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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shuffling the Shuttle: Could This Be the Dawn of a New Era for Denverís 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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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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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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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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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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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 Museumís 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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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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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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In Westwood, Staking a Claim for Identity Through Art. Can It Survive the Changes to Come?

Looking to balance history and culture with development, leaders in Denver's Westwood neighborhood have given artists a seat at the decision-making table.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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