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CNN highlights new Punch Bowl Social in old Stapleton control tower

CNN had some fun in its travel section telling folks about the new Punch Bowl Social that took over the abandoned air traffic control tower at the former Stapleton Airport.

The new establishment "combines diner-style food, bowling, karaoke and stunning views of Denver below." the report said.

The airport closed in 1995 and several plans were considered to keep it from demolition. The city approached Punch Bowl Social, which liked the challenge of a unique renovation. 

"Designing and reusing a former airport tower is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enhance an iconic municipal structure while revitalizing that which was once abandoned," says Rebecca Stone, managing principal at 
OZ Architecture, who worked on the project on behalf of Punch Bowl.

Read the whole story and see CNN's entertaining photos here.

 

Architectural Digest reports on Denver's proposed "supertall" skyscraper

Architecture magazines don't pay all that much attetnion to Denver, but a 90-story high-rise, proposed for 650 17th Street got a lot of people talking.

If built, the structure would be the tallest in the city, "topping out at 1,000 feet, Six Fifty 17 would stand 286 taller than the Republic Plaza building, Denver’s current tallest at 714 feet," according to the magazine. It would house 84 luxury condos and 22,000 square feet of commercial retail space. 

The developer is Manhattan-bassed Greenwich Realty Capital. The designer is Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who designed the Opera de la Bastille in Paris.


See a rendering and read the entire story here.


Must read: The Nation magazine sheds a suspicious light on the Interstate 70 upgrade plan

The Nation presents a dark take on how the government's plan to bury sections of Interstate 70 in Denver could destroy the character of historic neighbohoods. In short, residents lose and real estate investors win.

"The CDOT’s plan would condemn 56 homes and 17 businesses—a more extensive use of eminent domain than was required for the construction of the highway in the first place. It would also sever the neighborhoods during the decade of construction and open them to land-grabbing by developers."

The plan, the story contends, is an update of redlining because it would make many homeowners ineligible for FHA mortgages. 

"It already appears to be working. In addition to direct displacement by eminent domain, home values in GES have increased by 68 percent in the last two years (compared to 30 percent in the rest of Denver). This has displaced the neighborhoods’ renters, who are uniquely precarious—over 50 percent have no lease at all—as well as longtime homeowners who cannot afford the increased property taxes. The stormwater component of the plan also places Globeville back into the 100-year floodplain, making homeowners ineligible for FHA loans. The redlining returns."

Read author Caroline Tracey's full report here.
 

Norfolk, the latest city to witness, and envy, Denver transit

Jordan Pascale, who covers transportation for The Virginian-Pilot, writes about RTD's light rail to DIA and uses it as a platform for discussing the transit system in Norfolk.

He writes:

"I’m convinced, now more than ever, that if Norfolk’s proposed light-rail extension doesn’t go to Norfolk International Airport, then we’ve made a huge mistake."

He's good at explaining how it works:

"Technically it’s designated commuter rail – the cars look a bit more like subway cars on the outside and have a higher capacity than Norfolk’s light rail but still feel like light rail on the inside."

And he points out its peculiarities, which is kind of entertaining:

"One odd thing that I noticed: police and other personnel stationed at each crossing gate holding stop signs as the train passed. They had umbrellas set up and everything to keep them out of the heat. I thought it was just a weird Colorado law.

Turns out the gates have been malfunctioning. The private consortium is footing nearly $6 million a year to staff the gates."

And this:

"Some things are confusing, especially to this out-of-towner. The airport line is called the “University of Colorado A Line” despite not serving any of the campuses. It’s merely a name sponsorship deal."

Read the whole story here.

 

Albuquerque asks: Why are our people moving to Denver?

The Albuquerque Journal wanted to know why so many folks from Albuquerque have transplanted themselves to Denver lately.

New Mexicans are moving here despite what the story describes as "long traffic jams on major roads that put Albuquerque’s commuter woes to shame and a median home cost that’s double Albuquerque’s."

The economy has a lot to do with it:

"Unemployment in New Mexico has ranked as one of the highest in the nation, registering 6.4 percent in June. Colorado, meanwhile, has been shattering its own state records, with a 2.3 percent rate in June. Colorado and North Dakota have the lowest in the nation."

But there's more, as one of the interviewed transplants, Andrew Webb, notes:

“There is a sense of vibrance and positivity,” Webb said. “It’s very exciting here right now.”

Read the entire report here.


 

Does DIA have the best wifi on the planet?

Denver is getting some world-wide attention for its internet capabilities. The Financial, a publication out of Tbilisi, Georgia, reports that Denver International Airport has the "fastest Wi-Fi among the world’s top airports."

The article cites a report from  "the global internet testing and analysis company, Ookla."

An exceprt:

"According to Ookla, DEN offers free Wi-Fi with an average download speed of 78.22 Mbps, topping the list of more than 50 major airports tested across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. DEN previously was listed as the fastest Wi-Fi among U.S. airports by Ookla. Updated testing conducted from March to May 2017 found that DEN’s Wi-Fi speed increased by 27 percent. Additionally, Ookla noted a 60 percent improvement in cellular download speeds at DEN."

Reasd the story here.

 

Massachusetts reporter's marijuana travelogue tells what it's like to live in a pot-friendly state

Here's the set up:

"Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, is in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With recreational markets expected to open in Massachusetts next year, Parnass is examining how more than three years of legal sales have changed Colorado."

One if his stops is at the River Rock Cannabis grow facility in North Denver, where he met with owner Norton Arbelaez:

"He opens one door and blinding light spills out. Cannabis plants crowd the room. They sit atop low, wheeled carts, their tops stirred by wall-mounted fans.

A bunch of plants. Well, hundreds of them. I decided that a flower room like this needed to be one of my first stops here in Colorado."

It's a colorful rendering, full of first-person musings, about a scene a lot of Coloradans still don't know much about.

Worth a read of the full story right here.
 

Top art blog Hyperallergic has some fun with alien conspiracy at DIA

A bit of local lure goes national with Hyperallergic's recent piece on DIA. The airport is considering getting rid of the maintenance-heavy Interior Garden, which is a great excuse to bring up the old trope about aliens and Satan-worshippers being part of DIA's grand plan. Again.

There is good info about the endangered pice:

"The airport’s art has been in the news recently because an installation by Michael Singer, “Interior Garden” (1995) — commissioned for the opening of the airport itself — was flagged by management as an expensive liability. This led to outcry against the proposed deaccessioning of the work, with the public weighing in on the piece’s value for the airport and the city."

And some nonsense, that's always worth repeating, probably because nothing more interesting ever really happens at DIA:

"Conspiratorial “experts” like Jay Weidner assert that the airport’s murals and capstone prove the existence of a secret government plan for a “New World Order.” Others implicate the airport in the murder of JonBenét Ramsey. One local Evangelical Christian group, Cephas Ministries,  claimed that the DIA was built as part of a plot to murder the “people that Lucifer hates.”

Read the whole thing here.

 

Vivid New York Times photo essay of Denver captures our endangered animal fetish

The New York Times featured the National Wildlife Property Repository in a stunning pictorial essay by photographer Tristan Spinski.

The repository holds, as the accompanying text points out, "stuffed monkeys and ivory carvings, snow leopard coats and dried seal penises, chairs with tails and lamps with hooves" and other oddities.

Where do the 1.3 million items occupying 22,000 square feet come from?

"Some items in the repository are confiscated from naive tourists, but most are part of a global trade in endangered wildlife."

It's not pretty. But you can see the photos here.

L.A. Times catches up with Denver's Laundry Truck

The Los Angeles Times spotlighted Denver's Laundry Truck in a feature that called the aid to homelss people "simple and innovative."

An excerpt:

“You need 13,000 watts running through the truck to make it work,” said Tim Reinen, executive director of Radian Inc., a nonprofit design group that worked with Bayaud on the truck. “Then you have six dryers operating simultaneously at 120 degrees heated by propane.”

And an 800-pound generator mounted underneath.

After several redesigns and $90,000 in donations, the truck hit the streets in April. Denver Water, a city utility, lets it hook up to fire hydrants for water and provides a meter to measure how much it uses. Since then the truck has washed 660 loads, or about 10,000 pounds of laundry."

Read the full story here.
 

Construction Equipment magazine offers comprehensive take on I-70's innovative jobs program

The innovative jobs program for the Interstate 70 renovation project was big news in the construction industry.  Illinois-based Construction Equipment magazine offered a suprisingly thorough look, showing how different constituenices value news differently.

It is a unique program, as the story points out:

"An estimated 350 workers will be drawn from the area and provided with training to build the Central 70 project now and a good career as time goes on."

The training is real -- and funded:

"Using a $400,000 federal grant received last year, CDOT will partner with Gary Community Investments (GCI) to provide more than $1 million for training and support programs, including child care so residents can take advantage of the training opportunities and jobs.  Last year the U.S. Department of Transportation gave CDOT – one of only nine other transportation agencies nationwide – permission to pilot a local-hire program for Central 70."

Read the whole story here.

 

Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes to Denver to write about good transporation ideas.

People in Denver may complain about public transportation on those days when the trains run slow, but, from the outside, things look pretty good. The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution, exploring ways its home city can plan for future transit needs, found some good ideas at work here.

"It’s the kind of complex transportation network experts say is needed to address traffic congestion in booming metro areas. And Atlanta officials are paying attention to Denver and other cities that are building those kind of networks.Metro Atlanta’s long-term transportation plan includes many of the elements the Mile High City already has: bus rapid transit, new light rail and streetcar lines, an extensive network of toll lanes for congested highways and new trails to encourage commuting by bike and on foot."

The story includes a nice summary of the history of light-rail. A good read for anyone here who doesn't know the evolution of our trianst system and what it can teach us about making big, bold moves:

"The Denver Regional Transportation District opened its first light rail line – a 5.3-mile stretch along I-25 in central Denver – in 1994. It proved so successful RTD had to order six more vehicles to carry passengers."

Read the whole story here.

 

Broadway World spotlights Denver's world premiere of Frozen, the musical

Broadway World helped give a little hype to Denver Center Attractions' upcoming presentation of Frozen. The musical play, based on the popular Disney animated movie, opens here first in August. Then makes its way to New York.

An excerpt:

""This Broadway-bound Frozen, a full-length stage work told in two acts, is the first and only incarnation of the tale that expands upon and deepens its indelible plot and themes through new songs and story material from the film's creators. Like the Disney Theatrical Broadway musicals that have come before it, it is a full evening of theatre and is expected to run two and a half hours.
Based on the 2013 film written by a trio of Oscar winners, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Up Here, Winnie the Pooh, In Transit) and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph), the film's screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars for Best Song ("Let It Go") and Best Animated Feature."


Read, and watch, the piece here.

A quick hit from Forbes puts Denver at top of warehouse development

Denver apparently leads the nation in leased warehose space currently under development.

According to Forbes:

"The top 10 markets with the most warehouse space under construction include Denver, Kansas City, Chicago and Indianapolis. In Denver, 70.3% of the space under construction is pre-leased, followed by 54% in Kansas City, 51.3% in Chicago, 50.6% in Indianapolis and 43.4% in New Jersey."

Read the whole story here.

Bloun Art Info notes major donation to Denver Art Museum

Blouin Art Info noted that the Denver Art Museum will receive significant works as part of a donation from the
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros,

Here's an excerpt:

"According to CPPC, “The donation seeks to expand the geographical and temporal horizons of these institutions’ collections, expand scholarship, and offer a broader, more diverse and inclusive vision of Latin American artistic production from the 17th century to the mid-19th century.”

CPPC’s colonial art collection was formed with the aim of creating a broad representation of Venezuelan art from the mid-1600s to the mid-1800s. The core is complemented by works from the viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico) and Peru as well as elsewhere in the Spanish Caribbean."

Read the rest of the article here.     
 

New York Times features Denver renter in story about evolving Airbnb rules

The New York Times set its story about Airbnb's evovling business model in Denver. North Park Hill's Jill Bishop serves as the perfect anecdote for a piece about how the profile of renters has changed as the company has sharpened the services it offers.

The piece starts like this:

"For nine years, Jill Bishop enjoyed the camaraderie of renting out her spare bedroom on Airbnb.Guests hung out on her comfy sofas. They dined together. They shared her bathroom, which was filled with half-empty shampoo bottles and an array of lotions.
Then, things changed.
Airbnb urged Ms. Bishop to make the bathroom look more like a hotel. New local regulations governing Airbnb meant she had to start collecting city lodging taxes, which made her feel awkward when she had to ask guests for money. And Airbnb began conditioning her to host people who are just looking for a place to sleep — not a home to share."

You can read the rest here.
 

Urban Land Institute credits Denver as one of several "smart cities"

The Urban Land Institute, a thought leader in the development of cities, uses the Peña Station Next development, near DIA, as its number one example in talking about the evoltuion of building technology.

An excerpt:

"Panasonic and local developer L.C. Fulenwider, which are partnering on the project with the city of Denver and an assortment of other local stakeholders, envision a dense mixed-use project—including 1.5 million square feet (139,000 sq m) of office space, 500,000 square feet (47,000 sq m) of retail uses, and 2,500 residences—that will double as a proving ground for exotic technology. When the $500 million project is completed in ten to 12 years, it will be a landscape where virtually every object—from lighting to parking meters—will be connected to the internet and equipped with sensors and/or cameras to supply a continuous stream of data to the development’s managers, who also will be able to control them via cloud-based apps."

It's a fascinating read that travels around the globe. Access the entire article here.
 

Canadian Press writes about challenges of promoting cannabis tourism

An interesting outsider's take on how we are promoting pot. Or, more accurately, not promoting it. 

An excerpt:

"Welcome to Colorado, where the cannabis-consuming tourist can enjoy a sushi-and-joint rolling class, a buds-and-suds tour combining dispensaries with micro-breweries or get a cannabis-infused massage at a "4-20-friendly" hotel — a reference to annual marijuana celebrations on April 20.

Just don't expect to pick up a brochure at the airport.

Since legalizing recreational weed in 2012 and becoming the first state in the country to allow storefront sales in 2014, Colorado has seen a boom in marijuana-themed visitor experiences. But the Colorado Tourism Office and local organization Visit Denver say they can't promote the industry because marijuana is illegal federally."

Read the full story here.


 

Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports of Denver-based Brickstone's new project

Brickstone is hoping to "demolish a 1950s office building on the north side of Lake Calhoun in order to build a 200-unit residential tower," according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The newspaper says the project is evolving: "The company now says that it wants to build an eight-story building that is 112 feet tall, down from its initial idea of a 13-story building."
 
 
Excerpt: "In August 2015, an entity associated with Brickstone paid the Ackerberg Group $8 million for the Lake Pointe Corporate Center at 3100 W. Lake St. The 50,000-square-foot building was built in 1953 and is known best for a colorful, nearly three-story steel sculpture on its driveway and a pair of oversized green Adirondack chairs on its lawn."

The developer still needs permission before it can move forward: "Brickstone needs a conditional-use permit from city planners to redevelop the property because the maximum height limitation in the area is 56 feet, or about four stories, and the site is within the Shoreland Overlay District, which further limits the height of structures to 35 feet, or about two stories."

Read the entire news story here.
 

Bloomberg says marijuana jobs are causing a shortage of restaurant workers in Denver

Bloomberg says marijuana jobs are causing a shortage of restaurant workers in Denver

Here's an excerpt:

The pot industry is taking a toll on local restaurant work forces and in some cases, liquor sales. “No one is talking about it,” said Bobby Stuckey, the James Beard award winning co-owner of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder and the soon-to-open  Tavernetta in Denver. “But Colorado’s restaurant labor market is in Defcon 5 right now, because of weed facilities.” 

Denver’s population has been steadily growing. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the best place to live in the country because of its proximity to the great outdoors, along with the tech boom, among other things. The city is particularly popular with millennials. A boom in restaurants soon followed, transforming a sleepy culinary scene into a particularly vibrant one. (Another reason for the expanding dining scene is the $54 million Union Station renovation, which opened in 2014 and brought a concentration of fine dining spots downtown.) 

Read the rest here.

 

PBS NewsHour covers "Mi Tierra" at DAM

The new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum delves into the Mexican-American experience.

Excerpt:

RAMIRO GOMEZ: It's important for me to highlight these people that are not going to be recorded in our history.

JEFFREY BROWN: In Denver, Gomez was one of 13 young Mexican-American artists chosen for an exhibition called Mi Tierra, their assignment, to create a new work that explores the idea of home and place in the American West.
There were smaller paintings and large installations, videos about the land before Europeans settled here, and a garden that looked like a giant pinata.

Many of the artists tackled the politically charged topic of immigration. This piece contained an actual panel of the U.S.-Mexico border fence.

RAMIRO GOMEZ: For me, place becomes a very difficult word to focus on, just because place is never permanent. We're constantly moving. It's constantly shifting.

I'm an American-born child to Mexican immigrants. So, I'm at once Mexican and American. I'm in between. That in-between space, that in-between place that I occupy is something that is constantly changing within myself.

Watch and read the rest here.

ULC's Tony Pickett offers housing lessons to Oregon's Metro

Tony Pickett of Denver's Urban Land Conservancy recently spoke about affordability and equity in Portland.

Excerpt:

The Urban Land Conservancy, where Pickett has worked since 2013, has even more opportunity to create affordability in the Mile-High City. Started with a $15 million seed fund, the organization has grown over time to invest $70 million in 28 projects, generating over $400 million in redevelopment.

One of the conservancy's advantages has been the ability to move quickly to purchase prime sites as Denver undergoes a multi-billion dollar expansion of its rail transit system.

Pickett shared the example of the conservancy's Park Hill Village West development, on Denver's new A-Line commuter rail connecting downtown to Denver International Airport. Urban Land Conservancy purchased the site close to a planned station in a historically black neighborhood to create permanently affordable housing with easy access to the region's growing transit network. The development opened at about the same time as the rail line.

Read the rest here.

Skytrax ranks DIA as best U.S. airport

Skytrax has released its annual rankings of "The World's est Airports." At No. 28, Denver International Airports was sandwiched between airports in Barcelona and Vienna. Singapore was at the top the list, and Denver bested 10 other U.S. airports that made the cut of 100.

See the full list here.

Inman offers tips for booming cities from Denver

The real estate news site looked at how housing inventory, affordability and other issues are being handled in Denver.

Excerpt:

Trends that metro Denver experienced last year due to housing demand are opportunities that real estate agents can leverage in growing cities such as Charleston, Houston, Raleigh, Fort Myers and Austin.

So, what can other markets projected to have skyrocketing populations in 2017 glean from Denver?

First, for perspective, our January 2016 market trends report stated: "Looking forward into 2016, the top concerns are tight inventory, home affordability, appraisal issues, tight credit and TRID." These issues all rose to the surface, and are the same issues facing many up-and-coming hot cities throughout the United States today.

Read the rest here.

DIA food tops RewardExpert airport dining list

Denver International Airport beat out second-place Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

Excerpt:

Denver International Airport comes in at number one for the RewardExpert restaurant rankings by a comfortable margin. Ranked the highest in overall quality and second in price and variety, the DIA offers a breadth of excellent choices at a low price. The field-to-fork Root Down has a 4 and a half star rating with more than 1,000 reviews to its name.

Read the rest here.

Builder mag showcases Denver construction coworking space

The story looked at the innovative model of Tradecraft Industries in north Denver.

Excerpt:

Tradecraft Industries founder Bryce Ballew envisioned a shared office space where building pros can network and build relationships with others in similar trades. Memberships are offered for private and flex offices, mailing addresses, and storage units. Other features include conference rooms, continuing education programs, and estimating rooms.

Read the rest here.

Realtor.com pegs Denver as fourth-hottest housing market

The city ranked fourth on the list, after Vallejo, California, San Francisco and Dallas.

Excerpt:

"Spring has arrived early this year, at least in terms of the rapid decline in the age of inventory," Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke of realtor.com said in a statement. "Strong off-season demand powered new seasonal highs in prices and left us with a new low in available homes for sale. Potential sellers take note: This year is shaping up to favor you even more than last year."

Another indication of the continuing strength of buyer demand is that the median list price remains level at $250,000, which is a steep 9 percent higher than one year ago. If this figure holds by the end of the month, it would be a record for February. Buyers are also ramping up their search online: realtor.com saw the highest year-over-year increase in average views per listing since April 2015.

While nearly 425,000 new listings will have entered the market in February, there still aren't enough to meet buyer demand. In fact, the sharp double-digit decline in for-sale housing inventory observed since October is continuing.

Read the rest here.

Tnooz reports on Denver pitch event for travel startups

Four graduates of the Travelport Labs Accelerator presented their business plans at the event.

Excerpt:

Wolo entered the program as a B2C "online bucket list community" company, but pivoted at the halfway point to a B2B company aimed at leveraging the power of bucket lists to improve corporate rewards and incentives.

Founders Ray Collins and Mike Swisher had just left another large accelerator program in South America where the team was one of more than a hundred in the program.

Collins and Swisher initially were hesitant about joining the newer, smaller Travelport Labs accelerator. However, the pair quickly appreciated the dedicated coaching and mentors the Travelport Labs program provided. And they loved Denver so much so that the team has now decided to relocate and base their business in the city.

Read the rest here.

CNN Money segment takes Ski Train from Denver

CNN Money covered the comeback of the Ski Train from Denver to the slopes at Winter Park.

Excerpt:

Beat the traffic and ditch the car: Amtrak's "Winter Park Express" takes skiers--and their gear-- from downtown Denver, Colorado, to the Winter Park Resort, literally steps away from mountain chair lifts. The train climbs nearly 4,000 feet above Denver, cruises through 28 tunnels and gets you back to the city in time for dinner.

Permalink here.
 

Expedia names Denver one of "America's most artistic towns"

The travel site included Denver in a roundup of artsy cities of all sizes.

Excerpt:

Denver is miles ahead when it comes to the best cities for art. Denver Art Museum houses diverse permanent collections from across the globe, and attracts world-class exhibits on the regular. Night owls should join Untitled Final Fridays (January through October), which include special programs, workshops, and “tours with a twist” after the sun goes down. RiNo (or the River North Arts District, if you're fancy) transformed warehouses and factories into galleries, working studios, and more than a few places to catch live music and a good drink. When you need a place to crash, hit up the ART Hotel, which seriously stays true to its name.

Read the rest here.

AP story delves into the history and present of Five Points, Denver's "Harlem of the West"

The Associated Press story looked at the rich legacy of jazz, African-American history and the neighborhood's modern-day boom.

Excerpt:
 
Denver's Five Points isn't the only historically black enclave changed by population shifts and revitalization. In New York, neighborhoods like Harlem and Brooklyn's Fort Greene have lost black residents as rents have risen. Seminal black-owned landmarks, like Harlem's Lenox Lounge, have shuttered. Activists in Houston's Freeman's Town have worked to prevent brick streets laid by former slaves from being uprooted despite development pressures.

On the other hand, some of Five Points' new businesses are opening in storefronts that have long sat empty, and they're making an effort to recognize the neighborhood's roots.

The 715 Club, founded by the son of a Pullman porter at the corner of Welton and 26th, had been closed for years before a 2016 reopening. "We are a neighborhood bar in the heart of 5 Points trying to preserve a piece of Welton history," the new owners say on their Facebook page.

Read the rest here.

NY Times covers I-70 expansion controversy

The story delved into the environmental and health hazards associated with the project.

Excerpt:

Each morning Yadira Sanchez and her three children awaken to the roar of traffic and the plumes of exhaust that spill from the highway that cuts through their neighborhood.

Now, Ms. Sanchez and her family are confronting a plan to triple the width of this state's main east-west artery, sending tens of thousands more cars by their door.

Denver was the fastest-growing large city in America in 2015, with a population of nearly 700,000, and the scene of a tech and marijuana boom that has drawn 1,000 new households a month. But as in other cities, its highways have not kept up with development. Many roads are crumbling, leaving officials with decisions that will have lasting effects on the families living nearby, including residents of Elyria-Swansea, a low-income and overwhelmingly Latino community still reeling from the road's construction back in 1964.

Read the rest here.

CBRE Research tabs Denver as world's second hottest market for retail rents

Only San Francisco topped Denver, where retail rents are forecast to rise by 7 percent in 2017.

Excerpt:


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Cooking Channel chows at Biker Jim's

The segment sampled some of the more exotic hot dogs at Denver's one and only Biker Jim's.

Excerpt:

"Biker Jim's is a place in a class of its own," says restaurateur Bradley Rubin. "What this guy's doing with sausages, nobody else is doing, I'm telling you. Nobody's coming close."

Watch it here.

U.S. News & World Report pegs Denver second-best city to live

After topping the list in 2016, Denver was second to only Austin in 2017.

Excerpt:

To clarify a common misconception, Denver is not a mountain town. It actually takes at least an hour to drive to the Rockies. But there are some great places for recreating within a 30-minute drive of downtown, such as Red Rocks Park and Cherry Creek State Park.  

Some might say that Denver is experiencing a gold rush of a different color: green. After Colorado residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, Denver has seen a surge in cannabis-related commerce, from dispensaries to magazines to high-tech paraphernalia like vaporizers, rolling papers, lotions and storage containers -- and the industry is just gaining speed. 

Read the rest here.

