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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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At Sakura Square: Wariness Over Changes to Historic Home for Denver's Japanese Community

With a noted development team and world-famous architect at the ready, a proposed overhaul is in the works for the site of Denver's annual Cherry Blossom Festival. But will a revitalization of this Japanese-American block in Denver bring new life to Sakura Square, while preserving its deep history and mission?

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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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Denver Offers to Help D.I.Y. Spaces Get Legit - If They Come Forward

The proposed Safe Occupancy Plan would avoid evictions at artist-run spaces if property owners turn themselves in and come up with a long-range plan to meet safety standards. The city is pledging patience, support, and expert advice on economical ways to upgrade buildings.

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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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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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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 City's Challenge: Preserving Artists' Spaces in Denver

The story behind the Lawrence Street Artists illuminates how creatives struggled for affordable space in Denver long before the recent nationwide clampdown on converted warehouses.

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Artists on Art: Denver Creatives Discuss the Local Scene

Five prominent local creatives share their thoughts on standout visual art, urban change in Denver and the evolving meaning of art in the years ahead.

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Street Art Making Mark on New Denver

Denver's street art is attracting national recognition. How is the city's booming mural scene helping soften the impact of rapid development and gentrification?

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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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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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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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Fresh Food Connect's Harvest of Opportunity

An all-accessible, farm-to-fork initiative, Fresh Food Connect is the fruition of collaboration, a bold brainchild that feeds families, empowers youth and minimizes waste.

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RiNo's Craft Breweries Await Arrival of Big Beer

"Where Art is Made" is the tagline of the River North (RiNo) Art District, but "Where Beer is Made" is just as apt. With big breweries set to join the upstarts, RiNo is poised to brew more beer than any other area in Denver.

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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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Planning Downtown: Creating a Distinctive City

Obstacles often equal opportunities for the next distinctive spaces of downtown Denver. Planners look to the bookends of the city center, Auraria and Arapahoe Square, to create the city's next great places.

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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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A Moveable Feast: We Don't Waste Diverts Food from Trash to Table

From farm to food bank, local foodie and do-gooder Arlan Preblud does his part in upcycling unwanted grub with We Don't Waste, an innovative solution that marries food overproduction with insecurity.

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Beautiful Blocks Denver: Curtis Park

We start our Beautiful Blocks Denver series where it all began: in Curtis Park, the city's oldest residential neighborhood, dating back to 1871. 

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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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Transit-Oriented Art: Expanding Access in Motion

There's a citywide gallery of public art along Denver's transit routes. With the opening of the new train to DIA and other rail lines, considerably more transit-oriented art is coming soon.

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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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Arts with Purpose: Catalyzing Civic Engagement in Denver

Numerous arts organizations in Denver have ulterior motives: They want to make the city a better place.

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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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Denver's "On the Road" Icon Celebrated at The Merc

On Sat. Jan. 30, the seventh annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash takes place at the Mercury Cafe, celebrating the legacy of the Beat Generation icon through poetry, prose, personal recollections and music.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Prosperous City

With over 70,000 residents and an economy that employs more than 120,000, downtown Denver is the economic hub for its greater metropolitan area, as well as the Rocky Mountain region -- and business and city leaders intend to keep it that way.

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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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Deepening Literary Lives: Homeless Writers Share Their Stories

The written word has the power to change lives, and it's no different for those who have experienced homelessness. In fact, it might hold even more power for those who are struggling to find a place to live.

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The Denver Eye Focuses its Lens on City History

Nightclubs, 1950s strip clubs, CSU's murderous dormitory, White Spot coffeehouses, old menus and high schoolers stealing off with a six-foot-tall Big Boy statue: As some folks tear them down, one man immortalizes the charming tidbits that comprise Denver's vanishing, beloved and bizarre culture.

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Photo Essay: Scenes from Larimer Street

Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn captures images of Larimer Street, a microcosm of the ever-shifting city.

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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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Business Meets Pleasure as Imbibe Rides Denver's Craft Beer Wave

Party planners do their best to create memorable moments, but few have had the success of Denver's Imbibe Events. The company has quickly emerged as the go-to event organizer for the city's craft breweries.

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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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National Roundup: The Secret(s) to Sustainable Urban Farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

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Housing First Doesn't Manage Homelessness -- It Ends It

Offering housing coupled with voluntary services like therapy and training doesn't just help the chronically homeless find stability, it improves a community's overall health. With Colorado Coalition for the Homeless taking  the lead, Denver is upping its current stock of permanent supportive housing.

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 5: Breweries and Beer

This is the fifth installment of Denver by the Data, a quasi-monthly, data-driven belly flop into different topics of various to the city. The topic of the month: beer and brewing.

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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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Affordable and Exclusive: Can Urban Hostels Turn a Profit by Striking a Balance?

Hostels are making a comeback in Denver. Hostel Fish aims to take a page from its European counterparts and appeal to savvy travelers looking for a deal as well as comfort and style.

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Mile High Development Blues

There has been a surge in the number of critiques of the ongoing development boom in Denver. Is it time for a constructive dialogue -- or is it too late?

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Event Recap: Talent & Housing Panel Tackles Big Questions

On Thurs. Apr. 16, Confluence Denver and Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti presented a panel discussion on talent and housing challenges and opportunities in the city. Held at Green Spaces, the event sparked a conversation that participants were eager to continue. 

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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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Unloved but Enduring: Tenacious Tree of Heaven is an Urban Marvel -- and Menace

For many Denverites, the Tree of Heaven defies its moniker. This invasive plant is more apt to make a property owner say a deity's name in vain than praise its seemingly immortal roots.
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