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Denver top city for Googling "fracking," reports High Country News

Denver is the top city for Googling "fracking," reports the High Country News.

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Meanwhile public hunger for information has grown astronomically since the start of the shale gas and oil booms: Use of the search term "fracking" has surged on Google since about 2011; Denver, just southeast of the Niobrara shale play causing all of Colorado’s recent fuss over moratoria and new regulations, is the worldwide epicenter of frack searches.

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CraftBeer.com names Falling Rock top beer bar

The Brewers Association's CraftBeer.com tabbed Falling Rock Tap House and the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe among the top beer bars in the U.S.

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More than 19,000 craft beer fans cast over 3,400 nominations for better beer bars this year. Once nominations were collected, the field was then narrowed to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. The top five craft beer establishments from each region, as well as the overall winners from each, have been recognized.

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Falling Rock Tap House | Denver, CO

Specializing in draft beers from more accessible craft selections to the high-IBU palate smashers, to the exotic rarities from across the globe, Colorado’s Falling Rock is the epicenter of craft beer all year long and especially during the annual Great American Beer Festival®.

"My brothers Steve, Al and I built our own favorite place to hang out and we built it for brewers and enthusiasts to enjoy," said Chris Black, king at Falling Rock Tap House. “We created a place where brewers can showcase the beers they are proudest of."

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Downtown Denver Partnership releases startup report

For Denver Startup Week, the Downtown Denver Partnership released data on the city's vibrant startup scene.

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"The numbers speak loud and clear, Downtown Denver is the place that creative, innovative and passionate people want to be to grow their startups," said Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. "The center city has an incredible entrepreneurial energy that invites people to get engaged and think big, and we will continue to provide the resources and tools that help entrepreneurs and startups succeed in our community."

The numbers, which focus strictly on the core boundaries of Downtown Denver, show that: 
  1. Downtown Denver is home to 373 startups employing 3,108 employees
  2. Almost $200,000,000 in funding was raised by Downtown Denver startups in 2013
  3. 7.5% of Downtown Denver businesses are startups, and over 80 new startups were formed in 2013
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Vote for the hottest startup for Denver Startup Week

Tech Cocktail wants your vote for Denver's hottest showcasing startup from a lineup that includes Cloud Elements, My Dealer Service and Crono. The winner will be announced during Denver Startup Week on Sept. 18.

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Hi Denver, Tech Cocktail wants your vote for your city’s hottest startup. The winner will be announced at the upcoming Mixer and Startup Showcase at Denver Startup Week event on Sept. 18th at Cowboy Lounge. This event is a great opportunity for you to hear about new startups and make important connections with industry leaders. Get your tickets and don’t forget to vote NOW for your favorite Denver startup!

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Jack White video set in Cruise Room

Rocker Jack White filmed the video for his "Would You Fight For My Love?" in the legendary Cruise Room bar at The Oxford Hotel in LoDo.



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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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LA Times travels to Denver via "sharing economy"

The Los Angeles Times took a trip to Denver via the sharing economy, using Airbnb, visiting the SAME Cafe and coworking at Office Evolution.

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Sharing proponents say, it's not about money. It's about making connections and about finding real people, which is important when you travel. It's about getting insider information to experience a city more fully. And, most of all, it's about trust.

I found all of this to be true on my try-it-out-trip to Denver, which I chose because it's not Seattle, no offense to either. I met the nicest people, ate and slept well, found great office space, took a fun tour and learned a lot about my host city.

And I didn't get ripped off -- or worse -- by anyone.

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Tech Cocktail hypes Denver Startup Week

Tech Cocktail called Denver Startup Week "pure magic" in the run-up to the 2014 edition of the annual event.

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Pure magic is happening in Denver.

Three years ago a group of entrepreneurs, business owners, city leaders and volunteers led by Ben Deda, Tami Door, and Erik Mitisek got together with the seed of a simple idea: shine a spotlight on the Denver tech community. This simple thought has rapidly grown into the largest free entrepreneurial event in North America: Denver Startup Week.

For the third year in a row the entrepreneurs of The Mile High City will rally around business, design, technology, and manufacturing from September 15-20 to raise awareness of the great happenings within their community.

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LiveCareer analyzes Denver job market

Resume-building website LiveCareer analyzed its Denver customers to identify the most competitive fields.

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The data revealed that Customer Service-Retail, Restaurant and Food Services, Healthcare-Nursing, and Office Management-Administrative are the most competitive job categories in the Denver area.  

While LiveCareer’s study included over 50 industries, the four leading job categories accounted for almost 63 percent of all resumes created in 2014.  
  • Customer Service-Retail (30.24 percent of all resumes created): The most popular job titles in this industry include Customer Service Representative, Retail Sales Associate and Cashier.
  • Restaurant and Food Service (11.97 percent of all resumes created): Fast Food Workers, Waiters, Servers and Bartenders lead the positions being applied for in this sector.
  • Healthcare-Nursing (11.77 percent of all resumes created): Nursing -- both Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants -- and Home Health Aides represent the most sought after positions in the Healthcare-Nursing industry.
  • Office Management-Admin (8.97 percent of all resumes created): The most popular job titles in this job category include administrative assistants, office managers and receptionists. 
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Conde Nast Traveler gives kudos to Crawford Hotel

The Crawford Hotel in Denver Union Station got a stellar review from Condé Nast Traveler.

