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Yes, This Is Public Housing: How Denver Housing Authority Is Mixing It Up — and Making Better Homes

Forget everything you thought you knew about low-income housing. In DHA’s redevelopments, modern design elements straight out of Dwell magazine harbor sleek, mixed-income villages, resulting in public housing that’s affordable and forward-thinking.

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Hyperlocal with a Human Touch: How Denverite Is Remaking Daily News

During a challenging era for the news business, Denverite is offering a different take on daily local journalism. Reporting comes first, but there's room for humor and a point of view, too.


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Creativity Abrew in Manitou Springs

At the foot of Pikes Peak, the Manitou Springs Creative District is building on one of Colorado's original arts economies. The key concepts: authenticity, collaboration and connectivity.

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Eye Candy: The Best Denver Building Designs of 2017

The annual Mayor’s Design Awards emphasize the positive side of the city's widespread gentrification.

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Denver-Based Lingerie Company Has Big Plans for Small Busts

Pepper co-founders Jaclyn Fu and Lia Winograd believe their products for small-breasted women could be a $4 billion industry. The company's bra concept is up for  $180,000 dollars at the WeWork Creator Awards in New York City.

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The Boutique Boom: A New Crop of Hotels, Specializing in Personality, Welcome Denver Visitors

Across Denver's developing neighborhoods, boutique hotels, like the Born, Maven and Halcyon, are redefining the hospitality industry and filling a niche in a wide-ranging construction boom that is bringing dozens of new hotels and thousands of guest rooms to the city. They aim to lure travelers and entertain locals at the same time.

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26 and Counting: For Denver, Adding International Flight Destinations Is Crucial to Growth

The city of Denver leans heavily on its international airport when building a brand in an increasingly global economy. From Cozumel and Calgary to London, Paris, Panama City, and Zurich, travelers departing from DIA will have direct access 26 international destinations by 2018.  

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In Westwood, Art Ascends and Transcends

In southwest Denver, Morrison Road is the spine of the newly certified Westwood Creative District. The neighborhood's Mexican-American heritage is shaping an organic approach to placemaking and revitalization.

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Changing Denver Podcast: Entrepreneur Jane West Is Working to Become the New Face of Cannabis

Jane West, a well-to-do mother of two, explains her new line of bongs and talks about how she became one of the best-known marijuana entrepreneurs in Colorado. 

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Shuffling the Shuttle: Could This Be the Dawn of a New Era for Denver’s Iconic Main Street?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well unfortunately the 16th Street Mall is broken — mostly in ways we pedestrians can’t see. But if you’re worried about how many tax dollars a redesign might cost, relax: The city is already spending a bundle on annual mall maintenance and repair.  

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Capturing Talent: How Companies Are Keeping Up with a Changing Workforce

Employees nationwide are demanding more than just a good paycheck. How are Denver-area human resources departments adjusting to the evolving labor landscape?

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A Look Back at Our Interview with Public Art Giant Lawrence Argent

The Denver-based sculptor and educator died after complications from surgery this month. We're reposting this recent interview as a tribute to his talent, and his lasting impact on Denver. 

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Drones in Denver: It's Still the Wild West

Despite what you see flying overhead, drones are off-limits in Denver's parks. Currently, the city's public safety agencies are exploring ways to use the unmanned aircraft in their work, while economic development officials are looking at business and environmental applications.

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In Breckenridge, Elevating Art with History and Tourism in Mind

The mountain town has expanded its cultural offerings to international levels. Next, Breckenridge wants to use art to get the community talking about what it's like to live in an environment that is both beautiful and challenging.


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Confluence Speaker Series - The Future of Work: Quality of Living and Working in Denver in 2018

Join us for a guided dialogue regarding the challenges and opportunities of working in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

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Denver Startup Week 2017 reports record attendance

The annual event is breaking its own top tally from 2016.

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At Sakura Square: Wariness Over Changes to Historic Home for Denver's Japanese Community

With a noted development team and world-famous architect at the ready, a proposed overhaul is in the works for the site of Denver's annual Cherry Blossom Festival. But will a revitalization of this Japanese-American block in Denver bring new life to Sakura Square, while preserving its deep history and mission?

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Denver Hits an Affordable Housing Goal, But Still Has a Journey Ahead

The city plans to announce a new strategy Sept. 19 to help residents challenged by high rents.

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Creativity Blooms in Crested Butte

The Crested Butte Creative District is one of the most imaginative square miles in Colorado. While its challenges aren't odd for a ski town, local support for the arts is at a higher level.

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Flipping Denver's Brownfields: Changing the Legacy of Urban Land

All over Denver, former industrial sites are upending histories of pollution. Cleaning up and redeveloping these properties, better known as brownfields, offers the route to a denser, stronger city.

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What You Need to Know About Denver's 2017 Biennial of the Americas

The celebration of art and ideas returns Sept. 12-16 with public offerings that range from "lunch and learn" panels on important international topics to a recreation of one of Havana's hottest nightclubs.


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The 5280 Loop: Linking Neighborhoods, Rethinking the Way People Get Around Denver

The proposed urban path would tap underutilized streets across the city for a new bike and pedestrian friendly passageway stretching 5.280 miles. The path would be unique to Denver.

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Photo Essay: A look at Denver's Tiny Home Community for the Homeless

Civic advocates unveiled a novel approach to providing shelter for the homeless with the opening of Beloved Community Village, a co-op supported by Denver Homeless Out Loud and the Beloved Community Mennonite Church.

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Imagine 2020: Small grants with huge potential

Denver's Imagine 2020 grants give cultural startups an early boost - and the recognition they need to attract audiences and other funders.

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Potatoes and Coal to Creativity: Carbondale Looks to Blaze its Own Trail

This picture-perfect small town on Colorado's Western Slope has inspired artists for decades. Now local leaders aim to weave creativity into every aspect of Carbondale's economy and culture.

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Looking For Love? Three New Apps Help You Do It, Denver Style

Colorado dating apps focus on the specific things active people fancy here, from mountain sports to yoga, putting singles together based on mutal interests. They're smarter then all those friends who are trying to hook you up.

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Brews, Beans, and WiFi: How Coffee Shops Really Make Money

Coffee shops are the original startups, and they continue to boom. But how do they make a profit when a cup sells for just a few bucks and real estate, raw materials, and labor costs are sky-high? Denver's most popular caffeine sellers tell us their secrets to success.

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Creative Energy Charging Forward in Downtown Fort Collins

The Downtown Fort Collins Creative District encompasses one of the most vibrant city centers in the state. How can local leaders and arts advocates best harness the energy for future artists and creatives as this Northern Colorado city of 160,000 rapidly grows?

