Extreme civic engagement: One Denver couple has attended every single City Council meeting since last year

Denverite: Denver City Council returned to in-person sessions around two weeks ago. Most people probably didn’t think much about the change, or about the many meetings streamed on the web before the return to council-in-person.

But some civically-active citizens have spent hundreds of hours at official city meetings giving 2- or 3-minute elevator pitches, sometimes the same one month after month, during public comment sessions. The new hybrid model has allowed these commenters more flexibility.

“One of the problems of ‘How long do I have to sit in the chambers and wait to speak?’ is a little bit solved,” Councilmember Robin Kniech said at an operations meeting. “I can be at home waiting to speak… versus having to lose an entire day of work.”

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