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Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca speaks to protesters during the "People's Town Hall," held June 29, 2020, on the steps of the City and County Building. 

Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca is asking Denver residents to suggest potential landmarks that represent the city’s diverse community and history.

This comes after the Denver Post reported only 2% to 3% of Denver’s 7,000 historic districts and landmarks are non-white. This in a city where 29% of residents are Hispanic, 8% are Black and 4% are Asian, according to Census data.

“I'm putting together working groups focused on cultural landmark preservation in District 9,” CdeBaca said, calling it “the fight to keep and preserve our cultural communities.”

CdeBaca represents Denver’s District 9, which consists of a dozen neighborhoods, including Five Points, Union Station, City Park and Globeville.

District 9 is one of the most racially diverse districts in Denver, with approximately 33% of residents identifying as Hispanic and 17% as Black, according to a city report.

District 9 residents also have lower household incomes. The average income within the district is $42,384 compared to the city average of $68,377.

CdeBaca is looking to represent these communities with District 9’s landmarks, specifically looking for landmarks related to the history of Black, Latino, immigrant and labor/worker populations.

Denver’s Landmark Preservation Ordinance also expanded criteria for landmarks in 2019 to highlight the city’s "diversity and cultural history."

Suggestions for potential landmarks within District 9 should be directed to district9@denvergov.org.