Englewood: Looking back and forward

What was memorable about 2017 and what’s ahead in 2018?

Posted 12/28/17

Eric Keck, Englewood city manager What was the city’s biggest accomplishment in 2017? Englewood has been able to accomplish a lot in 2017 from the successful (police building) bond rating and sale …

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Englewood: Looking back and forward

What was memorable about 2017 and what’s ahead in 2018?

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Eric Keck, Englewood city manager

What was the city’s biggest accomplishment in 2017?

Englewood has been able to accomplish a lot in 2017 from the successful (police building) bond rating and sale process to bringing on the new city attorney and finally the design and execution of its new communications (department). 

The Englewood Block Party was a resounding success. It has really helped to build a stronger sense of community as well as provided a tremendous boost to the businesses along the historic downtown area of South Broadway. This has encouraged us to look at new ways to add energy and excitement to the events that the city will be hosting in the future.

What opportunity for the city are you most looking forward to in 2018?

The biggest opportunity for the city in 2018 will be helping the city council create a strategic plan that will guide the future of the organization and the community… Addressing such topics such as financial sustainability, infrastructure funding, community design and service delivery will all be included in this strategy. 

The creation of this strategy will also allow the city to hear from more voices in the community about what Englewood should develop into when it is all grown up. I am not referring to land use or development so much as the level of sophistication and focus of the city's resources in the future.

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Nathan Beste, Englewood, a manager at Positive Vibes Smoke and Gifts Shop

What made 2017 memorable?

We moved here last September, so that was a huge jump in the pool for (me, my brother and our friend). We renovated the place — it used to be a Catholic bookstore. We had a shop at home (in Kansas) and came out here to not be in the shadows, to be a tax-paying business. We sell glass and gifts — everything but cannabis. Since this is a gold rush, we sell the tools.

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

In 2018, I'm looking forward at what Englewood has to offer in terms of businesses. It's on a snowball, and we wanted to come kick it — we want to see what happens with new apartments and all the fresh businesses. When Englewood is fully open, with no vacant spots, like in the `50s — a booming part of town.

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Dawn Boggs, Englewood, cashier at Army Surplus For Less

What made 2017 memorable?

For me, my boyfriend bought me a diamond, we got our first apartment instead of living with other people and this is my third year working here.

For Englewood, I'm worried about the internet taking over brick-and-mortar stores. This year hasn't been as profitable … Englewood's growing so big — it's the Colorado thing.

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

In 2018, hopefully (we're) buying a new house. We're definitely looking in Englewood.

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