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What Smart Cities Can Learn from Denver

Fueled by collaboration, the Mile High City is investing in transit-oriented development while also preserving its historic neighborhoods. Denver has gained 50,000 new residents in the past four years, outpacing its suburbs and most other metro areas.

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Putting Art at the Heart of Neighborhood Redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working together with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine neighborhoods.

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Denver Union Station Reborn: A Pictorial Pique

Feast your eyes on Denver Union Station, at once historic and brand new after a $500 million redevelopment project. The grand opening on July 26 was 100 years after the main building opened in in 1914.

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Industry Denver: Reinventing the Workplace in RiNo

In Denver's booming RiNo neighborhood, there are few projects as ambitious as Industry. The former warehouse and grocery terminal is now a "shared workspace" with the second of three phases set to open in August.

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Biker Jim Plots World Domination

"Biker Jim" Pittenger is Denver's undeniable hot dog champion. Not just any hot dogs, but hot dogs made with elk, rattlesnake and Alaskan reindeer. He's on the cusp of opening a new eatery in suburban Highlands Ranch and has plans to more or less conquer the world, one sausage at a time.


"The Harlem of the West": A Page Turns on Welton Street

As plans to revitalize the Five Points neighborhood are revisited thanks to $475,000 in grant money, local stakeholders are striving to balance heritage with redevelopment in Colorado's only historic cultural district.

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Jeremy Duhon: 'Denver Is No Longer an Underdog'

Jeremy Duhon of Denver Investments and TEDxMileHigh lives by a very Colorado adage: work hard, play hard. He says Denver has grown markedly in many different directions and the city needs to shout about its maturation for the entire country to hear. 


With Historic Influx of Urban Residents, Cities Are Seeing Growth in Amenities

After decades of population loss, many cities are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Developers are trying to attract the right amenities to support the new wave of urbanites. So what's needed to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.


A Table with a View: Dining Al Fresco on Larimer Square

For three summer nights, including Sat. July 19, Larimer Square is closed to cars and open to foodies as Dining Al Fresco takes over the historic block.

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Nix Bros. Weaving Web of Laughter

For the Nix Bros., the ideal endgame is the silver screen, but they have found creative comfort and community in Denver, especially among the local comics. For the time being, it follows that they're (mostly) content making their brand of riotous videos for much smaller screens.


Change Comes to Westwood

Westwood has a storied history on Denver's west side, with a diverse population and vibrant culture, along with plenty of challenges. The neighborhood was long an afterthought in the city's plans, but City Councilman Paul López has been fighting to change that, with visible -- and colorful -- results.

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St. Anthony's Redevelopment Could Spark West Colfax Resurgence

The residents of Sloan's Lake have long enjoyed their proximity to Denver's largest body of water. But soon, thanks to the redevelopment of the former site of St. Anthony's Hospital, they may also be able to enjoy a potentially thriving nightlife anchored by high-end restaurants and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.


A Stairway to Health: Mariposa Merges Exercise and Architecture

The former South Lincoln Homes are being phased out in favor of a denser, mixed-income approach to public housing, and a model for transit-oriented development. The new Phase 3 building makes exercise educational, musical and entertaining with a one-of-a-kind interactive staircase.


CityBuild Invites Next Generation to Make a Better Denver

Launched last September, CityBuild Denver aims to get young adults involved in urbanism. Leaders see it as a platform for engagement and education, filling a void in the local city-building landscape.

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National Roundup: Detroit's Wind Economy, Memphis' Startup Symphony, Toronto's Silicon Valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver 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.


Comic Book Classroom Super-Powering Literacy in Denver

Comic Book Classroom, through its ever-growing literacy programs and the annual Denver Comic Con, inspires Denver students to reach superhero levels in art and writing as well as math and science.

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Confluence Five: Burning Answers from Brian Corrigan

The mind behind OhHeckYeah, Brian Corrigan talks about his pop-up "immersive street arcade," his favorite app, and what he loves about Denver.


What Smart Cities Can Learn from Pittsburgh

With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to change and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth.


From DC to Denver, Gardens Revitalize Schools

School gardens, a second classroom of sorts where hands-on learning reigns supreme, are cropping up (pun intended) across the nation, breathing fresh life into public schools.Two cities in particular -- Denver and Washington, D.C. -- are changing the way their gardens grow with innovative additions to their programming.


Paving the Way for Progress: Updating the 16th Street Mall

The 16th Street Mall is in the midst of a makeover, with new pavers, better security and more amenities on the way. The mall served as a major catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Denver, but now that the city center's renaissance has come full circle, what's next for the iconic public space?


