#is 03/03 2013 | IS adding the last installment of the Sunday series of iSFair 2O12 projects focusing on guerilla signage with thIS epic four year psychogeographic hack: the West Denver Urban Preserve and Trail.
INDIVIDUAL: The urban camper
GROUP SIZE: “386 members of the homeless community … in the first four months since the ‘Urban Camping’ Ban went into effect on May 28, 2012” ~ Occupy Denver
NATURE OF GROUP: Homeless, hobos, winos, all night binge drinkers, transients and travelers
INCIDENCE OF SOCIOMETRY: West Denver Urban Preserve and Trail
About two blocks south of the IS Home Office in West Denver’s working class SoHi neighborhood, is Lakewood Gulch – an east west chasm bisecting the cities grid. The gulch is a flash flood zone and infrastructure corridor for high capacity power lines that doubles as a bike-trail route, greenspace, and for the homeless prime urban camping sites. In 2008 (accidentally) on National Trails Day IS agents guerilla installed a trail marker system designating a route through the gulch as the West Denver Urban Preserve and Trail demarcating areas along the corridor for unsanctioned use such as graffiti tagging, leashless dog walking, drinking, and of course urban camping. In 2012 the Urban Camping ban and ongoing westward expansion of light-rail through the corridor presented a double threat to unsanctioned use in the gulch. WEDUPT needed to be freshly installed to draw attention to the endangered habitat for urban camping in the corridor.
WEDUPT SECTION 4: Perry St. to Sheridan Blvd.
Habitat: Advanced | Terrain: Advanced
WEDUPT Trail Map + Guide (pdf)
WEDUPT Trail Incorporation and Hike is tomorrow! 6/2/2012 8:00 am
Meet at Brooklyn’s adjacent to Sports Authority Field, 2644 West Colfax Avenue. Note this is Lower Colfax, beneath the West Colfax overpass. There is no event at Sports Authority Field until 7pm so parking in their lot should not be an issue. Wear shoes that can get wet, bring a water bottle, light camera, and snack. Wear neutral colors. No saturated Reds or Blues…