NY Times spotlights Ryan McGinley show at MCA Denver

The show opens Feb. 11 at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Excerpt:

In 1999, the photographer Ryan McGinley self-published "The Kids Are Alright," a book capturing his crew of downtown friends and lovers in varying states of nudity, ecstasy and reckless abandon. He shot prolifically, using up to 20 rolls of film a night. "At the time, it was really important to document my life because I was the only one out of my friends who was doing it," he says now. He sent copies of the handmade book to a few gallerists, curators and photographers he admired. Among them was Sylvia Wolf, then the head of the Department of Photography at the Whitney Museum, who helped arrange McGinley's breakout solo exhibition there in 2003. He was 26  -- one of the youngest artists ever to have a solo show at the museum.

But now, it all feels like ancient history. For "Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright," a new show that opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver this month, McGinley returned to the period between 1998 and 2003 -- unearthing some 1,500 Polaroids that have never been exhibited before. In revisiting these unfiltered images of his hedonistic past (self-portraits of him having sex, or friends masturbating and doing drugs) McGinley describes a kind of emotional release. "It wasn't painful, but in a way it was cathartic to have almost 20 years' distance on my photos and go through my archive and see how I grew up." He continues: "I'm very in touch with my vulnerability and I'm proud of those photos where it's really raw. It really was my life at the time."

Read the rest here.

LinkedIn ranks Denver fourth in U.S. for worker migration

The LinkedIn Workforce Report ranked Denver after Seattle, Portland and Austin.

Excerpt:

Seattle, Portland, Austin, Denver, and Charlotte gained the most workers over the last 12 months. For every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Seattle, 68.2 workers moved to the city in the last year  -- mostly from San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Seattle, Portland, Austin, Denver, and Charlotte are all cities that have a lower cost of living than cities like New York and San Francisco, and have access to the great outdoors. This is a trend we’re keeping an eye on. 

Read the rest here.

ARTnews covers MCA Denver grant

The $400,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation will fund "Animating Museums" workshops.

Excerpt:

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver announced yesterday that it has received a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will go toward a three-year program, “Animating Museums,” for which professionals from around the world will be brought to Denver to host a series of workshops.

"Animating Museums" will start this summer with a ten-day residency. The next year, the fellows will participate in a series of webinars related to their fields, and the year after that, they will realize a major project, which the museum said will likely be "a large scale festival or similar activation." Applications to become a participant in the program are currently available at a site launched by the MCA.

Read the rest here.

NY Times gauges $1.9M worth of housing in Denver

The story compared properties in Denver, Santa Barbara, California, and Wayne, Pennsylvania. 

Excerpt:

DENVER

WHAT A condominium with three bedrooms and five bathrooms in a converted church

HOW MUCH $1,850,000

SIZE 4,815 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $384

SETTING This condominium is in a former Presbyterian church in the San Rafael historic district, about 10 blocks outside downtown Denver. With the exception of some commercial and small apartment buildings, the neighborhood is single-family, dominated by red brick houses, many of them Queen Anne-style. Shopping and dining are a few blocks away, toward downtown.

INDOORS The church was built in 1906 and converted to a residence between 2012 and 2014. It was designed by A. Morris Stuckert, an architect who built several houses in the district, though is probably best known for the Kittredge building, an imposing granite office downtown.

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ABC News visits elephants at Denver Zoo

The segment looked at research that showed older male elephants teaching younger ones, and how it plays out with new living arrangements at the Denver Zoo.

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Curbed probes lower rents in Denver

The prime reason for the drop: lots of new apartments.

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According to the new Denver Metro Area Apartment Vacancy and Rent Survey, published by the Apartment Association of Metro Denver, the city's average apartment rent fell from $1,371 in the third quarter to $1,347 in the fourth quarter. It was the largest quarterly drop in the 36 years that the study has been conducted.

In addition, vacancy rates -- which show the number of available apartments and can help illustrate affordability -- increased from 5.1 percent to 6.2 percent, which is a more "healthy" percentage.
 
How did Denver do it? A total of 9,962 new apartment units were built in the city during 2016, a record-breaking number.
"In 2010, only 498 new apartment units were built in the entire city. Fast forward to 2016 and we're seeing that same number being delivered every three weeks in Denver," said Teo Nicolais, a real estate expert and Harvard University professor quoted in the study. "That's the most apartments we've built during one year in Denver's entire history."

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NY Times ponders "Peak Millennial" in Denver and other cities

The story wondered how much longer cities should focus on recruiting the generation.

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The flow of young professionals into Philadelphia has flattened, according to JLL Research, while apartment rents have started to soften in a number of big cities because of a glut of new construction geared toward urban newcomers who haven't arrived. Apartment rents in San Francisco, Washington, Denver, Miami and New York are moderating or even declining from a year ago, according to Zillow.

"Certainly the softening of rents is one sign that they are not coming in at the pace that people thought they would," said Diane Swonk, an independent economist in Chicago.

The debate is full of contours and caveats, but it really boils down to this: Are large numbers of millennials really so enamored with city living that they will age and raise families inside the urban core, or will many of them, like earlier generations, eventually head to the suburbs in search of bigger homes and better school districts?

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Adelaide looks to Denver for lessons

An InDaily story looked at what economic lessons the capital of South Australia could learn from Colorado's capital city.

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In 2015, Denver was named as [most] liveable city in the west and the fourth-best metro area for science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals in America. More than 38 per cent of Colorado's adult population has completed a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2015, Colorado was also ranked as the second-most entrepreneurial State in America.

Adelaide, like Denver, provides a very high quality of life, affordable housing, quality health care, a ready supply of commercial property for lease or purchase, friendly people, a well-educated work force, and many other attributes that mirror Denver's. Adelaide's countryside is very attractive, tourism is well targeted and events are significantly supported.

Adelaide Airport has improved quite dramatically since the 1990s. Adelaide Oval is a world class venue. So why hasn't Adelaide grown at anything like the very fast rate of Denver?

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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."

. . .

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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Government Technology looks at DPS Imaginarium

Government Technology magazine reported on Denver Public Schools' Imaginarium in a feature on innovation in education.

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At the other end of the spectrum is the imaginarium, an innovation lab launched last year by Denver Public Schools. Part of its reason for being is to counter traditional approaches to improving education, explained Peter Piccolo, director of innovation at the lab. "My colleagues are making sure the trains go down the tracks while I'm trying to build the rocketship," he said. 

There's also a big difference in the amount of money that governments are willing to spend. Gregory couldn't put a number on the cost of his program, but it probably amounts to little added expense. The cost of provisioning space on CalCloud is low. There is also the cost of the manpower of the developers. Currently, any other expenses are coming out of the state's enterprise IT fund, which already supports approved IT projects that are developed in the lab. But the program is brand new, and the state is still discussing how projects might be funded in the future, said Gregory.

The imaginarium, on the other hand, is a big investment. It has a staff of 20 and a budget this year of almost $6 million, with about $3.8 million coming from the school district and $2 million from philanthropies, according to Piccolo. 

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CNBC tokes up at Adagio Bud & Breakfast

The segment covered the weed-friendly inn in Denver.

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Joel Schneider had a long and successful career as a lawyer on Wall Street. "I practiced law for 30 years and hated it."

So once his kids graduated from college, he decided to pursue his passion: Pot.

Now he runs three Bud+Breakfast hotels in Colorado.
 
"There is no place like this," he said while giving a tour of his first B&B in Denver, a 7,000 square foot home built in 1892 that gives new meaning to "high end."

The six suites range in price from $299 to $399 a night. Guests have included musicians and former NFL players, as well as cannabis fans ages 21 to 80, who enjoy the well-appointed rooms, fully stocked bar, and meals prepared by a chef.


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Broncos' Okung pens op-ed pushing athletes to invest in tech

Denver Broncos offensive lineman Russell Okung wrote an op-ed for SportTechie advocating that fellow professional athletes invest in technology.

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For decades, athletes have used the money they earned on the field to invest in projects off it, with plans to achieve financial security for life after the game. In the past, these investments were typically in steakhouses, car dealerships, or nightclubs; businesses in which athletes thought they could use their fame to directly generate business and incur large profits. While some athletes -- take Walt Frazier and John Elway -- have been extremely successful, many have learned the hard way that these can be fickle and risky investments. Unfortunately, it has also created a stereotype that athletes are unsophisticated in business and prone to unwise investments.

Now, some people are warning that venture capital funds and tech startups are the new steakhouses; money pits luring naïve athletes. Sure, some athletes have lost large sums of money as a result of reckless investments and typically, when this happens, it generates a lot of media attention because it reinforces the aforementioned stereotype. But this narrative ignores that investment failure is not the exclusive domain of athletes. It is, by its nature, a risky endeavor and all investors have the same obligation to be diligent, to self-educate and to consult industry and investment experts.

Everyone, not just athletes, needs to do their homework before investing. And athletes are just as able as anyone to do so.

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Star Tribune reports on proposed Upstairs Circus in Minneapolis

The Denver-based bar offers customers crafts with their cocktails.

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Bar hoppers in downtown Minneapolis will likely have a new and more creative outlet beginning next summer.

Upstairs Circus, a Denver-based arts-and-crafts bar, is expected to sign papers soon to expand in the popular North Loop area, according to owners Matt and Kelly Johannsen.

At its two existing locations in Denver, Upstairs Circus offers guests the chance to sign up for “project socials” with friends or strangers. The events allow attendees to create projects while they imbibe. Individuals can choose from among a few dozen possibilities that range from making custom leather hip flasks or drink coolers to assembling tassel necklaces and devising urban silhouette art.

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Christian Science Monitor reports on GrowHaus

Christian Science Monitor covered The GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm in Elyria-Swansea.

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"How can we say that we have this amazing, healthy city, and boast our outdoors life, but we have these communities that don’t have access to healthy food?" says Coby Gould, executive director and cofounder of The GrowHaus. "We are a food-based organization, but ultimately we’re a community development organization -- and we use food as the tool, food as the lens."

The GrowHaus is based in a rehabbed, 20,000-square-foot space that was formerly a flower distribution center. It's surrounded by factories, highways, and rail lines, and the whistle of a freight train interrupted Mr. Gould's comments.

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Red Rocks makes Business Insider's list of world's 15 most beautiful public spaces

Business Insider named the legendary, Denver-owned amphitheatre to its list alongside Millennium Park in Chicago and London's Trafalgar Square.

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[W]e reached out to urban designers and planners around the world. They told us about spaces that have been game-changers for cities, that inspired them to go into the field, and that they simply find stunning.

Here are 15 of the world's most beautiful parks, libraries, streets, and plazas, according to people who design them for a living.

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Fox News spotlights Denver women brewers making a statement

"Makin Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer" was first produced in December at Goldspot Brewing.

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Female brewers in Denver, Colo. are taking a stand against oppression, sexism and anti-LGBT sentiments by collaborating to produce a series of craft brews that will be released leading up to president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration later this month. 

The first batch of "Makin Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer" was produced on Dec. 28 at Goldspot Brewing. Kelissa Hieber, Goldspot's head brewer and one of the group's key organizers, told FoxNews.com that the goal of the project isn't about promoting anti-Trumpism (though she admitted to Westword that many felt "defeated" and "helpless" after the election) but rather to foster unity among likeminded individuals and beer lovers.

"Despite a kneejerk reaction to assume that an inauguration day release insinuates a protest to Trump, however our only desire for this beer to to insight a larger sense of community and to stand up against injustice," Hieber said.

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Forbes profiles Havenly founder in "30 Under 30 2017" feature

Emily Motayed, founder of Denver-based interior-design startup Havenly, was a focal point in the 2017 edition of Forbes' "30 Under 30" feature.

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Many of this year's crop of impressive young entrepreneurs started a business to solve their own problem. Take 28-year-old Emily Motayed. When she cofounded Havenly with her older sister Lee Mayer in 2013, she didn’t know much about interior design -- other than that she couldn't afford it.

After moving into her first "big-girl" apartment in New York, she discovered that traditional interior designers weren’t interested in working within her modest budget. Working with a roster of more than 200 freelance interior designers, Havenly charges a flat fee that tops out at $199 per room.

The Denver-based e-commerce platform also sells furniture, allowing shoppers to buy a whole Instagram-ready look, from a chic coffee table (candles and all) to an entire dorm room. In three years Motayed and Mayer have grown Havenly’s team from 2 to 60 and raised $13.3 million in funding.

As the daughter of Indian parents, Motayed is one of 19 members of this year's retail and e-commerce Under 30 list who is either an immigrant or a first generation American.

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NY Times explores real estate in RiNo

RiNo's development boom was the subject of a recent story in the New York Times.

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Among the unconventional work spaces and restaurants in the district, known as RiNo and north of downtown, is Comal, a lunch spot with Latin American cuisine where women from low-income backgrounds are learning how to run a business. In RiNo's recently opened Denver Central Market, shoppers can grab a sandwich, coffee or fresh fish,or sit at a bar and take in the scene.

The neighborhood has attracted artists who helped gentrify the old and neglected industrial expanse, which in its dilapidated condition was long considered the back door into downtown from westbound I-70.

Business promoters now want to create an international trade hub in the district and are ready to capitalize on what they see as one of Denver's last development frontiers. The developer Sean Campbell and World Trade Center Denver, a nonprofit organization that helps regional businesses, have proposed building a $200 million international business campus in RiNo.

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NPR profiles maverick Denver minister

Fresh Air's Terry Gross interviewed Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.

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Bolz-Weber tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that while addressing the crowd of "academics and queers and comics and recovering alcoholics" at the funeral, she realized: "These people don't have a pastor, and maybe that's what I'm supposed to do."

After going to seminary, Bolz-Weber founded a church in Denver called The House for All Sinners and Saints. She writes about the church, which she describes as "Christo-centric," in the new memoir Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People.

Bolz-Weber's congregation includes LGBT people, people with addictions, compulsions and depression, and even nonbelievers. "Some churches might have a hard time welcoming junkies and drag queens; we're fine with that," she says.

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Lonely Planet pegs Denver among 10 best U.S. destinations for 2017

The city was ranked no. 9 on the travel publisher's annual list for its sunshine, beer, access to skiing and hip neighborhoods.

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Home of the bearded and the buff, Denver's aspen-tinged allure has never been greater. The secret is out: ample sunshine, a brewery on every corner and an endless supply of adrenaline-firing fun are fuelling the Rocky Mountain rush. And those lofty alpine summits aren't the only highs in town -- revamped Union Station is at the heart of new developments like the Ski Train, which in 2017 will whisk skiers direct from downtown to Winter Park's powdery bliss. Throw a vibrant economy into the mix, and you get artsy districts like RiNo (River North) and LoHi (Lower Highlands), where you can replenish your calories in slow-food market halls, bookended by gallery hopping and a night out with some rootsy, denim-clad rockers.

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Inc. tells Punch Bowl Social founder's comeback story

Denver-based Robert Thompson took a winding road to success with his growing restaurant empire.

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Don't be fooled by the case of pies in the front window. As you enter the diner in downtown Denver at 8 p.m. on a Friday, the gold booths, open kitchen, and chicken 'n' waffles are only a teaser for the adult playground ahead. The thump of Ol' Dirty Bastard lures you through to Punch Bowl Social's cavernous main hall, 23,000 square feet of fun. At its center is a circular bar lit by a massive antler chandelier, where bushy-bearded, tattooed bartenders serve local brews, craft cocktails, and elder-flower-spiked punch to a crowd of hipster parents and their heirs apparent. Drink in hand, it's time to choose your own adventure. A couple of rounds of bowling, perhaps, in one of eight dimly lit lanes adorned with vintage fox-hunting prints? A private karaoke room? A game of bocce? You wander upstairs, where there's another bar, dozens of 1980s arcade games, Ping-Pong and pool tables, and low banquettes that, as the night wears on, become the backdrop for more sloppy public making out than you've encountered anywhere else in post-collegiate life.

While this scene might not be everyone's idea of a good time, anyone trying to sell to the elusive, highly sought-after 20- and 30-somethings marketers love to refer to as Millennials will want to take notes. Every detail a guest sees, hears, tastes, and experiences at Punch Bowl is part of a well-honed formula for fun engineered by weathered restaurant vet Robert Thompson.

Thompson, who sports a shaved head and an expression that reliably hovers between a squint and a scowl, is hardly a poster boy for the type of carefree good times he's spent his career designing for others. "I can't have fun when I'm here," concedes Thompson, who would rather stay home with his wife and two young sons on Friday night than soak up the endorphins at one of his eight Punch Bowl locations scattered in cities throughout the country. "All I see are the cigarette butts in the parking lot," he nitpicks. "I notice when booths aren't perfectly aligned with light fixtures, if the music levels aren't right for the time of day, whether the hostess ran over to open the door, if the servers are smiling."

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Zagat tabs Denver as no. 3 food city in U.S.

Only Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles topped Denver on the 25-city list.

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The best city for singles. For millennials. For entrepreneurs. For outdoorspeople. Over the past few years, Denver has ranked at or near the top of virtually every U.S. index there is; it was only a matter of time before outsiders "discovered" its dynamic dining scene too. This year alone, Nobu MatsuhisaGregory GourdetDeborah Schneider and Hugh Acheson staked claims here; Jeffrey Wall of Atlanta's Kimball House is on his way, and so is the team behind New York's Death & Co.

Meanwhile, there's no stopping our homegrown talent. Beard award-winners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (Frasca) will be opening Tavernetta soon; fellow recipient Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja et al.) is expanding her mini empire with Ultreia. 

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WSJ analyzes impact of affordable housing in Denver

There was no drag on nearby property values, and even an uptick in Denver, according to the Wall Street Journal story.

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The majority of metro areas in the study, which included most coastal markets in California, along with New York City, Miami, Denver and the Pacific Northwest, saw no significant differences in prices after low-income housing was built.

There were a few exceptions: In Boston and Cambridge, Mass., home values closest to low-income housing increased at a slower pace than the area slightly farther away, amounting to a difference of between $18 and $19 per square foot.

In Denver, the opposite happened: Prices for homes closest to the low-income housing grew at a faster rate than the more distant ones.

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Outside looks at bike-sharing models in Denver and elsewhere

The city's B-Cycle system is a great value, the story concluded.

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An analysis by People for Bikes, a leading organization that advocates for new and safe bike infrastructure, found that public investment in Salt Lake City's Greenbike and the B-Cycle Denver program, on a per-trip basis, was far less than traditional public transit like bus or rail in those same cities. Both Greenbike and B-Cycle Denver's public funding subsidies amount to 10 percent or less of total trip cost. By contrast, Salt Lake's bus and rail system, called UTA, relies on 80 percent public funding per trip. Denver's equivalent RTD network is tax-funded at more than 70 percent per trip. Not only are bike shares achieving statistically measurable improvements in traffic congestion and public health, they're doing so at negligible cost to taxpayers.

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Chicago Tribune explores Denver food markets

The story looked at The Source, Avanti, Union Station and Central Market, as well as Aurora's Stanley Marketplace.

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Ask anyone who has lived for at least a few years in this gateway to the Rocky Mountains, and they'll say Denver has changed.

It's younger and edgier, and it bubbles with an energy wholly absent when the city was "nothing but a big ol' cow town in the early '80s," as one local said. Like most places, the change is principally seen in rising home prices (bad!) and a blossoming food and drink scene (good!).
 
But the food and drink explosion has come in one particularly broad and curious form: the food market.

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People profiles Feral founder

Jimmy Funkhouser of Denver's Feral Mountain Company was the subject of an "American Doers" video and profile in People magazine.

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It wasn't easy for 34-year-old Jimmy Funkhouser to leave his small hometown of Elberfeld, Indiana, and it was even harder to leave his nine younger siblings.

"It was hard. As the oldest, I’ve always had this sense of wanting to set an example," Funkhouser tells PEOPLE. "I think being the oldest naturally instills within you this nature of blazing a path."

This year, Funkhouser quit his 10-year corporate job, moved to Denver, Colorado and started on his mission for achieving his own American Dream -- opening a mountain gear shop.

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High Times picks its favorite munchies in Denver

The cannabis-friendly magazine chose 10 of its favorite post-smoke eateries in the city.

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Since legalization of cannabis in Denver, Colorado, the urban landscape has experienced a surge of marijuana enthusiasts and medical refugees alike looking to make a home in the Mile High City. Abandoned properties once stuck motionless in a state of decay have been revived by grow operations and newly legal businesses. What was once derelict has been brought back to life, breathing energy into the city streets.
 
Taking part in a cultural revolution can cause one to work up an appetite, so as one of those marijuana enthusiasts new to Denver, you might be asking yourself, "Where are the best places to eat while stoned?"

Well, we're here to help you find the best munchie fixes in the city with expert recommendations from a top cannabis chef, complete with pairing tips for primo pot strains  -- so get ready to blaze before stepping foot into one of these fine establishments!

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Soulciti covers Denver-based Ed Dwight's black history memorial in Austin

The sculptor's massive monument is being installed on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

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By all accounts, the 32-foot-long and 27-foot-high monument -- crafted by master sculptor Ed Dwight of Denver, CO -- is both massive and magnificent. From a north-facing distance, its high point parallels the Capitol's peak, and it sits across from a statue that honors Confederate states and the dates that they seceded from the Union during the Civil War.

"What I did is, I told the whole story of Texas from the beginning with all the visual details of it. I matched the stories with the visuals. And the story is all laid out for you," says Dwight, who has created statues and memorials around the U.S. and in Canada. "We've got an African American explorer exploring Texas in the 1500s, and we've got a Black astronaut from Texas exploring space. And all my stories have happy endings."

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Travelocity names Denver second-best beer destination

Portland topped the list; Denver was ahead of no. 3 Seattle.

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Last year, in a Travelocity survey of 1,003 people, more than three-quarters of those surveyed said they would like to go on a trip where they visited craft breweries and sampled local beer. Recognizing this interest in beer tourism, Travelocity enlisted the expertise of the Brewers Association, a national trade association dedicated to promoting American craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts, to find America’s best beer destinations by creating the first Beer Tourism Index.



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WSJ dives into Denver Water reservoir project

The proposed expansion of Gross Reservoir near Boulder was the topic of The Wall Street Journal's story.

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Next year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to decide whether to issue a permit to triple the capacity of Gross Reservoir in the Rocky Mountain foothills, with additional shipments of about 18,000 acre feet of water a year from the Colorado River watershed. An acre foot is enough water to meet the annual needs of an average family of five.
 
That is one of the last regulatory barriers for utility Denver Water's $380 million project, for which district officials say they hope to break ground in 2019 to help ensure local water supplies.

"We have an obligation to supply water," said Jeff Martin, Denver Water's manager of the project, as he stood recently atop a 340-foot concrete dam that is to be raised by 131 feet under the plan. "It's not an option to not have water."

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NY Times looks at expansion plans of Denver-based Dixie Brands

With marijuana legalized in numerous states, Dixie Brands is eyeing a tricky strategy to grow in new markets, reports The New York Times.

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Almost all small-business owners dream of the day when they can expand nationally. This has proved to be a unique challenge for those in the marijuana industry because the products they create are illegal under federal law, and the checkerboard of states that permit marijuana sales have complex and constantly changing regulations.

Dixie Brands, a company in Denver that creates drinks and other products using marijuana, is aiming to navigate those hurdles and become one of the first companies in the industry to build a national presence.

Voters on Tuesday brought that dream a little closer to reality. California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada approved adult-use (a new term for recreational use) marijuana. Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana voted to legalize or expand medical marijuana use. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia now have some sort of allowed use.

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Columbia Journalism Review talks to Denverite editor

Corey Hutchins of the Columbia Journalism Review interviewed Dave Burdick of Denverite for a podcast.

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About five months ago, a for-profit, hyperlocal online news site called Denverite launched in Colorado's capital with the feel of a national startup. Backed by a trio of investors in Business Insider, the news outlet is the pilot project for a potential string of sites in other cities.

Denverite does not yet have a business model, but will start experimenting with how to make the site profitable. On Election Day, for instance, the outlet will host a ticketed event at its downtown office. In the meantime, the news organization's team of about 10 journalists have been cranking out the news about Denver and its metro area of nearly 3 million people.

So what has the journey been like so far? Last month I sat down with site editor Dave Burdick, who left his job as deputy features editor of The Denver Post to run the new startup. We talked about the challenges of launching a hyperlocal, digital-only news product, how he's building new audiences, and what a potential revenue stream might one day look like. The man has a passion for local news.



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LA Times covers the return of the Ski Train

A story in the Los Angeles Times mapped out the new train-to-train route from Denver International Airport to the slopes at Winter Park.

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After a seven-year hiatus, Colorado’s ski train, which ran from Denver to the Winter Park ski resort from 1940 to 2009, is back. 

The train, a longtime tradition in the Centennial State, will begin making runs beginning Jan. 7 and will continue every weekend and holiday through March 26.

Thanks to a new commuter line running from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Union Station in downtown Denver, from which the Winter Park Express departs, visiting skiers and snowboarders can get to Winter Park Resort without renting or even getting into a car during their stay.

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Wired flies with Denver aerial photographer Evan Anderman

A slideshow of shots by the Denver-based photographer showcase little-seen Colorado landscapes on the plains, and in the foothills and suburbia.

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Think of Colorado, and you probably picture the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. But nearly half of the state lies on the high plains to the east of the mountains. The terrain is no less scenic, especially when seen from above.

"I love looking at the landscape and understanding how everything fits together," says Evan Anderman, who spends hours taking aerial photos from the cockpit of his plane, 1,500 feet above the plains.

His gorgeous images, taken during some 200 flights, capture the breadth of the plains and its industry. Fields of wheat, millet, and hay wave in the breeze. Cattle graze on rangeland. Factories, mines, and oil rigs dot the land. "Every square inch out there has been affected [by industry] in one way or another," Anderman says.

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Men's Journal details "World's Best Brewery Crawl" in Denver

The route includes pints at Wynkoop, Great Divide and Spangalang.

