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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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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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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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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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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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Changing Denver: What Is Art?

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode focuses on the murals on the Cherry Creek Trail.

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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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After Party on the Bridge Returns for Fourth Year

The annual follow-up to the Gala on the Bridge offers a case study in philanthropic outreach to a younger demographic. The 2016 event takes place on Sept. 16.

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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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Steam on the Platte Heating up on River's Edge

An ambitious act of adaptive reuse, the mixed-use project aims to breathe new life into the banks of the South Platte River in the western reaches of the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood. 

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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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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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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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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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Changing Denver: The West Side

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode covers the history of the West Side.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rebooting Denver History to Connect Auraria and Downtown

Auraria  -- that's Latin for gold -- sits next to the site of the original gold strike in 1858 that brought settlers to Denver. The modern neighborhood is a college campus that still attracts scores of newcomers, but Auraria has a different set of challenges today.

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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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A Denver Wish List

From affordable housing to the Super Bowl, here are Confluence Denver's top wishes for our fair city for the year -- and years -- to come.

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The Art of War: A Creative Salve for PTSD

Iraq War veteran Curtis Bean discovered a path to healing in art and yoga -- and he wants to help other Denver-based vets find peace, too.

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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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Denver Musicians Take Entrepreneurial Approach

Denver's music scene is booming, with nationally known hitmakers, outsider artists and everything in between. The musicians are more businesslike than ever, but that doesn't mean they don't work together.

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From What River? to River Vision: South Platte Getting $25 Million Upgrade

On the South Platte River in Denver, numerous projects known collectively as River Vision are underway, aiming to improve both recreation and ecology. While the river remains a work in progress, it's unrecognizable compared to the mess it was 50 years ago.

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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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Downtown Denver Development Map Showcases $1.8 Billion in Current Projects

With 24 projects slated for completion downtown in 2014, the cumulative totals since 2008 are nearly 6,000 new residential units and 2.7 million square feet of new office space -- adding up to a cool $4.8 billion of investment. The annual map indicates that nearly half of the projects are in the Central Platte Valley.

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A Conversation: Place and Why It Matters in Denver

Sponsored by CU Denver and Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, Confluence's first panel discussion attracted about 125 people on Thurs. Apr. 10 to learn about and discuss placemaking in Denver.

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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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CU Denver Marks 40 Years with Big Changes

Four decades after its establishment as an independent institiution, CU Denver has come a long way. Today the university is in the midst of another major evolution, with its first independently owned building underway as the neighborhood-oriented master plan for the Auraria Campus becomes a reality.

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Can MOOCs Rewire Higher Education?

The MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, might just be the next big thing in education. CU Denver and CSU are getting in the game, and a few colleges are offering real credits. Is this a paradigm shift for education or is the hype overselling the reality?

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Confluence Q&A: Ken Schroeppel, CU Denver and DenverInfill

Confluence Denver talked to DenverInfill Founder and CU Denver Instructor Ken Schroeppel about Denver development, parking lots and the best places in the city.

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'70s-themed CU Denver Block Party Celebrates 40 Years

The second annual CU Denver Block Party is taking over the 1400 block of Lawrence Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thurs. Aug. 22. Dust off your tube tops and leisure suits to celebrate the university's 40th birthday with students, staff and alumni.

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Colfax Avenue Visions

Colfax Avenue is a 26-mile ribbon of blacktop running through the heart of Denver. This photo essay offers a glimpse in the everyday sights of the city's most urban street. 

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Draft Urbanism Tackles Denver's Age-Old Problems

The Biennial of the Americas launched on July 16, but its creative answers to problems such as too many parking lots and integrating Auraria and downtown could have a life well beyond the Draft Urbanism exhibition.

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One World One Water Offers Unique Minor in Water Studies at MSU Denver

Under the leadership of Director Tom Cech, the new One World One Water Center at MSU Denver offers students in all departments a unique minor in water studies.

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Indulge Your Pyrophilia: Bond with Fire at Iron Pour

Pouring molten iron is something of a dying art, but it's alive and well at CU Denver. Coming up on March 22 is Iron Pour II, a free public spectacle of fire and iron.

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Students Run the Show at MSU Denver's New Teaching Hotel

Denver is now home to the state's only teaching hotel in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown at Metro State. One of only eleven teaching hotels in the country, the state-of-the-art facility includes a unique natural light sensory analysis laboratory, cellar management laboratory and classroom, and the hotel itself is adorned with artwork by students and alumni of the school. 
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