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Denver Offers to Help D.I.Y. Spaces Get Legit - If They Come Forward

The proposed Safe Occupancy Plan would avoid evictions at artist-run spaces if property owners turn themselves in and come up with a long-range plan to meet safety standards. The city is pledging patience, support, and expert advice on economical ways to upgrade buildings.

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What If It Rains? (And Other Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask the Cherry Creek Arts Festival)

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place this weekend, showcasing the work of 255 international artists, along with music, food and other family-friendly attractions. Fest Executive Director Tara Brickell tells us how it works, what to look for this year, and where to park.

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Public art's unheralded bonus? Projects invigorate the local economy.

When the city spends money on public art, the funds also create jobs, spark commerce and keep local businesses thriving. And it can make Denver a more pleasant place to live, work, and visit.

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What If All of Denver's Bikers and Walkers Banded Together? They Have, and They Want Safer Streets.

Denver's funding for walking and biking infrastructure is meager compared to the budgets of peer cities. The Denver Streets Partnership is looking to shift the paradigm, with a big target of $800 million.

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Raising community awareness, and lots of cash, at Denver PrideFest

Denver's annual party and parade, the largest celebration of LGBT pride in the region, is way more than an extravagant block party: It pays for local LGBT programming all year long.  

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A Golden Opportunity for the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle Creative District has some seriously enviable assets for a creative district. By leveraging such anchors as the Denver Art Museum, the plan is to catalyze the neighborhood for working artists.

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Setting the Stage reinvents women’s networking through stories, song, and shared ideas

The female-only meet up is part motivational powwow, part creative performance, part open conversation with like-minded peers.

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For Denver’s remarkable performing arts season, a real celebration, but a reality check, too.

The city’s biggest fine arts groups are having banner years, but ramping up ticket sales has meant turning their wares populist. Companies say they do push audiences to be high-minded — but have to heed the bottom line, too.

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At WeWork, easing veterans into startup ventures

The Veterans in Residence program, an outgrowth of the successful Patriot Boot Camp, aims to diversity the pool of entrepreneurs by helping former military personnel get into business. 

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Streaming City Hall to Smartphones

Over the past decade, Denver-based Open Media Foundation has made viewing public meetings increasingly easier for Colorado citizens. Now, the nonprofit is expanding that mission nation-wide with its Open Media Project software.

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On The Go: Denver's Roving Restrooms Tackle a Basic Need

Denver has discovered that public toilets are a public necessity. Find out, number one, how the city is dealing with a messy situation in its alleys by experimenting with mobile restrooms – and, number two, about the men on the front lines who provide users with a clean facility.

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The Denver Art Museum’s Renovation Project Is Way Bigger Than You Think

The largest donation in DAM’s history launched the organization’s ambitious North Building Revitalization, a $150 million project that’s expected to transform not just Gio Ponti’s landmark structure, but the surrounding neighborhood, too.

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Changing Denver: Is the urban zoo crucial to conservation, or contemporary cruelty?

This month's podcast offers a powerful look at the origins of the modern zoo, and questions the present-day ethics of a popular form of family entertainment. Both sides of the animal-rights debate have powerful arguments ready.

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Ruby Hill's Big Chance: It Could Be Denver's Next Music Hub -- If Promising Pieces Come Together

Ruby Hill has some interesting ingredients to emerge as an unexpected hub for Denver music: Levitt Pavilion Denver opens in July, the city rezoned Colorado Public Radio's land atop the hill and a big music festival at adjacent Overland Golf Course is moving forward. Could the city leverage these developments into a greater whole?

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Can disc golf survive Denver's boom?

Rising real estate values, new transit development and a growing population with different ideas of open-space fun are squeezing the land-intensive sport.

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The Curious Evolution of the RiNo Art District

Denver's RiNo Art District is in the midst of one of the biggest construction booms the city has ever seen. How will local leaders preserve its creative roots as quirky and industrial morphs into chic and mixed-use?

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CriTiki Party Stirs Up Critiques and Cocktails in Podcast Paradise

Welcome to the CriTiki Party, where the sun is hot, the drinks are frozen, and the conversation about writing is intoxicatingly insightful.  

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The Six Things Creative Entrepreneurs Need to Know Now

Need a little inspiration? There was plenty of it at IdeaLab 2017, which brought together creative minds from across the U.S. Here are a half-dozen useful pieces of advice that came out of the day's conversations.

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Close Enough to Smell Their Breath: How Your Taxes Are Saving Tigers

The Denver Zoo’s new exhibit – The Edge – brings visitors closer than ever to Amur tigers — and it brings the zoo closer to fulfilling a facility master plan laid out in 2015.

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As Denver grows taller, city planners scramble to create rules that make sense

Denver's booming population is nearing 700,000 and demand for housing has pushed building heights skyward. The question: What guidelines makes sense for each urban neighborhood?

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Wheelchair Wonder Woman

Kalyn Heffernan is a mentor to Denver school kids by day, and an obscenity spewing, hip-hop fireball at night. Her band, Wheelchair Sports Camp, has been representing the city — loudly and proudly — across town  and on the road.

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Wonderbound Dances in a Different Direction, Creates a New Business Model for the Performing Arts

Under Artistic Director Garrett Ammon, the dance company has set the pace for creative partnerships, working with classical ensembles, pop bands, even a magician. Everybody wins.

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Changing Denver: A Quick History of Stapleton, the City's Grand Experiment in Neighborhood Building

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode tracks the history of Stapleton.

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A Crossroads for the Art District on Santa Fe

Over the last decade and a half, Denver's Art District on Santa Fe has emerged as a national standout. How can it build on its past successes without diminishing what made it special in the first place?

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Breaking Boundaries: Interactive, Immersive, Pop-Up Theater

Please do not remain seated. Unbuckle with tickets to a new breed of shows in Denver that meld theatrical elements with experiences that keep theatergoers on their feet.

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Editor's Note: A New Chapter

The outgoing editor of Confluence Denver, Eric Peterson takes stock in the last four years and welcomes a new editor to the publication.

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Teenage Artland: Denver Creative Community Hones Youth Programs

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver models an inclusive and cool approach to engaging young creatives, as other arts organizations in the city follow its lead.

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Getting Over the Cloverleaf: Federal and Colfax Interchange a Barrier for West Side

A concrete structure out of the 1950s has long bisected the neighborhoods of Sun Valley and West Colfax, but that could change if the powers that be listen to neighborhood voices.

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Join us for IdeaLab 2017!

Confluence and Creative Exchange team up to host IdeaLab 2017 on April 14 at Denver's McNichols Civic Center Building.

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Changing Denver: Civic Center 101

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This edition delves into the history of the city's Civic Center.

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The Denver Central Market and the Rise of the Food Hall

The food hall craze shows no sign of letting up in Denver and other major U.S. cities. The Denver Central Market is helping make RiNo the center of industrial-chic marketplaces in Colorado.

