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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.


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.


Transit-Oriented Development Aims to Shape Growth in Denver

With a substantial influx of people migrating to Denver, the city and RTD are looking to accommodate this increase in population density in a responsible manner. Enter TOD, transit-oriented development, which looks to enhance public transit efficiency and transform city transit stations into hubs for living, working and playing.


As Byers Middle School Readies Reboot, Rosedale Sits Empty

As Byers Middle School at 150 S. Pearl St. prepares to reopen as a Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) in August, Rosedale Elementary School has been vacant for nearly a decade. Could it go the way of Ivywild in Colorado Springs and become a model of adaptive reuse?


The Comeback Cure: Colorado Seeing Naturopathic Medicine Revival in 2014

For 20 years, a dedicated group of local naturopathic doctors lobbied to have their practice regulated. The state's answer was always a resounding "no" -- until now. Come June, Colorado's naturopathic doctors will be regulated under the Naturopathic Doctor Act, a change that could usher in exciting new healthcare options for residents who appreciate a medical approach conjoining Western knowledge with holistic techniques.


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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RSVP Today for Thursday's Confluence Panel Discussion, Vol. 1: Placemaking and Why It Matters

The first in a series of panel discussions from Confluence Denver will look at real estate development and placemaking in the city on the night of April 10 at CU Denver's Lawrence Street Center at 1380 Lawrence St. Clear your calendar and RSVP today.


What Smart Cities Can Learn from Memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced 'lean urbanism.' 


Natural Ingredients: Wildcrafting Takes Root in Denver

As the art of wildcrafting -- or harvesting ingredients in the wild -- evolves and becomes more widely accepted, three standout companies help Denver understand the benefits of products made with locally foraged material. Fig + Yarrow, Reliquiae and Apothecary Tinctura are bringing the practice of foraging for wild herbal ingredients into the mainstream.


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.


DSTILL Strikes Back: Craft Distilling Confab Aims to Become the Industry's (and Denver's) SXSW

The second annual DSTILL is back in Denver this week for workshops and the main event: the showcase with 45 craft distillers pouring for more than 1,000 tipplers at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park on Thurs. March 13. Organizer Chuck Sullivan says he wants to make the event "the South by Southwest of the craft-spirits world."

A rendering of the new Galvanize facitiliy at 1644 Platte St.

Galvanizing Denver, Boulder and Beyond: Tech Hub Expanding

Galvanize, Denver's tech hub for all things entrepreneurial, is expanding in Denver and Boulder. The under-construction Platte Street location in Denver is slated to come online by early 2015, but look for the Boulder Galvanize to open its doors this May.

The WaterGirls perform at TEDx Mile High talks in November 2013.

TEDxMileHigh Seeks to Inspire Denver

Now in its fourth year of events, TEDxMileHigh and its illustrious roster of speakers have shared plenty of great ideas with Denver, inspiring the city's residents to think differently. The organization's momentum continues to increase in 2014, says Founder Jeremy Duhon. 

The land that Elitch Gardens sits on has increased in value since 1995.

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.


What If? Streetcars a Possible Panacea for Colfax

As Denver becomes a more urban city, it's also becoming more congested. Increasing public transit can help fix the issue, and many cities, from Portland to Salt Lake City to Washington, D.C., are bringing back streetcars to make transit better for residents and visitors.


National Roundup: Pittsburgh's Young Entrepreneurs, Denver's New Breweries, Tampa's Next Hot 'Hood

Confluence Denver is one of 22 publications run by Issue Media Group, a Detroit-based media company. Our sister sites such as Model D in Detroit, Elevation DC in Washington, D.C., Fresh Water in Cleveland and Pop City in Pittsburgh have also been covering the latest in urban innovation and development. This is the first in a monthly series that will aggregate top news from around our network and profile what's next for cities.

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A Focus on Regional Collaboration at the Rocky Mountain CitySummit

The fourth annual Rocky Mountain CitySummit is slated to take place in Denver next week. The event is all about connecting, educating and inspiring urban leaders in their city-building efforts in Colorado and beyond.


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.

The area is further distressed by relatively high crime rates and a homeless population attracted to nearby social services.

What If? Greyhound Bus Station Staying Put, Efforts to Move Stall

The Greyhound bus station in downtown Denver has long been a hub of transit for the city's residents. However, as Denver continues to grow and mature, the location of Greyhound's station -- smack dab in the heart of downtown -- has caused some to question whether it is the best use of an entire city block. Despite recent efforts to push the station to a new location, and then revitalize the area, Greyhound says it's staying put.