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If you're a true fan of better beer, upgrade the suds-soaked adventure that is the bar crawl to a brewery crawl. At every stop you'll get to meet the men and women behind the pint in your hand, and those ales and lagers will never be fresher than when they're served a few feet from where they're brewed. Sadly, not many cities have the proper density of breweries to pull off a proper crawl, but among the lucky few, Denver reigns supreme.

In this three-mile stretch across downtown Denver, there are an astounding 18 breweries (including a cidery). Naturally, we don't recommend hitting every spot in one day. But with a little prudent sampling, you can hit the high notes in one long-distance stroll. Each leg of our crawl takes about a 15-minute walk to the next watering hole, though Uber is abundant across the city.

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Curbed names Wynkoop one of "10 streets that define America"

Wynkoop Street in LoDo has undergone a remarkable renaissance in the last 25 years.

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Jim Graeber notes that when he moved in two years later into his own loft down the street, "Union Station was a beautiful building, but it wasn't used much. Two Amtrak trains a day and the ski train, but that was it."

Loft conversions in the early 1990s spurred further development downtown. Joyce Meskis, owner of the independent bookstore the Tattered Cover, had dreamed of expanding her Cherry Creek-based operation with a satellite store, but couldn't afford the expensive real estate on the eastern side of town.

Wynkoop Street was less expensive, and offered her, she says, "the chance to be a part of the future of Denver." But even though the neighborhood showed promise, "in the early stage when we moved there [they first opened a warehouse in 1990 and then a store in 1994], there were more pigeon occupants than people occupants."

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NY Times spotlights immigrant bus in Denver

New York Times story offered a personal look at Autobuses los Paisanos in downtown Denver, where buses ferry a largely immigrant clientele to El Paso and back.

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The $65 bus to Mexico rolled into a parking lot here recently, belching exhaust into the Colorado night as a river of people -- crying, kissing -- thrust belongings into the belly of the vehicle and climbed aboard.

Frank Torres, 64, a driver in black slacks, descended from his perch above it all.

"This is true drama," he said, surveying the scene. A boy wailed to his left. Travelers burdened by packages passed on his right. Mr. Torres, snacking on a coconut Popsicle, took a meaty bite. "Separation. You see a lot of that. The mother leaving her child. The child leaving the mother. This is how it goes."

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CBC contrasts Calgary and Denver

CBC Calgary took a hard look at the story behind Denver's resiliency during the recent energy bust.

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Denver and Calgary have a lot in common. But while Denver is rising, Calgary is struggling.

Founded within 20 years of each other, both cities were 19th century western frontiers. Places built on railways, agriculture and oil. For decades, both cities followed a similar economic path -- including the highs and lows of the energy industry.

But then, just a little more than 30 years ago, both cities faced a crisis. Calgary went one way, and is still riding the energy wave. Denver another, leading to a thriving economy. 

Calgary could stand to learn a thing or two from Denver. Something that occurred to Calgary Economic Development, which recently sent someone down on a fact-finding mission to study the successes of the Mile High City -- named for the exact mile it sits above sea level.

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PRI covers first Indigenous People's Day in Denver

PRI's The World reported the story of Indigenous People's Day in Denver.

Excerpt:

The new holiday in Denver is mostly symbolic. Most residents still have to go to work. Still, Maymangwa says the city’s decision shows attitudes are changing.

“History from his perspective is told by victor, and in our case the conqueror," she said. "Colonial perspectives of our history do not work for us. They’re wrong.”



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Bloomberg tastes "Denver's booming food scene"

A recent story highlighted restaurants in Union Station, Cart-Driver, Hop Alley, and other foodie hotspots in the city.

Excerpt:

I wouldn't want to waste anyone's time when they have important matters to attend to on the snow-covered Colorado slopes this ski season. But the Denver dining scene has gotten incredibly exciting. In fact, it's become a dining destination whether or not it's simply a stop en route to the mountains.

Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint why a city's food scene improves. It could be proximity to a more expensive city that cooks can't afford to live in, or a break-out chef that brings attention to his or her neighbors. In Denver, it's the story of a transportation hub.
 
The grand Union Station, which re-opened in 2014 after a $54 million renovation, is both a conduit from the country's largest airport (37 minutes by train) to a handful of ski areas, as well as the site of the lovely Crawford Hotel. It's also a major driver of the city's restaurant boom.

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CNBC spotlights most popular brews at GABF

The cable network looked at the breweries with the longest lines at the largest beer festival in the U.S., including Denver's Black Project.

Excerpt:

There are two types of winners at the Great American Beer Festival: Those that walk away with one of the coveted medals from the show's judges and those that claim an unofficial people's choice award. 

The two often intersect, but it's not a sure thing. Yet in the two days before the awards are announced at the country's premier beer festival, beer lovers roam the hall, which is roughly the size of seven football fields and hosts roughly 800 brewers, sharing notes and rushing to try offerings with the strongest word-of-mouth buzz.

Some of the brewers that regularly have lines of 50 or more people are already iconic names in the craft beer world. Russian River Brewing (maker of the eternally popular Pliny the Elder) and Avery Brewing (whose Callipygian has been especially in demand at this year's show), for instance, regularly see people wait patiently for a 1-ounce sample of their products, only to walk to the back of the line and wait again for another.

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13th Floor tops HauntedHouse.com's list of best haunts in U.S.

The 13th Floor in Denver topped HauntedHouse.com's list of America's Best Haunts for 2016. The sister haunt, The Asylum, ranked fourth.

Excerpt:

Haunted houses have long been a tradition of Halloween, evolving from basic tents and street fairs to the sophisticated spook factories of today featuring Hollywood-quality make up and special effects. Around the nation, long lines of thrill-seekers pay in a range from $20 to $50 per ticket for an hour or more of controlled fright. According to research about the business of haunted houses, this industry made popular through the late 1990s and early 2000 is now growing by leaps and bounds.

America’s Best Haunts was established to honor the attractions that are head and shoulders above the rest.  Any haunt can haunt America but only a select few can proudly proclaim that they have been selected as one of "America's Best."

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Energy.gov previews the 2017 Solar Decathlon in Denver

A year to the day before the event, the U.S. Department of Energy posted a preview of the Solar Decathlon 2017 to be held in Denver.

Excerpt:

Zero-emission electric vehicles charge along the street. People walk along LED-lighted sidewalks. A commuter train drops travelers off from the airport to enjoy dinner at a corner café. And the houses? They're entirely powered by sunshine.

This might sound like a scene from the distant future, but it's not as far away as you think. Exactly one year from today, Solar Decathlon 2017 will kick off in Denver. The biennial competition challenges teams of college students from around the country to design, build and operate beautiful solar-powered houses that are ultra-energy efficient and balance innovation with cost effectiveness. Fourteen Solar Decathlon student teams are now hard at work refining their initial plans for houses designed to provide shelter after disasters, conserve water and achieve other goals.

The Solar Decathlon houses will join the landscape at Peña Station Next, a burgeoning "smart city" between downtown Denver and the airport that city planners began mapping out several years ago. The plan calls for adding 1.5 million square feet of corporate office space, 500,000 square feet of retail stores, 2,500 solar-powered residential units, and 1,500 hotel rooms to the space separating the vibrant urban hub from the nation’s largest airport in total land area.

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Fox News spotlights Rise of the Rest in Denver

The story posed a big question: "What can other cities learn from Denver about how the rest can rise?"

Excerpt:

Today, we toured Denver on a bus to see an entrepreneurial ecosystem that, actually, compared to many places, is doing pretty well. According to the Kauffman Foundation, Denver is one of the top five cities in startup activity, and Colorado ranks fourth out of 50 states. Two decades ago, that wouldn’t have been the case. As we visit cities across the country, we often hear what's not working -- we need more capital, more connectivity, better founders.

While Denver is self-aware that they can do so much more, they're on an encouraging pathway to how a community can do its best. At lunch, Steve Case talked about the "three Ps" of the Web's Third Wave. In reflecting on Denver, I saw three Ps that have made Colorado a great startup community.

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Bloomberg analyzes Denver housing market

It's gone from superheated to merely hot as year-over-year gains moderated slightly in 2016.

Excerpt:

The prices have gotten too heated for many buyers in Denver, which has seen a slowdown since the beginning of the year, said Wade Perry, a managing broker at Coldwell Banker Devonshire in the area.

"Buyers are starting to push back and say, 'I'm not going to pay that much for that house,'" Perry said.
 
The median home value in Denver rose 10 percent in August from a year earlier to $353,300, according to Zillow. While that's still one of the top increases in the country, it's down from an almost 16 percent surge in the same period of 2015.

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SI reports on Tom Brady's reaction to Denver-made Tom Brady mask

The New England Patriots quarterback called the hyper-realistic mask made by Denver's Landon Meier of Hyperflesh "probably the creepiest thing I've ever seen," reported Sports Illustrated.

Excerpt:

Yeah, it's pretty scary, and you can count Brady among those who thinks the mask lies squarely in the uncanny valley.

"I spent a little time with [Welker] on Sunday morning, he showed it to me," Brady said during his weekly Westwood One radio appearance on Monday. "It was probably the creepiest thing I've ever seen."

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WSJ showcases FasTracks

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

Excerpt:

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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Poynter digs into The Cannabist

The Poynter Institute delved into the story and successes of The CannabistThe Denver Post's marijuana news site.

Excerpt:

The smell of marijuana lingered in the air as the leaders of Colorado's emerging cannabis industry passed around business cards -- and joints -- in a networking event held by the newspaper.

"It was great," said Ricardo Baca, who emceed the event (held on April 20). "Everybody knew everybody...networking, passing around business cards, saying 'oh, you keep the rest of that joint.'"

. . .

Baca (who refrains from consuming marijuana during work hours) is the founding editor of The Cannabist, a website that launched in December 2013, just three days before legal marijuana sales began in Colorado. In the years since, Baca and his tiny staff have grown the website into a fully fledged multi-platform vertical that competes with some of the biggest names in cannabis coverage -- High TimesLeafly and Merry Jane. In July, The Cannabist drew 732,000 unique visitors, less than 150,000 uniques behind industry leader High Times.

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Florida startup Cuttlesoft expands to Denver

Standout software developer and IT services firm Cuttlesoft picked Denver over Raleigh for its second office, reported the Tallahassee Democrat.

Excerpt:

Cuttlesoft's name is a mashup of cuttlefish, the startup's logo and inspiration as an adaptable animal, and software, the startup's bread and butter. In less than two years, Valcarcel and Morehouse have worked side by side building a tech-based company specializing in IT and software services, consulting, auditing and web applications for its growing list of clients.

. . .

Now they'e preparing to work in dual time zones as it opens a second office in lower downtown Denver. The company -- the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Startup of the Year -- wanted to expand to a market with a robust tech presence. The finalists? Denver and Raleigh, North Carolina.

. . .

"We wouldn’t be there or growing and expanding our business in both places if we hadn’t gotten started here," Valcarcel said. "If we had moved to Silicon Valley … I don’t think we would have had the capital to break ground."

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The Source spotlights Wheelchair Sports Camp

Denver hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp's new album and video got the attention of The Source.

Excerpt:

Before producer/keyboardist Ikey Owens (Jack WhiteMars Volta, Free Moral Agents) tragically passed away at 38 years old, he made one, final masterpiece -- Wheelchair Sports Camp's album, No Big Deal. Fronted by the sole female MC Kalyn Heffernan, the Denver trio has taken the Hip Hop community by storm with its jazz-infused take on the genre.

Recently signed to Sage Francis' new digital platform, SFDigi, Wheelchair Sports Camp has shared the innovative visuals for the first single from the album, "Mary Had A Little Band."

Read the rest (and watch the video) here.

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.

Excerpt:

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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Popular Mechanics names DIA one of "The 20 Most Impressive Airports in the World"

Denver International Airport was on Popular Mechanics' list of "The 20 Most Impressive Airports in the World."

Excerpt:

If you consider just land area, Denver International Airport is the largest in the United States at more than 33,000 acres, twice the size of Manhattan. Construction for the 1995 opening of the airport removed about 110 million cubic yards of earth, making way for an underground tunnel system to move baggage, a 1.5-million-square-foot terminal, the nation's second-tallest control tower, and the nation's longest runway at 16,000 feet. And then there's the 32-foot-tall statue of a blue bronco.

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Telegraph asks: "Is Denver becoming America's coolest city?"

The British newspaper peered into the city in a travel feature and came away with an appreciation for its beer, art and most everything else.

Excerpt:

The first permanent building in Denver wasn’t a church, a home or a bank; it was a saloon. Now, more than 150 years after gold prospectors first began to arrive, Denverites still clearly love their beer.

. . .

Simply strolling or cycling around the city (Denverites love bikes as much as they love beer) gives you an idea of the remarkable amount of choice here for hop-heads. There’s a German brewery (Prost Brewing Company), an English brewery (Hogshead), a hippy brewery (Vine Street Pub & Brewery), and even a heavy metal brewery (TRVE Brewing Company). For the truly thirsty, you can seamlessly link many of the best establishments together, on foot or bike, via the popular Denver Beer Trail, with free downloadable maps. The Denver Beer Fest, a nine-day gala of local brews held in the autumn, is an enjoyable way to tap into the scene, and the Great American Beer Festival, following swiftly behind, showcases more than 3,000 beers from across the USA at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.

But it's not all about pints and pitchers: Denver as a whole is very much on the up. The second fastest growing city in the country after Austin, it’s also chasing down the Texan capital in the cool stakes too. A magnet for young professionals, the active and outdoorsy, it’s one of the youngest cities in the US too, with a median population age of just 34. 

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NY Times reports on veterans in Denver marijuana industry

Numerous veterans are working in security for Denver's marijuana industry, reported The New York Times.

Excerpt:

It's nighttime at the Herbal Cure, a south Denver marijuana shop and grow house tucked into a parking lot beside the highway. Inside is a marijuana bounty: thousands of dollars' worth of cannabis plants, boxes of marijuana-infused chocolate, jars of $360-an-ounce weed with names like Frankenberry, Lemon Skunk and Purple Cheddar.

Chris Bowyer, a lanky combat veteran turned cannabis security guard, is outside. He has a .40-caliber pistol on his hip and a few extra magazines stored away, and he is talking about his work on the battlefield. Not the one in Iraq -- the one in Colorado, where criminals seeking to breach marijuana businesses face veterans trying to stop them.

"This is my therapy," Mr. Bowyer said, heading for a place where burglars broke in recently. He checked a fence for signs of a new incursion, then headed to an office to note the night's activities in a rigorously organized logbook. "This is what we did in the military."

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DRAFT names two Denver spots among "25 breweries on the rise"

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales (formerly Former Future Brewing Co.) and Call to Arms Brewing Co. made DRAFT's national roundup of "25 breweries on the rise."

Excerpt:

James and Sarah Howat began fermenting the first Black Project beer in February 2014 in a back room at Former Future, the Denver brewery they were preparing to launch. Both breweries have found success, but Black Project stayed under classified status for a while.The husband-and-wife duo didn’t even tell most Former Future employees what was happening in that room; it remained an Area 51 until eight months later. Once the first Black Project beer was released, the floodgates opened. Geeks clamored for the sour and funky brews, all made with native, wild microflora (the Howats don’t purchase any yeast for Black Project beers from a lab).

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Tech.Co outlines "10 Denver Startups You Need to Know About"

For Denver Startup Week, Tech.Co published a list of the "10 Denver Startups You Need to Know About," including Gusto, Revolar and MassRoots.

Excerpt:

With beautiful mountains, legal marijuana, and 300 days of sunshine a year, it's no wonder millions of people have begun to flock to the popular Colorado city. Whether it's new college graduates looking to settle down somewhere adventurous or seasoned entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on a new market, there is no shortage of new blood entering Denver on a regular basis. But what does that mean for the startups in this burgeoning ecosystem? It means it's exploding as fast as the population.

Luckily for you, Denver Startup Week will provide an opportunity for you to take a look at all the entrepreneurial talent present in the Mile High City. This five-day celebration (September 12-16) will showcase everyone from on-demand travel concierge services to innovative intelligence startups, Denver provides the perfect ecosystem for new customers, innovative ideas, and enticing returns.

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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.

Excerpt:

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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HuffPost Black Voices video profiles Denver's DJ Cavem

DJ Cavem, a.k.a. Ietef Vita, and his pursuit of organic gardening and "kale life" were the focus of a recent video on Huffington Post Black Voices.

Watch the video here.

Daily Breeze reports on Toastmasters proposed move to Denver

The Daily Breeze looked at Toastmasters International's proposed move to Denver, and the fight to keep the nonprofit's headquarters in Torrance, California.

Excerpt:

"You hear about big companies moving out of California, especially to Texas," Chao said. "We have a couple of clients that have moved to Colorado. The even bigger driver is they can get into the housing market there. Prices are more affordable, and the real estate tax is less. And once they go there they realized they had a lower tax burden."

For companies, taxes are much lower in Colorado than in California. Colorado companies pay 4.63 percent of their company’s net income. California companies pay 8.84 percent, but also have a minimum amount they pay in taxes.

Nonprofits generally don’t pay taxes, Chao said. So moving to Colorado from Orange County would not offer any tax benefit to a group like Toastmasters, even though it may do so for individuals.

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Apto, WellTok, Tender Belly make Inc. 5000

Denver-based Apto, SurvWest, WellTok, BridgeHealth Medical, Stoneside Blinds & Shades, Digital Fusion, Tender Belly and PlanOmatic all made the Inc. 5000 2016 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

Excerpt:

Apto

Provides Web-based software that helps real estate brokers manage customer relationships, properties, listings, deals, and back-office tasks.

2016 INC. 5000 RANK: #175
  • 3-Year Growth: 2,079%
  • 2015 Revenue: $2.3 M
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Industry: Software
  • Launched: 2012
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NY Times reports on Denver expansion of East Village bar Death & Co.

East Village cocktail bar Death & Co. is expanding to RiNo's Ramble Hotel, reported The New York Times.

Excerpt:

Just in time for its 10th anniversary, Death & Co., the seminal cocktail bar in the East Village, is planning a second location, in Denver.

The partners behind the bar, one of the trailblazers in New York's neo-retro cocktail scene, said that the new Death & Co. will be inside the Ramble Hotel, which is to open in late 2017.

But the bar will be far from a duplicate of the small, darkened den in New York. It will include a lobby bar, a cafe bar offering coffee and breakfast, and a reservation-only private bar. It will also provide the food and beverage services in the hotel courtyard, an event space and a screening room, and run the hotel's room-service program, right down to the contents of the minibars.

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WSJ covers Galvanize's $45M raise

Denver-based Galvanize raised $45 million to expand its educational offerings, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Excerpt:

As more technical education moves to nontraditional programs, it has become increasingly difficult for recruiters to develop standards with which to assess and compare these nascent coding programs. Some academic researchers and trade groups are looking to create a standard database of coding boot camps and online courses.

Mr. Deters said that Galvanize does not aim to replace four-year programs but rather fill the gaps and help engineers be prepared with the skills most highly in demand in today’s workforce. He said the company is planning to collaborate with universities more in the future.

Currently, the six month web development program costs $21,000, while the data science program is $17,000. According to the College Board, the average price of in-state tuition for a public university during the 2015-2016 school year was $9,410. For private colleges, that cost was $32,405.

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Paste reports on Denver's Sesh Fest

Paste quaffed a few low-alcohol beers at Denver's annual Sesh Fest.

Excerpt:

The point is simple: "Session beer" as an idea continues to be embraced and grow, but it still has plenty of room to diversify itself in the minds of beer drinkers and the lineups of breweries.

In Denver, and at Sesh Fest, this thankfully does seem to be happening, at least to a degree. In the Mile-High City, one would think the physical effects of altitude might naturally lead to a more robust appreciation for camping and hiking-friendly low-ABV beer styles, and this is at least partially the case, according to a few brewers I spoke with at the event. It was an unusually smooth, easygoing beer festival, and it would be hard to deny that the concept isn't great, as a session beer fest can simultaneously encourage eclectic sampling and relative moderation. Eric Nichols, the head brewer at Beryl's Beer Co. in Denver's beer-rich River North neighborhood, said the event was indicative of the session beer culture that has grown in the city during the two years that Beryl has been in operation.

"I think if you live here, more than the altitude, it's the active lifestyles you tend to find in Colorado that are driving session beer here," Nichols said. "Most people here aren't drinking to get blitzed, and they're very outdoor-focused. Session styles are perfect to incorporate into that."

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Interior Design magazine spotlights new builds in Denver

A story in Interior Design magazine shined a light on six new builds in Denver.

Within Denver proper, thoughtful new builds continue to emerge that counter a recent in-flux of arguably generic mixed-use, multi-family, and McMansion development. 4100 Bryant, a new single-family residence within the fabric of an urban residential neighborhood by Boulder-based firm Studio B Architecture + Interiors provides a fresh interpretation of the city's proliferation of mid-century homes. The seemingly linear home blurs the line between interior and exterior with the overt insertion of a bold centralized volume including an open courtyard made complete with a swimming pool.

Other notable projects include "The Boathouse," by Denver-based firm Shears Adkins Rockmore, a playful response to creating office space that captures a scale, character, and site response that appeals to Denver's large millennial population and informal culture. "Sushi-Rama," a playful Warhol-and-Lichtenstein-inspired design by LIVStudio is one of a smattering of new restaurants where the environment is as creative as the food. On the cultural front, the highly-anticipated relocation of the Kirkland Museum of Decorative and Fine Arts by Olson Kundig is slated to open in late 2017.

Read the rest here.

Fast Company details "what it's like to work at a marijuana startup" in Denver

The article delved into a typical workday and company culture at MassRoots and Flowhub.

Excerpt:

At first glance, MassRoots is just like any other technology company in America. The Denver-based social platform for marijuana enthusiasts boasts an open-concept, loft-style office filled with 33 talented programmers, developers, and sales staff.

But beneath the surface there’s something unique about working at a pot startup, and it has little to do with the fact that employees are often permitted to consume the substance on the job.

America's pot entrepreneurs are defining the working culture of the newly budding industry, a culture that exists in the nexus of social mission, financial opportunity, and typical startup life.

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WSJ reports on construction defects in Denver

The Wall Street Journal delved into the construction defects lawsuits that have stifled condo development in Denver.

Excerpt:

Gary Godden used to specialize in designing condominiums for first-time buyers near Denver, often completing eight to 10 projects a year before the real-estate crash.

But while the Denver area has re-emerged as one of the nation's hottest real-estate markets, Mr. Godden's architecture firm has all but exited the condo business. The reason: The threat of litigation for potential construction defects in Colorado makes most projects impossible for developers to finance, he said.

"We have a saying here that there are two types of condo projects," said Mr. Godden, principal of Godden Sudik Architects in Centennial. "The ones that have been sued, and the ones that haven't been sued yet."

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Denver videographer wins Murrow award for "The Motel Life"

KUSA Denver's Corky Scholl won a Edward R. Murrow award for his 2015 short documentary on the people living in motels as "a last resort" in Denver, entitled "The Motel Life," reported the National Press Photographers Association.


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ChicagoInno reports on Layer3 TV launch

Denver-based startup Layer3 TV is launching its service in the Windy City, reports ChicagoInno.

Excerpt:

A well-funded cable TV startup is looking to take on traditional cable providers, and it's about to launch in Chicago to try and woo fed up Comcast customers.

Layer3 TV, a Denver startup with $100 million in funding, is launching in Chicago in the coming weeks, according to Variety. It's 4K compatible set-top box gives customers over 150 channels, the ability to record eight shows at once, and space to store 2,000 shows and movies. And it's algorithm learns your TV watching behavior over time to recommend the best things to watch and where you can find them.

Layer3 TV features a sleek design that let's you seamlessly toggle between cable TV, Netflix and Hulu, YouTube, and your Facebook and Twitter feeds. Rather than taking on Netflix, Layer3 TV has its sights set on cable providers like Comcast, which despite the increasing number of cord cutters, still have strongholds in markets across the U.S.

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Realtor.com ranks Denver as third-hottest real estate market

Denver's the third-hottest real estate market in the U.S. after Vallejo, California, and Dallas, says Realtor.com.

Excerpt:

And although the median home price slipped 1% from June, to $251,000 for July, that's still a record price for the month, and 7% higher than one year ago.

The inventory of homes for sale is still growing each month, although it should soon peak for the year. But the estimated 500,000 new listings for July will once again fail to keep up with the demand from buyers. Total inventory remains lower than one year ago.

Smoke's analysis identified the top 20 hottest medium-to-large U.S. markets, where homes are selling fast and buyers are jostling to find a place and get their bids in. For the second month in a row, Vallejo -- a modest city about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco -- dominates the top spot. California can claim 12 of the 20 hottest markets, but six other states also represent: Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee.

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Dallas Morning News labels "Women of Abstract Expressionism" at DAM "a must-see"

The Dallas Morning News called the "Women of Abstract Expressionism" exhibit at the Denver Art Museum through Sept. 25 "a must-see."

Excerpt:

I review it because it will be nowhere near Texas, and for the many Dallasites who cool off in Colorado in the summer it is a must-see (it closes Sept. 25).

By now, we know well the art of three of these women -- Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Lee Krasner -- and we have important works by all three in the Dallas Museum of Art. But to that canonical gang of three, the Denver curator, Gwen Chanzit, adds nine artists, three of whom are just beneath the big three -- Jay DeFeo, Grace Hartigan and Elaine de Kooning. The catalog also documents the careers of 30 additional artists, each of whom deserves attention.

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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.