Cross-Cultured Offers "Cultural Matchmaking" for Young Professionals

A new program offers a taste of events from arts philanthropies aimed at a younger demographic, including the Denver Art Museum's CultureHaus, the Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club and the Clyfford Still Museum's 1944 Society. A Cross-Cultured membership offers free and discounted tickets to 25 events between July and October for $30.


The Battle for Talent: What Cities Are Doing to Attract Urban Professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing where to live. They also want a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with other smart people, and a dynamic place where they can find their next job.


The Metlo Makeover: From Moldy Motel to Small-Business Magnet

The Golden Triangle's former Broadway Plaza Motel has emerged from its renovation better and brighter than ever as an office building and a local model of adaptive reuse: The Metlo. The place is quickly attracting tenants -- it's more than half full just a month after the doors opened.

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Girls-Only Math Camp Equals Business Opportunity for Teachers

The Count Me In program makes brushing up on arithmetic fun for schoolchildren, and earning some extra cash possible for schoolteachers -- all during summer break.


The Spine of the City: Images of Broadway

Broadway has been called Denver's spine. It's that -- and much more. In a photo essay, Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn captures the street in all of its glory.

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Confluence Q&A: Dana Crawford on Union Station

Confluence Denver recently spoke with Dana Crawford, Denver's award-winning preservationist and the force behind the preservation of Larimer Square nearly 50 years ago, about Union Station project and what she sees as a missed opportunity at the Gates factory. 

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The Arts Affinity Group: Youth On Record, OhHeckYeah, Buntport and Downtown Aurora Visual Artists

Last year, The Denver Foundation launched a special group, the Arts Affinity Group (AAG). The collective giving platform allows the foundation's partners to support the arts in a way that's both impactful for the grant recipients and meaningful for the donors. 

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CSArt Colorado Models Itself on Foodie Phenomenon

CSArt Colorado takes the model of community supported agriculture and applies it to art. It's a win-win for artists and collectors: Patrons get a share (10 works of art) for the low price of $400. This year's launch party is at Denver Botanic Gardens on May 15.


Severed by Interstates: Connectivity Key to Globeville, Elyria-Swansea Plans

The north Denver neighborhood of Globeville is caught between two eras -- its industrial, walkable past and its interstate-defined present -- as it looks to a future that involves better connectivity with the rest of the city. Located north of RiNo, Globeville has nearly fallen off of the development map over the decades, but a comprehensive plan has outlined a path for a comeback.

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National Roundup: DC's 'High Line,' Cleveland's Coolest Digs, Denver's Downtown Boom

Issue Media Group publications such as Pop City in Pittsburgh, The Line in Minneapolis and Soapbox in Cincinnati 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.


Moto Ocho Revives Mopeds in Arapahoe Square

Whether for nostalgia, practicality or pure fun, mopeds are making a big comeback. Moto Ocho is the place to purchase your first -- or to have your first (you know, that 35-year-old Puch in the back of the garage) restored.


Downtown Denver Development Map Showcases $1.8 Billion in Current Projects

With 24 projects slated for completion downtown in 2014, the cumulative totals since 2008 are nearly 6,000 new residential units and 2.7 million square feet of new office space -- adding up to a cool $4.8 billion of investment. The annual map indicates that nearly half of the projects are in the Central Platte Valley.


Urban Alleys Become Pathways to Revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small business.


Inside the Cube at Monkey Town 4

After three go-rounds in New York, Montgomery Knott, filmmaker, musician and Colorado native, picked Denver's up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood to debut his visual, aural and edible art experience, Monkey Town 4. Premiering for the first time outside its Big Apple birthplace, the unique art installation immerses the audience in stimulating video cinema and live performances, with food and wine pairings created exclusively for the event by renowned Denver chefs.


A Conversation: Place and Why It Matters in Denver

Sponsored by CU Denver and Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, Confluence's first panel discussion attracted about 125 people on Thurs. Apr. 10 to learn about and discuss placemaking in Denver.


Fun Rides and Seats that Vibrate: Pedicab Season Begins

The home opener for the Colorado Rockies is the unofficial start of pedicabbing season. Denver is on the forefront of the pedicab industry, in terms of licensing and regulation and the sheer number of pedicabs. Writer Chris Meehan knows from experience -- he might just be the guy pedaling you from point A to point B.

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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."

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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.

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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. 
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