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Beyond Blucifer and the Blue Bear: Advancing Public Art in Denver

Denver's "One Percent for Art" law has helped foster a collection of public art that's the envy of other cities. Where has the policy exceeded expectations -- and where has it fallen short?

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Community Land Trusts: Permanently Affordable Housing

Community land trusts offer a model for affordable housing that's economically sustainable in the long term. As a vision for Globeville/Elyria-Swansea takes shape, time is of the essence in increasingly pricey Denver.

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A Seat at the Table

Tariana Navas-Nieves of Denver Arts & Venues leads a new effort to build a more inclusive Denver for artists. To begin? Ask lots of questions.

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No Vacancy: Denver Nonprofits Rethink Motels as Supportive Housing

In Denver, two nonprofits have transformed old motels into livable spaces with social missions. The weathered lodgings along Colfax Avenue and Broadway could offer more viable housing for families in need.

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Changing Denver: Homelessness in the Gilded City

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode takes on the homeless sweeps and development in Arapahoe Square.

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A Capitol Hill State of Mind

The most densely populated area in Colorado, Capitol Hill has been dubbed "Denver's Greenwich Village" for its eclectic mix of people and businesses. What's afoot, these days, up on The Hill?

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Broncoland: Rethinking Denver's Stadium District

It's an entertaining thought for the Denver Broncos -- rip out the parking lots, and put up a paradise.

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The Big Ambition of Little Free Library

The biggest tiny library system in the country is making inroads in Denver. Expect more branches of Little Free Library in your neighborhood soon.

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Arts and Activism Converge in New Political Era

In a charged political moment, Denver's arts community is wary but energized. What's next for the "artivists" who live and work here?

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In Montbello, A Future of Promise and Challenge

With five decades under its belt, Denver's "City within a City" looks forward by addressing challenges pertaining to economic development, transit and community engagement.

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Subways and Pods: What Denver's Transit System Could Have Been

Once upon a time, Denver leaders envisioned elevated personal rapid transit and a below-grade subway. While funding never materialized, what can be learned today?

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 8: Population & Demographics

This is the eighth 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 the first edition of 2017, we're delving into the city's ever-growing population and ever-changing demographics.

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Storytellers Bare All for The Narrators

Live storytelling is all the rage, and The Narrators show has been on the cutting edge of the trend for more than five years. If you're ready to see what all of the fuss is about, grab a free seat at Buntport Theater on Jan. 18.  

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A City's Challenge: Preserving Artists' Spaces in Denver

The story behind the Lawrence Street Artists illuminates how creatives struggled for affordable space in Denver long before the recent nationwide clampdown on converted warehouses.

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Mercado Lineal Takes Shape in Westwood

West Denver's Morrison Road is diagonal, urban and culturally colorful. As leaders push to reinvent it as a destination instead of a shortcut, what's next for one of the city's most interesting streets?

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Changing Denver: Lakeside in Winter

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode visits Lakeside Amusement Park during its offseason.

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Mutiny Information Cafe Looks Back to the Future

The Baker bookstore has expanded its offerings, hosted live music and promoted the local community. Now its founders are going back to their zine roots and launching an indie press.

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A New Era Dawns on the Green Mile

South Broadway's rise began with infrastructure and marijuana. Now it's hit a new phase that is once again reshaping the stretch.

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Counterculture Rising in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is known for a conservative bent, but, for every action, there's an equally strong reaction. This phenomenon is on full display in the Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District.

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Denver Coworking Boom: Peaking Trend or New Way of Work-Life?

A number of new coworking spaces came online in Denver in 2016. Are there enough coworkers to fill all of the desks?

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Wende Curtis: Making Comedy Work in Denver

This week, owner Wende Curtis celebrates her 30th anniversary with Comedy Works. Giants of stand-up comedy grace her stages, yet she also stands up for emerging talent.

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Editor's Note: Bring on 2017

In the final weeks of 2016, the editor of Confluence Denver reflects on the year that was and the year to come. Did you know 2017 was a prime number?

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Changing Denver: The Story of Sopris

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode visits City Park and takes a trip back in Denver history.

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Artists on Art: Denver Creatives Discuss the Local Scene

Five prominent local creatives share their thoughts on standout visual art, urban change in Denver and the evolving meaning of art in the years ahead.

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Music, Art, Community: Longmont's Creative Vision

The Downtown Longmont Creative District has become the centerpiece of a thriving community of artists and musicians as the city distinguishes itself from nearby Boulder.

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Housing Scrapes: Signs of Economic Vitality or Withering Neighborhoods?

Residential scrapes are back in Denver, as ever-larger homes join tidy rows of bungalows on all sides of the city. While they're hitting levels that haven't been seen in a decade, they've been the source of controversy for their impact on gentrification and historic preservation.

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River Vision Realized

The multi-year project to improve parks and habitat on the South Platte River is hitting its final weeks. The upgraded parks on the south side of Denver are matched by ambitious projects in the works for Confluence Park, RiNo, and Globeville.

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The Temple: Art, Community and a Revolutionary Bakery

The Temple has transformed a building steeped in Denver history into a sanctuary for artists and nonprofits. Its resident creatives have fostered community with shared resources, education and heavenly pizza and pie.

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Street Art Making Mark on New Denver

Denver's street art is attracting national recognition. How is the city's booming mural scene helping soften the impact of rapid development and gentrification?

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The D&F Tower: Urban Legends, Steampunk Vibes and Endless Views

Amidst more than a century of change around it, the Daniels & Fisher Tower has remained a 16th Street landmark. The top five floors are currently for sale.

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AIA Awards Spark Conversation about Design in Denver

At a time when it's all the rage to deride design in Denver, AIA Colorado's 2016 Design & Honor Awards showcase a wide range of compelling architecture in the city.

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Changing Denver: What Is Art?

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode focuses on the murals on the Cherry Creek Trail.

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A Plan for the High Line Canal

Measuring 71 miles from canyon to plains and touted one of the nation's longest linear parks, the 130-year-old High Line Canal is evolving with Denver. Planning for its future is underway.

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Aiming for Inclusivity at Denver's Coding Boot Camps

Programming has long been dominated by white men. Are local coding schools focused on feeding the tech talent pipeline with diversity?

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North Fork Valley Fertile Ground for Creatives

On Colorado's Western Slope, the North Fork Valley Creative District spans the towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. It's a place that defies easy categorization, and its quirks are helping drive the local economy.

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A Dozen Abuzz 2016: 12 Anticipated Projects in Denver

Denver is building, rebuilding, renovating and reinventing. Here are 12 of the projects we're most excited to check out once the dust settles.

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A Highway Divides It: I-70 Reconstruction Delay Offers Pause for Reflection

The plan for a wider I-70 in northeast Denver isn't yet a done deal. A delay in federal approval for the project offers a chance to ruminate on the vision -- and the alternatives.