Excerpt:

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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Punch spotlights Denver's TRVE in story on label design for craft beer

Punch included Baker's TRVE Brewing Company in a feature story on next-level label design in the craft beer industry.

Excerpt:

When choosing a name for his heavy metal-inspired, Denver-based brewing company, proprietor Nick Nunns chose TRVE (pronounced "true"), an inside joke in the metal-community poking fun at people who take themselves too seriously. When choosing an artist, Sam Turner was a no-brainer. "He's had a long history of doing work for heavy metal bands and, as such, he was the perfect person to collaborate with for our design aesthetic," says Nunns. "From day one, he's designed amazing labels for us that could easily be mistaken for album covers."

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NY Times looks at Denver's many millennial lures

The New York Times looked at what's luring millennials to Denver, including openness, bars, transit and weed.

Excerpt:

The youthful party continues on many nights around the renovated Union Station in the trendy Lower Downtown district, known locally as LoDo, and along Larimer Street in River North, or RiNo. It was unclear on a recent evening whether there were more bars than signs supporting Bernie Sanders, but both were plentiful. Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub, Los Chingones' rooftop bar and the Wynkoop Brewing Company (one of 65 microbreweries here, according to the Colorado Brewers Guild) were all doing a brisk business.

As for the Vermont senator, so popular with millennials, he was depicted on a two-story painted wall mural -- like something you'd see in Los Angeles or Belfast celebrating heroes -- with a fist raised and the slogan "Rise Together!"

This is also an apt slogan for this city, which has risen from economic stagnation and urban irrelevance to become a millennial magnet.

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CityLab includes Dairy Block project in story on alley activation

CityLab story on alley activation included Dairy Block, formerly known as Z Block.

Excerpt:

When it opened in 2012, the East Cahuenga Alley in Los Angeles swiftly drew crowds. The brainchild of a member of the Hollywood Business Improvement District, the plan for the lane -- once known as "Heroin Alley" -- re-imagined it as a pedestrian space filled with outdoor dining and an artists' market on Sundays. The Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative compiled an extensive report on the space, Freedman says, to “put a spotlight on what happened in one community, to show what could be possible for others."

Though Freedman's organization focuses primarily on the Los Angeles area, the success of the East Cahuenga Alley model has radiated out to other cities. The [Dairy] Block office and retail development is slated to open in Lower Downtown Denver next year; the developer on the project told The Denver Post that the alley bisecting the site was as much a focus as the buildings themselves. While previous alley activations in Denver were limited to one-offs, the [Dairy] Block alley will play permanent host to a distiller, a chocolatier, a coffee-bean roaster, and an ice-cream shop, all of which will open out onto the small street.

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Streetsblog's Talking Headways Podcast talks Denver transportation

Streetsblog's Talking Headways Podcast covered Denver transportation issues as the I-70 expansion, the A Line and Colfax Avenue.

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Guardian story delves into gentrification and white privilege in Denver

A story in The Guardian took a look at gentrification and white privilege in Denver.

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For the first time in its history, Denver is so crowded, so desirable, that the "endless" neighbourhoods of bungalows are proving finite. There’s not enough space for everyone who wants a front porch and backyard a stone’s throw from downtown, in a historic neighbourhood with a high "walk score" (the area’s walkability). The cost of this growth is the displacement of the city’s remaining working class, and the city government, cashing in on the boom, is leading the process.

While the neighbourhoods south and east of downtown have always been expensive and predominately white, until recently those north of downtown remained lower-income and mainly Latino, alongside descendants of other immigrant communities -- Italian, Irish, and Eastern European. North-west Denver, or Northside (which includes the neighbourhoods Highland, Sunnyside, and Berkeley), has the iconic grid: brick houses and century-old shade trees, interspersed with former "streetcar downtowns". It didn’t take much time after being discovered for the neighbourhoods to gentrify.

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Skift profiles Visit Denver's experiential marketing strategies

Travel-trade news site Skift took a look at Visit Denver's creative marketing to Chicago event planners.

Excerpt:

Traditionally, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) like Visit Denver have emphasized their urban, hospitality, and transit infrastructure in their marketing messaging targeting big international associations.

Now, however, Denver is shifting toward more experiential and event-based marketing strategies to sell a more dynamic version of the Colorado conference experience to Chicago-based event planners seeking to bigger and better attendance driver.

Last month, for example, Visit Denver installed a re-creation of its famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the middle of Chicago's biggest food festival, Taste of Randolph Street, to host all of the musical performances. Located 10 miles outside Denver, Red Rocks is a massive geological formation with natural acoustics that was converted into a permanent venue for outdoor performances back in the 1930s.

Dubbed "Denver Live on the Rocks Stage," the pop-up event facility in Chicago consisted of two 76×30-foot rock wings and a VIP area for the region's top association conference organizers. It offered a more enticing way for event planners to mingle with Visit Denver representatives, versus a standard ballroom cocktail reception.

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CoreLogic IDs Denver as hottest housing market

CoreLogic data found Denver home prices jumped by more than 10 percent year-over-year, according to a story in National Mortgage Professional Magazine.

Excerpt:

Among the leading metro markets, Denver saw the greatest year-over-year home price gains, with a 10.3 percent surge.

CoreLogic is forecasting a 0.8 percent home price increase from May to June and a 5.3 percent spike between May 2016 and May 2017.

"Housing remained an oasis of stability in May with home prices rising year over year between five percent and six percent for 22 consecutive months," said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. "The consistently solid growth in home prices has been driven by the highest resale activity in nine years and a still-tight housing inventory."

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Lara Ruggles dishes on Denver music scene with Weld for Birmingham

Denver-based singer-songwriter Lara Ruggles discussed the local music scene -- and skyrocketing rents -- with Alabama alt-weekly Weld for Birmingham.

Excerpt:

Weld: What is the Denver scene like and how has it affected you as an artist? 

Ruggles: I feel like everyone has different experiences with any given scene, but I've been lucky to find the Denver scene very welcoming and collaborative. Everyone kind of appreciates and shouts out each other's work and I think Denver is so full of so many talented bands and songwriters that any ten people could be involved in a completely different music scene and have hardly any overlap of the bands they know.

I've noticed there is this thing among Denver bands where it seems like all my favorite bands have written at least one song in 7/4 [time signature]. I haven't fulfilled that challenge yet, but I think it's a worthy one. I love Denver, but it's hard to know where I'll end up after this summer's over -- unfortunately rent is rising so fast that it doesn't feel like a place I will be able to live.

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Milwaukee Mag drinks in Denver's beer scene

Milwaukee Magazine took a "barnstorming tour of the amazing beer city that is Denver."

Excerpt:

Denver is such an amazing beer city, and there are so many quality breweries to choose from that it can be overwhelming. Logistics and time prevented me from hitting a few places on my list, but I did manage a solid barnstorming tour. Here's the rundown (in order of appearance).

Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St.) resides on the edge of the up-and-coming RiNo (River North Art District). It's an outpost conveniently located one block from a light rail stop (that I took from the airport). Red ales are the specialty and they're pretty tasty, as is the Blood Orange Double IPA. The dark taproom is welcoming and has a rock vibe—Fugazi was playing as I walked in. It was a great start to the weekend.

I hiked a mile from Black Shirt to Spangalang Brewery (2736 Welton St.), which resides in a former DMV office in the Five Points area -- the name pays homage to the jazz heritage in the neighborhood. Co-founder Taylor Rees was the head brewer at Great Divide before opening Spangalang last spring. The spot offers a range of well-crafted styles. My favorites were the Lil' Confused Dry Hopped Wheat Beer, a crisp summer brew made with Hefeweizen yeast. The big, juicy fruit flavor of the D-Train IPA was also perfect.

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Nashville looks to Denver for lessons on funding transit

A Nashville Public Radio story reported on Denver's lessons for funding a transit expansion.

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For example, in Denver in the late 1990s, voters rejected a plan. Later, they approved a sales tax for light rail. That was only after advocates spoke to tens of thousands of residents, and found pockets of support among young professionals and, surprisingly, retirees.

"One of the biggest pockets of support were retired women over the age of 65, because they saw it as the first opportunity for them to come back into downtown and see a show at the performing arts center and have lunch together with the girls," said Kathleen Osher with Denver's Transit Alliance.

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Inc. covers Denver startup Notion

Inc. profiled Notion, the Denver-based startup that could save insurance companies billions with its home sensors.

Excerpt:

Compared to detecting a break-in, sensing a water leak may not sound like a terribly exciting feature, but Notion includes that capability for a very good reason: Water losses are responsible for $8 billion in paid insurance claims each year, according to risk assessment firm ISO. And even though most insurance policies do cover these accidents, no one wants to endure the weeks or months it takes to dry, gut, and repair a damaged home--not to mention the premium increase that's sure to follow.

Notion's devices are designed to help homeowners realize these leaks are happening before the damage becomes severe. Placing a sensor near some of the most likely sources of water escapes -- dishwashers, toilets, tubs, sinks, and water heaters, as well as in flood-prone basements or ground levels -- could help make sure a potentially massive spill stays limited to a mop-up.

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UPI reports on Denver company making wine for cats

A recent UPI story looked at Apollo Peak, a Denver company making such wine for cats as Pinot Meow.

Excerpt:

The non-alcoholic, beet-based cat wine was developed specifically for cats by Denver-based Apollo Peak.

Cats can enjoy the company's products in two varieties, including the red "Pinot Meow" and white "Moscato."

"All of our cat wine products have a proprietary blend that includes all-natural organically grown catnip, fresh beets and natural preservatives to help hold the taste and color," the company says on its website. "We believe in natural ingredients for our particularly classy feline friends."

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Yahoo! Finance names Denver a top city to start a career

Yahoo! Finance placed Denver on a list of the best five cities for starting a career.

Excerpt:

Denver
Like in Austin, the startup scene is really booming in the Mile High City. So much so, that it hosts a yearly event called Denver Startup Week which is described as "the summit of entrepreneurial energy, innovation, and connection." This year's event is coming up in September so maybe it's your chance to check out the city and see what it has to offer.  

Rent is a little bit on the pricey side, averaging about $1,300. But median household income is $66,870, higher than the national median income of $53,657. Your social scene may be thriving as well since Denver's population is made up of 15% millennials, placing it at the top of the US Census Bureau's list of top 5 cities with the highest percentage of young adults aged 25-34.

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Denver cracks AAA's top 10 for summer travel

Denver cracked the top 10 list of the summer travel destinations from the American Automobile Association (AAA). At number 10, the city was just after San Francisco and Maui. Orlando and Seattle were respectively first and second.

Excerpt:

The great American road trip is back and AAA summer travel bookings indicate Denver is one of the top ten travel destinations. Nearly 56 percent of Americans are planning a drive vacation this summer, prompted by low gas prices according to a recent AAA survey. The lowest summertime gas prices in 11 years are prompting Americans to drive in record numbers.

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Entrepreneur profiles Infinite Monkey Theorem

Entrepreneur published a story about Denver's Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery.

Excerpt:

Having cut his teeth in the traditional winemaking world of picturesque estates run by stodgy, old-guard oenophiles in New Zealand and Australia, Ben Parsons saw an industry that "was stale and needed a kick in the ass."

Now the Infinite Monkey Theorem (IMT), Parsons’ 8-year-old winemaking venture -- based in an industrial stretch of Denver, of all places -- is kicking butt with a business model he calls "back-alley winemaking." In short, he's delivering top-shelf wine to the masses in a number of ways, including 250-milliliter cans sold in four-packs. His inspiration: the beer world's microbrew revolution. "The craft brewing industry has kind of nailed it," he says.

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Washington Post covers Denver and the other finalists in $40 million Smart City Challenge

The Washington Post published a story and infographic on Denver and the other finalist cities in the U.S. Department of Transportation's $40 million Smart City Challenge. A winner will be announced later in June.

Excerpt:


Denver


THE PROBLEM

The soaring population has led to crushing congestion, sapping the spirits of people with and without means and putting a sour asterisk on life in the Western boom town.

BY THE NUMBERS

The population has jumped by nearly 25 percent in 15 years, to 683,000. The city swells by 200,000 a day, with most trips starting or ending outside the city. Roughly a third of people live in poor neighborhoods with high unemployment. Building a single, mile-long lane along jammed Federal Boulevard cost $30 million.

THE IDEA

Marry carpool services such as Lyft Line with light rail, commuter rail and bus lines, so people can more easily get to and from stations and drive less. In poorer areas in particular, the city plans to partner with Lyft and potentially others to promote "on-demand transit."

Read the rest here; infographic here.

Redfin pegs Denver as one of top three hottest real estate markets in U.S.

Along with Portland and Seattle, Denver was one of Redfin's three hottest housing markets in the U.S. 

Excerpt:

How much have Denver, Portland and Seattle heated up? In April 2012, a typical home in Denver found a buyer in 36 days and in Portland it was 65 days and in Seattle it was 50. Last year, homes in those markets found buyers in 14, 18 and 10 days, respectively. This year, homes are finding buyers seemingly the day they are open for tours.

It's not unusual for a home in Denver to have more 100 showings in one weekend, with sellers having their pick of up to 30 offers, reports Redfin agent Karla Kirkpatrick Adams.

"The market is moving so quickly that I can no longer use recent sales as a guide for what my clients should offer on a home. Instead, I call listing agents of similar homes that are under contract but haven't yet sold. I ask them the contract price, which is a more up-to-date reflection of the current market than the prices of homes that have already sold. That way, I can advise my clients accurately," said Kirkpatrick Adams. "In a more balanced market, that doesn't happen."

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OhHeckYeah heads south to Meow Wolf

Denver's interactive street arcade game OhHeckYeah pays a visit to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe.

Excerpt:

OhHeckYeah is a public benefit corporation that uses the power of play to strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of place. Studies continually show that play of any kind makes us more creative, curious and happy. It even contributes to helping build trust between strangers. Play is a powerful way to create human connection; a need that is even more fundamental and basic than food or shelter. 

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The New Yorker sees Denver atop "The Tech Boom's Second Cities"

A story in The New Yorker  described Denver as one of "The Tech Boom's Second Cities."

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It now appears that Denver is having a moment of its own. As in Austin and Seattle, a high concentration of good universities in Denver and nearby cities, like Boulder and Fort Collins, has contributed to the region's well-educated workforce. The cost of living in Denver is also relatively low, as are real-estate prices. Though the city isn't the headquarters for any big tech companies -- like Dell in the Austin area or Microsoft and Amazon in Seattle -- several of them, including I.B.M. and Oracle, have offices here.

The presence of those offices, and of the universities, has also helped create a vibrant startup scene: people get educated here or come here for jobs, and then they graduate or leave those jobs and become entrepreneurs. In other cases, established businesspeople are coming to Denver to start companies. Scott McNealy, a founder of Sun Microsystems, chose Denver as the headquarters for a data-analysis startup called Wayin. Explaining to the Denver Post why he left California, he said, "The prices of everything have skyrocketed. The regulations. The pension deficit. The traffic. It's just not a fun place to go start."
 
At this point, none of the Denver startups are well known, but investors seem to find them promising. Last year, the research firm CB Insights released a report that ranked Colorado sixth among states that had received the most venture capital, after California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Washington. In 2015, Denver startups attracted more than eight hundred million dollars in venture-capital funding, led by technology, energy, food, and marijuana companies. At least some of the investments appear to be paying off: in 2014, Oracle paid more than a billion dollars to acquire Datalogix, a Denver-based data-collection firm.

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Esquire puts two Denver bars on its "18 Best Bars in America" list

A pair of Denver watering holes made "Esquire's 18 Best Bars in America" list: Occidental and Shelby's.

Excerpt:

Shelby's Bar & Grill

Where it is: 519 Eighteenth Street, Denver, Colorado

Why you're here: Because you'll stand in the little smokers' corral in front of Shelby's and you'll look around -- all the way around -- and you'll remember that Denver used to be an ornery frontier town, full of crust and character. And then you'll step back inside and call for another round, and the bartender will tell you to shut up and wait your damn turn like a human being.

What you're having: Jameson.

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Poynter reports on Denverite launch

Poynter published a story on the soon-to-launch Denverite news site.

Excerpt:

Gordon Crovitz, a former Wall Street Journal publisher and co-founder of the Press Plus paywall system, said in an interview that the Denverite will aim for a mix of original reporting and aggregation.

Initially publishing in email newsletter format, Crovitz said, the outlet "will have no revenue effort for the first nine months or a year." A staff of 10 is being hired, all journalists; a website and social media accounts will follow within a month.

If Denverite builds "a sizable and loyal audience," Crovitz said, an assortment of revenue streams -- like paid subscription products, sponsorships or events -- could follow.

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Denver ranks no. 1 on Homes.com New Tech City Index

Denver ranked no. 1 on the Homes.com New Tech City Index, which gauges the best cities for tech professionals.

Excerpt:

1. Denver, CO

The mile-high city has a reputation as a haven for parks and animals, with the city even owning its own buffalo herd. However, it also tops our rankings as the best place to live if you’re a tech professional.

Data from the US census last year also revealed that the state of Colorado is the second most educated in the country with 90% residents attaining a high school diploma and 38% earning at least a bachelor’s degree in higher education. This highly educated workforce has created a great environment for the tech industry to thrive. Tanner McGraw, CEO of Apto agrees: "We were once headquartered in Houston but we opened a Denver office in mid-2014 and found the tech talent to be nothing less than top-notch. Denver has since become the company’s focus for growth in both technology development and sales."

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Politico Magazine takes stock of FasTracks in Denver

Politico Magazine took a deep dive into the expansion of Denver's rail network.

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A decade ago, travelers arriving at Denver's sprawling new airport would look out over a vast expanse of flat, prairie dog-infested grassland and wonder if their plane had somehow fallen short of its destination. The $4.9 billion airport -- at 53 square miles, larger than Manhattan -- was derided as being "halfway to Kansas," and given the emptiness of the 23-mile drive to the city, it felt that way.

Last month, arriving visitors boarded the first trains headed for downtown, a journey that zips past a new Japanese-style "smart city" emerging from the prairie before depositing passengers 37 minutes later in a bustling urban hive of restaurants, shops and residential towers that only six years ago was a gravelly no man's land -- an entire $2 billion downtown neighborhood that's mushroomed up around the hub of Denver's rapidly expanding light rail system.

The 22.8-mile spur from the airport to downtown is the latest addition to a regional rail system that has transformed Denver and its suburbs. Using an unprecedented public-private partnership that combines private funding, local tax dollars and federal grants, Denver has done something no other major metro area has accomplished in the past decade, though a number of cities have tried. At a moment when aging mass transit systems in several major cities are capturing headlines for mismanagement, chronic delays and even deaths, Denver is unveiling a shiny new and widely praised network: 68 stations along 10 different spurs, covering 98 miles, with another 15 miles still to come. Even before the new lines opened, 77,000 people were riding light rail each day, making it the eighth-largest system in the country even though Denver is not in the top 20 cities for population. The effects on the region's quality of life have been measurable and also surprising, even to the project's most committed advocates. Originally intended to unclog congested highways and defeat a stubborn brown smog that was as unhealthy as it was ugly, the new rail system has proven that its greatest value is the remarkable changes in land use its stations have prompted, from revitalizing moribund neighborhoods, like the area around Union Station, to creating new communities where once there was only sprawl or buffalo grass.

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Seattle Times reports on QuoteWizard's expansion to LoDo

The Seattle Times reported on insurance tech company QuoteWizard opening its second U.S. office in Denver.

Excerpt:

A Seattle tech company that has largely flown under the radar during its 10 years in existence has added 30 employees in Seattle so far this year and recently opened its second U.S. office, it said Monday.

QuoteWizard, an online insurance-comparison market, employs more than 180 people in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. The family-run business announced Monday it has opened its second office in Denver, a city that co-founder and CEO Scott Peyree said was chosen because of its growing tech scene.

QuoteWizard is entirely self-funded by its four founders: Peyree, his brother, his father and a longtime family friend. The company is profitable and is on track to record $100 million in revenue during 2016, Peyree said.

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Tech.Co pegs Denver as top city for the digital economy

Tech.Co reported on research that found Denver was a top city for "the digital economy."

Excerpt:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Chamber's FreeEnterprise.com, and 1776 just released the second annual Innovation that Matters report. The report examined the top 25 U.S. startup hubs and looked at which ones are attracting top talent, getting the most investments, developing specializations, creating density, connecting the community to build cultures of innovation.

Of the 25 cities they looked at, Boston, San Francisco, DenverRaleigh-Durham, and San Diego came out on top. They are the cities that are considered the best poised to be successful in our evolving digital economy. I'm sure no one is surprised to see San Francisco on this list, but Boston beat it out for the top spot due to its lack of a cohesive community and declining quality of life for residents.

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Relix premieres new video from Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Relix debuted a new video for "Commandment 4," a song from the upcoming album from Denver's one and only Slim Cessna's Auto Club.

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AP story explores Brighton Boulevard in RiNo

A recent Associated Press story looked at the "emerging hipster Denver 'hood" along Brighton Boulevard in RiNo.

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A busy street connecting downtown Denver to the interstate, roaring with trucks and running alongside railroad tracks, might not sound like a trendy neighborhood in the making. But now's the time to visit Brighton Boulevard before it begins to look too much like any hipster street in any other city. It offers a close connection to Denver's gritty roots, as well a glimpse of what's coming, along with eateries, entertainment and more.

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SF Gate looks at Lawrence Argent's 92-foot "Venus"

SF Gate reported on what will be the tallest statue in San Francisco, the 92-foot Venus, courtesy Denver's Lawrence Argent.

Excerpt:

The Trinity Place art requirement is $5 million, and once that number was reached, Sangiacomo embraced it, taking several trips to Italy with his wife in search of inspiration.

Then he invited four artists to make presentations at the Trinity Property headquarters. The first was Lawrence Argent, a Denver artist, who was invited on the basis of a giant blue bear he created to stand outside the Colorado Convention Center and press his nose and paws to the glass.

"We were so enamored with the creativity of that and how fun it was that we flew him out," says Walter Schmidt, CEO of Trinity Properties. Argent made his presentation, and Sangiacomo responded in Godfather-like fashion.

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Two Denver venues make "100 Greatest American Music Venues" list

Consequence of Sound named a pair of Denver-area stages to its list of the top 100 music venues in the U.S.: the Bluebird and Red Rocks.

Excerpt:

Denver has its fair share of great music venues -- you'll find another way, way up this list -- but even in a crowded field, the Bluebird Theater stands out. Part of that is its many contradictions, from the twee name for a venue that feels anything but to the vintage architecture and retro marquee that houses a top-notch sound system. But best of all, audiences who flock to see alt-country stalwarts or Guns N' Roses tributes get to embrace the rock-and-roll ethos that comes with a general-admission policy, without worrying that they're not going to be able to see a damned thing.

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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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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."

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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."

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

. . .

"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."

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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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Society of Commercial Archaeology highlights endangered Colfax neon

The Society of Commercial Archaeology placed Colfax Avenue's neon signs on its 2016 "Falling by the Wayside" list of endangered landmarks.

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The neon signs on Colfax Avenue face several threats. First, as the Colfax Avenue corridor reawakens, there is pressure for redevelopment of the corridor. Abandoned properties along the corridor are often razed, along with their neon signs. Second, the high-quality materials that were used to make the signs originally make them expensive to maintain today, and it is often cheaper to replace the signs rather than repair them. Lastly, as new businesses open in existing buildings, many signs are demolished for signs for the new business. The threats to the signs on Colfax Avenue led Colorado Preservation, Inc., to place the signs in their 2014 Most Endangered Places Program.

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Metro State partnering with Detroit music school

The Detroit Free Press reported that Metropolitan State University of Denver is opening a campus at  the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME).

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MSU Denver administrators visited DIME last year for the first time, "and it was love at first sight," said Kreidler, who said he was particularly impressed by the faculty: "highly credentialed, extremely intelligent and good at what they do."

The new deal is part of a bigger growth strategy for Nixon and Clayman: A Denver campus is expected to open in fall 2017, next in what they hope will be several DIME-branded schools across the country. And there are plans to double the space at the Detroit facility, which now occupies three floors of a Dan Gilbert-owned building.

"It's our dream to have this place full and buzzing with young students," said Clayman.

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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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WSJ explores widening housing price gap in Denver

The Wall Street Journal looked at the widening gap between the middle and upper tiers of home prices in Denver and other cities.

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Amy LaBorde has seen all sides of the inventory crunch, both as a homeowner and real-estate agent in the Denver area. Of the nation's top 20 housing markets, Denver has the second-lowest inventory of existing homes, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting of Irvine, Calif.

Ms. LaBorde and her fiancé were looking to trade up to a larger home in Boulder, Colo., and were outbid several times, including once by nearly $100,000. So they have decided to stay put in their Denver home until the market evens out.

"It's just not a great time to buy because of the competition," Ms. LaBorde said. "A lot of people are just sitting there waiting, because what they're looking for doesn't exist in their price range any more."

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Airways News takes a "Mile-Highatus" on inaugural Virgin America flight to DIA

Airways News covered the first Virgin America flight from San Francisco to Denver.

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Virgin America CEO David Cush spoke following Hancock. He said the new route connects two of America's most important tech-focused cities, and added that Denver had been its highest demand new city from customers, prior to being announced. The airline is offering three flights a day, each way from SFO to DEN. It will have plenty of competition from Denver's incumbent airlines as well. Frontier and Southwest also offer three each way, and United logs up to fourteen each way on weekdays.

