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Brews, Beans, and WiFi: How Coffee Shops Really Make Money

Coffee shops are the original startups, and they continue to boom. But how do they make a profit when a cup sells for just a few bucks and real estate, raw materials, and labor costs are sky-high? Denver's most popular caffeine sellers tell us their secrets to success.

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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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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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Housing Scrapes: Signs of Economic Vitality or Withering Neighborhoods?

Residential scrapes are back in Denver, as ever-larger homes join tidy rows of bungalows on all sides of the city. While they're hitting levels that haven't been seen in a decade, they've been the source of controversy for their impact on gentrification and historic preservation.

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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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Commercializing Charm: Old South Pearl Street Evolves

South Denver's beloved strip of retail and restaurants owes its existence to Denver's streetcar era, but it's changing with the times.

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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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Stellar Homes and Gardens

Cutting-edge architecture and design take center stage at these residences in Denver. Here's a peek inside some of the city's slickest new homes.

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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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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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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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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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Girls-Only Math Camp Equals Business Opportunity for Teachers

The Count Me In program makes brushing up on arithmetic fun for schoolchildren, and earning some extra cash possible for schoolteachers -- all during summer break.

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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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National Roundup: Pittsburgh's Young Entrepreneurs, Denver's New Breweries, Tampa's Next Hot 'Hood

Confluence Denver is one of 22 publications run by Issue Media Group, a Detroit-based media company. Our sister sites such as Model D in Detroit, Elevation DC in Washington, D.C., Fresh Water in Cleveland and Pop City in Pittsburgh have also been covering the latest in urban innovation and development. This is the first in a monthly series that will aggregate top news from around our network and profile what's next for cities.

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New Breweries Taking Off in South Denver

As many as five new craft breweries might be in business by mid-2014 along or near South Broadway and East Evans Avenue in south Denver. Former Future Brewing Company was first to open last weekend, and Declaration BrewingGrandma's HouseFermæntra and Denver Pearl Brewing Company are currently in the planning or construction stages.

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Turkey Trot Turns 40

The Mile High United Way's 40th annual Turkey Trot in Washington Park raised over $450,000 for a wide range of community initiatives. With nearly 10,000 runners, it was the Denver nonprofit's biggest Thanksgiving race yet.

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History Repeats on Old South Pearl Street

In Platt Park, Old South Pearl Street is sporting a new look. The nine-block stretch between Buchtel Boulevard and Evans Avenue has been a commercial district since the streetcar era more than a century ago, and Sushi Den has been the catalyst for the last 25 years. Can another anchor eatery help the area emerge as a dining destination that rivals LoHi?

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Kettlebell Ringers: Russian Workout Catches on in Denver

First used by Russian soldiers, the kettlebell provides an effective full-body workout that incorporates both strength and cardio. Denver trainers are increasingly hip to the benefits of these cast-iron, kettle-shaped weights.

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Ruby Hill Park Getting Ready to Shine

Welcome to Ruby Hill. The long underused city park is going through an extreme, culturally infused makeover that is expected to turn it into a Denver gem. It's quite a turnaround for a former landfill with a considerably lower profile than many other parks in the city.

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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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Dan Drayer's Radio 2.0 at Your Local Coffeeshop

No longer at Colorado Public Radio, local radio personality Dan Drayer can now be found interviewing locals at coffee shops for his own original series, "It's Like This," which can be heard online.

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Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Bottom Line?

Besides home, the biggest threat to our health is the workplace. By keeping track of the pulse of its employees, such Denver companies as DaVita, Ping Identity and Boa Technology have realized a healthy workforce is a productive one.

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The Future of Community Supported Agriculture in Denver

After the bankruptcy of Grant Family Farms in late 2012, it has been unclear how the closure of largest CSAs in the country would affect its members and the reputation of CSAs. In the face of the big bust, Denver-based Farm Yard CSA takes a much different tact: go small.

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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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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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Crowdfunding Helps Denver's Inventors Raise Funds, Build Community

Thanks to crowdfunding, a new funding source that gathers small funds from many people rather than large funds from a few, Denver’s introverted innovators are turning ideas into profit.


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Yelping, Grouponing and Forklying Through Denver

Looking for something to do over the holidays? Become a visitor in your own town and Groupon, Yelp and Forkly your way through the city. We did it for three days. A liver transplant and $175 in parking tickets later, and we’ve got some new favorite hangouts.
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