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The Return of the Pre-Fab Home

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 

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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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Denver's SXSW: UMS Rocks Baker

The Underground Music Showcase, better known as the UMS, has been gathering steam for 15 years. Now it's the city's premier music festival, with 450 bands playing all over the Baker neighborhood last weekend.

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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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Denver by the Data, Vol. 5: Breweries and Beer

This is the fifth 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: beer and brewing.

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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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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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Solar Gardens Bloom in Denver

Grid parity is upon us, but not all rooftops were created equal. For those who can't install an array at home, community solar gardens are an increasingly popular means of harnessing the sun.

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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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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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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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Rebirth of Print: Denver Magazines Opt for Paper in Digital Age

Denver magazines like Birdy and Suspect Press eschew digital publishing in favor of old media: the trusty printed page. Advertisers and readers alike are buying into the idea.

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Denver Active Gives Back

For male philanthropists between the ages of 20 and 39, the Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation acts as the first step in a lifetime of service.

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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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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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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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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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Ink a Mile High: Tattoo Culture in Denver

In Denver, tattoo culture has gone mainstream. There are more tattoos and tattoo parlors per capita than most other cities. But has the influx of ink been accepted with equally open arms by Denver's employers?

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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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New Approach Emphasizes Positive Discipline in Public Schools

By reducing suspensions and expulsions in area schools, positive discipline is helping keep Colorado kids in class and learning while curtailing a school-to-prison pipeline that swallows an estimated 6,800 area youth annually.

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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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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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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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Denver by the Data, Vol. 2: Lawyers, Guns & Money

This is the second installment of Denver by the Data, a quasi-monthly, data-driven belly flop into different topics of importance, inevitability and infamy to the city. We're looking at lawyers, guns and money this week.


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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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