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March 2015 • Online Edition
 

PROFILE ONLINE: Check out our flipbook

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LETTERS:
New garage
stirs debate
on S. Pearl

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BUSINESS: 
Chowder Room
brings tasty
seafood to
S. Broadway

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PEOPLE:
Barela drives
change on
Santa Fe Dr.
and beyond

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READER'S PEN: 
Farming and 
the overuse
of precious
resources

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REP VIEW: 
Your vote 
counts in City 
Council Election

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People of South Denver
Veronica Barela: Love of Community Drives Sustainable Change | Print |  E-mail

by Susan Dugan
Born and raised in the North Lincoln Projects on Denver’s West Side, Veronica Barela – longtime president of NEWSED community development corporation (CDC) responsible for the revitalization of Santa Fe Drive – knows a thing or two about creating sustainable transformation “I grew up very poor, we were on welfare,” she says. “But Santa Fe Drive was a booming strip at the time. Back then we had three grocery stores in the neighborhood, a JCPenney, lots of retail, and access to downtown. There’s nothing wrong with growing up poor, it teaches you a lot.” A strong advocate for her four children, Barela’s mother made sure they had plenty of opportunities. “I had a wonderful piano teacher my mother found. She really liked us and gave us lessons for next to nothing. I took piano lessons for 12 years.” Her mother also instilled a passion for politics, grounded in the civil rights movement of the time. “My mother was a really strong Democrat. She loved Franklin Delano Roosevelt and, as a little kid, I used to go around handing out literature.”

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