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The Seven Wonders of Denver

From Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Denver International Airport to Casa Bonita, here are seven of the local icons that make Denver a must-see city.

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New Gonzales Library a Hit for West Colfax

The new Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library provides an oasis of creativity in the West Colfax neighborhood. Visitation has been high since the colorful addition to Colfax Avenue opened in February.

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Denver's Living Room: A Half-Century of Larimer Square

Larimer Square's storefronts date back to the late 1800s, but it's been 50 years since they dodged a wrecking ball and the block became the iconic place it is today. Preservation remains front and center, and the future includes activated alleyways and other improvements.

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Event Recap: 2015 Rocky Mountain CitySummit

The annual Rocky Mountain CitySummit explores citybuilding in Denver. The 2015 event was described by several attendees in one word: "inspiring."

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Reinventing Sun Valley

Sun Valley is the poorest neighborhood in Denver. It's also the youngest and arguably the most neglected. That's poised to change, with a new master plan in the works and a vision for a greener, healthier future.

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Event Recap: Talent & Housing Panel Tackles Big Questions

On Thurs. Apr. 16, Confluence Denver and Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti presented a panel discussion on talent and housing challenges and opportunities in the city. Held at Green Spaces, the event sparked a conversation that participants were eager to continue. 

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Lifting Off: Mike Wird Launching Earthship Movement in Denver

Hip-hop artist and activist Mike Wird sees earthships as the perfect antidote to Denver's housing crunch. The green structures might just be a perfect fit for the city, and in more ways than one.

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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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Unloved but Enduring: Tenacious Tree of Heaven is an Urban Marvel -- and Menace

For many Denverites, the Tree of Heaven defies its moniker. This invasive plant is more apt to make a property owner say a deity's name in vain than praise its seemingly immortal roots.

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Cottonwood Institute Celebrates Environmental Education in Denver with Base Camp Bash

The nonprofit Cottonwood Institute, founded in 2004, has worked with thousands of students in Denver to cultivate a passion for the outdoors. The annual Base Camp Bash on April 11 gives the city an opportunity to support its efforts.

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Confluence Denver Launches Collective Impact Discussion Series

On March 18, Confluence Denver hosted its first Collective Impact Advisory Meeting at RedLine in Curtis Park. The discussion showcased a wide range of ambitious initiatives and projects, as well as what's necessary to help them cross the finish line.

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Talent & Housing: Is Denver Shooting Itself in the Foot?

On Thurs. April 16, Confluence Denver and Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti are producing another panel discussion at Green Spaces.

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Denver's Culinary Trendsetters Weigh in on the City's Food Scene in 2015

A baker's half-dozen of Denver's brightest food and drink stars give Confluence Denver their local picks for sushi, suds and date-night splurges, as well as their most anticipated restaurant, brewery and bar openings for the year to come.

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5 Ways to Support Artists in Denver

Artists are in every community and their work is more relevant than ever. Yet if communities are going to realize the full potential of artists’ power to contribute to positive change, they need to sustain and support them. Creative Exchange offers tools and resources that can help you.

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In Whittier, Gentrification Challenges Diversity

As the investment dollars spill out of the city center, the Whittier neighborhood northeast Denver is challenged to preserve its past. Home values have jumped up more than 12 percent in the last year.

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Lowry: Metamorphosis from Military to Mixed-Use Nears Completion

For nearly two decades, the transformation of the former Lowry Air Force Base has been nationally praised as a model for base redevelopment and, more broadly, urban redevelopment. Now, the ongoing project gears up for its final installment: Boulevard One.

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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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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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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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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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In Denver, Legal Marijuana Spurs Entrepreneurialism -- and Gentrification

The Mile High City's booming marijuana industry has created and catalyzed thousands of jobs. While its impact rivals that of any single economic development initiative in the city in recent memory, there are plenty of challenges and growing pains as well.


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Declaration Brewing Making Bold Statement

The new brewery in Denver's Overland neighborhood is one of the most ambitious launches this beer-loving city has ever seen. Can it get a return on its big investment in an increasingly crowded market?

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Prospect: A Dense Corner of Downtown Grows towards the Future

In Denver's Prospect area, central, transit-oriented development and density wrestle with a low profile and parking problems. The walkable location will be the gateway to downtown for the DIA train come 2016.

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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 by the Data, Vol. 1: Size, Scope & Scale

This is the first installment of Denver by the Data, a quasi-monthly, data-driven belly flop into different topics of importance, inevitability and infamy to the city. For starters, we're looking at sheer size, global geography and planetary scale.