Sir Richard Branson was on hand for the celebration, doing what he does best -- making PR reps nervous as he goes off-script. Though he's a minority shareholder in Virgin America, his role makes him somewhat of a King to David Cush, the Prime Minister. It's obvious that Branson receives the fandom and adoration, while it is Cush who runs the show. The crowd received Branson with loud applause as he took the podium. He joked that he was given talking points, but had stuck the note cards in his back pocket. Branson noted that he has been at every single city inauguration for Virgin America. Branson shared that Denver is one of his favorite places to have fun, saying, "We're going to a state that has sensible, liberal, rational policies where we can all have a lot of fun and not be dragged off by the police." He's known for skiing in Colorado regularly and also said, "If I lived in America, I would live in Denver."

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Bookbar included on Men's Journal list of top bookstore bars

Men's Journal included Bookbar in Denver's Berkeley neighborhood on its list of the seven coolest bookstore bars on the planet.

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Bookbar embraces the funky and rugged, yet literary, scene of Denver. Set in a charming, open-space brick building, with space for hosting readings and book groups, the bookstore-bar opened in 2013 with an all-Colorado beer list, a unique international wine program, and a whimsical, book-themed small-plates and pizzetta menu.

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The Guardian covers "420 friendly" tourism industry in Denver

The Guardian published a piece on the "420 friendly" tourism industry in Denver.

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Last year, the site budandbreakfast.com was launched -- think of it as a kind of Airbnb for pot-friendly hosts with an extra room to rent. Naturally, this upset the Schneiders, who had built their own brand with Bud+Breakfast and say they stand apart from the sharing economy.

But the sharing economy model of marijuana lodging has become big business in Denver, where many have taken the sketchy liberty of signing long-term leases on several properties, then renting them out to cannabis smokers for hundreds of dollars a night. Founder of potguide.com (a national resource for traveling stoners, which also helps tourists find "420 friendly" lodging), Jeremy Bamford says that public consumption laws need to be adjusted to meet the demand of pot-smoking tourists.

"There are a lot of tourists here, and [Denver city officials] are forcing them to break the law," Bamford said.

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BWBacon blog offers interview tips from Denver tech execs

Denver-based IT staffing firm BWBacon Group posted some interview advice from local tech execs.

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Geoffrey Cullins -- Sr. Director of Engineering @ GutCheck

If you don’t know the answer to a question, just say so. If I ask you a question, I probably know the answer so I’ll know if you’re BS-ing me. It almost always results in me mentally dismissing you, because if you can’t know yourself well enough when you’re trying to get a job, you’re going to really fail when it counts.

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Tabelog touts Lowry Beer Garden

Lowry Beer Garden ranked third on "America's 9 Best Beer Gardens" list by Tabelog, Japan's answer to Zagat.

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Occupying a converted airplane hangar, Lowry Beer Garden in Denver, CO really delivers with their 4,500 square foot outdoor space. Long picnic tables under retractable awnings and string lights give the setting a festive air. Or you could sit under the massive covered patio. Lowry's is self-service, with different counters for food and beer. The menu is simple stadium-style food, but done in gourmet fashion. Burgers, dogs and salads dominate the menu, with Lowry's Brats taking center stage. The fried pickles and jumbo pretzels are a must order. The beer menu at Lowry's is extensive, boasting 16 taps and over 80 bottle varieties.

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Rover.com names Denver one of the most dog-friendly cities

Rover.com named Denver to its list of "The 8 Most Dog-Friendly Cities in America."

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The Denver area is full of amazing trails, many of which welcome well-trained, off-leash dogs. Check out 303 Magazine's recommendations for some of the best dog-friendly hiking in the area!

Back in the city proper, don't pass up the dog-friendliest spot in town, the Watering Bowl, a.k.a. "your best friend's bar." At the Watering Bowl, you can enjoy an adult beverage and tasty snack while your dog romps around the pub's 7,000 sq. ft. fully fenced private dog park.

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Econsult Solutions blogs on Denver transit transformation

Econsult Solutions President Richard Voith blogged about Denver's transit-oriented transformation.

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In 1990, The City of Denver had 468,139 people, and 237,926 jobs. Downtown Denver was a sleepy place largely devoid of people in the evening. Only a handful of people lived downtown back then.
 
The area surrounding the downtown was, like many cities, home to low and moderate income residents while growth was concentrated in the suburban towns surrounding Denver: the eastern suburb of Aurora became the third largest city and the western suburb of Lakewood became the fourth largest. The Denver metropolitan area was a decidedly auto-oriented place; there was no rail transit in Denver and its once proud Union Station was in disrepair, seeing only one long-distance train each way per day.
 
But Denver created a vision; note the active tense. Local leaders sought to make the Denver metropolitan area into something great. They decided to build a new airport and a new transit system. In the early 1990s, Denver took its first steps towards establishing a light rail transit system in the region, and in 1994 the Central Corridor, a light rail line through Denver's Five Points district, opened without the aid of tax increases or federal funds. The same year, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) received permission from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to begin preliminary engineering and environmental impact statement for the Southwest Light Rail Project. In 1996, the FTA awarded $120 million which was augmented by $18 milling in Highway "flex" funds for the new light rail line. Construction began in 1997 and the line opened in July of 2000. Denver never looked back.

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Violent Femmes frontman praises Denver's Mexican food in Guardian interview

Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano praised the cheese enchilada from a Denver landmark in a recent interview with The Guardian.

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I like Mexican food very much, and this is my all-time favourite Mexican restaurant. One thing that’s very popular in Denver and the southwest of the United States is green chilli, and theirs is just a beautiful balance of the flavours. It goes on whatever you’re ordering. I’m vegetarian, so it limits what I get, but theirs is the best cheese enchilada I’ve ever had.

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Denver tops U.S. News & World Report "best places to live" list

Denver came in at no. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's "20 Best Places to Live" list.

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The Mile High City is a burgeoning tech hub and a popular destination for millennials looking to start their careers. Voted the fourth most desirable city in a survey of people from across the country, Denver has one of the healthiest job markets in the country and has an above-average median annual salary, which goes further than in more expensive cities like Austin, Raleigh-Durham or Seattle.

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Mic casts Denver as "unexpected startup mecca"

Mic published a piece on Denver's emergence as a startup "mecca."

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"There's largely a rejection of burnout culture here in Colorado," Espeland told Mic. "When you go to the coasts, you often see people working 20 hours a day and sleeping in their offices. Here, we value not doing that, and we believe that actually makes us move faster."

This environment is one of the reasons why Denver has quietly become one of the fastest-growing startup meccas in the United States. In 2015, Denver startups attracted more than $822 million in venture capital funding, with companies in the technology, energy, food and marijuana sectors leading the way. The city also routinely ranks as one of the best cities to live as a millennial, and young people from across America are flocking to the state in record numbers to build Denver-based business.

Perhaps the most remarkable part of the Denver success story is that much of the city's growth has taken place in only the past five years.

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Mile High Connects discusses transit equity at Stanford Social Innovation Review

Mile High Connects Executive Director Dace West pushed for transit equity in a piece published by Stanford Social Innovation Review

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In 2004, Denver voters approved FasTracks, a $7.8 billion transit expansion, adding 122 miles of new light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, and enhanced regional bus service to the region. Construction is currently under way on the multi-decade project, with four new rail and bus rapid transit lines opening in 2016 alone. Bolstered by early support from the Ford Foundation, local nonprofits and funders came together to take advantage of a historic opportunity and formed MHC in 2011. MHC is a cross-sector collaborative of nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and government leaders in the Denver region that makes an explicit connection between public transit and health equity.

MHC's goal is to ensure that Denver's transit build-out benefits low-income communities and communities of color by connecting them to affordable housing, healthy environments, high-quality education, and well-paying jobs. MHC serves as a backbone organization, influencing local and regional policies, leveraging and deploying resources, and helping residents of low-income communities and communities of color engage directly in decision making that affects their lives.

MHC's first public act was to create the Denver Regional Equity Atlas. The document starkly contrasted the relationship between new transit lines and issues of importance to the region's low-income communities, including the location of affordable housing, job centers, health-care institutions, and high- and low-performing schools, and how they were connected (or not) to the new tax-funded transit lines. Now an online interactive tool used by both community residents and decision makers, the Equity Atlas demonstrates that areas with lower incomes and higher concentrations of people of color have less access to healthy food, walkable blocks, and health centers, as well as significantly higher numbers of households that are burdened with relatively high housing and transportation costs. Over time, the tool has become important not only to document current disparities, but also to show population-level outcomes across the region.

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NY Times looks at local push at dual-brand Hyatt in downtown Denver

The New York Times reported on the dual-brand Hyatt House/Hyatt Place in downtown Denver in a story on the national trend towards local art and culture at budget hotels.

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In Denver, the new Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Denver/Downtown, combining a budget business hotel and an extended-stay option (from $149), recently opened with lobby décor that defies brand norms to include an art installation made of snowboards, another made of climbing ropes, and a third of wood harvested from trees killed by pine beetles. Several pairs of locally made Icelantic skis are on display, and interested guests are directed to buy them from a shop nearby.

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Technical.ly says Denver startup scene is at "tipping point"

Technical.ly came, saw and said Denver's startup scene is at a "tipping point."

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Denver's early IT sector developed out of telecom, government security and a unicorn or two. Celebrations of Denver's millennial boom and ensuing entrepreneurship boom all come with requisite mentions of the city's outdoor lifestyle, with its few hour drive to rich skiing and closer still to hiking and rock climbing. Josh Swihart, the cofounder of Aventeer and the CEO of Aspenware, joked that some of his team might get snowed in their homes on workdays yet be able to make it out to ski.

That fits neatly with ideas that Denver is a strong hub for digital health and fitness startups  -- more than 125 of them are in Denver, many of which may take space at the forthcoming Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation space.

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First Denver offer goes up on real-estate crowdfunding platform

The first Denver offer was listed on Origin Capital's real-estate crowdfunding platform, reported Crowdfund Insider.

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Origin is now crowdfunding its first commercial building in Denver.

Origin co-founder Michael Episcope explained that real estate crowdfunding is growing fast. Predictions place over $3 billion raised via crowdfunding for 2016. But Origin is matching its goals with investors; "we're not marketing other people’s deals. Our firm owns Denver Corporate Center and will own it for the same period as our investors," said Episcope.

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Bloomberg interviews TRVE's Allison Huffman for story on female brewers

Bloomberg talked with TRVE's Allison Huffman for a piece on female brewers.

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What is happening over at The Acid Temple?
The Acid Temple is where we do our mixed culture fermentations. Our mixed [yeast] culture program is fairly new, so we're in the process of learning how to work with our house culture and getting an idea of how it behaves in various conditions. We are fermenting in both stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. We also just got two foeders [large oak vats typically used to age wine] in last week and we're excited to see what kind of character we get from them. We're also looking forward to getting local produce this spring and summer to use in beer.

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Storage.com blogs about "Best Denver Neighborhoods for Young Professionals"

Storage.com published a post on the "3 Best Denver Neighborhoods for Young Professionals."

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If you want to live in an area with plenty to do but prefer not to deal with the noise, traffic, and parking challenges, Platt Park could be a great option for you. In addition, if you’d rather buy instead of rent, Platt Park is a relatively affordable option compared to many of the alternatives in Denver. Though this probably won't be a possibility for a recent college graduate, there is the opportunity to buy for young professionals who have had a little time to get established.

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Gayot names Fruition to list of top 10 romantic eateries

Fruition was on Gayot's list of the "Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S."

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Fruition is the culmination of chef-owner Alex Seidel's culinary dreams. While this charming Denver restaurant may be small in stature, the elegantly refined comfort food favors big, bold flavors that never disappoint.

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Modern Farmer delves into Super Bowl MVP's chicken coop

Modern Farmer looked into Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller's love of poultry.

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We may be losing farmers at a pretty scary rate, but we can add one more to the ranks once his football career is over: Super Bowl winner and Denver Broncos' linebacker Von Miller.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Miller -- who's 26 and studied poultry science at Texas A&M -- has a small chicken coop in his 3,000-square-foot backyard, which houses about 40 to 50 birds. (Roosters are his favorite.) He flew out to Valencia, California, to shadow chicken farmers, which you can check out in this Sports Illustrated video below.

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WSJ takes winter trip to Denver

The Wall Street Journal ignored the ski resorts and reported on a family vacation to Denver.

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THERE IS A single line of purple seats at the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field, indicating a height of 5,280 feet above sea level. Such reminders that you're in the Mile High City are never far away in Denver, but this town has quietly risen above its reputation for thin air, bearded skiers and a mega-hub airport; it's now equally known for world-class food along with insane vistas and other outdoor pursuits that don't involve $160 lift tickets. My family has its little secret go-to spot in the Caribbean, but the kids wanted to try something new this winter, so we decided to give Denver a few days to win us over.

Chloe, an amateur photographer, is a sophomore at NYU. Sam is a sports-loving high school pitcher, and Jonah, 12, had to be torn away from his computer to make the flight. My wife, Leslie, a super-healthy foodie, headed up planning.

Denver isn't really in the Rocky Mountains. It's more of a base camp at their edge: the last flat spot to pitch your tent as you head west for gold. All of the visitor literature warns that you will get winded walking up stairs and tipsy on a single beer, but, given our mild, touristy level of physical exertion, all the thin air did was stoke our appetites, which was fine, because Leslie had a long list of restaurants she wanted to try.

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AP talks to local brewers about Breckenridge buyout

The Associated Press reported on the reaction to Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisition of Breckenridge Brewery from Grandma's House and others.

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In a former bakery south of downtown Denver, Matthew Fuerst makes beer flavored with ingredients like Hatch green chiles that he chops by hand. He saves money on heating bills by pushing up space heaters against his fermenting tanks and covering the tops with blankets. He's invited homebrewers who want to break into the industry to use his expensive brewing system to try making larger batches.

Fuerst is one of many transplants lured to Colorado by the state's reputation as a place where beer drinkers spend hours on breweries' sunny patios trying every imaginable twist on beer, often with dogs and kids in tow, a state whose governor is a former craft beer magnate who had an array of taps installed at the governor's mansion. But Fuerst fears that idyllic lifestyle is in danger now that the world's largest beer maker, Anheuser-Busch InBev, has staked a claim to Colorado's craft beer paradise.

Fuerst worries InBev could use its distribution leverage and buying power to squeeze other craft beers out of liquor store shelves, discount its own craft beer line and buy up raw materials after its purchase last month of Breckenridge Brewery, which was part of the first wave of craft breweries to open in Colorado in the 1990s.

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Grantmakers in the Arts spotlights Bonfils-Stanton

The organization showcased Bonfils-Stanton Foundation's initiatives and accomplishments in a blog post.

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Bonfils-Stanton is excited to be fostering dialogue on diversity and equity in the arts by convening community conversations on how arts organizations can better serve more diverse audiences. President and CEO Gary Steuer wrote a recent blog post detailing their efforts to enhance arts engagement with diverse communities. He writes:
 
The goal was to elicit honest dialogue about the barriers and successes of engaging diverse audiences… I think we all recognize -- the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation included -- that this can be difficult work. It can sometimes be uncomfortable, it can take us out of our comfort zone, and to do it right sometimes requires significant institutional change.
 
Two projects worth highlighting -- both in dance -- would be their partnerships with Wonderbound and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. The Foundation was instrumental in guiding the evolution of Wonderbound, a modern dance company committed to working with live music performed by local musicians of all types and integrating other art forms from poetry to visual arts. Wonderbound has embedded itself as an agent of change within a community perceived as challenged, the epicenter of Denver's homeless population.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is Denver's most prominent African-American cultural organization with a national and international profile. The Foundation just recently committed to a significantly increased level of support (a 400% increase!) in order to invest in building a stronger infrastructure to enhance development, communications, and the operations of their school and theatre.

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Dell pegs Denver as no. 8 on its list of "future-ready cities"

Dell ranked Denver eighth on its list of "future-ready cities" in the U.S., sandwiched between Seattle and Portland.

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Dell commissioned IHS Economics to find proxy indicators that define those characteristics. The resulting index is a model intended to help decision makers understand what makes certain cities more prepared for future growth.

"We're very confident these cities will grow faster in the next five to ten years than most other cities," said James Diffley, IHS Economics Group Managing Director for U.S. Regional Services.

The rankings revealed no definitive formula for achieving future readiness, though education figured prominently. The top four cities overall were also the top four of cities with the highest percentages of undergraduate and graduate school degrees.

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HuffPost publishes "Girl's Guide to Denver's Craft Breweries"

The Huffington Post ran a story about a non-beer drinker's adventures in Denver at Ratio, Epic, DeSteeg and Black Shirt Brewing.

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Denver's brewpubs are as varied and creative as the beers they produce. Each one is different in terms of vibe, decor, and food served -- or in lieu of a kitchen which food truck parks on premises. Whether you want an Imperial Red Rye Stout at a heavy metal-themed brewery, or a Smoked and Oaked Belgian-Style Ale at one that transports you back to your grandma's house, Denver has it.

Having both worked in marketing for over 20 years Laura and I quickly anointed the day's outing "The Over-47-Year-Old Girl's Guide to Denver's Craft Beer Bars." After enlisting her very nice and patient husband to be our designated driver, we were on our way.

We made it to four breweries before deciding it was time for a cocktail. You can take the girl out of the martini, but you can't a martini out of the girl... or something like that.

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CNN covers Denver companies that allow marijuana on the job

CNN covered FlowhubMassRoots and High There! in Denver in a piece on cannabis-friendly workplaces.

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Kyle Sherman and Chase Wiseman cofounded Flowhub, which provides software for the cannabis industry, in 2015. The Denver-based startup has been a weed-friendly workplace from day one.

"Our philosophy at Flowhub is to get s*** done," said Sherman. "If it helps our employees get work done, then we don't care if they consume at work."

Sherman and Chase both consume marijuana at work, either in weekly brainstorming meetings or toward the end of the day.

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Zillow projects Denver as top housing market for 2016

Zillow forecast metro Denver as the hottest housing market in the U.S. for 2016.

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No. 1: Denver

The ZHVI is expected to increase 5 percent year-over-year in the Denver metro, where the unemployment rate is a low 3.1 percent. Neighborhoods in Aurora, CO -- Delmar Parkway, Highline Villages and Centretech -- are the hottest. Denver’s Ruby Hill is also among the metro’s hottest 'hoods.

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AIGA Colorado posts video of Rick Griffith on mentorship

AIGA Colorado posted a video of Rick Griffith of Denver graphic design studio MATTER speaking about mentorship.

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Rick Griffith is one of the most promi­nent names in Denver's design com­mu­nity. Besides head­ing the renowned stu­dio and type lab­o­ra­tory MATTER the past 16 years, he is the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of Denver, and President Emeritus for Colorado's AIGA chapter. He has also spent nearly two decades teach­ing his craft to var­i­ous col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the Denver area.

"I've been lucky enough to have sev­eral men­tors," Griffith nar­rates. "Many, per­haps, unaware of the influ­ence they've had on me." In the video he explores the idea of men­tor­ship and its impor­tance in the career of design, all the while demon­strating a print process using tra­di­tional techniques.

"In some ways, the mentee is just as impor­tant as the mentor."

See the video here.



 

Indian Country Today spotlights Gregg Deal at DAM

Paiute performance artist Gregg Deal is shattering stereotypes at the Denver Art Museum, reported Indian Country Today Media Network.

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It's winter in Colorado. You walk into the residency space at the Denver Art Museum [DAM], and there stands artist Gregg Deal; he's tall with slicked-back hair pulled tightly into a ponytail. He's surrounded by his work, and also some props -- a feather headdress, a long breastplate, and shirt and pants with fringe.

Deal, who’s Pyramid Lake Paiute and a performance artist, said, as part of his art, he will don the faux Native American items in public to address the concept -- or misconception -- of Native Americans in the 21st century. Deal is the current Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at DAM.

Recently, for one of his performances, Deal sat within a barricade outside of the museum clad in his Native American clothing and face paint. He said he was approached by passersby who were visibly curious why there was an Indian just posted there. Some ignored him. Some sneered. Others attempted to engage him. But he said he would not respond. When he's in the attire he’s in character -- a figure in a living painting, if you will.

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Tomorrow Tour coming to Denver Feb. 3

Technical.ly's Tomorrow Tour is coming to The Commons on Champa on Feb. 3.

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On Feb. 3, [Erik] Mitisek will be leading an innovation case study at Tomorrow Tour Denver, a stop on a national event series inspired by Comcast NBCUniversal and organized by Technical.ly. The series aims to explore and document how technology and innovation converge to strengthen the city. A free evening roundtable and networking event will connect local entrepreneurs, technologists, policymakers and new thinkers for discussions about the future of innovation and entrepreneurship. A key focus will be how to better articulate Denver's innovation stories and improve the economy.

"Colorado is becoming the undisputed technology and innovation hub between the coasts," Mitisek said. "Tours like this help get our message out of the community and reinforce the depth of great companies, founders and leaders in Colorado. This event is unique as it provides a forum, across industries, for leaders to convene and discuss the important topics for us to continue to build a next-generation entrepreneurial community."

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Apartment List reports on what $1,500 gets you in Denver and other cities

Apartment List checked what $1,500 in rent equals for tenants in Denver and other cities across the country.

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We all know from hard life experience that paying rent is one of the most soul-crushing things about being an adult. No matter where you live, it will always be a bummer; but some locations are better at curbing the pain than others. Knowing this, we combed the Apartment List website across 12 U.S. cities to find apartments you can rent with a $1,500 budget. Where do renters get the most bang for their buck?
 
1. Denver – Tons of luxurious amenities to go along with this brand new apartment: 1-bedroom, 719 sq ft, $1,490 (Capitol Hill)

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WSJ spotlights Denver's Folsom Custom Skis

The Wall Street Journal profiled Folsom Custom Skis of Denver for a story on custom skis.

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Some small custom-ski makers also sell ready-made models as a way to boost business. Such is the approach of Folsom Custom Skis, which is based in Denver. "We have a huge range of customers, from the guy who has tried everything and wants a fully custom ski to the person who just wants personal artwork," said Ryan Prentice, the company's chief of sales.

For the skier who may not be ready to commit to a customized ski but prefers something one-of-a-kind, Folsom can tweak its ready-made models. "If people are looking for a cheaper build, we can help them select the right ski from our retail line…and then we finish it with a custom graphic of whatever they want," said Mr. Prentice.

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Weirdest Band in the World names Denver's itchy-O "Weird Band of the Week"

The Weirdest Band in the World website honored Denver's itchy-O Marching Band as its "Weird Band of the Week."

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A 30-plus-piece ensemble from Denver, the Itchy-O Marching Band (IOMB) typically begins their performance by entering the venue from the street. Drums dominate, but there are also synths, vocalists, dancers, guitar and bass, and a prominently featured Theremin. Many of the performers wear amps like backpacks, so they can move freely around the venue during the show. There's usually a giant, dancing Chinese dragon. There are several of those massive, Japanese taiko drums, which are basically the Steinway pianos of the drum world, both in terms of sound and in terms of how much it must suck to haul them around on tour. They wear black balaclavas and often giant sombreros, which makes them look a little like a gang of anarchist mariachis.

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Forbes calls Crawford one of "10 Best Hotels" of 2015

Forbes called Denver Union Station's Crawford Hotel one of the world's 10 top hosteries for 2015.

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The Crawford is simply the coolest new hotel I have visited in a long time. It is a great model for the boutique/hip hotel industry that opened last July and is the centerpiece of a total renovation of historic 120-year old Union Station in the heart of downtown. But is not just a hotel in a train station, it is a train station as hotel, a triumph of architecture and design. It uses the main waiting room of the grand building as its lobby, and in each arched entryway surrounding the hall, which once led to trains, there is a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, or retail store, which are also part of the public space. Guest rooms rise above both sides of the great hall, with its 65-foot atrium ceiling.

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Yahoo! Travel explores Denver

Yahoo! Travel experienced some of Denver's more unusual attractions.

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Instead of opting for a hotel in Denver, I chose an Airbnb that was actually more like a share house. Traveling solo, I wanted to make sure I'd be able to easily meet new people, and staying in the West Colfax neighborhood in this five-bedroom house meant that after a day's exploration I always had people to hang out with. This was hands-down my favorite Airbnb I've ever stayed in. It was also a two-block walk from the light rail, and a ten-minute train ride to downtown.

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The Atlantic posts mesmerizing satellite photo of Colorado

The Atlantic posted a mindblowing high-res satellite photo of Colorado -- you can zoom in on Denver, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison or just about anyplace in between.

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On September 10, 2015, a satellite named WorldView-3 was whisking on its regular path from pole to pole, locked in orbit 400 miles above the eastern Pacific Ocean.

WorldView-3 is one of the most advanced privately owned Earth-observing satellites in use. It’s owned and operated by DigitalGlobe, a corporation that supplies imagery to the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Google Maps. If you’ve seen an orbital view of the planet that showed streets and buildings, it’s likely you were looking at an image captured by WorldView-3 or another DigitalGlobe satellite.

On that late summer day, though, WorldView-3 followed an unusual path. In the late morning, as it passed over the Pacific, it turned back and looked at the continent to the east. Gazing over Los Angeles; the Mojave desert; the Grand Canyon; and the southern tip of Utah, it captured an image of Colorado.

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PeopleForBikes names Arapahoe Street one of 10 best new bike lanes

Bicycling advocacy group PeopleForBikes pegged the protected lane on Arapahoe Street downtown as one of "America's 10 best new bike lanes for 2015."

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If only these plastic posts could talk. This one-mile project was languishing as a line on a map until the Downtown Denver Partnership business advocacy group, inspired by a trip to Copenhagen and a wave of demand for better biking among downtown tech firms, rallied public support by creating a one-day demo and leading a successful crowfunding campaign that kicked off with an anchor donation from oil company Anadarko, among others.