Paging Dr. Angst: Chocolate Crisis Center Offers Sweet Medicine

For Valentine's or any other day, the Chocolate Crisis Center in RiNo offers a prescription for chocoholics in need. Owners Lisa Heppner and J.C. Bourque applied their marketing and branding know-how to create a compelling brand.


New Breweries Taking Off in South Denver

As many as five new craft breweries might be in business by mid-2014 along or near South Broadway and East Evans Avenue in south Denver. Former Future Brewing Company was first to open last weekend, and Declaration BrewingGrandma's HouseFermæntra and Denver Pearl Brewing Company are currently in the planning or construction stages.

Kids made paper airplanes trying to understand weight and accuary during the 4-H Science class at Athmar Recreation Center.

Urban 4-H: This Ain't Your Cousin's County Fair

4-H is famous for its rural clubs and championship cattle, but in the 21st century -- and especially in the city of Denver -- 4-H-ers are more devoted to robot technology than the livestock trade. Defying expectations is nothing new for Denver 4-H.

 The new Union Station is transforming what was once a void right in the middle of the city's urban fabric into a human-friendly place.

Denver Union Station a National Standout for Urban Depot Redevelopment

Denver's Union Station is in the final months of a five-year, $500 million redevelopment project. As it prepares to open this summer, other cities are renovating their own urban train stations into neighborhood amenities, with multimodal transportation hubs, vibrant public spaces, and mixed-use projects rethinking the old Amtrak-based model.

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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.


The itchy-O Marching Band: Chaos of the Best Variety

Denver's itchy-O Marching Band is a 36-piece collective and one of the city's most compelling musical acts. Their shows are less likely to be on the calendar than not -- expect itchy-O to put on a show in unexpected venues, without any prior notice.

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The City Loop Alley-Oop

Close collaboration and compromise between local parks services and neighborhood advocates may be the ticket as the re-imagining of Denver's beloved City Park is, well, re-imagined once more. Can the vision hurdle controversy and become a Rocky Mountain counterpart to Chicago's Millennium Park?


Denver Housing Authority and Rocky Mountain Institute Push for Superefficient Housing in Denver

The Denver Housing Authority and the Rocky Mountain Institute teamed to push sustainable development in Curtis Park and beyond. Next: a development plan for Sustainability Park in the coming months, with groundbreaking slated for 2015.

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The Denver Hotel Boom

Denver's hotel landscape is growing by leaps and bounds with about 1,400 rooms in planning or under construction. Respectively slated to open in July and April 2014, The Crawford Hotel at Union Station and Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center in the historic Colorado National Bank building are two of the most awaited properties downtown. But local hotel experts also see plenty of room to grow in neighborhoods beyond the city center.


IMA Financial Group Moves into Swank New HQ at Union Station

The IMA Financial Group moved into its slick new headquarters on the north side of Wynkoop Plaza at Union Station in LoDo. The Denver-based financial services firm is the first arrival at the $500 million redevelopment.

The space has a lot of potential to be redveloped as residential space.

Gates Demolition Underway, Redevelopment Next

The former Gates rubber factory has blighted the South Denver landscape for more than a decade. Now that demolition is underway, can the redevelopment reality match the award-winning mixed-use plan that fell apart five years ago?


Voodoo Doughnut Puts its Magic in the Hole on Colfax

Voodoo Doughnut picked Denver over Austin, San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas for its first location outside of Oregon. Co-Founder Tres Shannon and GM Laura Wolken share why the city is perfect for the one-of-a-kind doughnut business.

The CBCA's Leadership Arts program focuses specifically on arts and culture.

Civic Engagement Starts Here

Engaging with nonprofits on a meaningful level isn't always easy. Enter four unique organizations, each designed to facilitate philanthropic collaboration: Social Venture Partners, CBCACityBuild and JVA Consulting are pushing Denverites to do something great.

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CU Denver Marks 40 Years with Big Changes

Four decades after its establishment as an independent institiution, CU Denver has come a long way. Today the university is in the midst of another major evolution, with its first independently owned building underway as the neighborhood-oriented master plan for the Auraria Campus becomes a reality.

Hope Tank is owned and operated by Erika Righter.

Hope Tank: The Business of Giving

During the holiday season, people tend to think of those less fortunate and how to give to them. They also think about all the things they want to buy for their friends and loved ones. What if you could do both? Enter Hope Tank.


Startups Leverage the Power of Sharing

The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneurs. Their startups are monetizing everything from tool swaps to unused parking spots in cities, and one of them might just be the next Airbnb

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Turkey Trot Turns 40

The Mile High United Way's 40th annual Turkey Trot in Washington Park raised over $450,000 for a wide range of community initiatives. With nearly 10,000 runners, it was the Denver nonprofit's biggest Thanksgiving race yet.


