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Denver Hits an Affordable Housing Goal, But Still Has a Journey Ahead

The city plans to announce a new strategy Sept. 19 to help residents challenged by high rents.

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The 5280 Loop: Linking Neighborhoods, Rethinking the Way People Get Around Denver

The proposed urban path would tap underutilized streets across the city for a new bike and pedestrian friendly passageway stretching 5.280 miles. The path would be unique to Denver.

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Looking For Love? Three New Apps Help You Do It, Denver Style

Colorado dating apps focus on the specific things active people fancy here, from mountain sports to yoga, putting singles together based on mutal interests. They're smarter then all those friends who are trying to hook you up.

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The Big Ambition of Little Free Library

The biggest tiny library system in the country is making inroads in Denver. Expect more branches of Little Free Library in your neighborhood soon.

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Mutiny Information Cafe Looks Back to the Future

The Baker bookstore has expanded its offerings, hosted live music and promoted the local community. Now its founders are going back to their zine roots and launching an indie press.

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Bucket List: Rich Grant on "100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die"

Irene Rawlings and Rich Grant's 100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die taps into its authors' deep knowledge of the city. The book has plenty to offer both longtime residents and newcomers.

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Dex Media, Confluence Denver hosting free marketing seminar Oct. 5

On Oct. 5, Dex Media and Confluence Denver will host a "Marketing Success Seminar" at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale.

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Denver Rolls out Bike Lane on Broadway, More to Come

Denver is seeking to become a biketopia, enabling pedal-pushers a safer and more enjoyable ride or commute. The latest effort: a two-way study lane on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares, Broadway, complete with stoplights -- for bikes.

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Green Menace: Emerald Ash Borer Could Decimate Denver's Trees

An urban counterpart to the Rocky Mountain pine beetle, the emerald ash borer has infested trees in Boulder County, and Denver officials are bracing for it to move south. The Be A Smart Ash campaign aims to educate, save trees and plant new ones.

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Little Fyodor Leads Charge to Keep Denver Weird

For three decades running, weirdo DJ and musician Little Fyodor and his bandmate and partner-in-abnormality, Babushka, have fought to keep Denver strange.

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Dark Fiber Lights Up: Gigabit Competition Increases in Denver

Gigabit-speed Internet access is increasingly available in Denver, as the city looks to turn the corner and boost its broadband.

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Jefferson Park, Urban Island Again on the Upswing

The northwest Denver neighborhood is growing in a hurry, but some things remain the same. Gentrification might be new here, but walkability and a lack of retail space remain challenges for Jefferson Park.

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Denver's Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015

Confluence Denver recently spoke with local tech luminaries Erik Mitisek, J.B. Holston, Tom Higley, Joe Zell and Chris Onan to get their take on the year that was.

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Event Recap: Building Intentional and Inclusive Communities

Otten Johnson and Confluence Denver hosted a conversation at The Commons on Champa that covered some of Denver's most interesting projects under development: inclusive projects being built with all stakeholders in mind -- and with their input.

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Climbing Gyms Finding Bigger Footholds in Denver

In Baker, the 32,000-square-foot Movement represents the most recent evolution in Denver's climbing gyms. Opening in 1992, Thrillseekers on South Broadway is the oldest and still evolving to meet clients' needs.

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Solar Gardens Bloom in Denver

Grid parity is upon us, but not all rooftops were created equal. For those who can't install an array at home, community solar gardens are an increasingly popular means of harnessing the sun.

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Rebirth of Print: Denver Magazines Opt for Paper in Digital Age

Denver magazines like Birdy and Suspect Press eschew digital publishing in favor of old media: the trusty printed page. Advertisers and readers alike are buying into the idea.

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Denver Breweries Get Craftier Together

Denver's tale of success is increasingly told through collaborations among businesses, a kind of "help me out and I'll help you" philosophy that mashes together diverse interests. That holds especially true of the city's breweries, as evidenced through the sold-out Collaboration Fest.

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Rail in Denver: Boom, Bust and Boom Again

In places, Denver's railroad is an industrial gash that cuts through a vibrant city. As the city continues to grow around one of its first lifelines, several railyards still sprawl for acres in the middle of more human-oriented development.