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The Arts Mean Business: CBCA Study Shows Big Economic Impact

The Colorado Business Committee on the Arts 2016 report showed a sizable creative economy on the upswing in Denver. The numbers are impressive, but they don't tell the whole story.

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Birds, Books & Pies: Rocky Mountain Land Library Expands to Denver

The Rocky Mountain Land Library aims to connect people with natural history from headwaters to plains. A third location at the onetime Puritan Pie Company in Curtis Park offers an urban bookend to its Buffalo Peaks Ranch in South Park.


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Rhapsody in Blucifer

Both loved and reviled, Mustang (a.k.a. "Blucifer") was a source of controversy, even before the statue's installation outside at Denver International Airport. Confluence Denver takes a closer look at Luis Jiménez's final work of art -- which led directly to his death.

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Americas Latino Eco Festival: Celebrating the Next Generation of Climate Activists

Now in its fourth year, Americas Latino Eco Festival celebrates and empowers leaders of the Latino climate movement, which has flourished outside of the mainstream for decades. 

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Art Uncaged: Black Cube Roams Denver

Artist and philanthropist Laura Merage and longtime curator Cortney Lane Stell are bringing contemporary art into view with their nomadic pop-up gallery.

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Ranching Hub Ridgway Reaps Rewards of Creative Virtuous Circle

In southwestern Colorado, Ridgway is a small town with a laser focus on the arts. With a critical mass of creative residents, years of hard work are paying off.

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Bucket List: Rich Grant on "100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die"

Irene Rawlings and Rich Grant's 100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die taps into its authors' deep knowledge of the city. The book has plenty to offer both longtime residents and newcomers.

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Dex Media, Confluence Denver hosting free marketing seminar Oct. 5

On Oct. 5, Dex Media and Confluence Denver will host a "Marketing Success Seminar" at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale.

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Practitioners and Partners: Artspace Evolves Breaking Ground Into "Idea Lab" Celebrating Artists

Artspace's annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day "idea lab" on Oct. 14-15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Behind the Scenes at Red Rocks

A lot of work goes into every single show at the legendary Denver-owned venue. Here's a peek backstage at the business and operational logistics at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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Welcome to the Northside: New Web Series Tackles Gentrification in Denver

A new video series from poet Bobby LeFebre and filmmakers Alan Dominguez and Manuel Aragon aims to start a conversation about change in north Denver.

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Innovate for Good 2016 Puts Youth Initiatives at Forefront

The second annual Rose Community Foundation program granted $200,000 to 10 innovative ideas. Youth activists are involved with all of the winners.

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Red Rocks at 75: A Series

Confluence writer Gregory Daurer tackled a series of stories that delved into the history, the culture and the business model of the one and only Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

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YIMBY Denver: As Naysayers Shudder, Pro-Growth Urbanists Welcome Developers into their Backyards

There's an emerging faction of urban evolutionists in Denver proclaiming, "Yes, in my backyard!" This grassroots group flips the script and welcomes the dense, mixed-use housing that others reject.

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Beer or Die: Brewing Education in Denver

No beer-swilling biker gang, Hop Disciples is an educational program run by Great Divide Brewing Company. The next event takes place on Sept. 21.

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After Party on the Bridge Returns for Fourth Year

The annual follow-up to the Gala on the Bridge offers a case study in philanthropic outreach to a younger demographic. The 2016 event takes place on Sept. 16.

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Infill Snapshot: Projects Underway Across Denver

Big infill projects continue to sprout all over the city. Here's a roundup of the latest news on Gates, SLOANS Denver, 9th & Colorado, Aria Denver and Stapleton.

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Creative Placemaking Reminds Denver: P.S. You Are Here

The 2016 iteration of Denver Arts & Venues' P.S. You Are Here program will award $70,000 to projects that create and connect.

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Soul of Telluride: The Arts Fuel Change (Again)

Starting in the 1970s, Telluride used the arts to springboard from ghost town to tourism mecca. Now in "a moment of post-gentrification," local leaders see the opportunity to further leverage the town's creative assets.

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How Affordable Artist Housing Can Help Cultural Communities "Celebrate Themselves"

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

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Denver Rolls out Bike Lane on Broadway, More to Come

Denver is seeking to become a biketopia, enabling pedal-pushers a safer and more enjoyable ride or commute. The latest effort: a two-way study lane on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares, Broadway, complete with stoplights -- for bikes.

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Time to Float Ideas for Art Tank 2017

Proposals are due to the three-year-old program that administers one of Colorado's largest pools of arts funding on Nov. 2.

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Bus to Show Ferries Fans to Red Rocks

All aboard the party bus that's keeping music fans safe and sound as they travel to and from Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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Commercializing Charm: Old South Pearl Street Evolves

South Denver's beloved strip of retail and restaurants owes its existence to Denver's streetcar era, but it's changing with the times.

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EcoDistricts Summit to Explore Sustainability on a Neighborhood Scale

The EcoDistricts Summit comes to Denver Sept. 13-15. The event has a natural local tie-in with Sun Valley, where EcoDistricts' urban regeneration concept has moved off of the drawing board.

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Delivers Timeless Tale to Denver Teens

You've heard of Shakespeare in the Park. But how about the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Shakespeare in the Parking Lot?

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Urban Bison: The Comeback of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Continues

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for more than 300 species of animals. It's an emerging model for restoration of the plains and in the process of getting much more connected to Denver.

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Changing Denver: Hop Alley

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode tells the story of Hop Alley, both the RiNo restaurant and the historic spot to which it owes its name.

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Connecting Denver's Transit Deserts

With the $5.3 billion FasTracks buildout hitting a crescendo, the regional rail network is a model for municipalities near and far. But what about the intra-city transit system to support its world-class status?

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Steam on the Platte Heating up on River's Edge

An ambitious act of adaptive reuse, the mixed-use project aims to breathe new life into the banks of the South Platte River in the western reaches of the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood. 

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In Greeley, Creative Economy Defies Expectations

The burgeoning arts community dispels preconceived notions about the agricultural and meatpacking hub, but local creatives also embrace the city's authentic Western roots.

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Cha-Ching! Sounding Off on the Cash Register Building's Artful Upgrades

The most conspicuous building on the Denver skyline is more distinct than ever, thanks to a thoughtful remodel focused on honoring the building's original architecture via midcentury interiors and an impressive collection of public art. 

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Prodigy Coffeehouse Opening Doors of Opportunity

The new social venture in Elyria-Swansea strives to not only serve a mean cup of joe, but to  deliver transferable job skills to its employees.

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Prototyping Festival Hacks the 16th Street Mall

The first-of-its-kind event strives to re-imagine one of Denver's most iconic public spaces as a gathering place for a growing and changing city.