The $36,000 raised through Ioby.org convinced Denver leaders that the public had their back. With their green light, city staff threw themselves into Arapahoe and its couplet street with a passion, rethought their bidding process and cut the ribbon this month, less than a year after approval. Like Queens Boulevard, it's a national model for quick-build street projects.

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Stapleton tower focus of CBS News report

A recent CBS News story focused on Punch Bowl Social's reuse of the old control tower at Stapleton.

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Every state in the U.S. has at least one abandoned airport, but now their runways, terminals and control towers are becoming a new destination for innovation.

Robert Thompson, a businessman, is one such innovator. Thompson told CBS News' Mark Albert that he is turning an airport in Denver that was once called the "Union Station of the air" into a different kind of center of action.

In its heyday, the Stapleton International Airport, named after a former Denver mayor, was the site of passenger flights that landed and took to the air from its three runways. It was even visited by the famed Amelia Earhart.

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LA Times stops in at Union Station

The Los Angeles Times took a train to Denver for a night at The Crawford Hotel at Union Station.

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The hotel has 112 guest rooms, all different in configuration or décor. We had booked a Pullman-style guest room, an appropriate transition from our Amtrak sleeper because the Pullman Co. was once the preeminent operator of sleeping cars. Other options include Loft, funky, creative suites in what had been an unused attic, and Classic, high-ceilinged rooms with expansive windows and Victorian furnishings in what once were offices.

Appropriately, the Pullman rooms overlook the tracks. Built in previously empty mezzanine space, they feature wood accents recalling old-fashioned Pullman cars and framed memorabilia. Some rooms have queen beds tucked into nooks, reminiscent of berths on the old trains.

So many places to eat and drink and so little time. We had a cocktail in the stylish Cooper Lounge, on a balcony overlooking the Great Hall. At the next table was Dana Crawford, the doyenne of historic preservation in downtown Denver who lent her name to the hotel.

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WSJ looks at Chipotle in feature on "seismic shift" in fast food

The Wall Street Journal shined a light on Chipotle Mexican Grill in a feature story on the ongoing "seismic shift" in fast food.

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Chipotle's founder and co-CEO, Steve Ells, didn't set out to start a fast-food revolution. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and cooking under Jeremiah Tower at the landmark San Francisco restaurant Stars, Ells moved home to Denver, where he opened the original Chipotle in 1993. Ells planned to finance a fine-dining restaurant by selling fast food, but when burrito sales took off, he created a modern paradigm where fine-dining chefs make the leap to fast food. José Andrés -- the celebrity chef who launched 3 locations of his own fast-casual concept, Beefsteak, in the past year -- compares Ells to Henry Ford. "Anything we say now, so early, about what Steve Ells has done won't be enough," Andrés says. "The production line he's created has changed the American food business."

Andrés is referring to a kind of transparency that the biggest chains -- once seen as innovators for their assembly-line approach to cooking -- now completely lack. There are more than 60 ingredients in a McDonald's Big Mac, including chemical compounds that, according to the company's ingredient statement, “protect flavor” in the sauce and facilitate “slice separation” in the cheese. Chipotle's entire menu has roughly 60 ingredients, including juniper berries, Hass avocado and organic herbs. "We use things like cutting boards, knives, sauté pans and saucepans," says Ells. "If you went to a typical fast-food restaurant with a bag of groceries you wanted to turn into a meal, it would be very difficult. They're very specific in how they rethermalize their highly processed product."

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Make magazine spotlights AKER

Make reported on Denver's AKER and its DIY kits for urban farming and beekeeping.

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AKER has designed a range of products to help people transform their yards, rooftops, balconies, and community gardens into areas for productive small-scale agriculture. The kits’ parts are CNC routed from high-quality, responsibly sourced plywood and take under an hour to assemble. If you live near a makerspace or fab lab with a CNC you can download the source files and make your own!

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Denver's DispatchHeath one of 10 health-tech startups to watch in 2016

Becker's Hospital Review pegged Denver-based DispatchHeath as one of its "startups to know for 2016." 

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DispatchHealth (Denver). There are a number of startups vying for the much-buzzed "Uber for healthcare" title. DispatchHealth may be one to claim the name. DispatchHealth offers mobile, onsite treatment for simple and complex patients needs. Using its app, customers can summon a clinician to come administer care wherever they may be. The company boasts longer, cheaper visits with providers and shorter wait times than traditional visits. 

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Inc. profiles Tender Belly

Inc. shined a spotlight on Denver craft bacon makers, Tender Belly.

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Erik worked his connections in the culinary community to get Tender Belly products into some of the hottest restaurants in the West. Chefs like Paul Qui at Qui, in Austin, and Alex Seidel at Mercantile Dining & Provisions, in Denver, began featuring the Duffys' pork products in their dishes and putting the trademarked Tender Belly name on their menus. "That's been a huge, huge thing," Shannon says of the chef endorsements. "People saw us, we had some local press right away, and people started asking, 'Where can we get it?'" Today, sales to restaurants bring in 80 percent of revenue; grocery stores contribute 15 percent, and direct sales via the website make up the remaining 5 percent.

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Travel + Leisure includes Denver in "Best Places to Travel in 2016"

Travel + Leisure put Denver at no. 23 in its "Best Places to Travel in 2016" feature, smack dab between Zanzibar and India's Andaman Islands.

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Denver may be surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but these days the city attracts a lot more than skiers and snowboarders. Art and design are at the heart of everything in the Mile High City lately -- the 165-room Art Hotel has opened next to the Denver Art Museum, the Children's Museum is reopen after a $16.1 million expansion, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art will debut a new space next year. Even at the new Westin Denver International Airport, there's plenty of eye candy.

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Washington Monthly analyzes growth in Denver and other capital cities

Washington Monthly published an analysis of growth in Denver and other state capitals.

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The cities that made the Forbes list were not very surprising. They were more or less the same names you'll find on similar "hot cities" lists published by other media outlets, such as Bloomberg and Money magazine: Houston, Raleigh, Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Nashville, and so on.

Like other publications, Forbes took a stab at trying to explain why certain cities made it onto their list. It noted that the fracking-based oil and gas boom helped put five Texas cities in the top twenty, while thriving tech sectors explained why Seattle and the three California cities made the cut.

One commonality, however, that the editors of Forbes apparently did not notice is that more than a third of the cities on their list are state capitals (see Table 1). This was not a one-time lapse: cities that are home to their state's governments have been overrepresented on Forbes's and other media-generated lists for years, without, as far as I can tell, any of these publications ever mentioning the fact. The stories that accompany these lists typically include quotes from economists and economic development experts who try to make sense of the numbers. Factors such as tax rates, regulatory burdens, region, education levels, venture capital investment, housing prices, the existence of top-tier universities, proximity to seashores and mountains, and the percentage of workers who are in "creative" fields are usually discussed. But the idea that being home to a state's politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats, and tens of billions of dollars in tax revenues might give a city a significant advantage in garnering wider economic growth seems to be not widely held, nor even considered.

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WSJ talks to MM Local about scaling food startups

The Wall Street Journal talked to Denver's MM Local in a story about growing pains for artisanal food startups.

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For many food makers, the solution is simply time. Ben Mustin, co-founder of MM Local Foods in Denver, spent three years getting farmers to agree to ongoing contracts with him for produce. He also worked with both farmers' market customers and retailers like Whole Foods and Lucky's Market to accept seasonal shifts in inventory.

"It took a while, but eventually we got customers to be OK with the fact that when the peaches are gone, they're gone, but maybe we have tomatoes now, or green beans or pears," Mr. Mustin says. "Now it's more of a positive thing, and sometimes even a selling point, where customers want to make sure to get the peaches while they can, and then they look forward to seeing what comes next, too."

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Denver a model for arts taxes in West, reports Christian Science Monitor

Denver is a model city for arts-supporting taxes in the West, according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor.

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By going to the polls to create a tax for the arts, metropolitan Denver sparked imaginations across the West. Voters in Denver and surrounding counties in 1989 approved a sales tax of a tenth of 1 percent, or a penny on every $10 spent, to support museums, theaters, dance companies, and institutions such as the zoo. 

It's "public patronage of the arts," says Peg Long, director of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), which oversees fund distribution.

State and federal budgets have regularly cut arts funding during tough times. But in a reverse trend, voters in several Western states are slowly following Denver's lead by committing to a small arts tax that continues to yield big results.

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NY Times explains "why people actually like" DIA

The New York Times tackled "why people actually like Denver International Airport" in a Q&A with CEO Kim Day.

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Airports are an inevitable part of the lives of most travelers. But few would say that they have a passion for them. Kim Day, the chief executive of Denver International Airport, is an exception. In a previous life, Ms. Day, 61, was an architect, and she says that shaped her career running airports. “I see the world, and airports, differently than most people,” she told the audience at the Skift Global Forum, a travel conference held last month in Brooklyn. "I can't walk into a space without critiquing it and wanting to rearrange the furniture. And I plan every vacation around buildings and spaces around the world that I want to see."

Since taking over at the Denver airport in 2008, Ms. Day has helped to transform it into the envy of airports around the country: In this year's annual World Airport Awards rankings, it held the eighth spot for all airports with more than 50 million passengers per year, the top United States ranking. One improvement is brand-new: a 519-room Westin Hotel that opens on Nov. 19 just next to the iconic canopies of the Jeppesen terminal. (An adjoining public plaza will host events and two restaurants, each with outdoor seating.) And next April will see the addition of a commuter rail, with access from a terminal under the hotel, and just a few minutes from security, that gets travelers from the airport to Union Station in downtown Denver in just 37 minutes.

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Rolling Stone covers Snoop Dogg's marijuana brand launch in Denver

Rolling Stone covered Snoop Dogg launching his marijuana brand, Leafs by Snoop, in Denver.

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There's something almost too perfect about Snoop Dogg -- a man who once claimed to smoke 81 blunts a day -- coming to a town nicknamed the Mile High City to debut his new line of cannabis products. But on Monday night, he descended upon Denver with his Leafs by Snoop collection to do just that. The 44-year-old rapper and entrepreneur turned a private residence into his own personal Dogghouse, showcasing his diverse weed wares, spinning some G-funk, spitting a few bars and, at one point, basically hotboxing a select crowd of Coloradans into oblivion with lots and lots of stinky, Snoop-selected strains.

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Matador Network weighs "cost of gentrification in Denver"

Matador Network published a piece on "The cost of gentrification in Denver."

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Recently, at the windowless Candlelight Tavern in the Wash Park West neighborhood, I struggled to back up my belief that places like this are a part of our culture any more than the newer, trendier places that have opened on Broadway and the other side of the park.

"What the fuck is wrong with this generation's mindless pursuit of ironic authenticity?" asked fellow patron Scot Kreider, a 42-year-old lawyer and Denver area native. “What is this so-called "opposite" of a dive bar? Please give me an example. Because as far as I can tell, a 'dive' bar is wherever a fucking hipster goes so that they can feel authentic, which immediately cheapens it."

I fell into a deep crisis of self-confidence. Am I a hipster merely because I'm 31? Am I degrading this long-running establishment just by being here, when I was not born in the neighborhood? The uncomfortable feeling that has grown inside me isn't just about my preference for cheap booze. It is about rooting for the home team, even when they are the underdog. It is about the people's history of their neighborhoods living on for upcoming generations.

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WaPo spotlights Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

The Washington Post profiled Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

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Instead of giving up, Rateliff started working on songs for a new project he cooked up: the Night Sweats, a seven-piece rock and soul band that sounds nothing like his solo work.

"It got me really excited again," he says.

In the meantime, his management scraped together enough money to start a record label, and "Falling Faster" was released in September 2013. Rateliff went on tour behind the album, he and the Night Sweats began playing the newer songs in their Denver home base, and things slowly started taking off from there.

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Playboy names Cooper Lounge to "Best Bars" list

Playboy tabbed the Cooper Lounge in Union Station for its 2015 "Best Bars in America" feature.

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BEST BAR IN A TRAIN STATION
Cooper Lounge, Denver
Revamped Union Station is an architectural masterpiece. Sitting in this elegant boîte, one almost expects the Orient Express to glide through. The mezzanine locale guarantees downtown views to relish alongside cocktails such as the St. Therese (tequila, Bénédictine, Ancho Reyes liqueur) and Colorado Wagyu tartare spiked with sriracha dressing.

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CNN calls Denver "best beer town"

A CNN column argued Denver was the best beer city in the U.S. and backed it up with nine sudsy features.

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[I]f you're looking at the question through the bottom of a glass of craft brew -- and these days, who isn't? -- the argument usually boils down to two cities; Portland, Oregon, and Denver, Colorado.

For me, the answer is easy: the Mile High City trumps them all.

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Hyperallergic hypes upcoming "Women of Abstract Expressionism" exhibit at DAM

Hyperallergic reported on the "Women of Abstract Expressionism" exhibit coming to the Denver Art Museum in 2016.

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The paradigm of the "overlooked female artist" is both a cliché and a truth. We all know the art market is unceasingly hungry, and previously sidelined women artists are the perfect food. But that doesn’t change the fact that countless female artists have been ignored, forgotten, and stepped on, that movements defined by their male stars have entire other histories still in need of writing.

Exhibitions are a way to begin that process, and next spring, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will mount one. The title -- Women of Abstract Expressionism -- says it all: this is a show devoted to the women artists involved with the famously macho movement, and it is the first of its kind. Highlighting better-known names -- Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell -- alongside lesser-known ones -- Sonia Gechtoff, Perle Fine -- the exhibition will encompass 12 women’s work, "focus[ing] on the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of abstract expressionism, while revealing inward reverie and painterly expression," according to the description. It will also include a new video exploring these women’s lives -- the particulars as well as the broader (sexist) cultural conditions of the 1950s -- through their own testimony and that of their children.

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NY Times hits Denver "Weedstock"

The New York Times reported on the inaugural National Cannabis Summit in Denver.

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If the $97 million in tax revenue that Andrew Freedman, Colorado's director of marijuana coordination, expects the state to earn this fiscal year cannot be described as a game-changer to a state whose all-funds budget for the fiscal year ending in June was $27 billion, you wouldn’t know it from the resultant swirl of activity.

If you have a layover at the Denver airport, you can, for about $300, hire a car to take you to a dispensary and then smoke in the vehicle (as one website puts it: "no driving sweeeeeeet"); there are also meals with cannabis pairings, and cannabis-infused bubble baths.

This thing could be bigger than cellphones and cupcakes.

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Paste profiles Denver Biscuit Co.

Paste Magazine ran a story on Denver Biscuit Company.

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There is nothing quite like a light, buttery biscuit straight from the oven. A staple to the Southern diet, at one point in time it was nearly impossible to sit down for a meal without finding biscuits at the table. In theory, biscuits are pretty straightforward, made with simple ingredients like flour, baking soda and powder, buttermilk, butter, and salt; but despite their simplicity, there are countless recipes that are handed down from generation to generation, all with slight variances and diehard flour preferences. But as with everything else, there is always room for improvement.

When Drew Shader, owner of the Denver Biscuit Company, came to Colorado from Florida to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder he noticed that no one in Denver was making the traditional Southern folded biscuit (and if they were, they weren’t doing it well). "There were a lot of drop biscuits," he told me, "but I couldn’t find a biscuit I loved." After college, Shader ended up in the bar and restaurant business and really embraced food as a passion. I recently spoke with Shader about why food was such a passion for him and how he was able to create the perfect fluffy biscuit in a city at elevation.

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Financial Times looks at "new golden age" in Denver

The Financial Times reported on a "new golden age" in Denver, based on real estate and a hot economy.

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More than 100,000 out-of-state residents moved to Denver between 2010 and 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, the fifth-largest migration in the country. For the first time, people aged 20 to 34 outnumber baby boomers in the city, the census data show.

"Denver has always been a magnet for people from the Midwest and parts of the west," says estate agent Anthony Rael, chair of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors' market trends committee. "But we're now seeing large numbers of newcomers from the east coast and California."

Growing technology and telecoms sectors are driving the population increase, as is general economic growth. Colorado's economy grew 4.7 per cent last year, which was more than double the national average and the fifth-strongest US state, according to the US Department of Commerce. IBM, Oracle and Lockheed Martin are among the tech companies that have expanded in Denver, bringing tens of thousands of new jobs to the city. Much of the expansion is due to job-training programmes and tax incentives launched by the city in recent years.

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Entrepreneur calls Denver second-best market "to get rich from real estate"

Entrepreneur tabbed Denver as the second-best market "to get rich from real estate" after Dallas.

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Falling closely behind Dallas, Denver takes the number-two spot, driven largely by the strongest appreciation in home values of any major market studied over the period. Residential real-estate prices increased a staggering 13.4 percent year over year across the Denver metro region.

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P2Binvestor's Ex-Factor featured on Product Hunt

Product Hunt showcased Denver-based P2Binvestor's Ex-Factor platform.

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We've been in market almost 18 months with our line of credit product and today we launched Ex-Factor which is a tech platform designed to help business owners of cool products get much better financing—financing that meets them where they are. 

This platform we've developed makes it easy not to just to get a loan, but to manage a loan. To understand what you're actually paying, stay on top of the accounting, and make sure you always have the funding you need as you grow.

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Realtor.com spotlights legal marijuana and real estate prices

"Is legal marijuana catalyzing higher housing costs in Denver?" asks Realtor.com.

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"There has been a huge bump in real estate prices due to the legalization of marijuana," James Paine, managing partner at West Realty Advisors, told CNN Money in June. "It's massively pushed up raw land and industry prices."

But, they said back then, it was still "relatively affordable."

And what about now? The median home price in Denver, $350,500, is up 15.9% from this time last year. Vacancy rates in all sectors -- residential, commercial, industrial -- are all down, and so is unemployment. Home sales are up 3.1% from last year.

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WSJ covers Great Divide founder's cycling passion

The Wall Street Journal reported on Great Divide Brewing Company founder Brian Dunn's passion for cyclocross.

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Brian Dunn, founder and president of Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver, has many friends who share his enthusiasm for biking, whether it's a hard mountain-bike ride or a long road ride full of steep climbs.

And afterward, many of them share his enthusiasm for an ice-cold beer. "Nothing tastes better after a ride," Mr. Dunn says.

Mr. Dunn's brewery has sponsored the Great Divide Brewing Racing Team, a Colorado masters road and cyclocross bike team, for the past 15 years. “Everyone on the team drinks beer,” says Mr. Dunn. "And based on how fast some of the guys ride, I'd say beer is healthy."

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NY Times looks at Westin DIA

The New York Times looked at the Westin Denver International Airport in a feature about new airport hotel complexes nationwide.

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In Denver, finishing touches are being applied to a 14-story hotel with 519 guest rooms and 37,000 square feet of conference space.

The effort included the creation of an open-air plaza and a commuter rail station next to the hotel. Early guests will still rely on cabs, buses and cars to get around. The rail system is not expected to be in operation until next spring.

Efficiencies are built into the project. Rooms will be equipped with a keyless entry system. Members of the Starwood loyalty program can download an app on a mobile device, receive their room number in a text or email and bypass the front desk.

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Inc. spotlights 10 fastest-growing companies in Denver

Inc. published a piece on Denver's fastest-growing companies from its annual Inc. 500 list.

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10. Tender Belly

At No. 698, this company is bringing home the bacon -- in more ways than one. A specialty pork seller, Tender Belly has a 2014 revenue of $4.3 million and a three-year growth rate of 649 percent. Co-founder Shannon Duffy credits a foodie culture in Denver for Tender Belly's success. "I think that one of the reasons it blossomed out here is that people appreciate more good stuff, and less crap," he says.

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Top U.S. market for female attorneys: Denver

Above the Law reported Denver is the top market for women attorneys to make partner at their firms.

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Here are the top 10 markets with the highest percentage of women partners (with percentage of women partners indicated parenthetically):
  1. Denver (28.1%)
  2. Detroit area (26%)
  3. San Francisco (25.7%)
  4. Seattle area (25.4%)
  5. Minneapolis (24.9%)
  6. Miami (24.4%)
  7. Ft. Lauderdale/W. Palm Beach (24%)
  8. Wilmington (23.8%)
  9. Milwaukee (23%)
  10. Portland, OR area (23%)
Here are the top 10 markets with the highest percentage of minority partners (with percentage of minority partners indicated parenthetically):
  1. Miami (29.5%)
  2. San Jose area (15.3%)
  3. Los Angeles area (13.8%)
  4. Orange Co., CA (13.2%)
  5. Austin (12%)
  6. San Francisco (11.9%)
  7. Houston (9.9%)
  8. Seattle area (9.4%)
  9. San Diego (9.3%)
  10. Northern Virginia (8.5%)
We know that diversity returns a premium on every conceivable level. So what makes markets like Denver, Detroit, Seattle, and the Florida region better than average at promoting gender equality in the partnership ranks? What makes Miami, the California area, Austin, and Seattle better than average at promoting diversity in the partnership ranks? Why are there considerable variations in measures of racial diversity amongst partners in the 40 cities represented in the directory?

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Denver architect Marcus Farr up for film award

Marcus Farr, founder of Denver-based FARR-OARS research studio, is a finalist for the American Institute of Architects' I Look Up Film Challenge for the short film, "Cradle to Cradle," a look at architectural product life cycles.

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Hosted by AIA, the Look Up Film Challenge was created to unite both storytellers and the architectural community to share the inspiring stories on the impact of our built world. The following 13 films are the finalists in this creative collaboration and film competition. Now it’s up to you to decide who the People's Choice Award winner is.

See the video and vote here.

Wisconsin State Journal probes "peak beer" at GABF

The Wisconsin State Journal probed the idea of "peak beer" at Denver's annual Great American Beer Festival.

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There are a lot of places to get a sense of how awesome the craft beer world is right now: the bottle shops, overflowing with new beers; the business pages, with story after story of expansion; the want ads, burgeoning with new positions in small breweries; a barstool, one of my favorites.

But nothing brings it home like the Great American Beer Festival.

The ultimate beerfest, put on by the Brewers Association, this year featured more than 3,500 beers being poured by more than 750 breweries Sept. 24-26. The judging portion of the festival saw more than 240 judges evaluating more than 6,800 beers and bestowing honors in 92 style categories, including eight Wisconsin brews. In a letter in the GABF program, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock described it as "the largest collection of beer on tap in the history of the world" -- again -- and about 60,000 people passed through the doors of the sleek downtown Colorado Convention Center.

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ABA BookWeb spotlights BookBed B&B in Denver

The American Booksellers Association's BookWeb reported on the soon-to-open BookBed B&B in the Berkeley neighborhood.

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Later this fall, Denver, Colorado's BookBar is opening BookBed, a book-themed bed and breakfast, as part of an extensive store expansion.

BookBed will serve as stylish and comfortable lodging for book lovers, authors, and writers visiting the Denver area. "BookBed will complement BookBar by giving our out-of-town authors a place to stay, while hopefully at the same time luring in authors who might not otherwise know of us," said store owner Nicole Sullivan.

Sullivan's aim is to have the space mostly completed in time for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Fall Discovery Show, which is being held in Denver on October 8-10. A formal open house will invite the community in to see the fully finished bed and breakfast on November 6.

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Vogue "artsplains" upcoming Fritz Scholder DAM exhibit

Vogue's Artsplainer took on the upcoming Fritz Scholder exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, "Super Indian," opening Oct. 4.

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In 2008, the National Museum of the American Indian mounted a retrospective of the work of the 20th-century Figurative artist Fritz Scholder. It titled the show "Indian/Not Indian," referring to the identity question at the heart of Scholder’s work. Scholder, who died in 2005, was a quarter Luiseño, a registered member of the tribe, with a father who worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But at points in his career Scholder denied the significance of that Native American heritage. He also made the claim that he would never paint Indians, and then proceeded to spend more than a decade immersed in his "Indian" series, vibrant portraits that depicted Native Americans in contemporary settings -- a buffalo dancer eating an ice cream cone, say, or a man holding a can of Coors -- that cast off the romantic overlay long dominating the portrayal of Native American subjects in American art.

It was a revolutionary move, and one that was controversial. "He was really there at the moment that American Indian art started to shift," explains John Lukavic, a curator at the Denver Art Museum, where another Scholder show, "Super Indian," opens this weekend. "Prior forms of American Indian art were in some ways formulaic. People expected to see certain things, it had to look a certain way in order for people to recognize it or accept it as American Indian art. He really started breaking the conventions."

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Tech Cocktail chronicles Denver Startup Week

Tech Cocktail covered a few of the high points of the second day of the 2015 installment of  Denver Startup Week.

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At one point today I pulled out my phone expecting to see the clock ticking around 10:00 AM, but I was floored to see it was past 12 noon. Where did the first half of the day go? Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and the Denver Startup Week content was, obviously, fixating.

Everything began with the "How To Write Killer Copy And Connect With Customers" session at Galvanize. In fact, it was hosted by a crew of Galvanize’s own: Mark Saldana -- Marketing Manager, Bo Moore -- Storyteller and former WIRED writer, and Dynelle Abeyta -- Content Producer.

. . .

What really blows my mind about Denver Startup Week is that, despite having over 215 events, sessions, keynotes, and panels planned, everything seems to go off without a hitch. So, after day two, I wanted to salute the hard work of all the people behind the scenes who operate the light boards, setup the events, and keep the schedule flowing forward – without them none of us could enjoy this rich content. Thank you to all, I’m looking forward to yet another fun filled day.