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Slim Cessna Comes Home

After more than a decade back East, Slim Cessna is living in Denver, where he started his eponymous band, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, in 1992. The city is glad to have him back in its arms once again.

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The Enigma: Sideshow Star Moves to Denver

Freakshow superstar The Enigma has relocated to Denver, with plans to make the city much freakier. He and his cohorts are planning a sideshow-themed attraction to rival Coney Island.

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Keep Denver Glowing: Seth Totten of Acme Neon

Seth Totten of Denver's Acme Neon is a craftsman who makes the relics of Denver's streets shine as bright as ever. With the help of Save the Signs, he is pushing to keep neon alive.

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From Denver to the World: Startups Surging from a Mile High

Denver in 2014 is like an entrepreneurial rocket ship, and in many ways, it's always been like that. Today's leaders have recognized the intersection of the startup mindset and Colorado culture and harnessed the synergy with impressive results. Case in point: Denver Startup Week.

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The High Cost of Growing Cannabis

Cannabis cultivation uses as much as 10 percent of Denver's electricity, and there are no best practices for sustainable growing. A number of startup businesses and organizations are looking to change this.

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The Metlo Makeover: From Moldy Motel to Small-Business Magnet

The Golden Triangle's former Broadway Plaza Motel has emerged from its renovation better and brighter than ever as an office building and a local model of adaptive reuse: The Metlo. The place is quickly attracting tenants -- it's more than half full just a month after the doors opened.

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Fun Rides and Seats that Vibrate: Pedicab Season Begins

The home opener for the Colorado Rockies is the unofficial start of pedicabbing season. Denver is on the forefront of the pedicab industry, in terms of licensing and regulation and the sheer number of pedicabs. Writer Chris Meehan knows from experience -- he might just be the guy pedaling you from point A to point B.

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What If? Streetcars a Possible Panacea for Colfax

As Denver becomes a more urban city, it's also becoming more congested. Increasing public transit can help fix the issue, and many cities, from Portland to Salt Lake City to Washington, D.C., are bringing back streetcars to make transit better for residents and visitors.

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Denver Bridging Gaps for Walking and Pedaling

Over the past decade, Denver has built new pathways for the city's bipedal travelers, including the Millennium Bridge between LoHi and LoDo. Now the city is working on new projects to make the city more navigable by foot and bike, including a pedestrian bridge in the RiNo neighborhood that will cross a tangle of railroads and access the forthcoming light-rail station near Blake and 36th streets. Other parts of Denver still need help -- and some are starting to get it, with $10 million worth of projects in the works.

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Voodoo Doughnut Puts its Magic in the Hole on Colfax

Voodoo Doughnut picked Denver over Austin, San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas for its first location outside of Oregon. Co-Founder Tres Shannon and GM Laura Wolken share why the city is perfect for the one-of-a-kind doughnut business.

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Hope Tank: The Business of Giving

During the holiday season, people tend to think of those less fortunate and how to give to them. They also think about all the things they want to buy for their friends and loved ones. What if you could do both? Enter Hope Tank.

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For the Love of Chard: The First Bantu Harvest in the New World

Earlier this year, Confluence Denver brought you the story of the Somali Bantu refugees and the Ubuntu Urban Farm in Denver's Westwood neighborhood. It was the beginning of a learning experience for the refugees of war-torn Somali who, though farmers by tradition, were not used to farming in a climate anything like Colorado's. Now they've harvested their first full season of crops, providing them to the Bantu, CSA (community-supported agriculture) members and a restaurant.

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The Baker Boom: Revitalization on Broadway Hits Fever Pitch

Development in Baker has exploded in recent years, and the curve is steepening as of late 2013. Can one of Denver's most distinctive 'hoods balance explosive growth with the preservation of its quirky character?

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Things to Do in Denver When You're Filming

With a new Colorado film incentive on the books and Denver looking at another one for productions in the city, Hollywood has been shooting here more and local independent productions are also on the rise. Can Denver rebuild its film cred back to the halcyon days of Every Which Way But Loose?

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Bantu Urban Farm Marries Somali Tradition With Sustainable Farming in Denver

Somali Bantu refugees have teamed with Revision International and a host of local nonprofits to launch the Bantu Urban Farm in Denver's Westwood neighborhood. They're planting the seeds to continue long-held cultural traditions with a twist: a much different climate.
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