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WSJ spotlights rising rents in Denver

The Wall Street Journal reported on Denver's escalating rental market.


Apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Boston often pay more in rent than average Americans spend on monthly home-mortgage payments.

Is it time to add Denver to that list?

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Des Moines Register covers making of domino card for Denver law firm

The Des Moines Register covered the making of a holiday video card made by toppling a Denver replica made with 6,000 dominoes for Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti.

Here's the final video.

Permalink here.

NPR reports on Denver culinary ascension

National Public Radio covered Denver's rising dining star.


When you think of the restaurant scene, Denver probably doesn't come to mind. But that's just the latest change for a city whose population has ballooned in the last couple of years, thanks in part to a nearby oil and gas boom. Top chefs are beginning to take notice.

Award-winning pastry chef Keegan Gerhard, for example, just opened a new location of his restaurant, D Bar, that is three times the size of his old one. His chef buddies wonder why he's in Denver.

"Listen, everybody in my industry, certainly all of my [Food Network] TV colleagues [say]: 'Like, really Keegan? Really? Denver? What, are you afraid to compete? What, is your food not good?' Like, I've heard it all," Gerhard says.

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Zagat pegs Troy Guard as one of "America's Next Restaurant Moguls"

Zagat named Troy Guard of TAG/Bubu/Los Chingones fame one of America's next restaurant moguls.


Born in Hawaii, and a kitchen disciple of Roy Yamaguchi, Troy Guard's culinary career has taken him all over the world, including San Diego, Hong Kong, New York and, eventually, Denver, where he now presides over seven restaurants (an eighth is on the horizon). The trailblazing chef and restaurateur shows no signs of slowing down, having opened two back-to-back restaurants in 2014 alone.

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2014 Denver Startup Week breaks records, 2015 dates announced

The 2014 Denver Startup Week drew nearly 8,000 participants to 180 events. The 2015 edition is scheduled for Sept. 28-Oct. 2.


Denver Startup Week came to a close September 19, 2014 after five action-packed days where expectations were exceeded for the third straight year and the highest level of participation was achieved. Over 7,800 startup community members engaged in over 180 events celebrating everything entrepreneurial in the Mile High City. With over 700 companies involved in events, seminars and panels over a period of five days, this year’s event saw even more energy, community engagement, enthusiasm and collaboration.

Dubbed the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in the entire country, Denver Startup Week 2015 plans are already underway with the event scheduled to take place September 28 – October 2, 2015.

As Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock stated at the Kickoff Breakfast, "Denver has quickly become the 'Startup Capital of the World.' Places like Galvanize, Industry and others have really created this space, along with all of you, and that says Denver is simply the place to be. If you are entrepreneurial, if you are innovative, we want you to bring your humble and creative energies to our great city."

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Thrillist pegs Osteria Marco best pizzeria in Colorado

Thrillist named Frank Bonanno's Osteria Marco at Larimer Square the best pizza place in Colorado in a 50-state roundup.


Osteria Marco (address and info)
One of Denver's premiere restaurateurs opened up this pizza place, and it's a passion project. Mozzarella is made in-house, and pizzas don't conform to any particular style -- it's all his own.

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High Country News ponders Denver's energy boom

"Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies -- again?" ponders High Country News, referencing Dynasty in the process.


These days you can ride the light rail into lower downtown, an area that was half rail yard, half urban blight back when Dynasty was wrapping up, and look up at the bright blue sky reflected in the facades of brand new, steel and glass residential/office/retail buildings. A gleaming white arc-like structure stretches over the stop for the Amtrak trains, and beyond that, the century-old, but beautifully refurbished Union Station rises up, it’s neon telling you to "Travel by Train." The vibe is futuristic hip, a far cry from that old quasi-Houston feel.

Or maybe not. See that new energy-efficient building adjacent to Union Station? It is the headquarters for Antero Resources, one of the top oil and gas companies drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in the East. Apollo Exploration employees look out at all the new buildings from a couple blocks away. Noble Energy and Encana Oil and Gas have offices on the other side of downtown; in between are Anadarko, Halcon Resources, EOG Resources, QEP Resources and plenty more. One estimate has 30 percent of Denver’s downtown office space occupied by oil and gas industry workers.

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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.


"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.


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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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.


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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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.


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.


Denver Union Station

 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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Planetizen takes stock of Denver placemaking

Dean Saitta of University of Denver cast a critical and analytical eye in a piece on Denver placemaking at Planetizen.