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CleanTechnica showcases green retrofit at Byron Rogers building

CleanTechnica showcased an impressive energy-efficient retrofit at the Byron Rogers building in downtown Denver.

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The Byron Rogers building, located in downtown Denver and owned by the U.S. General Services Administration, is a model of how deep energy retrofits can create more efficient, financially valuable, and more productive workspaces.

The anticipated building energy use savings when compared to ASHRAE 90.1 2007 is expected to be 55 percent, which equates to approximately $500,000 per year in savings. Many of the strategies developed and implemented laid the groundwork toward the 2030 net-zero benchmarks. Now that the building is fully occupied, these savings can be verified. The building uses several leading edge and synergistic energy conservation measures, including chilled beams, a thermal storage system, superinsulated walls and windows, and LEDs.

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Forbes spotlights Punch Bowl Social

Forbes covered the punch cocktails at  Denver's Punch Bowl Social for National Punch Day. (Is that a real holiday?)

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Patrick Williams would like to see punch get some respect. As beverage director of Punch Bowl Social, he and his team are working hard to punch a cocktail customers will order on a regular basis, and not just during National Punch Day (September 20).

Interest in punch is rising. Punch Bowl Social, started in Denver by Entrepreneur Robert Thompson in 2012, has locations in Austin, Detroit and Portland. It's opening one in Cleveland this Saturday, September 19 (right before National Punch Day) and Chicago will see one next year in neighboring suburb Schaumburg.

"As the prohibition-style drinks came into popularity the last five to 10 years, other styles of drinks that aren't so booze-forward are gaining popularity," says Williams. "Tiki and punch are two forms that will continue to grow."

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Commercial Property Executive reports on RiNo project

Commercial Property Executive reported on a mixed-use project at 35th and Larimer streets in Denver's RiNo Art District.

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Working on behalf of borrower Littleton Capital PartnersHFF has secured $9.5 million in financing for the development of 35th and Larimer, less than one mile away from downtown Denver. An HFF team led by Managing Director Josh Simon and Associate Director Leon McBroom placed the three-year, floating-rate construction loan with a regional bank.

Designed by Humphries Poli Architects and developed by Littleton Capital Partners, the project is scheduled for completion in June 2016, and will feature a mix of residential and retail space on a historically industrial block. Drahota -- A Bryan Construction company serves as general contractor.

"The flourishing arts community in the RiNo district has been conscientious about acknowledging the area's industrial roots, even as it's been transitioning to a cultural center," Drahota President Terry Drahota said in a statement. "This project respects that notion and we will be offering living and working space to a growing population."

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AP covers weed tax holiday in Denver

The Associated Press reported on the pot tax holiday in Denver.

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The tax break is happening because Colorado underestimated overall state tax collections last year. Under the state Constitution, the accounting error triggers an automatic suspension of any new taxes -- in this case, the recreational marijuana taxes voters approved in 2013.

Retailers are hoping for big crowds, rolling out bargains to attract shoppers. The state had no estimate on how many shoppers might turn out.

Read the rest here.

The Guardian's climate change comedy spotlights Denver

The Guardian's climate change comedy video joked that Denver was destined to emerge as a world capital as sea levels rise.

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The Comedy Bureau approves of High Plains Comedy Festival

Los Angeles comedy blog The Comedy Bureau gave Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival a glowing review.

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As you might imagine, we don't get out of LA often or, really at all since there is so much to cover around the scene. 

However, last month, we found our way to Denver, Colorado for the 3rd Annual High Plains Comedy Festival and we sure didn't regret taking a week to explore the ins and outs of comedy in Denver. The Grawlix, which created the upcoming truTV series Those Who Can't, rose to their current station from Denver and following in their stead is a great bunch of comics operating in what seems to be a well-balanced eco-system of comedy.

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Bon Appetit visits Babettes at The Source

Bon Appétit profiled Babettes Bakery at The Source in RiNo.

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For the nearly two decades afterward, Scott focused on developing his skills as a baker. Eventually, he ended up in Colorado, where he finally opened his own bakery, Babettes, in September 2013. But the mile-high altitude immediately posed issues for his double-hydration method of bread-making.

"As we get higher in altitude, things want to ferment faster," he says. "We found that the dough was over-fermenting. So we started reducing the levain. Most guys in the United States are probably inoculating their dough with 20 percent to 30 percent levain per flour weight. The only way we can control the rate of fermentation is with point-five to one percent levain per flour weight."

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TechCrunch Meetup and Pitch-Off coming to Denver Startup Week

TechCrunch is bringing a meetup and pitch-off to Denver Startup Week on Oct. 1.

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In exactly one month, TechCrunch is hitting the Rocky Mountain State for the TC Meetup + Pitch-Off in Denver in conjunction with Denver Startup Week. The event will be held at 1644 Platte Street on October 1 at 6pm.

This will be our first Meetup event in Denver, so it's fair to hit you with a bit of an explanation: The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is a one-night-only event that invites folks from the tech scene (or anyone really) to come together and get to know each other.

But that's not all.

We also hold a pitch-off, wherein ten pre-selected companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product to a panel of expert VC judges.

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Forbes names Jennifer Jasinski one of top 10 female chefs in U.S.

For National Women's Equality Day, Forbes named Denver's Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Stoic & Genuine one of top 10 women chefs in U.S.

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Jennifer Jasinski, Stoic & Genuine, Denver, Colorado

Reality television fans know chef Jasinski from her turn on season five of Top Chef Masters, on which she was a finalist, but Coloradans have long been intimate with her culinary ability from her four acclaimed restaurants, which include Rioja and Euclid Hall, at which she showcases her technique-driven, super-seasonal food. A James Beard Foundation award-winner for Best Chef Southwest in 2013, Jasinski toiled for her toque in several of Wolfgang Pucks's highly demanding kitchens, including Spago, long before chef whites were chic.

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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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NY Times sniffs corpse flower at Denver Botanic Gardens

The New York Times covered the recent corpse flower bloom at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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It felt as if all of Denver was there, clutching their souvenir motion sickness bags and taking selfies as they waited for hours -- and hours -- for a glimpse and a whiff of this city's celebrity of the moment: the corpse flower.

For years this city has anticipated the bloom of this plant, a green and purple giant that opens for less than 48 hours and emits a perfume that botanists liken to that of rotting flesh. While the evolutionary purpose of the scent is to attract pollinating bugs that normally feed on dead animals, the smell had the effect of attracting thousands of visitors this week to the Denver Botanic Gardens, where they stood in a snaking line for their moment with the stinky star.

"It's the equivalent of the circus coming to town," said Alan Walker, 65, a volunteer who stood at the entrance to the gardens on Wednesday amid a sea of stroller-pushing parents and children in sun hats. He confided that while he is a plant lover, he found it odd that "all these people would line up for something that smells like a combination of Limburger cheese and gym socks."

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Denver seen as transit model for Miami

A letter to the editor of the Miami Herald said Denver's transit system offers a target for the Florida city.

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How did Denver do it?

Experts conducted research, united behind well-defined goals, engaged the best partners and won public confidence by presenting achievable plans. They prioritized based on the best available data rather than political interests, selected the best partners through fair, transparent processes and negotiated agreements focused on best value and not only lowest cost. They did this in record time and now have one of America's most livable big cities.

Miami is no less deserving or able. Let's not waste another minute.

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GlobeSt.com asks "What's next for Denver?"

A recap of a recent RealShare Greater Denver panel looked at challenges and opportunities.

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Gambrill illustrated the trend toward migrating downtown with its mixed-use, amenity-rich environment. Driven by millennials, the concept of live-work-play is edging toward a mixed use concept within one building rather than standalone buildings housing one with retail, one with housing and one with office.  

He said, "These environments create buzz among millennials, and help in recruiting and retention."

Lambiotte cautioned in the development craze that Denver must "keep a sense of who we are. There is a Colorado brand associated with the connection to the outdoors and the corresponding environment within, but some of this must happen organically."  

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Chronicle of Philanthropy spotlights Bonfils-Stanton

The Chronicle of Philanthropy profiled the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and examined its focus on the arts in Denver.

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In late 2012, the foundation’s board decided to go all in. It hired Gary Steuer, then Philadelphia’s chief cultural officer, to lead the transition.

Although the foundation is relatively small -- it made $3.5 million in grants during the last fiscal year -- Mr. Steuer believes it can be a leader in Denver by attracting support from other funders.

"The breadth and quality of the cultural sector in Denver has grown exponentially over the past 20 years," he says. "At the same time, the philanthropic growth has been in foundations that explicitly exclude arts and culture."

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NBC Nightly News reports on flag muralist at Denver VFW

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt reported on an American flag muralist at the VFW on South Broadway in Denver.



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NY Times covers coming Denver "weedery"

The New York Times talked to Christian Hageseth, who's planning to open Denver's first "weedery," the $35 million Colorado Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater, in 2016.

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Q. How did you come up with the idea?

A. I was starting to build out our first grow and it was incredibly expensive. I thought, "This can’t be the best way." We were growing indoors because marijuana had been illegal, so that's how it had been done. I started thinking about greenhouses and had an epiphany. I felt like Michelangelo when he saw David in the marble and just had to let him out.

Are you planning beyond Colorado?

I’m raising $100 million for a national weedery development fund to build our first five. We are looking at Nevada and Massachusetts and then California and Washington. I’m sure after we build ours someone else will build one too, so we’re working on them very actively.

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Fortune reports on ZenPayroll bringing 1,000 jobs to Denver

Fortune covered San Francisco-based ZenPayroll opening an office that will bring 1,000 jobs to Denver. The deal that included $19 million in state tax incentives.

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Reeves says ZenPayroll, founded in 2011, conducted an extensive search to choose where it would open its second office, narrowing the running down to Salt Lake City, Austin, and Denver.

Colorado's growth incentives were important, but Reeves said he was also influenced by Denver's "kindred spirit mindset" to San Francisco, with the many younger people moving there each year and an urban setting that mirrored the company's San Francisco office, Reeves says.

"We're not going to clone the SF office, but if you visit both, we wanted it to feel like the same company," he says. He noted that he found an entrepreneurial mindset among the people in Denver that was similar to that of the Valley and San Francisco.

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Biennial reviewed by Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic dissected the 2015 Biennial of the Americas in Denver.

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"Biennale" is synonymous with "Venice," practically shorthand for the vaunted Italian art show. But if that city's annual sinkage and Denver's sprawling ambitions keep hold, the Mile High City might be a hospitable venue for biennials (biennales) to come.

Opening last week with a slew of exhibits, talks, and performances -- from a block party featuring a hipster marching band that serenaded attendees with renditions of "The Saints"and Stevie Wonder tunes on a short walk from the Biennial Pavilion to the nearby Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, to symposiums on business, youth, and drug legalization -- Denver's third Biennial of the Americas again finds the city stretching the reach and aspirations of its prior efforts.

It's tempting to draw a connection between the growth of the biennial and the widespread changes of the surrounding city. Look at the Google Earth view of the biennial's area and you'll find a triangular green space shaped by the intersection of Wewatta and 16th streets -- that same space is for the moment home to the Biennial Pavilion, hosted on the first floor of the yet-to-be-finished Triangle Building; by contrast, fly into the 20-year-old Denver International Airport and you'll land not over buildings but over fields of wheat. From touchdown to downtown, signs of Denver's sprawling, rapid development and growth pains are everywhere.

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Denver Union Station eyed as model for DC

Greater Greater Washington says Denver is a must-see for those involved in the Washington Union Station redevelopment project.

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The plan to redevelop Washington Union Station is, if anything, even more ambitious and complex than Denver's.

But as the DC area prepares to make that plan a reality, we can draw lessons from Denver's successes. Colorado's experience shows that it's possible to integrate multimodal planning and strong land use decisions, to a beautiful result.

Read the rest here.

WSJ covers Millennials moving to Denver

The Wall Street Journal reported on Millennials moving to Denver

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Millennials are flocking to the Mile High City, but it isn’t the nearby ski slopes, microbreweries or urban hiking trails that are attracting them: It's the jobs.

A shared office space called Industry, in the popular River North Art District, stands as an example of the entrepreneurial forces that are luring a flood of young professionals here.
 
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The Daily Meal lists Great Divide among top 50 breweries in U.S.

The Daily Meal pegged Great Divide Brewing Company as 27th on its list of the 50 best breweries in U.S.

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One of the first craft breweries in Denver, Great Divide was on the forefront of the Denver craft brew scene. Not only did they do it first, but they are one of the best, winning a slew of awards in their hometown.  In the beginning founder Brian Dunn was the sole employee, brewing, bottling, and shipping his ales all on his own.

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Forbes says Denver best city for business

Denver is the No. 1 city in the U.S. for business in the Forbes annual rankings for the first time.

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Denver ranks No. 1 for the first time, moving up from a fourth place finish in 2014. The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, home to 2.8 million people, is attractive for its diverse economy, highly educated labor force and outdoor recreational opportunities. Companies are increasingly choosing Denver as the site for new operations or to relocate.

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, a new technology and solar energy division of Panasonic North America, selected Denver over 22 cities in December for its primary U.S. innovation and sales hub. The company’s president, Jim Doyle, cited Denver's proximity to nearby universities, Denver International Airport and $1.5 million in incentives for choosing the Mile High City. "It became somewhat of a slam dunk," Doyle told the Denver Business Journal. It is expected to create 330 jobs at an average wage of nearly $90,000.

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eWEEK spotlights ProtectWise

eWEEK covered LoDo-based IT security startup ProtectWise.

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Picture an IT system, then imagine a DVR unit recording everything that happens in that system, so that there's a complete record of all activity as it trudges along each day.

That fictional DVR would be a fair description of Denver-based startup ProtectWise, which exited stealth mode in March following two years of development and has started a lot of talk among industry people for its singular, data science-oriented approach to security.

ProtectWise is, in effect, a time machine; it can go back in time, check to see the events leading up to a data breach or other business issue, and provide a real-time report and clear insight on chains of events as they happen. That information becomes a list of undisputed data points leading back to the source of the hacker attack or other software glitch, enabling administrators to identify back doors, software vulnerabilities -- and the intruder himself, in most cases.

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Williams & Graham named "Best American Cocktail Bar"

Denver's Williams & Graham won the "Best American Cocktail Bar" category in the 2015 Spirited Awards, reported the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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AMERICAN CATEGORIES
  • American Bartender of the Year: Ivy Mix (Brooklyn)
  • Best American Bar Team: Employees Only (New York)
  • Best American Brand Ambassador: Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)
  • Best American Cocktail Bar: Williams & Graham (Denver)
  • Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Employees Only (New York)
  • Best American Hotel Bar: The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)
  • Best American Restaurant Bar: Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks    (Boston)
  • Best New American Cocktail Bar: ABV (San Francisco)
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Denver house-bidding wars covered by WSJ

The Wall Street Journal took a look at bidding wars for homes in Denver.

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Christina and Kevin Dirks have been searching for a house in the Denver area for four months at prices up to $275,000. They made offers on six homes -- and were outbid on each one.

"When we first started looking, you had to pay $10,000 over" list price to win the bidding, Ms. Dirks said. "Then, as the weeks went by, it went up to $20,000. And now it’s up to $30,000 and $40,000."

Ms. Dirks, a 28-year-old office coordinator, said she and her husband, a 30-year-old merchandiser, hope that as the market slows down this winter, "people will put a halt on being so crazy."

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Area Development mag pegs Denver atop national ec-dev list

Area Development magazine placed Denver at the top of its list of U.S. metro areas ranked in terms of sustainable economic development.

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The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Colorado has a current population of almost 2.7 million. As of January 2015, the unemployment rate in Denver was 4.6 percent, a reflection of the 46,200 jobs the city added in 2014. An additional 45,000 jobs are expected to be created in 2015, representing a 3 percent growth rate. 

All three cities have similar diverse economies, including advanced manufacturing and other high-tech industries like aerospace, telecommunications, biotechnology, and clean energy. The Solar Technology Acceleration Center in Aurora is the largest test facility for solar technologies in the U.S. In fact, metropolitan Denver and the Northern Colorado corridor combined rank sixth in the country for clean-energy employment. 

Denver is also emerging as a financial services center. WorldRemit, a London-based financial services firm, recently announced it would open a North American headquarters and operations center in Denver. "Denver offers the perfect combination of a highly skilled workforce, supportive local authority, and idyllic location," says WorldRemit CEO Ismail Ahmed. "The city is gaining a reputation as a go-to destination for the burgeoning financial-tech sector and stealing the thunder of New York and Silicon Valley."

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Conan premieres Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats video

Denver's Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats debuted the band's new "S.O.B." video at Conan O'Brien's Team Coco website.

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WSJ opens Sean Kenyon's "bartender in a box"

The Wall Street Journal covered Williams & Graham proprietor Sean Kenyon's travel essentials.

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As sole proprietor of Blue Collar Cocktails, a consulting and events venture he launched in 2011 specializing in all things cocktail, Mr. Kenyon estimates he is on the road more than half the year. That might mean a quick trip to Aspen or Chicago for an industry event or a longer excursion to Sydney, Barcelona or Lima, Peru.

Mr. Kenyon's indispensable traveling companion is his rolling Husky Tool Bag. Mr. Kenyon refers to it as his "bartender in a box." He fills the bag with paring knives, an immersion blender, an ice saw, various bitters and whatever else he may need to set up bar just about anywhere. He has created makeshift bars on rooftops and on mountaintops.

He recently had a gig in a train cabin aboard Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway for the 19-hour ride between Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk. He routinely travels from city to city, demonstrating the craft of the classic American cocktail. Mr. Kenyon's favorite classic to make is the Vieux Carré, a 1930s-era cocktail of whiskey, cognac and other ingredients that traces its origins to the French Quarter of New Orleans.

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CityLab looks at cannabis and energy in Denver

CityLab reported on cannabis and electricity generation and consumption in Denver.

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Charge another social problem to the weed game: It's getting too high on cities' energy supply. At least that's the case in Denver, where the recreational marijuana industry is reportedly sucking up more of the city's electricity than it may have bargained for.

Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational weed use in 2012, and the commercial industry has grown exponentially ever since. But that blooming market has placed a huge burden on the grid that distributes electricity throughout the state, particularly in Denver, where the largest cluster of growing facilities exist. The city's 354 weed-cultivation facilities sucked up 200 million kilowatts of electricity last year, up from 86 million at 351 facilities in 2012, according to The Denver Post.

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WalletHub calls Denver no. 10 city for recreation

WalletHub pegged Denver as the country's no. 10 city for recreation.

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Neighborhood parks are instrumental to building community cohesion, boosting property values, improving public health and reducing pollution. In Washington, for instance, close proximity to a park increases a home’s value by 5 percent. And neighborhood parks in Sacramento, Calif., contribute an estimated savings of nearly $20 million on health care costs.

But the term "parks and recreation" encompasses far more than just park facilities and exercise. In this study, we also consider those whose favorite pastime may be exploring museums, going to concerts or even attending food festivals, all of which contribute to the overall well-being of a city.

To highlight the benefits of public spaces and recreational activities to consumers and the local economy, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 27 key metrics. In each city, we examined basic costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate. The results, as well as expert commentary and a detailed methodology, can be found below.

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Mental Floss puts Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout on weird beer list

Mental Floss named Wynkoop Brewing Company's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout to its list of the weirdest things people have brewed beer with.

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The beer, which started off as an April Fool's Day prank, became a reality when some viewers mistook the video for a true advertisement. Wynkoop did a limited edition brew with three bull testicles per barrel, and they kept up the testes-in-cheek humor with their online publicity: "Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts." Heh. 

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GlobeSt.com probes Denver development

GlobeSt.com story says Denver office and retail development are lagging.

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"Denver has added jobs over the past several years," he says. "During the recession, they lost 260,000 jobs. Since then they've added 690,000. And we've seen employment growth in a variety of sectors.” Those sectors include healthcare, tech and construction, reflecting a diversity and a move away from the one-horse reliance on oil and gas, as we've reported elsewhere in this series. And, of course, jobs means retail.

The area to watch isn't the hot LoDo district, which Chang says has actually been a CBD focus of growth for years, but the up-and-coming River North, or RiNo area, which is currently transforming a creaky stock of industrial buildings into an artsy neighborhood packed with trendy restaurants.

But retail construction isn't equally hot; in fact Chang describes it as "Paltry. We've been seeing annual construction in the 500,000-square-foot range. To put that into perspective, in 2008 they were pushing three million square feet a year. So we're running about 20% of peak, and it's been that way for a couple of years."

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Architect Magazine reimagines DPAC

Architect Magazine rethought the Denver Performing Arts Complex's architecture in a feature story.

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Still, the performing arts center lived up to its initial critical acclaim, both artistically and economically. In the 1980s, as downtown Denver continued to struggle, the complex proved to be a major draw for city dwellers and suburbanites alike. That's still true. In 2013, according to an economic impact study, more than 781,000 patrons attended performances and events at DPAC. Of those, 77 percent came from outside the city. DPAC's total impact on Denver's economy, according to the study, was estimated at $141 million a year.

More than 35 years after it first opened, however, DPAC is showing its age. As the city booms -- since 2000, Denver's downtown population has increased from 7,000 to 19,000, with more on the way -- the complex, though still popular, has become something of an urban design relic. With help from New York-based H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, city officials are in the process of reimagining the center. A master plan is due by the end of the year. It's a complicated, politically charged assignment, but if done well, will bring a new center of vitality to downtown Denver.

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Bloomberg wonders where all the middle-class rentals have gone in Denver

Bloomberg Business asked where all the middle-class rentals went in Denver.

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Ryan Dravitz and a roommate shared a spacious apartment in Denver, paying $1,200 a month for 1,200 square feet in a high-rise building a mile from the center of downtown. Then, in 2012, the rental market exploded. The roommate moved out, and Dravitz, 26, moved into a house with four others. His old apartment is now renting for $2,000.

"Luckily, I got engaged recently, so we have a dual income," said Dravitz, a bank teller and freelance writer and editor. Even so, it's unlikely the couple will be able to afford to stay downtown, where rents are rising rapidly, and new rental buildings with such amenities as golf simulators and dog spas are becoming increasingly common.  

Skyrocketing rents and multiple roommates -- these are the kinds of war stories you expect to hear in space-constrained cities such as New York and San Francisco. But the rental crunch has been steadily creeping inland from coastal cities and up the economic ladder.

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HuffPost previews upcoming DAM Fritz Scholder

The Huffington Post previewed an upcoming Fritz Scholder exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

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Collector and Denver Art Museum patron Kent Logan elaborates: "Despite his repeated denials that he was not an Indian and would never paint Indians, the emotional intensity of these 1970s portraits dismisses any notion that Fritz Scholder was not personally invested in a protracted, tragic, and still unresolved Native American experience."

Scholder's works are set to go on view this fall at the Denver Art Museum in an exhibition titled "Super Indian," drawn from the painting "Super Indian No. 2." Covering the portraits he made between 1967 and 1980, the pieces reflect a time period colored by the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the aftermath of the broader civil rights movement. While pop art was sweeping the states -- and evidence of this can be seen in Scholder's figuration, reminiscent of Philip Guston and Wayne Thiebaud -- sociopolitical art was taking hold too.

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Conde Nast Traveler raves about Denver's new Art Hotel

Condé Nast Traveler said The Art Hotel in the Golden Triangle "could double as a museum."

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"A lot of people think the way I selected the work was pretty arbitrary, like, 'Oh, she liked that so she went and got that.' But in fact, many of the pieces actually have a function," says the hotel's curator Dianne Vanderlip, who previously served as the curator of the Denver Art Museum. "Every piece was predicated by a desire to say something about the specialness of Colorado and the specialness of the hotel." Light is a running theme throughout the space, with its massive floor-to-ceiling windows showing off the picturesque natural Denver light.

Vanderlip and her team have spent the past few years acquiring and commissioning contemporary works by more than 40 artists; additionally, they commissioned several original works, including Phi Tesserae, a painting by Clark Richert that now lives on the fifth floor. There's even more in storage that didn't get displayed: the hotel had Warhols they didn't even end up using. Considering her art museum background, Vanderlip wants to make sure people approach the hotel differently. "It's not a museum," she says. "I am not encouraging anyone to pet the horse sculpture, but you can, and you aren't going to be reprimanded like you might be in a museum. This place should be comfortable, like it's their living room."

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Denver top real estate market in U.S., says realtor.com

Denver was the top real estate market in U.S. in May 2015, says realtor.com.

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Denver resoundingly maintained the top ranking as inventory there shaved six days off the median age while listing views grew 7% over April. Like Dallas, Denver is experiencing substantial economic growth, and the tight supply of housing is resulting in the fastest-moving inventory in the country.

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NYT covers Denver rainwater spat

The New York Times reported on rainwater ownership in Denver.

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When Jason Story bought an old soy sauce barrel to collect the rain dripping from his downspout, he figured he had found an environmentally friendly way to water his garden’s beets and spinach. But under the quirks of Western water rules, where raindrops are claimed even as they tumble from the sky, he became a water outlaw.

Water is precious in the arid West, now more than ever as the worst drought in decades bakes fields in California and depletes reservoirs across the region. To encourage conservation, cities and water agencies in California and other states have begun nudging homeowners to use captured rain for their gardens, rather than water from the backyard faucet.

But Colorado is one of the last places in the country where rainwater barrels are still largely illegal because of a complex system of water rights in which nearly every drop is spoken for.

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Williams & Graham and Acorn up for Spirited "best bar" awards

Denver's finalists for the 2015 Spirited awards from Tales of the Cocktail: Williams & Graham (Best American Cocktail Bar and Best American Bar Team) and Acorn (Best American Restaurant Bar) as some of the best bars in the U.S.

