2012 and have been honored to partner with the Globeville neighborhood as our first revitalization area. 

Get Involved

Neighborhood Revitalization is a big task and we need YOU to make our vision a reality. 

If you are interested in buying an affordable home in the Globeville neighborhood, or if you own a home that needs repaired in Globeville, please contact Rhea Oberst.

If you would like to help build homes, please visit our Volunteer page.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to our Neighborhood Revitalization Program, please visit our Donation page.

If you are interested in volunteering for other Globeville community events, attending community planning meetings, or if you have general questions, please contact Katie McKenna.

About the Globeville Neighborhood

The Neighborhood

The biggest asset of the Globeville neighborhood is the residents.  The community recognizes its rich diversity as an asset and has an established history of working together to overcome difficult circumstances.  

Globeville has a greater number of owner-occupied housing units compared to Denver.  The estimated current number of owner-occupied housing units is just over 65 percent for Globeville, compared to just over 50 percent for Denver.  This also corresponds to a lower number of rental properties.  The number of vacant structures in Globeville is just below the average number for the entire city.

There has been recent redevelopment along the southern and southeastern edges of the Globeville neighborhood.  For example, the Taxi projects, located east of the railroad tracks and just west of the South Platte River, represent a significant redevelopment of 17 acres in Globeville.  The former Yellow Cab headquarters will be transformed into a mixed-use project with approximately 600,000 total square feet of commercial, office, and residential space.

In Globeville, the predominant land use is industrial, which comprises 393.8 acres, or 42.8 percent of the total land uses.  The next largest land use is railroad, which comprises 18.3 percent.  All of the residential land uses (single-family, duplex, and multi-family) combined total 14.5 percent.

History

Globeville was established on ranch land purchased by the Globe Smelter Company.  Slavic workers were known to have settled in the area as early as 1885.  Because other smelter and packinghouses were located nearby, local workers were attracted to the Globeville neighborhood.

A large number of Globeville's original residents were European immigrants, among them Volga-Deutsche, Poles, Slovenians, Croatians and Serbs.  Each group brought its own separate national and religious heritage, which was soon reflected in the community.  For some years the community developed inwardly: the men walked to work, the women bought from street vendors or shopped in the neighborhood, and the children went to the local public or parochial school.

A number of events dispersed the old ethnic settlements in Globeville.  The first was World War II, which strongly accelerated the process of integration.  The construction of Interstate Highway 25, which began in 1948 and was dedicated in 1958, as well as the construction of Interstate Highway 70, completed in 1964, resulted in the destruction of seven blocks and 31 family homes.  The highways had a divisive effect on the area, as their construction left only Lincoln and Washington Streets open to north-south traffic.

Opportunities and Challenges

Although Globeville is located just 20 blocks north of downtown Denver, circuitous transportation links add to actual travel distance.  All edges of Globeville are zoned for and have heavy industrial uses.  Consequently, the Globeville neighborhood is a residential island surrounded by industry.

Today, portions of Globeville continue to be physically isolated from the rest of Denver by the freeways, railroad lines, and the South Platte River.

However, the freeways and railroads have also continued to make Globeville an attractive location for business and industry.  Several large operations and employers are located within the neighborhood and nearby, including the Denver Coliseum and Stock Show complex, the Bannock Street furniture business district, and the Pepsi bottling plant.

Habitat's Work in Globeville

In 2013, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver built 17 new affordable homes in the Globeville neighborhood.  In addition, Habitat provided home repair services to 15 Globeville homeowners in need.  During the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project Habitat volunteers, staff, and partner families built 11 new and repaired 15 existing homes in Globeville.

Habitat Metro Denver is proud of our work so far, but we are well aware that we have a long way to go. We completed an assessment of Globeville resident’s perceptions of their neighborhood, as well as an assessment of the housing and block conditions of the neighborhood using NeighborWorks America’s Success Measures Data System.  View the eye-opening results here.

A Community Solution

Through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, our work is tailored to meet each neighborhood's specific needs.  An array of housing services can be tapped to help transform communities in need, including:

  • Energy-efficient new home construction
  • Rehabilitation of abandoned and foreclosed properties
  • House repairs for existing low-income homeowners through our Home Repair Program
  • Forging both formal and informal collaborations with private, public, and not-for profit partners
  • Joining or forming community coalitions
  • Rallying active neighborhood support

Together, Habitat for Humanity, neighborhood residents and local partners can change the face of neighborhoods and the lives of families who live there - forever.