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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.

Sculptor Dorothy Tanner, 93, admits she's something of a rebel, a revolutionary.

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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