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A Dozen Abuzz: 12 Anticipated Openings in Denver

Denver is on fire. Here are 12 of the most anticipated openings of projects currently in the works across the city. See you there soon.

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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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13 Ideas for Denver from the First-Ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Urban Innovation Exchange convened in Detroit last week, and people from cities around the country traded ideas for community transformation, telling localized and personalized stories of success and failure, hard work and creativity.


Denver Alleys in Line for a Makeover

With new public art and lighting, the alley off of the 16th Street Mall between Curtis and Champa streets is ready for its close-up. Expect to see more alley enhancements in Denver in 2015.


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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CollaborEAT Chews on Arapahoe Square

On Sept. 25, CityBuild Denver threw its second annual CollaborEAT bash on 21st Street between Lawrence and Arapahoe. More than 200 diners broke bread and engaged in a conversation on how to create a more vibrant Arapahoe Square.

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Eye in the Sky: Evan Anderman Captures Images of Plains from Above

Denver photographer Evan Anderman has been flying east for a bird's-eye look at the Colorado plains. His show at the Carmen Wiederhoft Gallery in RiNo runs through Oct. 12.

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Spicy Impostors: New Mexico Warns of Chile Scams

With Denver in the throes of chile season and roasters dotting the sidewalks and roadsides from Sheridan Boulevard to Yosemite Street, New Mexico chile advocates have two words of advice: buyer beware.

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A Slam Dunk: Denver Poetry Scene Hitting Crazy Heights

Denver's slam poetry scene is imbued with a competitive atmosphere that has injected new life into the art form, empowered countless young voices and propelled some of the community's brightest writers to national champion status.

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Employee Hardship Funds Promote Community within Local Businesses

Whether it's a little or a lot, anything helps when hard times strike unexpectedly. While many employers will gladly dip into their own pockets to lend a helping hand, formalized programs offer tax benefits, ensure a fair process and develop community within the workplace.


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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Top 10 Denver Ideas, Inventions and Innovations of All Time

For Denver Startup Week, we pondered a question: What are the greatest Denver inventions of all time? From snap shirts to shopping centers to shredded wheat, here are Confluence's picks.

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Can Small Ideas Add up to Big Change for Cities? 13 Projects that Prove They Can (VIDEO)

Urban Innovation Exchange (Sept. 24-26 in Detroit) is about passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their neighborhoods and cities better. Their projects aren't big and flashy (in fact, they're the opposite), but their visions are no less bold.

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Denver Flea, Vol. 2: Artisan Flea Market Coming to Sustainability Park

The Denver Flea's first market was a huge success. It's no shocker that it's coming back for a reprise on Sept. 20, 2014, at Sustainability Park near Five Points.


From Denver to the World: Startups Surging from a Mile High

Denver in 2014 is like an entrepreneurial rocket ship, and in many ways, it's always been like that. Today's leaders have recognized the intersection of the startup mindset and Colorado culture and harnessed the synergy with impressive results. Case in point: Denver Startup Week.


Denver Musicians Take Entrepreneurial Approach

Denver's music scene is booming, with nationally known hitmakers, outsider artists and everything in between. The musicians are more businesslike than ever, but that doesn't mean they don't work together.


Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups

Confluence talks with Dave McClure of 500 Startups before his kickoff speech for the third edition of Denver Startup Week. He gives his thoughts on Colorado's startup culture, the impact of Denver Startup Week and hype versus reality.

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Life Hacks with Mar Williams

Mar Williams can teach you a thing or two about hacking. Whether it's picking a lock, modifying a body or tinkering with gender, the Denver hacker and artist is constantly pushing boundaries.

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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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Crafting Socially: Denver Workshops Mix Conversation and Creativity

Denver's gotten increasingly crafty in recent years, with an uptick in everything from crocheting to screenprinting. The most sociable places in the city to learn new skills -- or polish old ones -- are Share Denver, Lowbrow, Upstairs Circus and Ink Lounge.


Semple Brown Soars: Architecture and Design Firm Has Left Lasting Mark On Denver

Masters of melding the old and new, Semple Brown Design has shaped and reshaped Denver for more than 30 years. Co-Founder and Principal Sarah Semple Brown's fingerprints are all over the city, from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to The Kitchen Next Door Union Station. 


The Alliance Center: Colorado's Hub for Sustainability

The Alliance Center in LoDo is at once a century old and brand spanking new. The world's first historic building with two LEED certifications is gunning for a third and envisioned as the center of environmental activism in Colorado.


Viviane Le Courtois: Processes and Processus

Viviane Le Courtois creates art that makes the beholder think about that old maxim, "You are what you eat." Her current project is Processus, a coworking space for artists in RiNo.