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Neighborhood Olympics: The Stompin' Ground Games

Evan Weissman calls his Warm Cookies of the Revolution a "civic health club." What better place to stretch your community-minded muscles than its 'hood-hopping Stompin' Ground Games?

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Red Rocks: 75 Years of Music and Memories

Three quarters of a century ago, the amphitheatre at Red Rocks was officially dedicated. Here's everyone from Nathaniel Rateliff to Dick Lamm to Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire on what makes the place so special.

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Red Rocks Rocks!

Confluence Denver writer Gregory Daurer (a.k.a. Gregory Ego) explains the origins of his song, "Red Rocks Rocks!"

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An Exercise in Empathy

At its recent "Our House" event, the Denver Public Library invited the public to learn -- and to care -- about homelessness.

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Bridging Past and Present, Herndon Davis Captured Denver in Paint

Painter Herndon Davis is getting his artistic due today, thanks to local historians preserving and exhibiting his depictions of Colorado's heritage.

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Stellar Homes and Gardens

Cutting-edge architecture and design take center stage at these residences in Denver. Here's a peek inside some of the city's slickest new homes.

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Changing Denver: Preserving the City's History

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode features an interview with historian Amy Zimmer.

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Salida: Whitewater of Creativity

Local arts leaders look to balance the river-rafting hub's lifestyle, natural beauty and other lures to newcomers with the rising cost of living and other consequences of rapid growth.

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The Secret Lives of Denver Foodies

Here's an inside look at the outside-of-the-kitchen passions that drive five of Denver's esteemed culinary creatives, and how some surprising pastimes inform their job-related decisions.      

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Fresh Food Connect's Harvest of Opportunity

An all-accessible, farm-to-fork initiative, Fresh Food Connect is the fruition of collaboration, a bold brainchild that feeds families, empowers youth and minimizes waste.

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Let's Get Small: Davey B. Gravey's Tiny Cinema

David B. Weaver (a.k.a. "Davey B. Gravey") is an auteur working in the retro medium of Super 8 film, exhibiting his celluloid creation, Moonglow, at his very own Tiny Cinema.

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A Vision for Westwood

Re:Vision got started in southwest Denver's Westwood neighborhood with urban agriculture initiatives aimed at quenching one of the city's driest food deserts. Now the nonprofit has moved into creative placemaking to plant the seeds for an art district.

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Beautiful Blocks Denver: Sunnyside

Confluence's Beautiful Blocks Denver series continues with a stroll through the streets of Sunnyside.

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Green Menace: Emerald Ash Borer Could Decimate Denver's Trees

An urban counterpart to the Rocky Mountain pine beetle, the emerald ash borer has infested trees in Boulder County, and Denver officials are bracing for it to move south. The Be A Smart Ash campaign aims to educate, save trees and plant new ones.

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 7: Water

Denver by the Data is a quasi-monthly, data-driven belly flop into different topics of importance, inevitability and infamy to the city. We're diving into the city's water statistics this week.

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Changing Denver: The Battle for Stoner Hill

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode covers the conflict over Stoner Hill in Commons Park.

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RiNo's Craft Breweries Await Arrival of Big Beer

"Where Art is Made" is the tagline of the River North (RiNo) Art District, but "Where Beer is Made" is just as apt. With big breweries set to join the upstarts, RiNo is poised to brew more beer than any other area in Denver.

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Putting Worms to Work

Worm wrangling is increasingly popular with urban homesteaders in Denver. Composting with worms, or vermicomposting, advances the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' ethos.

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Backyard Ranching: Urban Ag in Denver

Confluence Denver's series on agriculture and animal husbandry in city limits covers the ins and outs of keeping goats, chickens, bees and worms at home in Denver.

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Planning Downtown: A Look Back on the 2007 Downtown Area Plan

Confluence Denver offers readers a series of stories on the progress toward the vision put forth by the 2007 Downtown Denver Area Plan, developed by the Downtown Denver Partnership and the City and County of Denver.

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Reinventing "Steel City" in Pueblo

Two years after the Pueblo Creative Corridor was certified as one of Colorado's official Creative Districts, the city's innovative and imaginative blueprint for a creative economy is reaping early rewards.

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Little Fyodor Leads Charge to Keep Denver Weird

For three decades running, weirdo DJ and musician Little Fyodor and his bandmate and partner-in-abnormality, Babushka, have fought to keep Denver strange.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Distinctive City

Obstacles often equal opportunities for the next distinctive spaces of downtown Denver. Planners look to the bookends of the city center, Auraria and Arapahoe Square, to create the city's next great places.

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Be the Gift Rolls out Workshop on Wheels

Local philanthropists Chris and Marilyn Johnson unleash their newest fleet of fully stocked, construction-ready trailers on local moms in need.

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The Artist's Way: Making Denver a Better Place for Creatives

In growing, changing Denver, what do creative people need to make art -- and make a living? Confluence talked to the city's artists and got a wide range of answers to these critical questions.

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Rail and Reinvention: Catalyzing Transit-Oriented Development in Denver

What defines good transit-oriented development? What catalyzes it? With the A Line to DIA now running, 2016 is the year that marks the end of the beginning for TOD in Denver, and the conversation is as vital as it ever will be.

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Event: Chicken or Egg -- Which Comes First, the Transportation or the Development?

On May 25, Confluence Denver and Otten Johnson present the third event in their speaker series: "Chicken or Egg -- Which Comes First, the Transportation or the Development?"

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A Moveable Feast: We Don't Waste Diverts Food from Trash to Table

From farm to food bank, local foodie and do-gooder Arlan Preblud does his part in upcycling unwanted grub with We Don't Waste, an innovative solution that marries food overproduction with insecurity.

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Confluence Q&A: Teow Lim Goh, Poet and "Islanders" Author

Local poet Teow Lim Goh explores immigration history and women's voices in Islanders, her new book from Conundrum Press. Confluence talked to her about poetry, her process and the modern parallels to the stories behind her work.

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Beautiful Blocks Denver: Curtis Park

We start our Beautiful Blocks Denver series where it all began: in Curtis Park, the city's oldest residential neighborhood, dating back to 1871. 

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Changing Denver: Ghosts of Capitol Hill

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode covers paranormal activity in Capitol Hill.

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"The Science of Growth" Explores How Startups Change the World

Venture capitalist Sean Ammirati has a new book about the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history. He hopes it will give entrepreneurs in Denver and elsewhere a blueprint for success.

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Backyard Bees: The Ultimate Social Animal

Denver is abuzz with urban beekeepers who keep hives humming as a hobby. Their primary motive isn't love of honey -- it's love of bees.

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The Heart of the Arts in Trinidad

Can inexpensive and quirky Trinidad, 200 miles south of Denver, attract a new wave of Colorado creatives? The state, and a growing community of artists, say yes.