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One of the most distinctive things about the Crawford is that you can "go out" without really "going out." Sure, lots of hotels have restaurants in their lobbies, but most of the time, you feel like you're having dinner in a hotel. Because there is so much going on at the Crawford -- and the fact that there's really no lobby -- guests can forget that they're in a hotel upon exiting their room. Dining options range from small coffee shops to local favorites: Stoic & Genuine for seafood and raw bar, the Kitchen Next Door for farm-to-table fare, and Snooze, Denver's infamous "A.M. Eatery" known for its pancakes and Benedicts.

When standing in the middle of the main terminal, or the "Great Hall" as it is called, you can look up and see the rooms on either side. Above is a view from the hallway outside the rooms. There's a total of three floors and 112 rooms, and each is laid out differently: 112 rooms, 112 layouts and designs. If you have special needs, be sure to let them be known when booking a room. For example, some rooms don't have desks, and each has a uniquely arranged sitting area.

The Crawford's flagship rooms are known as the Pullman Rooms. While some feel a little smaller under a slanted ceiling, the idea is to evoke the feeling of a sleeper car on a luxury train with Art Deco decor (think train travel–inspired art and mahogany with bursts of color). Perhaps even more in line with the theme -- all Pullman Rooms look out onto the train platform and tracks. To ensure this remains a novel experience (and not a nightmare), every room at the Crawford is fully soundproofed.

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USA Today tabs The Source as top food hall

USA Today Travel pegged The Source in RiNo as one of the nation's trendiest food halls.

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The Source in Denver

The fact that this European-style artisan food market and retail space is housed in an iconic 1880s ironworks building should tell you something: this place has character. Plus, it's in the trendy River North Art District (known by locals as RiNo, pronounced rhino), home to furniture makers, photography studios and art galleries galore. Inside The Source, you've got 25,000 square feet worth of mouthwatering nibbles. There's a French bakery, a gourmet cheese and spice shop, a liquor store offering private wine lockers, a brewery that serves Belgian sour beers (which Denverites rave about) and a cantina specializing in Mexican street food.

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WSJ reports on Denver company dropping dollars for bitcoin

The Wall Street Journal blogged about Amagi Metals, a Denver company that won't accept dollars as of 2017 -- but will take bitcoin.

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Mr. Macaskill thinks the dollar's going to go the way of Zimbabwe. He thinks the greenback's going to collapse, and disappear, and bitcoin is going to rise up in its place and become the world's de facto currency. Mr. Macaskill is both a gold bug and a bitcoiner, and is positioning his business now for it.

Well, that's, like, your opinion, man.

Amagi Metals has been accepting bitcoin since 2012, and cryptocurrencies comprise roughly 30-40% of its business, which is all done online, so it's already further toward being a complete bitcoin business than most other retailers. But that is still different from saying you will not accept U.S. dollars.

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CU Denver study links city design and health

Research at CU Denver indicated that older, more compact cities with lots of intersections were healthier than newer communities.


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The researchers examined street network density, connectivity and configuration. Then they asked how these measures of street design impacted rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma. The study used data collected by the California Health Interview Survey for the years 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, sampling between 42,000 and 51,000 adults.

The results showed that increased intersection density was significantly linked to reduction in obesity at the neighborhood level and of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease at the city level. The more intersections, the lower the disease rates.

The study also found a correlation between wider streets with more lanes and increased obesity and diabetes rates. The reason, the researchers said, was that wider streets may be indicative of an inferior pedestrian environment.  The presence of a 'big box' store also tends to be indicative of poor walkability in a neighborhood and was associated with a 13.7 percent rise in obesity rates and a 24.9 percent increase in diabetes rates.

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Vice: Pot boom pushing out Denver locals

Vice reports on a side effect of legal marijuana: gentrification.

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Denver's P&L Printing was founded as a worker-owned collective in 1980, and for most of that time the print shop cranked out newspapers, posters, and small press books from a warehouse in Jefferson Park. A few of the worker-owners even lived in lofts upstairs in the same building.

But all that changed after Denver's pot gold rush started drawing countless "ganjapreneurs" to the area: marijuana businesses hoping to cash in on Colorado's legalization of weed and Denver's friendliness to housing pot growers and retail dispensaries.

"Our building was being sold in order to build a luxury apartment complex," P&L co-owner David Strano told VICE News. "The new owner gave us a time frame of when to move. With the commercial real estate situation, it started this epic quest to find a new location we could afford."

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Dallas Morning News spotlights Union Station in Denver reuse roundup

Union Station, The Source and the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center got props in a story about urban renovation and adaptive reuse in the Dallas Morning News.

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Who said you had to knock down yesterday's treasures to create today's desirable destinations? Old meets new in Denver, where a revitalization trend is in full effect.

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Denver Union Station

Then:
 Transportation hub
Now: "Denver's new living room"

Fresh off a massive facelift, the newly revamped Denver Union Station is more than the place you go to catch the Amtrak downtown. In addition to hosting heavy rail, light rail and a 22-bay bus terminal, this busy transportation hub now features a contemporary hotel, locally owned restaurants, quirky retail and a 40,000-square-foot outdoor plaza.

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