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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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The Lumonics Light Brigade

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Voodoo Doughnut Puts its Magic in the Hole on Colfax

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

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Adam Lerner Mixing Tastes at MCA Denver

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

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

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

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Top 10 Denver Startups of All Time

For Denver Startup Week, we pondered a question: What are the greatest startups to ever call Denver home? From burritos and suitcases to software and fishhooks, here are Confluence's picks.

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The Story of a Writers Workshop: Lighthouse Shines in Denver

Everyone has a story to tell. For the past 16 years, Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop has made sure those stories were told through the written word. Offering workshops, literary events and more, Lighthouse in landlocked Colorado provides a guiding light to literary types by promoting engagement, growth and connection among writers and readers.

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Creative Placemaking Reframes How We See Cities

In Denver's Curtis Park neighborhood, Wonderbound and Junction Box have emerged as a template for a national movement. Today's placemakers are thinking outside of the box when it comes to urban renewal.

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One Day @ Creative Density

A day in the life of Creative Density, a coworking space in Uptown that bills itself as the most social in town. Companies like 303 Velocity, Tugboat and Terra Nova Games call the place home. 
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