The every-ten-years U.S. Census means redrawing a lot of maps - for Congressional districts, the Colorado House and Senate, and in cities and towns across the state. The areas involved at the local level might be smaller, but opinions over council redistricting are still intense. The process can bring up racial divisions, cross-town rivalries, and tensions between newcomers and long-time residents. It can also raise questions about why some very small communities divide into districts, while some larger ones don't.
Kendra Carberry specializes in municipal law with the Denver-based firm Hayes, Phillips, Hoffmann, and Carberry. She talks with Colorado Public Radio's Mike Lamp.