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Mayor Hancock gives Denver travel tips to U.S. News & World Report

His picks included LoDo, the Denver Art Museum and Red Rocks.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has been a key force behind efforts to ramp up tourism in the Mile High City since being elected in 2011, working to expand direct flights to Denver International Airport and improve the airport's facilities. A longtime Denver resident now in his second term, Hancock has seen firsthand how much the city has grown and changed over the years. He says Denver has a special quality that makes the city unique.

"There’s a certain spirit in this city you don’t find everywhere," he tells U.S. News. "It’s a very optimistic, forward-thinking, positive spirit that permeates every sector and every individual."

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Describe your perfect day in Denver.

My family and I would go have brunch at Snooze or one of the great diners in Denver, like the Denver Diner downtown. Then we would go walk the dogs in City Park. Then maybe we’d go to the Denver Zoo, which is well-respected around the country. The primates and the elephants are my favorite animal exhibits. At night, we’d have dinner, then we would go find somewhere to enjoy live music because Denver has more live music venues than Austin, Texas. I love listening to jazz at El Chapultepec and Jazz at Jacks. The Soiled Dove Underground in [the neighborhood of] Lowry has great sound and gets some national acts.

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WSJ showcases FasTracks

The Wall Street Journal reported on the successes and challenges of Denver's transit expansion.

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The system opened two new rail lines this year -- one to the city's airport and one to northern suburbs -- both operated under contract by private company Denver Transit Partners LLC. Two more lines are scheduled to open by the end of 2016.

Financially, RTD is "basically doing everything right," said Jeff Brown, who researches public-transit system finances and is chairman of Florida State University's Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Still, in 2013 the RTD spent the most in capital costs per passenger ride among the nation's 15 largest transit agencies, due to the cost of its buildout. And it isn't immune from economic concerns.

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TimeOut calls Denver fifth-best city lo live in the U.S.

Denver ranked on the list high due to its parks, proximity to the Rockies, transit, music and beer -- plus legal marijuana.

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Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, boasting 83,000 new residents since 2010. Educated millennials lead the charge, drawn to Denver's cool music scene, dozens of breweries, public transportation network -- including bike share -- and, in some cases, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. 

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Next City spotlights workforce development in Denver

Next City reported on the decentralization and expansion of workforce development by the Denver Office of Economic Development.

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Before this year, there weren't many spots in Denver where an unemployed person could get help stepping back into the job stream. A small cluster of employment service centers were huddled in the heart of the city, but most of its 11 districts were largely unserved.

Now that the Office of Economic Development (OED) has decided to divide Denver's job training programs out to private contractors, the number of government-funded work and economic assistance centers will jump seven-fold, going from seven to nearly 50 and spanning across all 11 districts instead of only five.

"People can access these services where they're comfortable instead of traveling [into downtown]," says Denise Bryant, director of the OED's workforce development program. "We have contractors and subcontractors that are now actually in the community."

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Business Insider rates Sushi Den as one of 14 "sushi spots worth the splurge"

Old South Pearl Street's landmark Sushi Den is one of the country's 14 "sushi spots worth the splurge," says Business Insider.

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Fresh ingredients, specialty menu items, and a superb happy hour are just a few of the things that make Sushi Den "the best sushi restaurant in Denver," according to Foursquare users. How are the seafood ingredients so good, when Denver is totally landlocked? Many are flown in daily from Japan.

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Charlotte Observer calls Denver "the future of transit"

The Charlotte Observer ran a story focused on regional collaboration that painted Denver as a transit model for other cities.

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The Denver area has a long history of regionalism, in part due to necessity: The region makes up a majority of the state's population and tax receipts, so there's no other game in town, so to speak. The transit system has been run by a regional entity that covers multiple counties since its inception.

But that doesn't mean cooperation has always come easily. In 1997, the first attempt at a ballot measure for a regional sales tax increase to pay for an expanded system went down 57 to 43 percent.

"People say, did you all wake up one morning and decide to cooperate? We didn't," said Maria Garcia Berry of CRL Associates, a public policy firm that helped craft the successful 2004 ballot campaign.

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Daily Mail reports on baby doll faces mysteriously appearing in Denver

The Daily Mail covered the unknown guerrilla public artist and his baby doll faces in Denver.

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Most of the faces are less than six inches long and are the color pink. Though, residents report seeing some bigger faces that are painted another color. 

"We thought it was cool so we left it up," Joseph Ramirez, who owns Mutiny Information Cafe on South Broadway, told KDVR.

A few local artists told the station the they know the man behind the faces but says he does not wish to reveal his identity.

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Four Denver restaurants make OpenTable's "100 Hottest Restaurants" list

Four Denver restaurants -- Acorn, Izakaya Den, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox and Linger -- made the cut for OpenTable's "100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016" list.

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When looking for a place to dine out, why not snag a spot at the hottest place in town? The #OpenTable100 Hottest Restaurant in America list highlights hip, new restaurants, hot spots, celebrity chefs and avant-garde restaurateurs. We determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country -- all submitted by verified diners.

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Quartz touts Denver's public-private transit strategy

Quartz took a look Denver's success -- and failure -- with public-private transportation projects.