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How Local Is Your Beer? Craft Brewers Increasingly Employ Seasonal, Regionally Grown Ingredients

Despite our love of local brews, many of the ingredients in our favorite beers are not sourced locally. Yet that's changing as brewers tap into the local farming movement in their communities to add more fresh ingredients.

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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. 


The Compost Underdog at the Denver County Fair

I've been composting for nearly a decade, and I put my labors to the test by entering the Denver County Fair's compost competition Aug. 1-3. It was a contest of epic proportions.

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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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Putting Art at the Heart of Neighborhood Redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working together with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine neighborhoods.

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Denver Union Station Reborn: A Pictorial Pique

Feast your eyes on Denver Union Station, at once historic and brand new after a $500 million redevelopment project. The grand opening on July 26 was 100 years after the main building opened in in 1914.

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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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Biker Jim Plots World Domination

"Biker Jim" Pittenger is Denver's undeniable hot dog champion. Not just any hot dogs, but hot dogs made with elk, rattlesnake and Alaskan reindeer. He's on the cusp of opening a new eatery in suburban Highlands Ranch and has plans to more or less conquer the world, one sausage at a time.


"The Harlem of the West": A Page Turns on Welton Street

As plans to revitalize the Five Points neighborhood are revisited thanks to $475,000 in grant money, local stakeholders are striving to balance heritage with redevelopment in Colorado's only historic cultural district.

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Jeremy Duhon: 'Denver Is No Longer an Underdog'

Jeremy Duhon of Denver Investments and TEDxMileHigh lives by a very Colorado adage: work hard, play hard. He says Denver has grown markedly in many different directions and the city needs to shout about its maturation for the entire country to hear. 


The High Cost of Growing Cannabis

Cannabis cultivation uses as much as 10 percent of Denver's electricity, and there are no best practices for sustainable growing. A number of startup businesses and organizations are looking to change this.


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.


A Table with a View: Dining Al Fresco on Larimer Square

For three summer nights, including Sat. July 19, Larimer Square is closed to cars and open to foodies as Dining Al Fresco takes over the historic block.

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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.


Change Comes to Westwood

Westwood has a storied history on Denver's west side, with a diverse population and vibrant culture, along with plenty of challenges. The neighborhood was long an afterthought in the city's plans, but City Councilman Paul López has been fighting to change that, with visible -- and colorful -- results.

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St. Anthony's Redevelopment Could Spark West Colfax Resurgence

The residents of Sloan's Lake have long enjoyed their proximity to Denver's largest body of water. But soon, thanks to the redevelopment of the former site of St. Anthony's Hospital, they may also be able to enjoy a potentially thriving nightlife anchored by high-end restaurants and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.


A Stairway to Health: Mariposa Merges Exercise and Architecture

The former South Lincoln Homes are being phased out in favor of a denser, mixed-income approach to public housing, and a model for transit-oriented development. The new Phase 3 building makes exercise educational, musical and entertaining with a one-of-a-kind interactive staircase.


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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National Roundup: Detroit's Wind Economy, Memphis' Startup Symphony, Toronto's Silicon Valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.


Comic Book Classroom Super-Powering Literacy in Denver

Comic Book Classroom, through its ever-growing literacy programs and the annual Denver Comic Con, inspires Denver students to reach superhero levels in art and writing as well as math and science.

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Confluence Five: Burning Answers from Brian Corrigan

The mind behind OhHeckYeah, Brian Corrigan talks about his pop-up "immersive street arcade," his favorite app, and what he loves about Denver.


What Smart Cities Can Learn from Pittsburgh

With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to change and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth.


From DC to Denver, Gardens Revitalize Schools

School gardens, a second classroom of sorts where hands-on learning reigns supreme, are cropping up (pun intended) across the nation, breathing fresh life into public schools.Two cities in particular -- Denver and Washington, D.C. -- are changing the way their gardens grow with innovative additions to their programming.


Paving the Way for Progress: Updating the 16th Street Mall

The 16th Street Mall is in the midst of a makeover, with new pavers, better security and more amenities on the way. The mall served as a major catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Denver, but now that the city center's renaissance has come full circle, what's next for the iconic public space?


Cross-Cultured Offers "Cultural Matchmaking" for Young Professionals

A new program offers a taste of events from arts philanthropies aimed at a younger demographic, including the Denver Art Museum's CultureHaus, the Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club and the Clyfford Still Museum's 1944 Society. A Cross-Cultured membership offers free and discounted tickets to 25 events between July and October for $30.


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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