An Artistic X-Ray: Adam Stone and Screw Tooth

Denver's new theater company Screw Tooth is genre-defying, experimental and brutally honest, just the way Founder and Artistic Director Adam Stone wants it. Show #1.5, 2GD2B4G-10 (that's alphanumeric for "too good to be forgotten") starts Dec. 13 at Buntport Theater in the Art District on Santa Fe.

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Healthy Food For All: The Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund

Denver's food deserts could soon be a thing of the past. With nearly $10 million in hand, the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund aims to make healthy food available to everyone. Its first loans are expected to close in early 2014 to provide funding for new groceries and expansion of existing stores.

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Photo Essay: A Good Look at The Source

The Source, the historic foundry turned artisan market and foodie hub, opened in Denver's RiNo neighborhood in August. With tenants like Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Acorn, there's plenty of good stuff to drink and eat. And there's nothing else like it in Denver. Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn recenty snapped a few shots of the much buzzed-about market.

Adam Lerner is the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Adam Lerner Mixing Tastes at MCA Denver

Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) Adam Lerner says his critics find him either too populist or too intellectual. It's a contradiction he takes as a compliment and an indication he is striking the right balance.

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History Repeats on Old South Pearl Street

In Platt Park, Old South Pearl Street is sporting a new look. The nine-block stretch between Buchtel Boulevard and Evans Avenue has been a commercial district since the streetcar era more than a century ago, and Sushi Den has been the catalyst for the last 25 years. Can another anchor eatery help the area emerge as a dining destination that rivals LoHi?

A rendering of Belleview Station.

Belleview Station Leads the Way for Transit-Oriented Development

Colorado's Bansbach family has owned the land around the light rail's Belleview Station since the late 1800s. But now the family is leading an effort to redefine the character of this area from a staid suburban location into a thriving, walkable urban destination for upscale Denverites.

Dennis Taylor, program coordinator, teaches a signature cooking class.

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.

Rob McGowan and Ben Olson are the Co-Founders of Fin Art.

Material Alchemists at Fin Art Remaking Denver's Interior Spaces

As the art of making furniture evolves, one standout Denver duo dreams up the bones of some of the city's  most iconic interiors. Fin Art has its fingers in all sorts of new projects in the city, from brewpubs to hostels.

To date this year, the Ubuntu Farm has produced approximately 6,500 pounds of organic produce.

For the Love of Chard: The First Bantu Harvest in the New World

Earlier this year, Confluence Denver brought you the story of the Somali Bantu refugees and the Ubuntu Urban Farm in Denver's Westwood neighborhood. It was the beginning of a learning experience for the refugees of war-torn Somali who, though farmers by tradition, were not used to farming in a climate anything like Colorado's. Now they've harvested their first full season of crops, providing them to the Bantu, CSA (community-supported agriculture) members and a restaurant.

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Top 10 Denver Feeds on Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube -- there are so many ways to go down the rabbit hole. If you have the time to surf, here are Confluence Denver's picks for the 10 best Denver feeds on social media.

Gus Peterson juggles kettlebells, and teaches his clients to do the same.

Kettlebell Ringers: Russian Workout Catches on in Denver

First used by Russian soldiers, the kettlebell provides an effective full-body workout that incorporates both strength and cardio. Denver trainers are increasingly hip to the benefits of these cast-iron, kettle-shaped weights.

John McCaskill, along with Rob Bell, open MegaFauna, a philosophy-driven artist collective.

MegaFauna Makes Moves, Remains in RiNo

MegaFauna has taken retail to a new level: Production often takes place in the RiNo shop. More than 200 vendors have embraced the concept as the store settles into a new space at 3102 Blake St.

Nicole McGee is a Cleveland artist who makes jewelry, bouquets of flowers and artwork out of scraps of vinyl flooring, plastic bottles, corks and other things people throw away.

Turning Trash into Treasure, Creative Reuse Movement Boosts Urban Economies

Creative reuse centers are shops or warehouses where you can buy materials in bulk that would otherwise wind up in the landfill. Geared towards artists, teachers, parents and crafters seeking raw materials, they have been growing quickly across the U.S. They're treasure troves of creative possibilities for anyone with an artistic mindset.

MOOCs allow for a hybrid of educational models, with online lectures and project work in the classroom.

Can MOOCs Rewire Higher Education?

The MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, might just be the next big thing in education. CU Denver and CSU are getting in the game, and a few colleges are offering real credits. Is this a paradigm shift for education or is the hype overselling the reality?
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