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Drones in Denver: It's Still the Wild West

Despite what you see flying overhead, drones are off-limits in Denver's parks. Currently, the city's public safety agencies are exploring ways to use the unmanned aircraft in their work, while economic development officials are looking at business and environmental applications.

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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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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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Changing Denver: Is the urban zoo crucial to conservation, or contemporary cruelty?

This month's podcast offers a powerful look at the origins of the modern zoo, and questions the present-day ethics of a popular form of family entertainment. Both sides of the animal-rights debate have powerful arguments ready.

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Close Enough to Smell Their Breath: How Your Taxes Are Saving Tigers

The Denver Zoo’s new exhibit – The Edge – brings visitors closer than ever to Amur tigers — and it brings the zoo closer to fulfilling a facility master plan laid out in 2015.

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Wheelchair Wonder Woman

Kalyn Heffernan is a mentor to Denver school kids by day, and an obscenity spewing, hip-hop fireball at night. Her band, Wheelchair Sports Camp, has been representing the city — loudly and proudly — across town  and on the road.

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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: The Story of Sopris

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode visits City Park and takes a trip back in Denver history.

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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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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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Slow Selfie Makes Present Look Past

War conflict photojournalist Patrick Andrade has turned a corner with an old-school process. His RELIC studio in Sunnyside uses collodion-coated plates, not pixels, to tell his subjects’ stories.

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In Search of Density, Denver Developers Look to Backyards and Alleys

The construction of new carriage houses -- also known as alley flats, granny flats or accessory dwelling units -- was banned in Denver for more than 50 years. The city lifted the prohibition five years ago, but the promise of densification has not yet been realized.

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Park Hill Grows and Grapples with Colorado Boulevard

The longstanding neighborhood in northeast Denver is seeing a boom in development that spans housing, schools and community services and even an upcoming art trail. While commuter rail is on the way, increasingly thick traffic on Colorado Boulevard remains a big challenge for Park Hill.

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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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Denver Dog Park Dust-Up

Denver is one of the dog-friendliest cities in the U.S., but the closure a popular off-leash park has residents up in arms. What's next for dog parks in city limits?

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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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Denver by the Data, Vol. 3: Sports & Recreation

This is the third 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: sports and recreation.

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10 Denver Transportation Stories to Watch

No matter your means of motion, there's something in the works. From Bustang to Fort Collins to the train to DIA to remaking I-70, here's a roundup of 10 top transportation stories in Denver for 2015 and beyond.


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What Smart Cities Can Learn from Denver

Fueled by collaboration, the Mile High City is investing in transit-oriented development while also preserving its historic neighborhoods. Denver has gained 50,000 new residents in the past four years, outpacing its suburbs and most other metro areas.

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From DC to Denver, Gardens Revitalize Schools

School gardens, a second classroom of sorts where hands-on learning reigns supreme, are cropping up (pun intended) across the nation, breathing fresh life into public schools.Two cities in particular -- Denver and Washington, D.C. -- are changing the way their gardens grow with innovative additions to their programming.

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Cross-Cultured Offers "Cultural Matchmaking" for Young Professionals

A new program offers a taste of events from arts philanthropies aimed at a younger demographic, including the Denver Art Museum's CultureHaus, the Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club and the Clyfford Still Museum's 1944 Society. A Cross-Cultured membership offers free and discounted tickets to 25 events between July and October for $30.

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The City Loop Alley-Oop

Close collaboration and compromise between local parks services and neighborhood advocates may be the ticket as the re-imagining of Denver's beloved City Park is, well, re-imagined once more. Can the vision hurdle controversy and become a Rocky Mountain counterpart to Chicago's Millennium Park?

The CBCA's Leadership Arts program focuses specifically on arts and culture.

Civic Engagement Starts Here

Engaging with nonprofits on a meaningful level isn't always easy. Enter four unique organizations, each designed to facilitate philanthropic collaboration: Social Venture Partners, CBCACityBuild and JVA Consulting are pushing Denverites to do something great.

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Kate Armstrong, Urban Forager, Waxes on Weeds

Welcome to sunny Denver, where farmers markets reign supreme and foodies asking servers about the origins of their free-range chicken is as ordinary as a fork. But even here, the idea of living "authentically" sounds a little foreign, a little too Portlandia, doesn't it? Not if you're Kate Armstrong, the urban forager who's made a career of living off our urban landscape by supplementing her diet with edible weeds.

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The Green Dream: For Waste, Zero is the Magic Number

You could say at the Denver Zoo and Denver International Airport, waste is not garbage. After all, both organizations are working toward goals of zero waste to landfills. But as with many initiatives, it's about the journey, not just the destination.

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Art for the Masses: Denver's Public Art Program Turns 25

If you're adamantly opposed to PDAs -- that's public displays of art, not affection -- you've probably landed in the wrong city. With a current collection of about 330 public pieces, some commissioned on the taxpayer's dime, others privately funded, Denver's amassed approximately three-fourths the amount of public art lining New York's streets, and that's only the beginning of the story.

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Community Acupuncture Gives New Meaning to Healthcare Reform

You won't find community-style acupuncture anywhere in the lengthy Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), but this "working class acupuncture" is transforming the Denver healthcare scene one patient at a time. 

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Free Summer Concerts Music to Denver's Ears -- and Wallets

In a budget-conscious era, free summer concerts around the city are not only providing a bargain for attendees, they help create a sense of place in Denver. While the music events continue to grow and new ones appear on the radar every year, putting on the shows is serious work for concert organizers -- and it costs serious money -- but it pays off in a variety of ways.

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Doors Open Denver to Showcase City Beautiful

This year's theme for Doors Open Denver, coming up in April, celebrates the historic City Beautiful movement. Highlights include the recently restored McNichols building, the new Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center and the Zen Center of Denver.

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Denver Transportation, Part Three: B-cycle, Where the Rubber Meets the Road

What happens when thousands of affordable rental bikes, more than 300 sunny days, an advocacy group, hundreds of miles of bike paths and a cheerleading mayor converge on an idea? Denver B-cycle, the nation's first citywide automated bike-sharing program.

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Denver Transportation, Part One: Car and Ride Sharing

Denver residents are taking a pole position in the trend that has nearly one million Americans ditching the hassle of car ownership in favor of car- and ride-sharing services.

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Coworking Community Unites with Denver Coworks

Denver is one of only five cities with a coworking coalition designed to promote its plethora of coworking spaces while also creating a vast coworking community. In December, Denver joined Seattle, Toronto, Boulder and Austin in its efforts to foster a tight group of freelancers via a coworking coalition. 


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A Little Place Called Denver

In Denver, the beer definitely flows like wine, but women flocking like the salmon of Capistrano? We’ll leave that to Lloyd Christmas. This photo essay walks us through a city defined by collaboration, vibrancy, entrepreneurship, innovation, microbrews, fitness and creativity.

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Making Money, Mending Society: Social Entrepreneurship in Denver

One of the country’s first social entrepreneurship cafes, and one of only 23 in the country, Denver’s SAME Cafe is one of the first and most innovative social enterprises out there. Here’s what they’re doing and what they see happening with Denver social entrepreneurship. 

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Building Community One Cubicle Demolition at a Time

Internationally, the number of coworking locations has roughly doubled since 2006. With nearly a dozen coworking spaces, Denver is right in the middle of that trend. But why are entrepreneurs and others choosing to share workspace with strangers?  
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