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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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