Graffiti-covered garage

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140-foot transmission tower
obstructs  mountain view

140-foot transmission tower obstructs mountain view
Portrait of Carol e Campbell
Photo by Susann Gordon





KSPA Big Dog Drum Corps performs
at 2006 neighborhood picnic

KSPA Big Dog Drum Corps performs at 2006 neighborhood picnic
Britt Pedicord's Marble Soup Click here to view the Soup Bowl as Art gallery pages

Carol e Campbell








I was born in 1957 in Bedford, Ohio where my dad, a career Army officer, was stationed. The family moved often—as a child I also lived in Kansas, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and Germany. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1980, I married my husband, Don, and we moved from Austin to Denver in 1985. Don and I have two children—Chloe, 17, a senior at Denver School of the Arts and Camden, 10, a fourth grader at McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School. Don, a pharmacy technician, works at Denver Health Medical Center. We have lived in the Athmar Park neighborhood of Denver since 1988.

I am a founding board member of the Athmar Park Neighborhood Association (APNA) on whose board I currently serve as Membership Secretary. Over the years, I also have served as Newsletter Editor, Vice President, and as an At-Large board member. Since APNA was formed in 1991, I have been a committed community volunteer initiating and organizing many projects to deal positively with quality-of-life issues such as crime, property maintenance and code compliance, graffiti, zoning and prostitution.

To balance working on these difficult issues, I "keep my bowl full" by building community through numerous life-affirming projects like:

  • Organizing the annual neighborhood association picnic
  • Conducting site inspections for Denver Digs Trees
  • Heading two Neighborhood Culture of Denver grant art projects
  • Leading a Camp Fire Boys & Girls Club
  • Organizing the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) projects at my kids' schools
  • Teaching art to at-risk and under-served children through ArtReach
  • Teaching art at a local Montessori school

A graphic designer and fine artist by education and training, I continue to make my own artwork When I am not busy being a wife, a mom, volunteering in the community, or teaching art, I spend my time reading, gardening, rock hounding, and hiking.



  • Neighborhood Watch block captain since 1992
  • Attend District 4 Police Commander's meetings
  • Organize volunteers for police graffiti stings
  • Wrote an article for the Athmar Park Neighborhood Association newsletter calling for Broken Windows policing in May of 2005
  • Worked with Denver Police Department to close three prostitution "spas" in my neighborhood


  • Founded APNA's Graffiti-Busters committee in 1992 removing graffiti for neighbors and businesses for years
  • Recruit volunteers for and participate in graffiti stings with the police
  • Serving on the abatement subcommittee of the Graffiti Task Force

Property maintenance and code compliance

  • Long-time advocate of Neighborhood Inspection Services (NIS) going proactive with code enforcement
  • As a member of the NIS Partners Task Force:
    • Helped identify and correct problems relating to unresolved and lost complaints
    • Suggested new staffing for complaint-intake personnel and inspectors
  • As APNA newsletter editor, secured funding and annually published APNA's Good Neighbor Guide (en español) which educates neighbors about common code violations and directs them to the right department for remedy or assistance


  • Gone head-to-head with the city, businesses, and residents on zoning issues that negatively impact the neighborhood
    • Attempted to stop Xcel from installing 140-foot towers on parkland—towers overshadow homes and business along South Lipan and obstruct mountain views
  • Chaired a Mobile Food Vendor Task Force (MFV) which coordinated the MFV permitting process so all city agencies were on the same page
  • Serving on the Citizen Advisory Group of the Zoning Code Task Force




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