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Eye Candy: The Best Denver Building Designs of 2017

The annual Mayor’s Design Awards emphasize the positive side of the city's widespread gentrification.

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The Boutique Boom: A New Crop of Hotels, Specializing in Personality, Welcome Denver Visitors

Across Denver's developing neighborhoods, boutique hotels, like the Born, Maven and Halcyon, are redefining the hospitality industry and filling a niche in a wide-ranging construction boom that is bringing dozens of new hotels and thousands of guest rooms to the city. They aim to lure travelers and entertain locals at the same time.

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Shuffling the Shuttle: Could This Be the Dawn of a New Era for Denver’s Iconic Main Street?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well unfortunately the 16th Street Mall is broken — mostly in ways we pedestrians can’t see. But if you’re worried about how many tax dollars a redesign might cost, relax: The city is already spending a bundle on annual mall maintenance and repair.  

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Capturing Talent: How Companies Are Keeping Up with a Changing Workforce

Employees nationwide are demanding more than just a good paycheck. How are Denver-area human resources departments adjusting to the evolving labor landscape?

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What You Need to Know About Denver's 2017 Biennial of the Americas

The celebration of art and ideas returns Sept. 12-16 with public offerings that range from "lunch and learn" panels on important international topics to a recreation of one of Havana's hottest nightclubs.


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Public art's unheralded bonus? Projects invigorate the local economy.

When the city spends money on public art, the funds also create jobs, spark commerce and keep local businesses thriving. And it can make Denver a more pleasant place to live, work, and visit.

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What If All of Denver's Bikers and Walkers Banded Together? They Have, and They Want Safer Streets.

Denver's funding for walking and biking infrastructure is meager compared to the budgets of peer cities. The Denver Streets Partnership is looking to shift the paradigm, with a big target of $800 million.

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For Denver’s remarkable performing arts season, a real celebration, but a reality check, too.

The city’s biggest fine arts groups are having banner years, but ramping up ticket sales has meant turning their wares populist. Companies say they do push audiences to be high-minded — but have to heed the bottom line, too.

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As Denver grows taller, city planners scramble to create rules that make sense

Denver's booming population is nearing 700,000 and demand for housing has pushed building heights skyward. The question: What guidelines makes sense for each urban neighborhood?

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Wonderbound Dances in a Different Direction, Creates a New Business Model for the Performing Arts

Under Artistic Director Garrett Ammon, the dance company has set the pace for creative partnerships, working with classical ensembles, pop bands, even a magician. Everybody wins.

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Breaking Boundaries: Interactive, Immersive, Pop-Up Theater

Please do not remain seated. Unbuckle with tickets to a new breed of shows in Denver that meld theatrical elements with experiences that keep theatergoers on their feet.

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Teenage Artland: Denver Creative Community Hones Youth Programs

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver models an inclusive and cool approach to engaging young creatives, as other arts organizations in the city follow its lead.

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Beyond Blucifer and the Blue Bear: Advancing Public Art in Denver

Denver's "One Percent for Art" law has helped foster a collection of public art that's the envy of other cities. Where has the policy exceeded expectations -- and where has it fallen short?

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Changing Denver: Homelessness in the Gilded City

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode takes on the homeless sweeps and development in Arapahoe Square.

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Subways and Pods: What Denver's Transit System Could Have Been

Once upon a time, Denver leaders envisioned elevated personal rapid transit and a below-grade subway. While funding never materialized, what can be learned today?

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A Dozen Abuzz 2016: 12 Anticipated Projects in Denver

Denver is building, rebuilding, renovating and reinventing. Here are 12 of the projects we're most excited to check out once the dust settles.

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The Arts Mean Business: CBCA Study Shows Big Economic Impact

The Colorado Business Committee on the Arts 2016 report showed a sizable creative economy on the upswing in Denver. The numbers are impressive, but they don't tell the whole story.

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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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Time to Float Ideas for Art Tank 2017

Proposals are due to the three-year-old program that administers one of Colorado's largest pools of arts funding on Nov. 2.

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Delivers Timeless Tale to Denver Teens

You've heard of Shakespeare in the Park. But how about the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Shakespeare in the Parking Lot?

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Connecting Denver's Transit Deserts

With the $5.3 billion FasTracks buildout hitting a crescendo, the regional rail network is a model for municipalities near and far. But what about the intra-city transit system to support its world-class status?

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Changing Denver: Preserving the City's History

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode features an interview with historian Amy Zimmer.

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Planning Downtown: A Look Back on the 2007 Downtown Area Plan

Confluence Denver offers readers a series of stories on the progress toward the vision put forth by the 2007 Downtown Denver Area Plan, developed by the Downtown Denver Partnership and the City and County of Denver.

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The Artist's Way: Making Denver a Better Place for Creatives

In growing, changing Denver, what do creative people need to make art -- and make a living? Confluence talked to the city's artists and got a wide range of answers to these critical questions.

