January 31, 2019

Denver Mayor Opens Undesign the Redline Exhibit and Storytelling Session

Mayor opens Undesign the Redline in Denver

Enterprise hosted the official opening of the Undesign the Redline exhibit at the Wellington Webb Municipal building in Denver. The exhibit successfully connects the history of housing discrimination and segregation to the political and social issues that we face as a community today.  

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Enterprise and Denver’s Office of Economic Development held an “I am Denver Storytelling Lab” during the opening celebration. This interactive event emphasized, “Everyone has a story, including Denver. But our story is not complete without the voices of our people.”

Held directly alongside the Undesign the Redline exhibit, the storytelling lab also aimed to collect dialogue and feedback in order to ensure that the history of redlining is not forgotten or repeated. As the author Sue Monk Kidd once remarked, “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”

At the event, many local Coloradoans told their personal stories of what it was like growing up in Denver. Stories ranged from how an individual or family narrative or culture is reflected in the neighborhood where they now live, or use to live; how it felt to be an immigrant in Colorado; the story of a neighborhood that has experienced redlining; and how a teacher or family member has inspired them. The stories were inspiring, touching and funny, and every story was personal, unique and important.

The Mayor of Denver captured his own personal childhood story of the personal impacts of redlining in the Denver neighborhood he grew up in. Listen to listen to the Mayor’s inspirational story.

WATCH: Undesign the Redline at the Webb Municipal Building

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