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While most of the political leadership in Denver and Colorado support the I-70 East project and the preferred Partial Cover Lowered Alternative, there are outspoken critics of the process. The project is led by the Colorado Department of Transportation, and will primarily impact the northern part of the City of Denver. Though the Denver City Council has supported the I-70 East expansion project and Partial Cover Lowered Alternative, one criticism of this position is that many of the council members who participated in the decision are no longer in office. Mayor Michael Hancock joined with the Adams County and other regional leaders to support the preferred alternative for the project, citing outdated existing infrastructure and projected growth. Despite this official support, Mayor Hancock and the majority of the City Council members authored a letter to CDOT supporting the Elyria, Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods to express concern about these neighborhoods bearing most of the costs of this project. Hancock stated that “current proposals do not fully compensate for the impacts” to the affected neighborhood and promised the Department of Public Works will continue to engage with the community to address outstanding concerns. Dennis Gallagher, a former Denver Auditor and a former State representative of the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods, has criticized the I-70 process, neighborhood impacts, and cost. Debbie Ortega, a Denver City Councilwoman at-large, has also been a vocal critic of the project. United North Metro Denver is a group opposed to the project, which advocates for the removal of the interstate, replacing it with a boulevard, and rerouting the highway along I-76 and I-270 around the neighborhood.

Heffel, Nathan. “Competing Interests Complicate I-70's North Denver Future.” KUNC. 24 Sept. 2014. Web. http://www.kunc.org/post/competing-interests-complicate-i-70s-north-denver-future#stream/0 [Accessed on 24 Jan 2016]. Whaley, Monte. “Denver auditor Dennis Gallagher says I-70 process ‘rigged.’” The Denver Post. 07 Nov 2014. Web. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26893245/denver-auditor-dennis-gallagher-says-i-70-process [Accessed on 24 Jan 2016]. Colorado Department of Transportation. “Chapter 2 Purpose and Need.” I-70 East Final EIS: 2-4. Jan 2016. PDF. http://www.i-70east.com/FinalEIS/chapters/I-70EastFEIS_Vol1Ch2_Purpose-and-Need.pdf [Downloaded on 06 Apr 2016.] Greene, Susan. “Incoming Councilman Accuses Mayor Hancock of Sneaking Millions in Public Projects Past Lame Duck Council.” The Colorado Independent. 22 May 2015. Web. http://www.coloradoindependent.com/154054/incoming-councilman-accuses-mayor-hancock-of-sneaking-millions-in-public-projects-past-lame-duck-council [Accessed on February 14, 2016] City and County of Denver Mayor’s Office. “Mayor Hancock and Coalition of Regional Leaders Support Preferred Alternative for I-70 East.” 31 Oct 2014. Web. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/newsroom/2014/mayor-hancock-and-coalition-of-regional-leaders-support-preferre.html [Accessed on 06 Apr 2016] City and County of Denver Mayor’s Office. “Mayor Hancock and Coalition of Regional Leaders Support Preferred Alternative for I-70 East.” 31 Oct 2014. Web. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/newsroom/2014/mayor-hancock-and-coalition-of-regional-leaders-support-preferre.html [Accessed on 06 Apr 2016] City and County of Denver Mayor’s Office. “Mayor Hancock and Coalition of Regional Leaders Support Preferred Alternative for I-70 East.” 31 Oct 2014. Web. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/newsroom/2014/mayor-hancock-and-coalition-of-regional-leaders-support-preferre.html [Accessed on 06 Apr 2016] Frank, John & Murray, Jon. “In final act, Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher fires once more at mayor.” The Denver Post. 20 July 2015. Web. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28512927/final-act-denver-auditor-dennis-gallagher-fires-once [Accessed on 03 Feb 2016] Calhoun, Patricia. “I-70 EAST PLAN: COUNCILWOMAN WANTS MORE TIME TO REVIEW 13-YEAR STUDY.” Westword. 19 Jan 2016. Web. http://www.westword.com/news/i-70-east-plan-councilwoman-wants-more-time-to-review-13-year-study-7521938 [Accessed [Accessed 01 Mar 2016] Heffel, Nathan. “Competing Interests Complicate I-70's North Denver Future.” KUNC. 24 Sept 2014. Web. http://www.kunc.org/post/competing-interests-complicate-i-70s-north-denver-future#stream/0 [Accessed on 24 Jan 2016].

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The National Western Center is located in the middle of the numerous changes being planned for north Denver and stands between Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. The promoters of the project are excited for the possibility of a "Silicon Valley of Agriculture" and "an anchor for commerce and entertainment in Denver." However, there are numerous people within the nearby communities and within Denver who have voiced concerns about the $1.1 billion project funded with a loan to Denver of $673 million. The total cost is still unknown, which could result in Denver taxpayers making up the difference on a bill of up to $2 billion.

North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative Executive Director Kelly Leid has acknowledged that North Denver neighborhoods have been neglected by the city in the past, saying that “Over the course of the last hundred years, a lot of promises have been made and not kept." There is some debate regarding the intended outcome of the investment. One of the major developers, Mickey Zeppelin, views the NWC investment as a significant economic stimulus for historically neglected neighborhoods. But Drew Dutcher of Elyria worries that the sudden flood of money could spark future development which would change the demographics of the neighborhoods. Judy Montero has recognized the nearby residents are concerned about gentrification offsetting any benefits for residents and has asked whether or not people are going to be able to stay in the neighborhood. Elyria resident and business owner Tom Anthony, who was evicted from the future NWC campus due to a zoning violation, believes that he was targeted because of his public opposition to the NWC.

In addition, City council members Debra Ortega and Rafael Espinoza have openly criticized Mayor Hancock for the use of a “lame duck” city council to approve major decisions. Much of the NDCC Plans were approved before the entrance of new City council members, like Ortega and Espinoza, who are less pro-development than their predecessors and who oppose components of the NDCC. Espinoza says that "There's a game they're playing here. The Mayor is shoving things through now because he knows it would be harder once we're in office."

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