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Another Denver transportation mega project, "T-REX," involved widening Interstates 25 and 225 and constructing a light rail line in the same corridor, and illustrates this point well. This project was completed ahead of schedule, under budget, and the actual number of passengers using the light rail line exceeded the projections. This success story was due to a more flexible and adaptable planning, design and implementation process that was able to respond to changing conditions. Moreover, this was a public-private partnership that accepted the principle of accountability.

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HuffPost Travel calls Denver top U.S. city to visit in 2015

Huffington Post Travel put Denver on the short list of U.S. cities to visit in 2015.

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5. And Denver, Colorado is just plain awesome. 

Anyone who's anyone performs at nearby Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, which is basically the coolest, most magical place to see a concert. Grab a drink at Old Major after, head to Root Down for awesome eats, and make sure to lounge in Washington Park and stop by the Denver Art Museum.

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Denver Pearl Brewing changes name to Platt Park Brewing

Denver Pearl Brewing Company changed its name to Platt Park Brewing Company, reported American University's Intellectual Property Brief.

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When the small company opened up on Pearl Street in Denver, Colorado, in June of this year, the owners did not think they would be infringing on the marks of any other companies because they believed that the closest conflict would be Pearl Brewing Company from San Antonio, Texas, which closed in 2001. Unbeknownst to the owners of Denver Pearl, Pabst Brewing Co. bought out Pearl Brewing and still produces Pearl and Pearl Light beers. Pabst threatened legal action against Denver Pearl Brewing, but this came after concerns were brought up by another local Denver brewery, Denver Beer Co. Faced with the choice of going to court to challenge the validity of their name, or changing the name a mere two months after opening, the co-owners of Denver Pearl decided their time would be better spent doing more thorough research on a new name than fighting a lengthy legal battle over the contended name.

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Zagat spotlights Denver Pearl Brewing

Zagat named Denver Pearl Brewing Company's beer garden as one of the nation's 10 best.

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Though it’s one of Denver's most venerable Restaurant Rows, Old South Pearl has never had its own taproom -- until now. With an industrial-meets-rustic interior, a 15-seat patio and a brewer who emphasizes drinkability and balance over turbo-charged styles, Denver Pearl's just the easygoing session-drinker's sanctuary Platt Park needs. 

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WSJ publishes "Insider's Guide to Denver"

The Wall Street Journal published an "Insider's Guide to Denver" with tips from MCA Denver's Adam Lerner, Rioja's Jennifer Jasinski and other local luminaries.

The city is a magnet for outdoor-lovers, thanks to its proximity to the mountains, its 200-plus parks and (by some estimates) 300-plus days of sunshine per year. From City Park -- home to the Denver Zoo, the 1908 Prismatic Electric Fountain and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science -- to Washington Park, where the city goes to run and cycle, there is always something to do. And, most likely, a sunny day to do it.

You can also rack up miles by strolling from one cool neighborhood to another. Lower Downtown, or LoDo, a national model for how to balance preservation and development, is awaiting the midsummer completion of renovations to the Beaux-Arts Union Station. Across the South Platte River is LoHi (Lower Highland), a flourishing neighborhood, packed with bars and restaurants, that attracts empty-nesters as well as young professionals. In once-industrial RiNo, or River North, warehouses and factories have been turned into artist studios, galleries and even wineries like the Infinite Monkey Theorem.

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Internet.org registered by Denver entrepreneur when Zuckerberg was nine

Internet.org was registered by Michael Bauer, CEO of Brilliant Arc in Wash Park, when current owner and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was nine, Bloomberg reports.

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After owning a choice piece of cyberspace for the past two decades, Michael Bauer sold Internet.org to a domain-name broker earlier this year to help fund his online startup. Last week, he was surprised to find out that the new owner of the Web address is a group that includes Mark Zuckerberg.

"When Mark was, like, 9, I first registered that domain," Bauer said in an interview. "He was still in elementary school, I'm pretty sure."

The Facebook CEO, 29, is now grown-up and tackling a big challenge with Internet.org, which is an organization comprised of tech industry giants including Samsung Electronics, Nokia and Qualcomm. The mission? To connect the 5 billion or so people in the world who still don't have online access. It's not the only effort to expand the Web's reach -- Google wants to use balloons equipped with Wi-Fi -- but what's notable is the group's prominent, well-resourced participants.

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$7 billion hospitality boost attracts World Property Channel

Denver’s $7 billion, 10-year investment has had a profound impact on the city attracting visitors and media from all over the country.

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Over the past decade, Denver has spent more than $7 billion to upgrade its hospitality infrastructure. The airport is now the fifth-busiest in America. The downtown, once in a state of neglect, is now considered one of the most walkable in America. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second-largest facility of its kind in America. And the country's newest light-rail system links it all together.
 
There are over 300 restaurants downtown, representing cuisines from every corner of the world - including many with farm-to-table Colorado cuisine. The Fort Restaurant sits in red rocks at the base of the mountains - and serves more buffalo than any restaurant in America. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is in an 1888 building filled with wood and wagon wheels, featuring locally-sourced buffalo and elk, as well as a dozen of its own craft beers. It's also Denver's oldest brewery, founded some years back by Colorado's current Governor, John Hickenlooper.
 
There are over 200 different beers brewed here, in fact, making Denver "The Craft Beer Capital of America." Coors Brewery, just outside of town, is the largest in the world. And there are 24 wineries on the Front Range
 
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