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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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Reach Studio Lifts Artists in Need

Adam Buehler is helping people who are in transition or homeless use art as therapy at the RedLine-based Reach Studio in Curtis Park. The organization's 2015 exhibition, Unscripted, opens Feb. 6.

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Pop Culture Rules: These Things Matter Podcast Goes Viral

John Cusack, Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, pinball, The Smiths, Blink-182, South Park, Caddyshack, the impending zombie apocalypse and Pee-wee Herman -- these things matter.


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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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Snowsports Give Back: Bridging the Slopes and the City

The snowcapped peaks on the horizon can sometimes feel like they're a million miles away. Several nonprofits are working to bring underprivileged kids from Denver to the mountains for skiing, snowboarding and life lessons.

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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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Police-Community Partnerships Offer Way to Improve Neighborhood Safety

Dozens of communities across the U.S. have formed effective, ongoing partnerships with the police that have improved safety and trust between residents and police.

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Slim Cessna Comes Home

After more than a decade back East, Slim Cessna is living in Denver, where he started his eponymous band, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, in 1992. The city is glad to have him back in its arms once again.

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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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Live Art, Live Music, Used Books

Chris Ritter of Critter Hype Machine is organizing a new event at Mutiny Information Cafe in Baker that melds visual and aural art, not to mention holiday shopping for bookworms. The next one is the night of Sat. Dec. 13.

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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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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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Youth On Record Hitting High Educational Notes

The students who enroll in Denver's Youth On Record music classes might not ever actually be on a record, but chances are good they'll graduate from high school and ultimately make a positive impact in their own community.

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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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Want to Get People Back to Work? Fill the Basic Skills Gap

Low-income workers like Tawnee McCluskey often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet, despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.

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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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Myopia: Mark Mothersbaugh Mutates MCA Denver

Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh launches his life-spanning retrospective, Myopia, on Oct. 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The postpunk legend talks about the connective tissue between his art and music, his thoughts on Denver and the de-evolution of the human race.

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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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Dinner Lab Launches in Denver

Unveiled in New Orleans in 2011, Dinner Lab, a community-dining startup, jumped into the Denver food scene on Sept. 26 with a modern Mexican meal at Infinite Monkey Theorem.

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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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13 Ideas for Denver from the First-Ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Urban Innovation Exchange convened in Detroit last week, and people from cities around the country traded ideas for community transformation, telling localized and personalized stories of success and failure, hard work and creativity.

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Denver Alleys in Line for a Makeover

With new public art and lighting, the alley off of the 16th Street Mall between Curtis and Champa streets is ready for its close-up. Expect to see more alley enhancements in Denver in 2015.

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Embrace the Cow: Reinventing the National Western Complex

After the possibility of a move, the National Western Complex is staying put in Denver for the long haul. But the facility is in need of an update, and ambitious plans are starting to materialize.

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CollaborEAT Chews on Arapahoe Square

On Sept. 25, CityBuild Denver threw its second annual CollaborEAT bash on 21st Street between Lawrence and Arapahoe. More than 200 diners broke bread and engaged in a conversation on how to create a more vibrant Arapahoe Square.

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Eye in the Sky: Evan Anderman Captures Images of Plains from Above

Denver photographer Evan Anderman has been flying east for a bird's-eye look at the Colorado plains. His show at the Carmen Wiederhoft Gallery in RiNo runs through Oct. 12.

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Spicy Impostors: New Mexico Warns of Chile Scams

With Denver in the throes of chile season and roasters dotting the sidewalks and roadsides from Sheridan Boulevard to Yosemite Street, New Mexico chile advocates have two words of advice: buyer beware.

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A Slam Dunk: Denver Poetry Scene Hitting Crazy Heights

Denver's slam poetry scene is imbued with a competitive atmosphere that has injected new life into the art form, empowered countless young voices and propelled some of the community's brightest writers to national champion status.

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Employee Hardship Funds Promote Community within Local Businesses

Whether it's a little or a lot, anything helps when hard times strike unexpectedly. While many employers will gladly dip into their own pockets to lend a helping hand, formalized programs offer tax benefits, ensure a fair process and develop community within the workplace.

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New Patent Office Creating Historic Innovation Hub In Denver

The official opening of the new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Denver -- the first such facility west of the Mississippi River -- is creating outlets and opportunities for innovators, entrepreneurs and others with great ideas.

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Top 10 Denver Ideas, Inventions and Innovations of All Time

For Denver Startup Week, we pondered a question: What are the greatest Denver inventions of all time? From snap shirts to shopping centers to shredded wheat, here are Confluence's picks.

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Can Small Ideas Add up to Big Change for Cities? 13 Projects that Prove They Can (VIDEO)

Urban Innovation Exchange (Sept. 24-26 in Detroit) is about passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their neighborhoods and cities better. Their projects aren't big and flashy (in fact, they're the opposite), but their visions are no less bold.

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Denver Flea, Vol. 2: Artisan Flea Market Coming to Sustainability Park

The Denver Flea's first market was a huge success. It's no shocker that it's coming back for a reprise on Sept. 20, 2014, at Sustainability Park near Five Points.
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