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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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