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Innovate for Good: Making Denver Better with New Ideas

Rose Community Foundation's Innovate for Good initiative is entering its second year. The results of the projects from the first batch of grantees is impressive, setting a high bar for the new class that's to be selected in Sept. 2016.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Green City

With numerous sustainability-oriented initiatives and a push for more and better downtown parks, Denver's city center has gotten greener in the last decade. What's next for a more sustainable downtown?

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Brewing Innovation in Denver

Denver is one of the best beer cities in the U.S., but it's not resting on its laurels. Here are three new ways of accomplishing one of the oldest human diversions: drinking beer.

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Transit-Oriented Art: Expanding Access in Motion

There's a citywide gallery of public art along Denver's transit routes. With the opening of the new train to DIA and other rail lines, considerably more transit-oriented art is coming soon.

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Confluence Q&A: Alan Gass of AGGA Architecture and Urban Design

On the eve of the 2016 edition of Doors Open Denver, architect Alan Golin Gass hopes intelligence, not fashion, drives change in the city's built environment.

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Photo Essay: A Morning on Tennyson Street

In her latest photo essay, Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn captures the soul of the northwest side, Tennyson Street.

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Dark Fiber Lights Up: Gigabit Competition Increases in Denver

Gigabit-speed Internet access is increasingly available in Denver, as the city looks to turn the corner and boost its broadband.

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Leading the Way: Women Rising at Denver's Nonprofits

The dynamic new leaders at three of Colorado's top nonprofit organizations share a vision for a better community. They also recognize that collaboration is a prerequisite for success.

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Changing Denver: Hungarian Freedom Park

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode covers the history of Hungarian Freedom Park.

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Getting Your Goat

Urban goats are alternatives to dogs for some and milk-makers for others. Either way, the popularity of backyard goats -- legal in Denver -- is on the rise.

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Highway to Revitalization in Lakewood

Welcome to 40 West Arts District, home to many eclectic talents, and the juxtaposition of glitter and grit on West Colfax Avenue.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Diverse City

The 2007 Downtown Area Plan put forth an aim of making Denver's city center a more diverse place. Nearly a decade later, the vision is emerging as reality, but it remains a work in progress.

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Arts with Purpose: Catalyzing Civic Engagement in Denver

Numerous arts organizations in Denver have ulterior motives: They want to make the city a better place.

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Colorado's Creative Districts: A Series of Special Reports

Confluence Denver kicks off a new series of profiles of Colorado Creative Industries' Certified Creative Districts, arts-centric, entrepreneurial neighborhoods all over the state. There are currently 18 such districts from Greeley to Telluride.

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Changing Denver: The West Side

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode covers the history of the West Side.

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The High Cost of Affordable Housing in Denver

Affordable housing is in high demand and short supply in Denver. As the city attracts more and more newcomers, how can costs be contained for the middle class?

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Changing Denver: Five Points

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This week's edition focuses on the impact of gentrification in Five Points.

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Personal Fowl

Chickens rule the roost in Denver's backyard livestock pecking order. As the birds' popularity has soared, numerous businesses have sprung up to meet the need of the city's poultry farmers.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Walkable City

To establish Denver's downtown area as a walkable district, business and city leaders focus on developing not just pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, but train, bus and bike traffic for first- and last-mile connectivity.

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 6: Marijuana

This is the sixth 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 the booming marijuana industry this week.

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Son of Gonzo: Juan Thompson Remembers His Father, Hunter

In a new memoir, Denver's Juan F. Thompson explores the fear and loathing of his father: legendary Colorado scribe Hunter S. Thompson.

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Nonagenarian Denver artist Dorothy Tanner marches to the beat of her own drummer. The sculptures at her Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery defy convention, fusing light and sound.

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Denver's Next Great Art Districts

The Art District on Santa Fe is a national standout, but its rise also means emerging artists are pushing into more affordable areas. Where are Denver's next great art districts?

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Teaching Tech at Silicon STEM Academy

Welcome to Denver's one-stop shop for all things high-tech, offering unique after-school classes for kids -- and adults, too.

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Denver Tool Library: Lending Helping Hammers

In a year's time, the Denver Tool Library has attracted more than 300 members. As it pushes for nonprofit status, the organization is making a big impact.

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Ivar Zeile Has Seen the Future of Public Art, and It's on 25' x 60' screens

The Denver Digerati ringleader is thinking big when he curates works of art for the Denver Theatre District's big LED screens, and defying the norm of advertising-only digital billboards.

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Jefferson Park, Urban Island Again on the Upswing

The northwest Denver neighborhood is growing in a hurry, but some things remain the same. Gentrification might be new here, but walkability and a lack of retail space remain challenges for Jefferson Park.

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Denver's "On the Road" Icon Celebrated at The Merc

On Sat. Jan. 30, the seventh annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash takes place at the Mercury Cafe, celebrating the legacy of the Beat Generation icon through poetry, prose, personal recollections and music.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Prosperous City

With over 70,000 residents and an economy that employs more than 120,000, downtown Denver is the economic hub for its greater metropolitan area, as well as the Rocky Mountain region -- and business and city leaders intend to keep it that way.

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Emerging Leaders of Color Connecting Communities with the Arts

Arts leadership in Denver isn't exactly a model of diversity, but WESTAF and its Emerging Leaders of Color are changing this, one artist at a time. These new leaders are working to build bridges between the arts and underserved communities.

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Slow Selfie Makes Present Look Past

War conflict photojournalist Patrick Andrade has turned a corner with an old-school process. His RELIC studio in Sunnyside uses collodion-coated plates, not pixels, to tell his subjects’ stories.

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Denver-based Civitas Showcases Urban Design through Film

Urban design and landscape architecture standout Civitas has released two short films that explore the multi-layered and collaborative design process behind its work.

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Building DPAC's "Next Stage"

The Denver Performing Arts Complex is a national standout, but that doesn't mean it's resting on its laurels. As an ambitious vision takes shape, what's next for the venerable facility?

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Is Affordable Artist Live/Work Housing the New Normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?

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Treasury Secretary Lew Tours Denver's Knotty Tie

During a day in Denver, United States Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew visited Denver startup Knotty Tie last week and talked shop with the company's employees.

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Affordable Housing Takes Root at Union Station

The developers of Ashley Union Station seek to offset Denver's rapidly rising rents with 75 below-market apartments.

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Who Is Shaping the Future of Cities?

Across the country, passionate people are working every day on the little things that lead to big changes.

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Noble Rot: Denver's Composting Moves Forward

Denver's curbside compost collection program is expanding from four routes to seven in 2016, but only a fraction of residents' organic waste is currently composted.

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LoHi Boom Hits Challenging Crescendo

LoHi has changed completely since the nickname for "Lower Highland" was popularized a decade ago. Now that the grit is for the most part glitz, what's next for the area?

