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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.


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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Economy essay on Denver spans "cranes, costumes, craft beer and cannabis"

A "My City" essay on Denver from local engineer/musician John Runnels was headlined "cranes, costumes, craft beer and cannabis."


With so much to do, new people move here every day. Just from the vibrations the city gives off, it’s obvious that the economy is doing well.

Having worked both as a professional musician and as an engineer designing buildings, I have an interesting perspective on what that economy looks like.

Strangely, both jobs are similar in the way the bigger economic picture affects them. Live music is a luxury and usually one of the first expenses cut when budgets are tight. As an engineer, you’re one of the first to know when new buildings are on the way. For me it was extremely noticeable when the recession was coming to an end in 2011. Since then it’s only been an upward trend, evidenced by all that construction and the flourishing music scene.

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Hyperflesh's presidential candidates take Monsterpalooza by storm

Masks of presidential candidates made by Landon Meier of Hyperflesh were the talk of Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, reports HuffPost. The Denver-based maskmaker specializes in ultra-realistic masks of celebrities, with previous likenesses of Charlie Sheen, Peter Dinklage, babies, Mike Tyson and Breaking Bad's Walter White to his credit.

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NY Times explores Union Station as A Line opens

The New York Times covered Union Station in a travel feature timed with the launch of the A Line commuter train to Denver International Airport.


The 1914-vintage downtown landmark underwent a $54 million renovation completed in 2014 that filled the sprawling, blocklong station with a roster of restaurants and bars by some of Denver's top chefs, branches of local shops and a stylish 112-room boutique hotel, all while preserving its use as an Amtrak station.

As of April 22, the station took on a new role as the city's transportation heart when the electric commuter rail line from Denver International Airport, 22.8 miles east, began making the 37-minute trip into the city.

The station is the focal point of a $500 million project to reorder Denver's transit system, creating a hub for Amtrak, additional light-rail lines throughout the city (three are expected to open this year) and local and national bus services. Currently an estimated 30,000 commuters and visitors use Union Station daily. With the introduction of the new airport train, named the University of Colorado A Line, management expects traffic will climb to 104,000 people daily by year's end.

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Technical.ly debuts video on Denver's tech scene

Technical.ly, a network of websites covering technology in a number of cities on the East Coast, released a video on Denver's tech scene made when it kicked off the Tomorrow Tour at The Commons on Champa in Feb. 2016.

Participants stressed that the city's uncommonly collaborative nature has helped catalyze an especially fertile startup community.


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Business Insider lists 14 reasons Denver is the best place to live in the U.S.

Business Insider offered readers 14 reasons that Denver is the best place to live in the U.S.


First of all, there are jobs. Strong aerospace, defense, biotech, healthcare, finance, and hospitality sectors create a wealth of positions, both in number and diversity. The city has also become a hotspot for millennials, bringing in fresh talent and energy. Between 2011 and 2014, nearly 3,200 new firms opened in Denver, driving down the unemployment rate and helping add more than 165,000 new jobs.

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Hyperallergic spotlights Kenny Be's public art map

Hyperallergic discusses a map of public art across the country made by Denver cartoonist Kenny Be in a feature story on creative cartography.


Kenny Be, for example, has catalogued public artworks across the United States, illustrating them within their home states. Through the endearing drawings, his map offers a glimpse of both renowned and lesser-known works, while also conveying the incredible variety of public art. In a different portrait of the country, but one that is just as extensive, environmental designer Michael Pecirno's ongoing Minimal Maps series involves him superimposing the US Department of Agriculture's data on crops over satellite photos of the entire nation; the results are soft, two-toned images that capture the nationwide distribution of individual commodities, from cornfields to shrublands and evergreen forests.

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Inside Philanthropy spotlights "ascendance" of Denver arts

Inside Philanthropy covered the "ascendance" of the Denver arts scene in a story with the headline, "Small Town, Big Art."


As for Madden, his relationship with the Colorado arts community dates back 40 years. A pivotal moment occured in 1985, when he gathered a cadre of Colorado business leaders to form the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) with the goal of creating business and arts partnerships. Madden also founded the Museum of Outdoor Art in 1981, established the amphitheater Fiddler's Green in 1988, and opened the Madden Museum of Art in 2008.

Not too shabby.

And so the CBCA established the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award in 2010 to recognize a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado. (Needless to say, Madden was the inaugural recipient.)

Add it all up and the adage rings true: Rome -- or in the case, Denver's impressive arts scene -- wasn't built in a day.

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NY Times reports on DeVotchka's take on "Sweeney Todd"

The New York Times reported on DeVotchka's take on "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.


