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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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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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Space to Create Ridgway: Taking the squeeze off creative entrepreneurs

For tiny Rigway, Colorado, population 960, the goal of an affordable housing complex is to keep artists and others living locally.

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One tough question for arts nonprofits: Why aren't boards more diverse?

The boards of Denver's arts and culture nonprofits sometimes don't match their audiences. That often proves a stumbling block to equity and inclusion.

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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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Space to Create Paonia: A small town bets big on creatives

The Western Slope municipality edged out its neighbors to win Colorado's backing for affordable housing for artists and other creatives. Can it build a sustainable economic model for rural areas across the state?

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Here Comes The Sun: How a Cryptocurrency Company Plans to Save Local Journalism

By Labor Day, Denver’s latest online newspaper will be live, thanks in large part to funding from a blockchain company with its own cryptocurrency. With start-up costs covered, one big question remains: Will Coloradans rise to the challenge of supporting The Colorado Sun’s ad-free, independent journalism?

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Colorado's ambitious Space to Create experiment stakes its claim in Trinidad

The project, which broke ground this week, will bring 41 affordable rental units for creatives to the city. It's a testing ground for a program that will spread across the state.

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Turning young people into artists, for an afternoon or for a lifetime

Youth on Record gives teens access to the coaching and equipment they need to make music and other kinds of art and helps them explore the possibilities of creative careers. It's the setting for the next IdeaLab, a youth-only event scheduled for June 13.

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Healthy Kids: School food is changing, and Colorado is setting the pace

More Colorado students are eating fresh, whole foods at school thanks to a team of chefs on a mission.

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IdeaLab Report: Firing Up the Community, Finding Ways to Protect Cultural Identity as Denver Evolves

IdeaLab was meant to generate ideas for a new community center in Westwood, but it was also a chance for a neighborhood to remind itself who it is and how it might shape its future.

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Imagining a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Approach to Arts and Culture in Denver

The city's IMAGINE 2020 cultural plan envisions a more inclusive and equitable Denver. Local leaders are taking the mission to heart as the plan advances from drawing board to the city's neighborhoods.

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How a big corporation like Comcast can connect to the community

Denver Housing Authority and Comcast team up to provide high-speed internet connections and community relationship connections to low-income tenants… turning public housing units into places people can call truly home.  

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Farmers market season means access to better, and sometimes free, food for hungry Coloradans

In Denver and across Colorado, socially-astute farmers markets want to lure a more diverse crowd with live entertainment, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and Spanish interpreters — and by accepting LiveWell Colorado's Double Up Food Bucks program.

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The Big Picture: Denver's Urban Arts Fund Fights Graffiti with a Diverse Army of Skilled Muralists

In its 10th year, Denver Arts & Venues' Urban Arts Fund has gotten bigger, better and more diverse. The program has paid artists to create hundreds of murals across the city, and the investment creates a ripple effect.

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Western Vision: Mancos Weaves Heritage and Innovation

In southwestern Colorado, the Mancos Creative District aims to reinvent its small town's economy by balancing regional traditions with outside-of-the-box thinking.


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Photo Essay: The New Kirkland, a Major Addition to Denver's Museum Landscape

The compact Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art moves to an expansive new space in the Golden Triangle, transforming itself into a cultural powerhouse.

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Wham! Ka-Pow! In the Pop Culture Classroom, Knowledge is the Greatest Super Power of All

Denver Comic Con isn’t just a convention for fanboys and girls — it’s also the economic engine driving some of the most imaginative educational programming in town.  

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Creative Industries Riding High in Steamboat Springs

The consummate ski town is also a hotbed of creativity. The newly established Steamboat Springs Creative District is catalyzing collaboration and opening a dialogue about the importance of the arts.

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Picturesque Colorado scenery can paint a misleading picture about wellness

Instead of hiking, biking and skiing, many Coloradans struggle to simply stroll through their neighborhoods or put healthy food on the table.

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Meet Tara Chloe: How Comcast and DHA Are Closing the Connectivity Gap

Thousands of Denverites benefit from an unexpected partnership delivering high-speed Internet to low-income tenants who can’t afford market-rate pricing. Here’s how the “Internet Essentials” program changed one family’s life.   

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Catalyst's Ambitious Plan to Spark Innovation in Colorado's Healthcare Industry

Catalyst HTI is rapidly approaching its ribbon-cutting ceremony this spring in RiNo. Founder and President Mike Biselli explains how bringing scores of top healthcare businesses under one roof might make them all stronger.

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7 Things That Will Make Denver More Fun in 2018

A quick list of new restaurants, exhibitions and places to just hang out that promise to light up life in Mile High City in the coming year.

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The Latino Community Foundation Helps Communities Thrive By Encouraging Constituents to “Act Local”

Here’s how one local foundation helps ensure community-based nonprofit work remains sustainable and relevant.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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From 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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