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Denver Breweries Get Craftier Together

Denver's tale of success is increasingly told through collaborations among businesses, a kind of "help me out and I'll help you" philosophy that mashes together diverse interests. That holds especially true of the city's breweries, as evidenced through the sold-out Collaboration Fest.

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Rail in Denver: Boom, Bust and Boom Again

In places, Denver's railroad is an industrial gash that cuts through a vibrant city. As the city continues to grow around one of its first lifelines, several railyards still sprawl for acres in the middle of more human-oriented development.

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Sacred Spaces Resurrected: Denver Churches Finding New Life

Denver developers have saved a number of the city's historic churches and converted them into lofts, nightclubs and other landmarks of adaptive reuse. It's a win for historic preservation, but it's also pretty good business.


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Between LoHi and LoDo, Platte Street Sees Development Surge

A stretch of Platte Street sandwiched between Denver's trendy LoHi neighborhood and Lower Downtown has drawn the interest of developers. Three office buildings are under construction, and several more sites on the boutique- and eatery-heavy street are ripe for development.

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Denver's Next Great Neighborhood: Sunnyside

Sunnyside in northwest Denver is alive with development, and more is on the way, thanks to the impending arrival of light rail. With historic housing and a great location, what's not to like?

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Lost Denver: 11 Obscure, Oddball and Forgotten Spots

The ghosts of Denver haunt every corner of the city. From Montana City to Hop Alley to The Family Dog, here are 11 shuttered, shifted or blown-up spots for a dose of retrospective perspective.

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Civic Crowdfunding: Money from the Masses for Downtown Denver Bike Lane

The Downtown Denver Partnership has started the organization's first-ever crowdfunding campaign for civic infrastructure, with a $35,000 target for a protected bike lane on Arapahoe Street. Nationally, civic crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way to bridge budget gaps.

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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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Semple Brown Soars: Architecture and Design Firm Has Left Lasting Mark On Denver

Masters of melding the old and new, Semple Brown Design has shaped and reshaped Denver for more than 30 years. Co-Founder and Principal Sarah Semple Brown's fingerprints are all over the city, from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to The Kitchen Next Door Union Station. 

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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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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.

Mark Wright, Corporate Communications Manager at Cleveland Cavaliers.

National Roundup: Cincy's Beer Boom, Cleveland's New Leaders, Design in Denver

Issue Media Group publications such as Confluence in Denver, Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

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Case Studies in Placemaking: Stapleton, RiNo and LoHi

Placemaking is not an exact science, not in Denver, or anywhere else. It's something of a collaborative balancing act between developers, businesses and the general public, and it never happens overnight, according to some of the movers and shakers in a few of Denver's hottest neighborhoods: RiNo, LoHi and Stapleton.

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Designing Dining: Melissa Friday of Xan Creative

It's not just about the food anymore: Xan Creative has designed some of Denver's most eye-catching restaurants. The firm sees interior design as a key part of the dining experience, but function comes first.

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Meet the New Bull: Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe

Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe goes against the grain of the meat industry, with a craft-like approach to beef, pork and game. Proprietors Josh Curtiss and Kate Kavanaugh say healthy meat-eating often means eating less of it.

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What If? Elitch Gardens Move Downtown Reconsidered

When Elitch Gardens moved downtown in 1995, Denver officials saw it as a coup. Today there's a sense an amusement park isn't the best use of the 68 acres of prime real estate in the Central Platte Valley, but there's no clear path to redevelopment in the near term.

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Veterans to Farmers Shows Promise as it Gears Up to Build Premiere Greenhouse

One local entrepreneur has found an unusual way to support a historically neglected demographic while tapping into the "eat local" food movement. Veterans to Farmers will teach military veterans how to farm in urban environments, with its flagship greenhouse coming soon to the Curtis Park/Five Points area.

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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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Quite Simply, Cooking Matters

Of all the things to be thankful for this season, a full belly and good health are two of the most robust blessings. When it comes to making sure every Colorado kid remains healthy and full, Cooking Matters Colorado believes that cooking is what matters most.

Kate Armstrong is an urban forager who's made a career of living off our urban landscape by supplementing her diet with edible weeds.

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 Weird World of Andrew Novick: Blood, Pancakes and Punk Rock

The parallels to the legendary Andy Warhol are uncanny: identical infatuations with pop culture, both extraordinary collectors and coveters of the strange and they even share a name. What does a humble genius reminiscent of Warhol and undeterred by limits do in his free time? (Hint: The answer isn't "sleep.") Here's a brief review of all things Andrew Novick.

Jim Deters is the founder and CEO of Galvanize, a startup incubator complete with a shared office space and investment branch that works to foster and promote Denver-area startups.

Denver Startup Year: From 2012 to 2013, the Impact of Denver Startup Week

The first Denver Startup Week, held last fall, helped raise the city's profile as a destination for entrepreneurs, startups and those who have the cash to invest in them. Now that the industry is in the middle of the second annual Denver Startup Week, taking place at dozens of venues from Sept. 16-21, what do entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others have to say about the past 12 months, and where do they see the market heading in the future?

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Nanobrewery Boom in Denver: Everything Big Gets Small Again

Colorado's craft brewing industry has created some of the biggest fish in the microbrewery pond. The growth has catalyzed a brewing ecosystem, as the big fish have spawned many little fish. Nanobreweries are opening up in Denver at a very swift clip. But one question remains: What is a nanobrewery?

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Restaurateurs Revitalize Historic Denver

Denver establishments like Root DownLingerLowry Beer Garden and TAG, among others, are revitalizing old buildings into contemporary restaurants, discovering the ecological, economical, and cultural benefits of adaptive reuse.

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Lakeside Holiday

The state's most historic amusement park, Lakeside is a Denver institution. Independence Day was a great day for a spin on the Cyclone and a few snapshots. But what does the future hold for all of the vacant land around the park?

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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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A Monster of an Auction on First Friday in Berkeley

Tenn Street Art is hosting Monster Makers on this upcoming First Friday. The event features an auction of local artists' interpretations of A Monster to Love, which donates an identical monster to a child in need for every one purchased.

Matter owner Rick Griffith has been in the letterpress industry for 20 years.

Letterpress Defies Digital Age in Denver

The letterpress movement sweeping the nation does a healthy business in Denver, where locals enthusiastically covet all things handmade. The time-tested process has managed an unexpected revival as typographers at MATTER and other shops honor the historical roots of printing as they create distinctive works on heirloom presses.

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Keep on Trucking: Food Truck Row Hits Denver's Streets

Rumor has it a new food truck is unleashed on Colorado every four days. The trendy trucks are the hottest thing to hit the food industry since Jamie Oliver -- but most of them struggle. Food Truck Row is on a mission to bolster the industry by bringing together high-quality, gourmet trucks.

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center.

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.

B-cyclists buzzing the Denver City and County Building.

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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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.

Bartender Adam Hodak makes a cocktail at the Green Russell in LoDo.

Denver Speakeasies Capitalize on 21st Century Thirst for Nostalgia

Denver speakeasy-style bars Williams & Graham and the Green Russell, are growing like gangbusters as they awaken this beer city’s inner Great Gatsby.

People enjoy drinks at the bar, while an open kitchen is featured in the background at Cafe Bar in West Washington Park.

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.

Live plants and natural light fill Green Spaces, in RiNo.

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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