I was struck by the silence at both events regarding Denver’s status as an income-segregated city. According to the research of Richard Florida and colleagues (see here and here), Denver ranks #9 in income segregation among large American metros. It's running neck-and-neck with Dallas for last place among major American cities with the smallest percentage of homes available for purchase (around 15 percent) in the least expensive tier of housing. Denver’s cost of rental housing is also among the highest in the nation. Given Denver’s income-segregated landscape, it's curious that only passing reference was made in the Confluence Denver discussion to a project that has great potential to both socially de-segregate and spatially re-connect the city: the site of the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) campus in east-central Denver. Jesse Adkins of Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects had this to say about the challenge of developing the former Health Sciences campus:
"That's a tough one to solve…"Lots of issues and big problems. These buildings have been there for 100 years. The street grid exists. There are ingredients you can pull into it. It's one of those nodal opportunities what could continue to fill in gaps around the city."
Adkins is right, especially his point about the campus site presenting a "nodal" opportunity. The site is located at the nexus of multiple neighborhoods (around 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard) that, according to the most recent census data, are sharply divided by class and culture. In fact, the site is pretty much smack dab in the middle of Trent Gillaspie’s cheeky "Judgmental Map of Denver" pictured below. This means it presents a great opportunity to address multiple citizen needs.

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The Atlantic's CityLab dissects Denver transit transformation

The Atlantic's CityLab called Denver's transit system the "most advanced" in the West, but noted locals need to loosen their grip on their car keys.


It's a vision straight out of a transportation planner's fondest dream.

In the center of the metropolis, the Beaux-Arts façade of a grand old railway terminus, finished in robin egg-hued terracotta stone, is cradled by the daring swoop of a canopy of brilliant white Teflon. On one of eight tracks, a double-decked passenger train has stopped to refuel. A few hundred yards away, German-built light rail vehicles arrive from distant parts of the city, pulling into a downtown of soaring condo towers and multifamily apartment complexes. Beneath the feet of rushing commuters, express buses pull out of the bays of an underground concourse, and articulated buses shuttle straphangers through the central business district free of charge. A businessman, after swinging his briefcase into a basket, detaches the last remaining bicycle from a bike-share stand next to the light rail stop, completing the final leg of his journey-to-work on two wheels.

An out-of-towner could be forgiven for thinking she'd arrived in Strasbourg, Copenhagen, or another global poster child for up-to-the-minute urbanism. The patch of sky framed in the white oval of the Union Station platform canopy, however, is purest prairie blue. This is Denver, a city that, until recently, most people would have pegged as an all-too-typical casualty of frontier-town, car-centric thinking.

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ID8 Nation dives into entrepreneurship in Denver

ID8 Nation, a publication from the Kauffman Foundation, looked at entrepreneurship in Denver.


Here are five lessons we learned from Denver's entrepreneurial success.

Give. Don't worry about get.

As busy as they are, entrepreneurs are incredibly generous with their time, mentoring others, answering emails from strangers, appearing on panels etc. This is true everywhere, not just in Denver, but the Mile High City seems to carry it to an extreme. Maybe it hearkens back to the frontier days when neighbors were always borrowing barbed wire and bolts of calico from each other. Whatever the reason, Denver's startup community embraces newcomers and is quick to offer whatever help is needed. That makes success more likely and helps attract talent from out of state.         

Get to know your neighbors.

Boulder has always captured the entrepreneurial spotlight in Colorado, while Denver, six times as large and the state capitol, went relatively unnoticed. Did Denver develop a case of civic envy or try to lure Boulder startups away? No. It's linked up with Boulder, learned from its example, provided space for companies that outgrow the smaller city and is prospering alongside its neighbor.      

Make sure the beer is good.

Yes, good beer is one of two liquids essential to startup success (coffee is the other), but this speaks more to the importance of making a city a great place to live and work. Denver has always had the Rockies and sunshine, but the city has transformed itself in the past 20 years into the No. 1 destination of Millennials, due largely to the lifestyle. Entrepreneurs will work in the cities where they want to live.

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Entrepreneur tabs Denver as top startup city

Entrepreneur named Denver as a top alternative to Silicon Valley for launching a tech startup.


2. DenverA healthy startup ecosystem includes companies of all maturity levels, whereby ones that have grown from shoestring outfits to market leaders might reinvest in the community. And Denver has businesses in fast-growing industries and companies large and small, young and mature. Denver-based businesses like HomeAdvisor, now a subsidiary of IAC with 1,200 employees, participate in community-building events like Denver Startup Week.

At the center of Denver's startup activity is Galvanize, a 30,000-square-foot entrepreneurial campus including a venture capital funding firm, as well as collaborative co-working space and a social hub for events and education. Companies with origins in the Denver area include Mapquest, Photobucket, Rally Software, Cloudzilla and Forkly.

Firms like Grotech Ventures, with offices in Denver, are financing startups and are joined by large Boulder-based funds like the Foundry Group.

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