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What Smart Cities Can Learn from Minneapolis

City leaders believe that Minneapolis should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here's a look at what makes the capital of the "North" tick.

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Marijuana Boom Squeezes Denver Industrial Space

There's a very tight market for industrial real estate space in Denver, thanks to the city's marijuana boom. As makers and manufacturers compete with grow operations, is the situation stifling entrepreneurial activity in the city?

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RiNo: Rumbling towards Mixed-Use

RiNo -- the popular nickname for Denver's River North neighborhood -- is at once a place and a buzzword. The industrial corridor turned art district on the north side of the city is looking to make another leap to multiuse neighborhood, but can it preserve what made it special in the first place?

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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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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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Top 10 Confluence Denver Features of 2014

From breweries and bridges to doughnuts and demolitions, Confluence's most popular features covered a lot of ground in Denver this year. Here's a quick look back before we close the book on 2014.

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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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Museo Explores the Arts of the Americas

Museo de las Americas in Denver's Arts District on Santa Fe employs outside-of-the-box educational programming and immersive art exhibitions to bring awareness to the cultures of the Americas for Latinos and non-Latinos alike. 

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Ready for Takeoff: Gateway Plan Bolstered by Visions of DIA 'Aerotropolis'

The Gateway area near Denver International Airport is still largely undeveloped, nearly 20 years after DIA opened. Regardless, observers say that it's another Denver Tech Center in the making.

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Coming Soon: The Cherry Creek of the Future

The population in Cherry Creek North is set to grow exponentially as development hits a crescendo. Can the area seamlessly transition from a retail destination to a mixed-use neighborhood?

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Event Recap: The Importance of Arts and Culture in Building a City

The second community discussion produced by Confluence Denver explored how artists and arts organizations play a vital role in education, placemaking, talent attraction and social good, and looked at ways to support this important community.

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A Week for the Ages: Distilleries Leopold Bros. and Laws Whiskey House Open Doors in Denver

In the span of five days, Leopold Bros. and Laws Whiskey House christened the tasting rooms at two of the most eagerly awaited new distilleries in Denver. The entrepreneurs behind them are taking craft spirits in the city to entirely new level.

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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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Innovating Ancient Architecture: Denver's Green Pyramid

In the midst of the glitzy Dale Chihuly exhibition that spiked annual attendance above a million for the first time, the Denver Botanic Gardens unveiled a groundbreaking piece of architecture. Envisioned by BURKETTDESIGN, the new Science Pyramid is something of a planet-wide first.

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RiNo, meet BISON: Long Overlooked Denver Neighborhood on a Tear

Call it baby RiNo. A formerly forlorn corner of the Overland neighborhood in south Denver is showing serious signs of life, with a brewery, distillery and gallery opening in recent weeks -- and plenty more to come.

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The Enigma: Sideshow Star Moves to Denver

Freakshow superstar The Enigma has relocated to Denver, with plans to make the city much freakier. He and his cohorts are planning a sideshow-themed attraction to rival Coney Island.

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Coming Home: Mile High United Way Returns to its Roots in Curtis Park

Maybe Thomas Wolfe couldn't go home again, but the Mile High United Way disproves the old adage as it settles into its new headquarters in Curtis Park, mere miles from where the national organization's story began 127 years ago.

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Hundreds Find New Ideas for Their Cities at Inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange (VIDEO)

In September, hundreds of urban innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange ideas and lessons on how to build better cities -- one small project at a time.

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Event: The Importance of Arts and Culture in Building a City

For the second community discussion produced by Confluence Denver, we invite readers to Converge in RiNo Wed. Nov. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. We'll explore how artists and arts organizations play a vital role in education, placemaking, talent attraction and social good, while examining ways to support this important community.

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Keep Denver Glowing: Seth Totten of Acme Neon

Seth Totten of Denver's Acme Neon is a craftsman who makes the relics of Denver's streets shine as bright as ever. With the help of Save the Signs, he is pushing to keep neon alive.

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Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace America Sees "Complete Ecology of Arts" in Denver

Jamie Bennett, executive director of Brooklyn-based ArtPlace America, visited RiNo, the Art District on Santa Fe and the Golden Triangle in Denver last week. He likes what he saw.

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A Dozen Abuzz: 12 Anticipated Openings in Denver

Denver is on fire. Here are 12 of the most anticipated openings of projects currently in the works across the city. See you there soon.

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City Loop Redux: Re:imagine Play at Paco Sanchez Park

After the City Park neighborhood rejected the abstract playground dubbed City Loop, the search was on for a new site. Now the hunt is over, and the project is moving across town to west Denver.
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