When the orchestra lands its final note -- with a sharpness worthy of the razor-wielding protagonist -- the company bursts into whoops and applause. It is the first time the vocalists have rehearsed with the musicians -- the first time they've heard the new orchestrations arranged, as unlikely as it seems, by the indie rock band DeVotchKa.

"When we hit that last note and they screamed it seriously felt like eight months of tension was doused with the emotion from all these actors," said DeVotchKa's percussionist, Shawn King, who along with bandmates Tom Hagerman and Jeanie Schroder, arranged the score and will play in the pit. "Until this moment, I felt like, 'Are we doing the right thing here? Was it a good idea?'"

Many a theater company lately has done more than merely attend the tale of Sweeney Todd, to quote the show's opening salvo. They've tweaked one of Mr. Sondheim's most diabolically crafted, technically demanding musicals, aiming in some cases to reach beyond the traditional -- and aging -- theater audiences while honoring one of its masters.

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Men's Journal plots a "Four-Day Weekend" in Denver

Men's Journal planned a Denver getaway that encompassed kayaking, drinking beer, exploring Union Station and other local diversions.


Denver grew by over 80,000 people in the past five years -- thanks to a strong job market that brought in new chefs, festivals, bars, and a spot on top of plenty of Best Places to Live lists. But why move to Denver -- with its now-booming housing prices -- when you can have it all in a long weekend? Here’s your guide to exploring the natural wonders, the best beers on the planet, the legitimately exciting food scene and, if you so desire, sampling the dispensaries. 

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USA Today explores Denver apartment boom

USA Today looked at Denver's apartment-building boom in a national story on the trend.


Jason and Rebecca Petersen's lives are in flux, just as they are for many young families. They like life as renters in the urban neighborhood in Denver called LoHi, where apartments are steadily replacing single-family houses, and crowds of millennials flock to trendy shops and restaurants.

But will they buy a house in the suburbs as their son, 3-year-old Lucas, nears school age? It's a possibility, if jobs lead them there, or they go in search of better schools. But they would miss the lively neighborhood and its short walk downtown, through a scenic park where Lucas loves to ride his bicycle.

"We'd like to stay here. It's just more vibrant," said Jason, 30, a stay-at-home dad who develops software while wife Rebecca finishes her medical residency.

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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.


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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NY Times spotlights Denver as city on "sunnier side" of economy

The New York Times profiled Denver as a city on "the sunnier side" of the U.S. economy.


The Denver metropolitan area has become a showcase of the sunnier side of the American economy. While the region has some inherent advantages, like a spectacular landscape that beguiles outdoor enthusiasts, Colorado had long been held back by a dependence on natural resources as its economic base.

Its transformation into one of the most dynamic economies in the country was led by local business leaders and government officials, who took advantage of existing assets while also raising taxes at times to invest in critical transportation links, development-friendly policies and a network of colleges and universities.

"It's the outcome of really about 30 years of diversifying our economy" away from fossil-fuel industries and military contractors, said Tom Clark, chief executive of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. "In the 1980s, we were Coors, carbon and the Cold War."

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PC Mag spotlights Denver startup Flowhub

PC Mag profiled Denver-based Flowhub, a startup that makes software for the cannabis industry.


The cannabis industry made $5.4 billion in 2015. Legally. That's $5.4 billion worth of businesses growing and cultivating plants, processing and shipping products, and selling marijuana, cannabis oil, and all manner of edibles at dispensaries. That figure is forecast to hit $22.8 billion by 2020 according to the latest State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report from ArcView Market Research and cannabis-focused data analysis firm, New Frontier. The cannabis industry's booming economy needs technology to function, and Flowhub is one of the companies creating hardware and software for businesses at every step of that process pipeline.

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"You have a lot of people coming into this business from the black market, some who were growing for maybe 20 years illegally," said Sherman. "They're not used to best practices and standard operating procedures. A lot aren't technically inclined, either. Our goal as a company is to make compliance easy for the end-user so that, no matter what, people are staying compliant. The metrc system is the way we're going to legitimize cannabis in the United States."

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Forbes picks five reasons to visit Denver now

Forbes ran a story on "5 Reasons You Should Plan a Trip to Denver Right Now."


A Hot New Hub

The new Union Station debuted in July 2014 as one of the trendiest spots for restaurants, bars, shops and a hotel. While this operational train station has been open since 1881, it underwent a massive transformation as part of an effort to revitalize the declining area.

It will become even more of a can’t-miss spot in the energetic LoDo (Lower Downtown) district when a new 22.8-mile commuter rail between the station and Denver International Airport starts service on April 22. The 30-minute ride into the city will remedy the city’s lack of public transportation options from the airport to its downtown core and the station will act as a hub for all travelers.

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