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Mindfulness Instructors Bring Peaceful Practice to Denver Schools

The age-old practice of mindfulness is having profound effects on modern-day students in local schools by teaching them to focus on the present.

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Building Equity in the Arts in Denver

Denver's downtown performing arts scene draws visitors from across the region every year, but African Americans and Latinos are typically not among them. Amid changing demographics, institutions are challenged to create authentic diversity.

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Denver's Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015

Confluence Denver recently spoke with local tech luminaries Erik Mitisek, J.B. Holston, Tom Higley, Joe Zell and Chris Onan to get their take on the year that was.

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Compass Academy Aims to Close Achievement Gap

For students in underserved communities, the overarching question is always about how, exactly, teachers can drive success. The plan behind Denver Public Schools' new charter school, Compass Academy, might just offer an answer.

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Denver's Highway Icon Celebrates 30 Years

Three decades after its installation, Herbert Bayer's articulated wall in Denver continues to transform a short stretch of I-25 into an amusing, ennobling, oft-unexpected art gallery for passing motorists.

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In Search of Density, Denver Developers Look to Backyards and Alleys

The construction of new carriage houses -- also known as alley flats, granny flats or accessory dwelling units -- was banned in Denver for more than 50 years. The city lifted the prohibition five years ago, but the promise of densification has not yet been realized.

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Event Recap: Building Intentional and Inclusive Communities

Otten Johnson and Confluence Denver hosted a conversation at The Commons on Champa that covered some of Denver's most interesting projects under development: inclusive projects being built with all stakeholders in mind -- and with their input.

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Gates to the City: The Bright Future of Denver's Former Industrial Core

The area around the recently demolished Gates Rubber plant is ablaze with development, but there's still a notable hole in the city in the middle of it all. A new plan for the site is beginning to emerge.

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Redefining and Redesigning Denver's Historic Civic Center Park

Just south of Denver's Central Business District at the intersection of two of the town's most prominent streets lies Civic Center Park, a diamond in the rough that's beginning to shine as city planners work to change public perceptions. 

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Barnum Dodges Brunt of Denver Boom, with Mixed Results

Even as most of Denver's urban neighborhoods have seen an influx of development that's pushing real estate prices higher, not much has changed in Barnum, one of the city's last bastions of affordability.

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Deepening Literary Lives: Homeless Writers Share Their Stories

The written word has the power to change lives, and it's no different for those who have experienced homelessness. In fact, it might hold even more power for those who are struggling to find a place to live.

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New Owners Looking to Reinvent Kitty's South: Is 1917 Theater Endangered?

The historic Webber Theater, better known as Kitty's South, has sat empty on South Broadway for close to a decade. New owners have a vision of an "epicurean" hub, but Baker business owners are concerned for its future.

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Event Recap: IdeaLab

Sponsored by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the first-ever IdeaLab took flight on Fri. Nov. 6. It kicked off Denver Arts Week with a daylong conversation about how artists and arts organizations could partner with citybuilders of all kinds.


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Park Hill Grows and Grapples with Colorado Boulevard

The longstanding neighborhood in northeast Denver is seeing a boom in development that spans housing, schools and community services and even an upcoming art trail. While commuter rail is on the way, increasingly thick traffic on Colorado Boulevard remains a big challenge for Park Hill.

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Confluence Q&A: Chris Tetzeli of 7S Management

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' seemingly overnight breakthrough has been years in the making, as Chris Tetzeli has managed the Denver soul singer onto an international stage. A big player in the music industry for decades, Tetzeli spoke with Confluence about Rateliff's liftoff, the state of show business and our fair city's status as a music town.

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The Denver Eye Focuses its Lens on City History

Nightclubs, 1950s strip clubs, CSU's murderous dormitory, White Spot coffeehouses, old menus and high schoolers stealing off with a six-foot-tall Big Boy statue: As some folks tear them down, one man immortalizes the charming tidbits that comprise Denver's vanishing, beloved and bizarre culture.

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Top 10 Hauntings in Denver

The paranormally faithful say there's a sizable population of poltergeists, apparitions, demons, ghosts and spirits in Denver. Here are 10 of the places they're allegedly most actively haunting.

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Behind the Screams: One Night at The 13th Floor

The 13th Floor in Denver is one of the top-ranked haunted attractions in the U.S. We took a look backstage to see how horror is made.

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Denver Dog Park Dust-Up

Denver is one of the dog-friendliest cities in the U.S., but the closure a popular off-leash park has residents up in arms. What's next for dog parks in city limits?

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Before and After: 10 Amazing Examples of Adaptive Reuse in Denver

From the REI Denver Flagship store in the Central Platte Valley to The Source in RiNo, here are the stories behind 10 of the top case studies of adaptive reuse in Denver.

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Artists Can Be the "Connective Tissue" of a Neighborhood -- But Can They Afford It?

Affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.  

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Digital Placemaking Sparks Human Connections in Denver

Forget iPhones and private Facebook pages. Digital arts can be big, brash and public to add another layer to urban placemaking efforts.

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Event: IdeaLab

On Nov. 6, plug in to IdeaLab! Join creative leaders from Denver and nationally for a full day event featuring panel discussions and workshops on getting inspired, building partnerships and putting creative ideas into action. 

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Stapleton: Denver's Front Porch Neighborhood Pushes its Boundaries

A hybrid urban-suburban, lawn-free mecca for strollers and minivans, Stapleton can hardly be contained as developers push south -- and north, too. And maybe that's a good thing, as the airport-turned-neighborhood has set the bar high in its first 15 years.

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Photo Essay: Scenes from Larimer Street

Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn captures images of Larimer Street, a microcosm of the ever-shifting city.

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Through the Lookingglass: Wonderland in Denver

As Lookingglass Alice reminds, Alice in Wonderland conjures the creative, kooky kid in all of us. The city can always use a little more of that.

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Denver Startup Week 2015: Postgame Wrap-Up and Five Lessons Learned

Denver Startup Week was bigger and better than ever in 2015. The country's largest free entrepreneurial event offers a lot of free advice, and here are five of our top lessons learned this time around.

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In Growing Cities, Parking Challenges Require Creative Solutions

As more people move to cities, how can rapidly developing neighborhoods tackle parking challenges without gobbling up valuable urban space for off-street lots?

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Business Meets Pleasure as Imbibe Rides Denver's Craft Beer Wave

Party planners do their best to create memorable moments, but few have had the success of Denver's Imbibe Events. The company has quickly emerged as the go-to event organizer for the city's craft breweries.

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Top 10 Entrepreneurs in Denver History

For the 2015 edition of Denver Startup Week, Confluence Denver highlights 10 of the city's greatest entrepreneurs of all time, from rubber barons to tech gurus.

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Architects on Architecture: Denver Stars Pick Their Favorite Buildings

Some of Denver's top architects name their picks -- and their pans -- of the buildings in city limits, as well as a few in other places around the world, from Sydney to New York City.

