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CollaborEAT Breaks Bread on Downtown Denver's "Main Street"

The third al fresco dinner of its kind aimed to inspire connection, collaboration and creation of a new and improved 16th Street Mall. What's next for one of the country's most iconic pedestrian places?


GABF as Catalyst: Full Calendar Surrounds Country's Biggest Beer Fest

A whole universe of beer events has sprung from Denver's annual extravaganza of hops and yeast and foam, the Great American Beer Festival. There's more going on this year than ever, and that makes for a bigger economic impact on the city and some tough decisions for beer lovers.


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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National Roundup: The Secret(s) to Sustainable Urban Farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

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Pop Quiz: Six Denver Entertainment Oddities and Obscurities

Okay, I did the research. Here are a half-dozen of the city's most significant and strangest claims to fame on stage, page and silver screen.

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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.


Culinary Incubator Avanti Lifts Off in LoHi

Pitched as a "Galvanize for restaurateurs," Avanti F&B brings the coworking ethos to the restaurant world. Startup eateries can hone their menus and business models without going into debt.

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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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Denver's Cricket Maven Serves the Ultimate Paleo Crunch

Wendy McGill disputes preconceived Western notions that bugs are pests with no place at a foodie's table. She's on the cusp of opening a cricket farm in Denver.

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Blight No More: Apartment Project Slated for Shattuck Site

At the once-toxic Shattuck site in Overland, a project is set to kick off a new era for one of the most infamous parcels of land in Denver. A Dallas-based firm plans to build more than 200 apartments on the six-acre property that was at one time considered too contaminated for development.

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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.


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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Denver's Mixed-Use Drinking Destinations

Bars change with the times, but they've often serve dual purposes for centuries. Hybrid watering holes Board Game Republic and Bowman's Vinyl & Lounge are set to join the ones who have streamlined the business model in Denver.

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OG (Organic Gardener) DJ Cavem Raps about Kale

Hip-hop and healthy eating are twin inspirations for Denver's DJ Cavem, who deftly melds music and food justice with both rhymes and activism.

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The Return of the Pre-Fab Home

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 

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A Cartoon Garden: Kenny Be's Denver Neighborhood Seed Company

The cartoonist most associated with Denver, Kenny Be has planted 60 of the city's neighborhoods as seed packets for a fictional brand. He's a fixture at the annual Denver County Fair, held this year from July 31 to Aug. 2 at the National Western Complex.


Denver's SXSW: UMS Rocks Baker

The Underground Music Showcase, better known as the UMS, has been gathering steam for 15 years. Now it's the city's premier music festival, with 450 bands playing all over the Baker neighborhood last weekend.


Housing First Doesn't Manage Homelessness -- It Ends It

Offering housing coupled with voluntary services like therapy and training doesn't just help the chronically homeless find stability, it improves a community's overall health. With Colorado Coalition for the Homeless taking  the lead, Denver is upping its current stock of permanent supportive housing.


Denver by the Data, Vol. 5: Breweries and Beer

This is the fifth 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: beer and brewing.


A Tale of Two Grids: Confusion Aside, Diagonal Streets Distinguish Downtown Denver

The street grid Denver was born with in the 1850s became the exception to the rule as the city grew around it in the subsequent decades. The askew layout has both drawbacks and benefits. 

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Six Places in Denver Catalyzed by Public Art -- and Six More That Could Use Some

Public art can completely reshape the forgotten nooks and crannies of a city. Here are a half-dozen public artworks that have changed Denver for the better, and a half-dozen spots that could use some color.


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.


Denver, Planet Earth: The City Goes Global

With a wide range of stories capturing international attention, Denver is casting a wider cultural and economic net than it once did. Nowhere is this more apparent than Biennial of the Americas.

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Change on Horizon for Athmar Park

Athmar Park is a quiet west Denver neighborhood that is primed for change. Projects on both sides of the South Platte River could catalyze new development and, residents hope, better connectivity and walkability.


A Denver Mosaic: Photos of Federal Boulevard

Colorful Federal Boulevard cuts through west Denver, a showcase for historic buildings, Asian and Mexican restaurants and street art. It's the city at its most diverse.

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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.


A Forest of Music: Denver Artist Makes Trees Sing

Art in Denver has gone to the trees, thanks to the creative "sound totem" installations that popped up in three Denver parks this month. Artist Nikki Pike brings a little magic -- and local music -- to the city's P.S. You Are Here creative placemaking initiative.


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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Unwind: After-Hours Event Takes Root at DBG

Denver Botanic Gardens kicks off the second year of Unwind, a series of three summer evenings that bring together botany, art and creative cocktails and munchies. The first Unwind of the season takes place Thurs. June 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Rebirth of Print: Denver Magazines Opt for Paper in Digital Age

Denver magazines like Birdy and Suspect Press eschew digital publishing in favor of old media: the trusty printed page. Advertisers and readers alike are buying into the idea.

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Denver Active Gives Back

For male philanthropists between the ages of 20 and 39, the Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation acts as the first step in a lifetime of service.

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Three Ways to Keep Housing Affordable for Artists

In making the case for better public policy and more financial support, an initial step involves helping policy makers understand the role of the artist in urban vitality. 

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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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The Seven Wonders of Denver

From Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Denver International Airport to Casa Bonita, here are seven of the local icons that make Denver a must-see city.

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New Gonzales Library a Hit for West Colfax

The new Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library provides an oasis of creativity in the West Colfax neighborhood. Visitation has been high since the colorful addition to Colfax Avenue opened in February.

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Denver's Living Room: A Half-Century of Larimer Square

Larimer Square's storefronts date back to the late 1800s, but it's been 50 years since they dodged a wrecking ball and the block became the iconic place it is today. Preservation remains front and center, and the future includes activated alleyways and other improvements.

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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."


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.


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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Lifting Off: Mike Wird Launching Earthship Movement in Denver

Hip-hop artist and activist Mike Wird sees earthships as the perfect antidote to Denver's housing crunch. The green structures might just be a perfect fit for the city, and in more ways than one.


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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Unloved but Enduring: Tenacious Tree of Heaven is an Urban Marvel -- and Menace

For many Denverites, the Tree of Heaven defies its moniker. This invasive plant is more apt to make a property owner say a deity's name in vain than praise its seemingly immortal roots.


Ink a Mile High: Tattoo Culture in Denver

In Denver, tattoo culture has gone mainstream. There are more tattoos and tattoo parlors per capita than most other cities. But has the influx of ink been accepted with equally open arms by Denver's employers?

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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.


Confluence Denver Launches Collective Impact Discussion Series

On March 18, Confluence Denver hosted its first Collective Impact Advisory Meeting at RedLine in Curtis Park. The discussion showcased a wide range of ambitious initiatives and projects, as well as what's necessary to help them cross the finish line.

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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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New Approach Emphasizes Positive Discipline in Public Schools

By reducing suspensions and expulsions in area schools, positive discipline is helping keep Colorado kids in class and learning while curtailing a school-to-prison pipeline that swallows an estimated 6,800 area youth annually.
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