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Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park, Urban Island Again on the Upswing

The northwest Denver neighborhood is growing in a hurry, but some things remain the same. Gentrification might be new here, but walkability and a lack of retail space remain challenges for Jefferson Park.

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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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Denver-based Civitas Showcases Urban Design through Film

Urban design and landscape architecture standout Civitas has released two short films that explore the multi-layered and collaborative design process behind its work.

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Building DPAC's "Next Stage"

The Denver Performing Arts Complex is a national standout, but that doesn't mean it's resting on its laurels. As an ambitious vision takes shape, what's next for the venerable facility?

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Is Affordable Artist Live/Work Housing the New Normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?

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Affordable Housing Takes Root at Union Station

The developers of Ashley Union Station seek to offset Denver's rapidly rising rents with 75 below-market apartments.

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Who Is Shaping the Future of Cities?

Across the country, passionate people are working every day on the little things that lead to big changes.

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LoHi Boom Hits Challenging Crescendo

LoHi has changed completely since the nickname for "Lower Highland" was popularized a decade ago. Now that the grit is for the most part glitz, what's next for the area?

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Denver's Highway Icon Celebrates 30 Years

Three decades after its installation, Herbert Bayer's articulated wall in Denver continues to transform a short stretch of I-25 into an amusing, ennobling, oft-unexpected art gallery for passing motorists.

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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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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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Gates to the City: The Bright Future of Denver's Former Industrial Core

The area around the recently demolished Gates Rubber plant is ablaze with development, but there's still a notable hole in the city in the middle of it all. A new plan for the site is beginning to emerge.

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Redefining and Redesigning Denver's Historic Civic Center Park

Just south of Denver's Central Business District at the intersection of two of the town's most prominent streets lies Civic Center Park, a diamond in the rough that's beginning to shine as city planners work to change public perceptions. 

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New Owners Looking to Reinvent Kitty's South: Is 1917 Theater Endangered?

The historic Webber Theater, better known as Kitty's South, has sat empty on South Broadway for close to a decade. New owners have a vision of an "epicurean" hub, but Baker business owners are concerned for its future.

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Event Recap: IdeaLab

Sponsored by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the first-ever IdeaLab took flight on Fri. Nov. 6. It kicked off Denver Arts Week with a daylong conversation about how artists and arts organizations could partner with citybuilders of all kinds.


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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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Top 10 Hauntings in Denver

The paranormally faithful say there's a sizable population of poltergeists, apparitions, demons, ghosts and spirits in Denver. Here are 10 of the places they're allegedly most actively haunting.

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Behind the Screams: One Night at The 13th Floor

The 13th Floor in Denver is one of the top-ranked haunted attractions in the U.S. We took a look backstage to see how horror is made.

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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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Before and After: 10 Amazing Examples of Adaptive Reuse in Denver

From the REI Denver Flagship store in the Central Platte Valley to The Source in RiNo, here are the stories behind 10 of the top case studies of adaptive reuse in Denver.

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Digital Placemaking Sparks Human Connections in Denver

Forget iPhones and private Facebook pages. Digital arts can be big, brash and public to add another layer to urban placemaking efforts.

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Stapleton: Denver's Front Porch Neighborhood Pushes its Boundaries

A hybrid urban-suburban, lawn-free mecca for strollers and minivans, Stapleton can hardly be contained as developers push south -- and north, too. And maybe that's a good thing, as the airport-turned-neighborhood has set the bar high in its first 15 years.

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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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Through the Lookingglass: Wonderland in Denver

As Lookingglass Alice reminds, Alice in Wonderland conjures the creative, kooky kid in all of us. The city can always use a little more of that.

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In Growing Cities, Parking Challenges Require Creative Solutions

As more people move to cities, how can rapidly developing neighborhoods tackle parking challenges without gobbling up valuable urban space for off-street lots?

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Top 10 Entrepreneurs in Denver History

For the 2015 edition of Denver Startup Week, Confluence Denver highlights 10 of the city's greatest entrepreneurs of all time, from rubber barons to tech gurus.

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Architects on Architecture: Denver Stars Pick Their Favorite Buildings

Some of Denver's top architects name their picks -- and their pans -- of the buildings in city limits, as well as a few in other places around the world, from Sydney to New York City.

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CollaborEAT Breaks Bread on Downtown Denver's "Main Street"

The third al fresco dinner of its kind aimed to inspire connection, collaboration and creation of a new and improved 16th Street Mall. What's next for one of the country's most iconic pedestrian places?

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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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Big Housing Pains Bring Tiny Solutions to Denver

As rents climb in Denver, residents are choosing smaller spaces to get the urban lifestyle they want at a price they can afford. So far, developers have been happy to comply.

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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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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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Culinary Incubator Avanti Lifts Off in LoHi

Pitched as a "Galvanize for restaurateurs," Avanti F&B brings the coworking ethos to the restaurant world. Startup eateries can hone their menus and business models without going into debt.

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I Scream, You Scream: Upstart Scoop Shops Thriving in Denver

Artisan ice cream is booming in Denver. New parlors have filled voids in neighborhoods and are enjoying speedy growth in a city that craves all things local.

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Blight No More: Apartment Project Slated for Shattuck Site

At the once-toxic Shattuck site in Overland, a project is set to kick off a new era for one of the most infamous parcels of land in Denver. A Dallas-based firm plans to build more than 200 apartments on the six-acre property that was at one time considered too contaminated for development.

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Climbing Gyms Finding Bigger Footholds in Denver

In Baker, the 32,000-square-foot Movement represents the most recent evolution in Denver's climbing gyms. Opening in 1992, Thrillseekers on South Broadway is the oldest and still evolving to meet clients' needs.

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Denver Urban Gardens: Growing a Garden, Growing a Community

One garden at a time, Denver Urban Gardens is sowing the seeds for a more connected and vibrant city by creating public spaces that fuse community collaboration, urban agriculture and visual art.

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A Cartoon Garden: Kenny Be's Denver Neighborhood Seed Company

The cartoonist most associated with Denver, Kenny Be has planted 60 of the city's neighborhoods as seed packets for a fictional brand. He's a fixture at the annual Denver County Fair, held this year from July 31 to Aug. 2 at the National Western Complex.

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Six Places in Denver Catalyzed by Public Art -- and Six More That Could Use Some

Public art can completely reshape the forgotten nooks and crannies of a city. Here are a half-dozen public artworks that have changed Denver for the better, and a half-dozen spots that could use some color.

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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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Change on Horizon for Athmar Park

Athmar Park is a quiet west Denver neighborhood that is primed for change. Projects on both sides of the South Platte River could catalyze new development and, residents hope, better connectivity and walkability.

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A Denver Mosaic: Photos of Federal Boulevard

Colorful Federal Boulevard cuts through west Denver, a showcase for historic buildings, Asian and Mexican restaurants and street art. It's the city at its most diverse.

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 4: Housing & Real Estate

This is the fourth 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: housing and real estate.

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A Forest of Music: Denver Artist Makes Trees Sing

Art in Denver has gone to the trees, thanks to the creative "sound totem" installations that popped up in three Denver parks this month. Artist Nikki Pike brings a little magic -- and local music -- to the city's P.S. You Are Here creative placemaking initiative.

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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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Unwind: After-Hours Event Takes Root at DBG

Denver Botanic Gardens kicks off the second year of Unwind, a series of three summer evenings that bring together botany, art and creative cocktails and munchies. The first Unwind of the season takes place Thurs. June 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Three Ways to Keep Housing Affordable for Artists

In making the case for better public policy and more financial support, an initial step involves helping policy makers understand the role of the artist in urban vitality. 

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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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