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CollaborEAT Breaks Bread on Downtown Denver's "Main Street"

The third al fresco dinner of its kind aimed to inspire connection, collaboration and creation of a new and improved 16th Street Mall. What's next for one of the country's most iconic pedestrian places?

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GABF as Catalyst: Full Calendar Surrounds Country's Biggest Beer Fest

A whole universe of beer events has sprung from Denver's annual extravaganza of hops and yeast and foam, the Great American Beer Festival. There's more going on this year than ever, and that makes for a bigger economic impact on the city and some tough decisions for beer lovers.

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One Day on the Denver Light Rail

Confluence Denver's intrepid editor took it upon himself to ride the city's entire light rail network in one day. Here's what he saw, from growing nodes to needed connections.

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Big Housing Pains Bring Tiny Solutions to Denver

As rents climb in Denver, residents are choosing smaller spaces to get the urban lifestyle they want at a price they can afford. So far, developers have been happy to comply.

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National Roundup: The Secret(s) to Sustainable Urban Farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

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Pop Quiz: Six Denver Entertainment Oddities and Obscurities

Okay, I did the research. Here are a half-dozen of the city's most significant and strangest claims to fame on stage, page and silver screen.

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PalletFest Upcycles Denver

The second annual PalletFest comes to Sculpture Park Aug. 29-30. Organizer Kenny Fischer says he hopes to educate and inspire Denver residents to upcycle.

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Culinary Incubator Avanti Lifts Off in LoHi

Pitched as a "Galvanize for restaurateurs," Avanti F&B brings the coworking ethos to the restaurant world. Startup eateries can hone their menus and business models without going into debt.

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I Scream, You Scream: Upstart Scoop Shops Thriving in Denver

Artisan ice cream is booming in Denver. New parlors have filled voids in neighborhoods and are enjoying speedy growth in a city that craves all things local.

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Denver's Cricket Maven Serves the Ultimate Paleo Crunch

Wendy McGill disputes preconceived Western notions that bugs are pests with no place at a foodie's table. She's on the cusp of opening a cricket farm in Denver.

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Blight No More: Apartment Project Slated for Shattuck Site

At the once-toxic Shattuck site in Overland, a project is set to kick off a new era for one of the most infamous parcels of land in Denver. A Dallas-based firm plans to build more than 200 apartments on the six-acre property that was at one time considered too contaminated for development.

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Climbing Gyms Finding Bigger Footholds in Denver

In Baker, the 32,000-square-foot Movement represents the most recent evolution in Denver's climbing gyms. Opening in 1992, Thrillseekers on South Broadway is the oldest and still evolving to meet clients' needs.

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Denver Urban Gardens: Growing a Garden, Growing a Community

One garden at a time, Denver Urban Gardens is sowing the seeds for a more connected and vibrant city by creating public spaces that fuse community collaboration, urban agriculture and visual art.

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Denver's Mixed-Use Drinking Destinations

Bars change with the times, but they've often serve dual purposes for centuries. Hybrid watering holes Board Game Republic and Bowman's Vinyl & Lounge are set to join the ones who have streamlined the business model in Denver.

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OG (Organic Gardener) DJ Cavem Raps about Kale

Hip-hop and healthy eating are twin inspirations for Denver's DJ Cavem, who deftly melds music and food justice with both rhymes and activism.

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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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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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From Denver to the World: Startups Surging from a Mile High

Denver in 2014 is like an entrepreneurial rocket ship, and in many ways, it's always been like that. Today's leaders have recognized the intersection of the startup mindset and Colorado culture and harnessed the synergy with impressive results. Case in point: Denver Startup Week.

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Denver Musicians Take Entrepreneurial Approach

Denver's music scene is booming, with nationally known hitmakers, outsider artists and everything in between. The musicians are more businesslike than ever, but that doesn't mean they don't work together.

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Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups

Confluence talks with Dave McClure of 500 Startups before his kickoff speech for the third edition of Denver Startup Week. He gives his thoughts on Colorado's startup culture, the impact of Denver Startup Week and hype versus reality.

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Life Hacks with Mar Williams

Mar Williams can teach you a thing or two about hacking. Whether it's picking a lock, modifying a body or tinkering with gender, the Denver hacker and artist is constantly pushing boundaries.

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From What River? to River Vision: South Platte Getting $25 Million Upgrade

On the South Platte River in Denver, numerous projects known collectively as River Vision are underway, aiming to improve both recreation and ecology. While the river remains a work in progress, it's unrecognizable compared to the mess it was 50 years ago.

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Crafting Socially: Denver Workshops Mix Conversation and Creativity

Denver's gotten increasingly crafty in recent years, with an uptick in everything from crocheting to screenprinting. The most sociable places in the city to learn new skills -- or polish old ones -- are Share Denver, Lowbrow, Upstairs Circus and Ink Lounge.

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Semple Brown Soars: Architecture and Design Firm Has Left Lasting Mark On Denver

Masters of melding the old and new, Semple Brown Design has shaped and reshaped Denver for more than 30 years. Co-Founder and Principal Sarah Semple Brown's fingerprints are all over the city, from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to The Kitchen Next Door Union Station. 

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The Alliance Center: Colorado's Hub for Sustainability

The Alliance Center in LoDo is at once a century old and brand spanking new. The world's first historic building with two LEED certifications is gunning for a third and envisioned as the center of environmental activism in Colorado.

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Viviane Le Courtois: Processes and Processus

Viviane Le Courtois creates art that makes the beholder think about that old maxim, "You are what you eat." Her current project is Processus, a coworking space for artists in RiNo.

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How Local Is Your Beer? Craft Brewers Increasingly Employ Seasonal, Regionally Grown Ingredients

Despite our love of local brews, many of the ingredients in our favorite beers are not sourced locally. Yet that's changing as brewers tap into the local farming movement in their communities to add more fresh ingredients.

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Swallow Hill Music Changes Tune with the Times

At a time when in-school arts programming has largely been kicked to the curb for lack of funding, Swallow Hill Music is a refuge for music lovers in the Denver area, as it has been since 1979. New School Director Andres Cladera aims to build on the nonprofit's rich history as an instructional and performance center. 

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The Compost Underdog at the Denver County Fair

I've been composting for nearly a decade, and I put my labors to the test by entering the Denver County Fair's compost competition Aug. 1-3. It was a contest of epic proportions.

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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.

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"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. 

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The High Cost of Growing Cannabis

Cannabis cultivation uses as much as 10 percent of Denver's electricity, and there are no best practices for sustainable growing. A number of startup businesses and organizations are looking to change this.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Kids participate in DAVA's job training course.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.' 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paging Dr. Angst: Chocolate Crisis Center Offers Sweet Medicine