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Rail and Reinvention: Catalyzing Transit-Oriented Development in Denver

What defines good transit-oriented development? What catalyzes it? With the A Line to DIA now running, 2016 is the year that marks the end of the beginning for TOD in Denver, and the conversation is as vital as it ever will be.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Green City

With numerous sustainability-oriented initiatives and a push for more and better downtown parks, Denver's city center has gotten greener in the last decade. What's next for a more sustainable downtown?

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Confluence Q&A: Alan Gass of AGGA Architecture and Urban Design

On the eve of the 2016 edition of Doors Open Denver, architect Alan Golin Gass hopes intelligence, not fashion, drives change in the city's built environment.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Diverse City

The 2007 Downtown Area Plan put forth an aim of making Denver's city center a more diverse place. Nearly a decade later, the vision is emerging as reality, but it remains a work in progress.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Walkable City

To establish Denver's downtown area as a walkable district, business and city leaders focus on developing not just pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, but train, bus and bike traffic for first- and last-mile connectivity.

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Ivar Zeile Has Seen the Future of Public Art, and It's on 25' x 60' screens

The Denver Digerati ringleader is thinking big when he curates works of art for the Denver Theatre District's big LED screens, and defying the norm of advertising-only digital billboards.

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Building DPAC's "Next Stage"

The Denver Performing Arts Complex is a national standout, but that doesn't mean it's resting on its laurels. As an ambitious vision takes shape, what's next for the venerable facility?

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Building Equity in the Arts in Denver

Denver's downtown performing arts scene draws visitors from across the region every year, but African Americans and Latinos are typically not among them. Amid changing demographics, institutions are challenged to create authentic diversity.

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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: IdeaLab

Sponsored by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the first-ever IdeaLab took flight on Fri. Nov. 6. It kicked off Denver Arts Week with a daylong conversation about how artists and arts organizations could partner with citybuilders of all kinds.

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Digital Placemaking Sparks Human Connections in Denver

Forget iPhones and private Facebook pages. Digital arts can be big, brash and public to add another layer to urban placemaking efforts.

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Event: IdeaLab

On Nov. 6, plug in to IdeaLab! Join creative leaders from Denver and nationally for a full day event featuring panel discussions and workshops on getting inspired, building partnerships and putting creative ideas into action. 

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Through the Lookingglass: Wonderland in Denver

As Lookingglass Alice reminds, Alice in Wonderland conjures the creative, kooky kid in all of us. The city can always use a little more of that.

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Denver Startup Week 2015: Postgame Wrap-Up and Five Lessons Learned

Denver Startup Week was bigger and better than ever in 2015. The country's largest free entrepreneurial event offers a lot of free advice, and here are five of our top lessons learned this time around.

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GABF as Catalyst: Full Calendar Surrounds Country's Biggest Beer Fest

A whole universe of beer events has sprung from Denver's annual extravaganza of hops and yeast and foam, the Great American Beer Festival. There's more going on this year than ever, and that makes for a bigger economic impact on the city and some tough decisions for beer lovers.

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One Day on the Denver Light Rail

Confluence Denver's intrepid editor took it upon himself to ride the city's entire light rail network in one day. Here's what he saw, from growing nodes to needed connections.

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Pop Quiz: Six Denver Entertainment Oddities and Obscurities

Okay, I did the research. Here are a half-dozen of the city's most significant and strangest claims to fame on stage, page and silver screen.

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PalletFest Upcycles Denver

The second annual PalletFest comes to Sculpture Park Aug. 29-30. Organizer Kenny Fischer says he hopes to educate and inspire Denver residents to upcycle.

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A Tale of Two Grids: Confusion Aside, Diagonal Streets Distinguish Downtown Denver

The street grid Denver was born with in the 1850s became the exception to the rule as the city grew around it in the subsequent decades. The askew layout has both drawbacks and benefits. 

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Six Places in Denver Catalyzed by Public Art -- and Six More That Could Use Some

Public art can completely reshape the forgotten nooks and crannies of a city. Here are a half-dozen public artworks that have changed Denver for the better, and a half-dozen spots that could use some color.

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Denver, Planet Earth: The City Goes Global

With a wide range of stories capturing international attention, Denver is casting a wider cultural and economic net than it once did. Nowhere is this more apparent than Biennial of the Americas.

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A Parent's Guide to Summer in Denver

There's no shortage of summertime fun for the young in Denver. From museums and parks to performing arts and outdoor concerts, here's a look at a few favorite family-friendly offerings. 

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Mapping Denver: Transit Expansion Drives Higher Rents

The expansion of light rail has helped increase residential rental rates in neighborhoods on the rail network. That can push out the very residents who could most benefit from public transit. (map link)

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Making a "More Integrated" Convention Center and Performing Arts Complex in Downtown Denver

The Denver Performing Arts Complex and the Colorado Convention Center next door are in line for updates. An "urban framework design plan" is in the works to serve as the template for two separate master plans.

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