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Squeezed Out: Challenges of Diversity and Affordability in Colorado Communities

Many Coloradans - renters, immigrants, artists, students, seniors, mobile and manufactured homeowners, single-parent and working families, small business owners and middle-class families - are financially stressed as a result of housing and other urban costs. Coloradans are also worried about quality of life - congestion, pollution, neighborhood character and shrinking green landscapes. Please join us at the third annual Community Building Colorado-Style conference to explore creative solutions to the challenges of affordability, diversity and equity in rapidly-growing Colorado communities.

If You Go

Who: Planners, designers, researchers, students, residents, city and town officials, agency staff and anyone interested! 

What: Squeezed Out: Challenges of Diversity and Affordability in Colorado Communities

When: Oct. 25, 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: SEEC Building, 4001 Discovery Dr., Boulder

Cost: $40 conference fee, includes lunch and other refreshments. Scholarships available for students.

Registration and more information

ETC: An opening reception will be held Oct. 24, 5:30-7 pm, at the Environmental Design building, University of Colorado Boulder, ENVD 134, 1060 18th St., Boulder.  $15 includes appetizers and drinks. Stay tuned for more information!

Conference registration is $40, including lunch and other refreshments. Scholarships are available for students.

Registration is now closed


Conference Overview

Squeezed Out explores innovations in design and policy to create places for affordable and permanently-affordable housing, immigrant and refugee populations, residents of mobile and manufactured home communities, artists and creatives, students, working families and others. The conference, which brings together leaders from neighborhoods, towns, cities and the University of Colorado Boulder, aims to build bridges between local governments, practitioners and researchers. It showcases innovative projects and cutting-edge research that helps communities broaden access to housing, create opportunities for small businesses and enhance culture and creative industries.

Speaker List

  • Irene Aguilar, director, Denver’s Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team; former Colorado State Senator
  • Amy Beres, Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership
  • Jonathan Cappelli, Neighborhood Development Collaborative
  • Dan Carmody, president, Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit, Michigan
  • Paul Casey, Westwood Unidos
  • Tony Chacon, City of Longmont
  • Katherine Correll, Downtown Colorado, Inc. 
  • Brian Corrigan, Futures United Network
  • Irma Diaz, Mujeres Emprendedoras Cooperative
  • Matilda Garcia, Mujeres Emprendedoras Cooperative
  • Elizabeth Garner, state demographer, state of Colorado 
  • Natalie Johnson, Manitou Art Center 
  • Marda Kirn, EcoArts Connections
  • Brian Muller, University of Colorado Boulder 
  • Jonathan Neely, Old Colorado City Partnership 
  • Korkut Onaran, Congress for the New Urbanism/Pel•Ona Architects and Urbanists
  • Fernando Pages Ruiz, principal owner, Fine Homebuilding 
  • Slavica Park, Focus Points Family Resource Center, Denver  
  • Brenda Ritenour, neighborhood liaison, City of Boulder
  • Jota Samper, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Peter Swift, principal owner, Swift and Associates
  • Claire Swinford, Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs 
  • Jamie Torres, councilwoman, City of Denver 
  • Nita Mosby Tyler, The Equity Project, LLC  
  • Deyanira Zavala, Mile High Connects


Selected biographies 

Irene Aguilar, director, city of Denver's Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team

Irene Aguilar worked for 23 years as a Primary Care Physician for Denver Health and Hospitals and now serves on their board of directors. A State Senator for southwest Denver between 2010 and last year, Aguilar championed health care access. In 2018 Aguilar became director of Denver’s Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team (NEST). Announced by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in his 2018 State of the City address, NEST is an impact team designed to better support residents and businesses facing significant changes to their neighborhoods. The team deploys resources to neighborhoods at risk of displacement and ensures that residents benefit from Denver’s prosperity and success.

Nita Mosby Tyler, chief catalyst, The Equity Project

Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. Dr. Mosby Tyler is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and for-profit organizations. In her work, Dr. Mosby-Tyler specializes in the development and delivery of leadership, equity, diversity, cultural responsiveness and inclusiveness training programs and strategies.

Dan Carmody, president, Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

Dan Carmody has more than 40 years of experience in local economic development and local food systems with a rich and broad array of experience around North America: from 10 years as a tavern-keeper to his current work operating the largest public market in the United States. Dan’s current passion is regeneration of one of Detroit's most venerated places, Eastern Market. His work focuses on spreading wealth more broadly- geographically and demographically, including local economic strategic planning, tactical placemaking, nurturing regional food systems, and pioneering new real estate markets, arts & entertainment districts.  

Katherine Correll, executive director, Downtown Colorado, Inc

Katherine Correll is an innovative and creative strategist who serves as a resource -choreographer for local governments, nonprofits, and private businesses hoping to achieve more with less. She brings broad experience from forming co-operatives of rural women, initiating local government strategic reforms, expanding professional development and volunteer networks, and spanning the fields of outreach and engagement, community and economic development, not-for-profit administration, strategic planning and logic frameworks, project development and management, local government planning, marketing and communications, financial and economic development services, and education. 

Korkut Onaran, principal, Pel•Ona Architects and Urbanists/Congress for the New Urbanism

Before he formed PEL•ONA Architects & Urbanists with Ronnie Pelusio in 2010, Korkut Onaran, PhD, worked at Wolff-Lyon Architects, as partner principal between 2007 and 2010, and as a senior associate between 2001 and 2007. He has been teaching as an assistant professor adjunct in the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver, since 1997. Also, he has been the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism since its formation in 2008.  Korkut’s book, “Crafting Form Based Codes: Policy, Design and Regulation” was published in the summer of 2018 by Routledge Publishing. He has won prizes in architectural competitions, including first prize in the national competition (in Turkey) titled “Small House,” second prize in the architectural competition for a mixed-use downtown complex in Kusadasi, fifth prize in the architectural competition for the Opera House and Performing Arts Center in Ankara and fourth prize in the urban design competition for preparing a preservation master plan for Citadel District in Ankara. Korkut’s new book of poetry, “Trident Poems,” came into circulation April, 2018.  Korkut has received the first prize for his poetry chapbook in 2007 Cervena Barva Press Chapbook Competition, and second prize in 2006 Baltimore Review Poetry Competition. His poetry has been published in several journals.

Brian Muller, associate professor; director, Community Engagement Design and Research Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Brian Muller is an associate professor in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he teaches environment and land use planning, planning history and spatial analysis. He holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley. His research focuses on planning methods, regional planning, and planning for hazards and climate change. Recent work has focused on green infrastructure as a climate adaptation strategy. Muller’s research has been supported by the US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, National Science Foundation, the Microsoft Corporation, the Wyss Foundation and the Colorado Department of Transportation. Muller has been chair of the Planning and Design program at the University of Colorado Denver and Director of Planning Studies for the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to returning to school for his PhD, Muller had a 15-year career as an environmental planner, policy analyst and program manager.


Previous conferences

More than 130 participants attended our 2018 Community Building Colorado-Style Conference, which brought together leaders from neighborhoods, towns, cities and the University of Colorado Boulder to build bridges between local governments, practitioners and CU Boulder researchers. The conference opened with two visionaries, Dana Crawford, award-winning preservationist and recipient of the Vanguard Legacy award of the 2018 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal, and Marilee Utter, president, Citiventure Associates, speaking about what they envision for the future of Colorado communities. Expert speakers and panelists covered topics such as innovations in university engagement, Denver's green roof ordinance, smart city technologies and citizen and youth engagement in city design. ​The event was sponsored by CU Boulder’s Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR), the Colorado Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI).

2018 agenda, bios and presenter slide shows. 


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