UpDoNA is the city registered neighborhood organization (RNO) representing the residents in Upper Downtown Denver. As an RNO, UpDoNA is recognized by the city of Denver as a representative and advocate for the needs and desires of a given community.
In our case, that community is Upper Downtown, formerly known as the Central Business District. Our community is known for many of the sights and attractions that bring people to downtown including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Colorado Convention Center, Denver Pavilions and more.
But Upper Downtown is more than a place to visit, it’s also place many of us call home. And the needs of that home are first and foremost to the UpDoNA mission (you can learn more about that below).
As you can see from the map, the UpDoNA boundaries encompass a large section of the downtown area, containing over 20 residential buildings, mixed with businesses, parks, cultural and entertainment venues.
Here’s a map of Upper Downtown as currently represented by UpDoNA. The numbered yellow boxes represent the residential buildings covered by our association (a mix of condos, apartments and lofts).
UpDoNA’s purpose and mission is to be a partner and advocate for all those living and working in the Upper Downtown area, ensuring that we will always be one of the most sought after neighborhoods for residents, businesses and tourists. We will be an advocate for the community with the key goal of improving the residential experience for all downtown owners and renters (and businesses). We want to support the vision of the City and the Downtown Denver Partnership to bring a renewed focus to the quality of life in our community. To that end, our mission contains six key action items and objectives:
UpDoNA was first envisioned in August of 2021 by a group of concerned citizens who saw a need for a stronger residential voice in Denver. Organizations already existed for businesses to work together, but a residential influence in city matters was lacking. We also saw a need for more community-oriented thinking among residents. While some residential buildings provide good social networks within those buildings, there is little interaction between them.
Those concerns led to the formation of a committee to investigate and to lay the groundwork for a Registered Neighborhood Organization with the City of Denver. At first, the committee was limited to residents of the Spire Condominium Building, but as word spread, other buildings became interested and participated. Work began even before the registration was completed – subcommittees were formed, bylaws were written, a website was initiated, letters were written to city leaders, connections were made with other nearby neighborhood associations, and the beginnings of alliances were formed, particularly with the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association. In December, 2021, application was made to the City of Denver for official recognition as a Registered Neighborhood Organization.
THE KEYS TO THE UPDONA MISSION
The UpDoNA Board of Directors is comprised of seven members.