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On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time), Simon Ford and Jacob Briars, International Committee Chairman, will announce the final four in each category live from San Francisco presented by Perfect Puree. All finalists will be invited to the Spirited Awards® ceremony, being held at the Sheraton New Orleans on Saturday, July 18, 2015 as part of the 13th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®. Each award recipient will receive the coveted Riedel Crystal trophy.

"There’s probably no greater honor than being recognized by one's peers," said Paul G. Tuennerman, Co-Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. "The individuals, establishments, products, and publications recognized as finalists for the 2015 Spirited Awards are representative of an industry’s collective efforts to make the world a better place to drink."

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WSJ covers Denver "property boom"

The Wall Street Journal ran a story about Denver's development frenzy and the next addition to the skyline: the 40-story 1144 Fifteenth.

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The Mile High City's skyline is getting a glassy new addition, the latest sign that the U.S. office sector is strengthening beyond just large coastal markets.

Hines, a Houston-based developer, on Tuesday broke ground on 1144 Fifteenth, a planned 40-story office tower one block southeast of Denver's historic Larimer Square. The 640,000-square-foot structure will feature 10-foot ceilings and glass walls, open floor layouts, several ledge terraces, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, and a mezzanine level with a fireplace and seating for informal gatherings.

The addition comes as Denver's vacancy rate was 12.9% in the first quarter, down 0.56 percentage point from its year-ago level and near its lowest point since 2008, according to CBRE, a commercial real-estate company.

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Kauffman pegs Denver as fifth-best startup city

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation pegged Denver as the fifth-best city for startups, leapfrogging San Francisco.

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CNN looks at legal marijuana and housing

CNN Money ran a story looking at the impact of legal marijuana on housing in Denver. 

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One factor driving the demand: pot. The budding industry has impacted home prices since the state legalized marijuana in 2012.

"There has been a huge bump in real estate prices due to the legalization of marijuana," according to James Paine, managing partner at West Realty Advisors. "It's massively pushed up raw land and industry prices."

In March, Denver experienced the second-largest jump in annual home prices at 10%, just behind San Francisco, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

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Playboy highlights Denver beers

Playboy picked its 10 favorite Colorado beers, including selections from such Denver breweries as TRVE, Strange Craft and Station 26.

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SUPERPOWER IPA
Comrade Brewing Company, Denver
This Soviet-themed brewery only opened last year but it already has its own formidable bloc within the Colorado craft community. Most of the praise being heaped upon Comrade stems from this brew, which boasts a blend of three Oregon-grown hops: Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo. The final product has a reddish tint -- a perfect hat tip to the brewery's Stalinesque surroundings. The beer is, of course, hoppy but not overly so and the formula is both rich and clean. It's the kind of concoction that is so satisfying it's already beginning to form a surrounding cult of personality.

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Zagat tabs Union Lodge No. 1 among best new bars in U.S.

Zagat named Denver's Union Lodge No. 1 among the best new bars in the U.S.

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Prohibition-era glam pervades this new Downtown speakeasy where mixologists Kasey Zuhlke and Alex Daniluk, most recently of the Arvada Tavern, pour classic cocktails to savor. The drink booklet, highlighting 20 libations, all rooted in the 19th century, is inked with the black-and-white sketches of every cocktail, along with the history, primary ingredients and flavor profiles of each drink. Fun fact: the vintage flag hanging above the bricked bar has 38 stars, an homage to August 1, 1876, the day that Colorado was the 38th state to join the Union.

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Union Station dominates Travel + Leisure list of depot eateries

Stoic & Genuine and Mercantile Dining & Provision, landed on Travel + Leisure's list of the world's best eateries in train depots.

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In a stroke of fortune, Denver Union Station's remodel project actually yielded two highly regarded restaurant projects. Mercantile Dining & Provision, run by chef Alex Seidel, is one part casual restaurant and one part food market selling charcuterie, cheese, jam, and more. The menu here offers a variety of pasta dishes such as squid ink bucatini, Spanish octopus a la plancha, a crispy half chicken, and family dinners like a bone-in 36-ounce rib-eye or roasted lamb shoulder, each served with a variety of sides. 

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U.S. News & World Report showcases Metro State's aerospace initiative

U.S. News & World Report covered Metro State's aerospace manufacturing program.

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Within the Metropolitan State University of Denver's campus is a hidden gem -- a developing program that intends to marry advanced manufacturing with aerospace and engineering fields.

"It's a diamond in the rough," says student Taletha Maricle-Fitzpatrick, who's graduating this year with a degree in aerospace physics. "There aren't very many aerospace people and even fewer aerospace physics majors. I found that because of that I received a lot more support."

The goal of the program, dubbed the Aerospace and Engineering Science initiative, is to draw in students from different disciplines to fill a need for homegrown talent in the local aerospace industry, a problem known within the state as the "Colorado Paradox."

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Milwaukee Business Journal looks at Visit Denver ad campaign

The Milwaukee Business Journal reported on Visit Denver's billboard blitz in Beertown.

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They're not quite mile-high, but billboards promoting Denver have become an unavoidable lure for impressionable Milwaukeeans.

"We're not stealing them," Jayne Buck said. "We're just borrowing them for a little bit and sending them back."

The vice president of tourism for Visit Denver, the city's tourism and marketing bureau, explained that their research showed Colorado is a popular destination for Milwaukeeans and Midwesterners. The billboards are part of a new marketing campaign that expands on the larger markets of Dallas, Houston and Chicago targeted by Visit Denver in the past.

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Spirits Journal lauds Leopold Bros. Aperitivo

David Driscoll of Spirits Journal raved about the new Leopold Bros. Aperitivo.

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As a devout devotee of Campari myself, I've been disappointed too many times in the past by the promise of a new hope, only to find myself going back to the red-tinted rescue of my first true love. Today, however, I may have finally been tempted into adultery.

The Leopold Aperitivo is slightly more bitter, slightly more sweet, and slightly more expressive than the standard Campari formula, and get this: Todd is actually using cochineal from Peru to color the liquid! Much like Campari once did before they switched over to a red chemical dye (so this aperitivo will not be vegan). It's going to blow your minds. I'm in for a few hundred bottles, if that gives you any inclination as to what I think about this little elixir. Get ready.

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Fodor's names Pinche Tacos one of "10 Best Taco Spots"

Fodor's Travel named Denver's Pinche Tacos one of "10 Best Taco Spots in the U.S."

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"Tacos. Tequila. Whiskey." The sign outside Pinche Tacos is intentionally coy because of the disputed political correctness of its name, but otherwise, owner Kevin Morrison doesn’t beat around the bush and serves up classic tacos that don’t go overboard with unusual ingredients.

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WSJ profiles Denver firm's Bakken "oil factory"

The Wall Street Journal profiled Denver-based Liberty Resources' petrol "factory" in North Dakota.

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The future of the U.S. oil industry may well be taking shape north of this town on 15 square miles of windswept prairie above the Bakken Shale. It’s about as far from the industry's wildcatting heritage as is thinkable.

"Our idea was to build the world's greatest oil factory," says Chris Wright, the chief executive of Liberty Resources LLC. And if the U.S. oil industry is going to overcome several significant challenges, it may have to follow the lead of this small Denver-based company.

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Bloomberg says DIA "beats peers" in feature story

Bloomberg published a story painting Denver International Airport as one of the world's best airports and an economic engine.

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The facility helped transform the Denver metro area from a cow town to an international destination of choice for business and leisure travelers. Passengers ranked it North America's second-best air hub for customer satisfaction in 2015 after Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in a survey by Skytrax, a London-based research firm.

DIA's domestic flight network -- the nation's third largest after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Chicago-O'Hare International -- enticed corporations such Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. and Charles Schwab & Co. to expand in Denver in 2014. 

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OhHeckYeah goes to Boston

BosInno reported on OhHeckYeah's visit to Northeastern University for graduation.

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Partnering with Denver-based OhHeckYeah, a company that integrates digital gaming into communities to promote engagement, Northeastern itself will become an interactive arcade and feature a number of free digital games for students and passersby to enjoy.

"OhHeckYeah is part of Northeastern University's larger Public Art Initiative, which provides a platform for artists from all disciplines to test their creative limits on campus," spokesperson Casey Bayer told BostInno. "Northeastern is the perfect canvas on which to display and inspire creativity, and to showcase the university's artistic perspective: innovative, dynamic, interactive, and entrepreneurial."

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AP reports on Chipotle going GMO-free

The Associated Press covered Denver-based Chipotle's banishment of genetically modified ingredients from its menu.

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Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so.

The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but was working on making final changes to its tortillas.

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Rolling Stone pegs Twist & Shout among "Best Record Stores in the USA"

Rolling Stone named Twist & Shout in Congress Park among "The Best Record Stores in the USA."

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The store has featured hundreds of in-store performances since its mid-Eighties launch, including memorable gigs by Ween, Elvis Costello and John Cale. The used vinyl racks are legendary, and collectors can be seen fighting over sifting spots every day. 

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Financial Advisor looks at U.S. population center moving westward

Financial Advisor delved into the U.S. population center's steady westward creep.

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So-called millennials, though, overwhelmingly prefer western cities such as Houston and Denver, according to William H. Frey, a demographer at Brookings. The New York City region lost 20,369 millennials from 2010 to 2012, Census Bureau data show.

Access to such workers prompted Layer3 TV Inc., a two-year-old cable company, to choose Denver over Boston in 2014 for its headquarters. The company is working on a product that combines television, social and digital media and plans to fill 312 jobs paying an average salary of $92,083.

"The driving decision to move to any location is the people," said Eric Kuhn, the firm's marketing director.

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Inc. profiles O.penVape

Inc. magazine profiled O.penVape, the Denver-based vaporizer manufacturer that's poised to become the country's first national cannabis brand.

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The startup's offices in Denver, over on Delaware Street off Speer Boulevard, are open and airy. With exposed brick and plate glass walls, a Ping-Pong table, and a kitchen with jars of treats on the island counter, the 7,000-square-foot loft space looks like any other hip young company's headquarters.

But this startup's product isn't cloud software or social networking. It's accessories for marijuana users. O.penVape, which was founded in Denver in 2012 when two pot dispensary owners joined forces, is one of the largest consumer brands in the legal cannabis industry. Already selling in seven states, O.penVape has been steadily expanding its reach and in April 2015 has hit the largest sales numbers in its history.

"We had a record month. Even though this week, during 4/20, is always a seasonal high point, we had [an unusually] huge sales increase," says CFO Steve Berg, a former Wall Street banker. O.penVape typically sells about 200,000 units per month of its cannabis oil vape pen cartridges, at a price of $35 to $75. But this April, with 4/20 business adding to the numbers, O.penVape sold almost half a million units. 

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Variety tabs Denver filmmaker as documentarian to watch in 2015

Denver filmmaker Mitch Dickman was one of Variety's "10 Documakers to Watch in 2015."

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If you'd told director Mitch Dickman last month that his documentary "Rolling Papers," would have national distribution just hours after making its world premiere, he might well have asked you what you were smoking. "It was one of those fairy-tale experiences of selling your film at the afterparty," he says of the film's SXSW bow, which saw it picked up by Alchemy. "Rolling Papers" follows the aftermath of Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, and rather than simply titter around the issue, Dickman's film zeroed in on the Denver Post's Ricardo Baca, who was named editor of the paper's first marijuana section, dubbed the Cannabist

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Populous blog covers Coors Field and its impact on downtown

The blog for urban design firm Populous took a look at its work on Coors Field and its revitalizing impact on Lower Downtown Denver.

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Two decades later, Coors Field has had a lasting impact on the city's development, leading to the growth of a charming and eclectic neighborhood surrounding the stadium where pioneering young professionals and families have flocked. The results of the investment in the stadium were both immediate and impactful with retail, restaurants and housing in the surrounding area growing rapidly. LoDo has seen an increase of housing units in the area by 408 percent, growth in the occupancy of hotels downtown by 25 percent and a substantial increase in the number of restaurants (totaling over 70), night clubs, breweries and art galleries in the city.  It was estimated that the economic influence of the stadium was double what initially was predicted -- at $195 million a year.

Fans not only travel to LoDo early to shop, eat and socialize, they also live, work and play in the district on non-game days. The 25-block district is now a national example of the impact an urban ballpark can have on downtown, revitalizing a district in a way worthy of urban textbooks.

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World Property Journal pegs Denver as hottest housing market in U.S.

Beating out San Antonio and Nashville, Denver has the nation's hottest housing market, according to World Property Journal.

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Denver's housing market remains among the most robust in the nation, as a booming local economy continues to drive demand. Employment in Denver is currently at a new record peak -- 4.3 percent above its year-ago level -- and its population is rapidly increasing, growing at a pace almost triple the national average. As a result, home prices have been appreciating at a torrid pace since mid-2012, hitting a record high in late 2014 on the heels of a 9.3 percent year-over-year growth. With a bustling local economy producing jobs and a burgeoning population base, housing demand is expected to continue to drive prices up even further over the coming years.

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Milwaukee Business Journal reports on Blue Moon brewery coming to RiNo

MillerCoors' craft division is opening a second Blue Moon brewery near I-70 and Brighton Boulevard in RiNo, reports the Milwaukee Business Journal.

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Blue Moon Brewing Co., part of MillerCoors' Tenth & Blake craft beer division, will expand into a new brewery in Denver’s River North Art District, the company said.

A Colorado partner to Wisconsin-based Leinenkugel's, Blue Moon started brewing a cloudy, Belgian-style wheat beer inside Coors Field in 1995. The development of a 28,685-square-foot location with a capacity to produce 10,000 barrels per year marks the 20th anniversary.

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Inman post pins crazy real estate market on Broncos

Greg Eckler theorized Denver's booming residential market is a result of the Broncos playoff flop in a post at Inman.

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On Jan. 11, the Broncos played the Colts, and unlike the game earlier in the season, this one ended in a loss. This unexpected blow caused ripples of anger, disappointment and most of all -- free time.

It seems that within hours of the loss, a majority of Denver residents whispered five simple but devastating words: "Let's go buy a house."

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Wine & Spirits spotlights Union Station

Wine & Spirits magazine looked at the imbibing options at Union Station.

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In July 2014, Union Station reopened after two years of massive renovations. Not only has it been restored to its former elegance, it has also become a dining destination. Of the three wine-centric venues that have opened under its grand ceiling, The Cooper Lounge hews most closely to the original Union Station aesthetic: a sexy pseudospeakeasy perched on the mezzanine above the main terminal. Tufted gray settees, crystal stemware and silver-tray glass service throw a retro vibe, but the iPad you’ll be handed to peruse the wine list, packed with New World wines, proves it really is 2015.

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Medium publishes critique on Denver growth

Medium published a critique on Denver growth by local writer Nate Ragolia.

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Today, we’re somewhere near the peak of an incredible real estate boom in the Mile High City. Rents are soaring (just this year mine increased 15%) and the housing market is a shark tank in which first-time buyers are the chum. We applaud our city for its popularity, and its continued success while most of the country stagnates in slumping markets… but we shouldn’t. Denver is missing its last opportunity to become a world-class, 21st Century city. It’s choosing, instead, to be an average, 20th Century American city, and that means we all lose out on something special.

The insurgence of outside real estate investors and costly condo developments, and luxury apartments in the near-Downtown neighborhoods are killing Denver. This boom needs corresponding moderately priced and affordable housing companions, but neither can be found. The Near-Downtown neighborhoods, once gritty and creative, loaded with passion to make our city an artistic and musical mecca are choking out their young, in favor of high-priced developments and suburb-employed commuters. Vibrant, resurgent and diverse neighborhoods are getting facelifts, but the underlying substance is being swept away. On the balance sheet, this is progress, but it means Denver may become another failed commuter metropolis, packed with discontented and alienated citizens.

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Vulture places Denver's Grawlix among top comedians for 2015

Vulture pegged Denver's Grawlix among the top 50 humorists for 2015.

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Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy, collectively known as the Grawlix, have played a huge role in putting Denver’s comedy scene on the map. The electric trio has been hosting a live stand-up show in the Mile-High City since 2011, while also producing videos for Funny or Die. Their pilot Those Who Can’t about a group of incompetent high-school teachers, has been picked up by TruTV, and the first season is expected to debut early next year. Individually, each is an accomplished stand-up: Cayton-Holland has appeared on Conan and is about to release a new album, Backyards; Orvedahl performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and released the album Hit the Dick Lights; and Roy did stand-up on Adam Devine’s House Party and released the album No Enlightenment in Sobriety.

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NPR wonders if Denver is at the center of "The Silicon Valley of Agriculture"

NPR took a look at innovation and growth in Colorado's food industry.

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New neighborhoods in Denver and other Northern Colorado cities are being structured around gardens, small farms and food hubs, taking the local food movement to a scale where it's actually having a measurable effect on the city's economy.

"We're seeing this industry grow exponentially in Denver," said the city's mayor Michael Hancock. "Small businesses are going into incubators and they're coming out as stronger businesses ready to contribute to the marketplace."

Denver's also home to some of the biggest players in food processing, hosting headquarters for the largest maker of mozzarella cheese in the world, Leprino Foods, and the country's biggest flour milling company, Ardent Mills

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ArtSlant profiles Denver scene

ArtSlant delved into Denver's art galleries.

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In this growing scene, energy is ebullient, artwork is edgy, curators are risk takers, and the openings are impressively populated. However, this grassrootsy-ness, though delightful, tends to go hand-in-hand with a pervasive unchecked-ness in which the energy for arts and artists overflows the current infrastructure of support that promotes, challenges, and ultimately propels artists forward. This is evidenced, for example, by the widespread presence of artist cooperatives. There are many advantages to the artist co-op model, and there are benefits for artists. However, the disadvantage of having so many is that art is made and shown out of pace with the other necessary factors of support: criticism, curation, consumption.

Despite these criticisms, Denver-as-creative-hub is certainly on the rise. There are emerging galleries and art districts, as well as well-established venues offering up valuable exhibitions and access to the incredible talent of local, regional, national, and international artists. 

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CityLab story on bicycling and social equity features Denver councilman Albus Brooks

CityLab story on bicycling and social equity featured Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks.

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In an interview with Albus Brooks, a Denver city councilman who rides his bike for the sheer joy it brings him, the report touches on these complexities and stereotypes. Brooks tells the story of going to a meeting with African-American leaders in the city. "I came in in a suit and a bike helmet," Brooks is quoted as saying. "These were all middle-class African Americans that do not ride bikes. And they looked at me as if I were an alien." Brooks goes on to say he hopes that by opening streets for special bike events, he can introduce these same people to the health and economic benefits of biking. "We're going to go on cultural rides where we block off a couple miles of streets and try to introduce to leaders in the community what bike infrastructure is all about."

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DAM goes free for kids, reports ARTnews

The Denver Art Museum is going to be free for kids 18 and younger, reported ARTnews.

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Today the Denver Art Museum announced that it will no longer charge admission to its collection galleries for visitors 18 years old and under, joining a number of museums that in recent years have eliminated fees for various segments of their audiences. The museum currently charges $5 for youth who are 6 to 18 ($3 for Colorado residents), while children 5 and younger are free. The new program, called Free for Kids, will be in effect for the next five years, and is funded by a gift from Scott Reiman, the Reiman Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente Colorado. (Some special exhibitions will still require paying, but the maximum ticket price for the youth will be $5.)

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Forbes gives Crawford Hotel a test drive

Forbes reviewed The Crawford Hotel at Union Station in Lower Downtown Denver -- and raved about it.

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To put it  simply, the Crawford is the coolest new hotel I have visited in a long time. It breaks the urban mold.

The hotel opened last July as part of a total renovation of historic Union Station in the heart of Downtown. This capped a 20-year process of massive upgrades to the neighborhood that have made Denver the foremost example of downtown urban revival in the entire country. The investment in infrastructure has been staggering, starting with Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, within walking distance of the hotel. Also close at hand are NHL, NBA and NFL arenas. Across the street is Denver’s first microbrewery – the first of many, now a signature of the city.

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Co.EXIST spotlights open-source urban ag startup in Denver

Fast Company's Co.EXIST highlighted Aker, an open-source urban agriculture startup in Denver.

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Another example of the trend: a new Denver-based company called Aker (pronounced "acre"). Aker has six new designs for urban agriculture products, including a two-hen chicken coop, a raised planter bed, and a multi-story worm hotel, and it's prepared to give them away for free so people can develop their own versions. You can download the blueprints from the Aker website, cut your own pieces of wood using a CNC routing machine, and assemble yourself, just as if it were an IKEA product. It won't cost you much more than the price of plywood.

Cofounder Tristan Copley Smith says he wants to spread access to homesteading equipment so more people can raise their own food and live more healthily. "There's a growing interest out there with people wanting to get back to the land," he says.

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VentureBeat reports on Amazon acquisition of Denver startup

VentureBeat covered Amazon's acquisition of Denver-based 2lemetry.

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Amazon.com has acquired 2lemetry, a startup with a system for sending, receiving, and analyzing data from Internet-connected devices.

"We can confirm that Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, and we look forward to continuing to support 2lemetry customers," an Amazon Web Services spokeswoman told VentureBeat in an email. She would not tell VentureBeat how the team or technology would be integrated into Amazon.

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International Business Times calls DIA restaurants 'world-class'

International Business Times named Denver International Airport to a list of 'world-class' airports for foodies.

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Visiting the Rocky Mountain City for various, er, uh, recreational activities can build up your appetite. Luckily, before you head out of town, you can grab anything from a burger to a bento box from Denver's legendary Root Down airport outpost or get healthy, fresh sandwiches from Udi's Cafe, another local staple.

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Geology Page reports on new theory behind Denver's mile-high elevation

Geology Page reported on a new theory that Denver's mile-high elevation is a result of a flood below.

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No one really knows how the High Plains got so high. About 70 million years ago, eastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, western Kansas and western Nebraska were near sea level. Since then, the region has risen about 2 kilometers, leading to some head scratching at geology conferences.

Now researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder have proposed a new way to explain the uplift: Water trapped deep below Earth's crust may have flooded the lower crust, creating buoyancy and lift. The research appears online this week in the journal Geology and could represent a new mechanism for elevating broad regions of continental crust.

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WSJ delves into "My Teenage Angst" in Denver

The Wall Street Journal covered "My Teenage Angst," a storytelling night in Denver where participants read from the diaries they kept as adolescents.

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Jon Olsen, a 40-year-old writer, is among the dozens of Denverites who participate in "My Teenage Angst." His go-to entries usually focus on a girl he once pined for -- the feelings weren't mutual -- and his chronicling of every mundane interaction he had with her.

One entry he is considering reading was from his freshman year at Humboldt State University in California.

"I had written this long and uncharacteristically honest sort of diatribe about how mortified I felt about being sexually inactive," he says. "I was so horrified about it that it was scribbled over in a different color and I had turned it into this weird drawing of some leering creature -- maybe a demon or dragon."

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Endless Vacation names DBG to top 10 gardens list

Endless Vacation named Denver Botanic Gardens to a list of the world's top 10 botanic gardens.

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Colorado's dry climate is on spectacular display at the Denver Botanic Gardens, which are split between three locations: the main, 24-acre York Street enclosure; the larger Chatfield meadow and historic homestead; and the Mount Goliath alpine-wildflower garden. Exhibitions change with the seasons (one focused on Dale Chihuly was on view most recently), and the 5,258-square-foot Science Pyramid learning center just opened.

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Denver chef pens op-ed on sustainable seafood for L.A. Times

Kelly Whitaker, chef of Cart-Driver in RiNo, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times about the role of consumer demand in sustainable seafood.

Excerpt:

Today, virtually all West Coast groundfish are classified as "sustainable" seafood choices by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch or the Marine Stewardship Council. So what's the problem?

While the fishery may have recovered environmentally, it hasn't economically. Groundfish are distinctly undervalued, sometimes fetching well below $1 a pound at the dock. Quotas for certain species go unharvested because the demand is not yet strong enough. The fishermen need help from chefs and consumers to gain more market traction.

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Louisville Courier-Journal covers Connor Wood Bicycles

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Denver's Connor Wood Bicycles, in Kentucky for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Excerpt:

Louisville's own Louisville Slugger has partnered with Connor Wood Bicycles and created a bicycle made from the white ash wood billets used for Slugger baseball bats.

Chris Connor built the Louisville Slugger bike in his Denver, Colorado workshop. Connor Wood Bicycles are known for their beauty, amazing ride and strength of their wood. American white ash wood, traditionally used in the Louisville Slugger bats, is known for both its strength and striking capability. After constructing the bike, Connor sent it to Louisville where it was branded in the Slugger bat factory.

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Investopedia calls Denver "best city to become an entrepreneur"

Investopedia called Denver "best city to become an entrepreneur," along with Austin, Arlington, Va., and Oklahoma City.

Excerpt:

Denver is rife with resources for budding entrepreneurs. The University of Colorado houses the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship to foster new startups in the local community. As part of the city’s attractive financing options, Denver provides up to 50% of a project’s costs for ventures established in certain parts of the city. Additionally, Colorado offers cash incentives to eligible businesses that create permanent jobs that last at least a year.

Business costs are below the national average and the city enjoys a young population and low unemployment. Denver currently maintains 172 small businesses per 10,000 people.

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Nation's Restaurant News names Punch Bowl Social one of "2015 Breakout Brands"

Nation's Restaurant News put Punch Bowl Social on its list of 10 "2015 Breakout Brands" for restaurant chains.

Excerpt:

Punch Bowl Social's founder said the brand connects with Millennials who seek an energetic, playful atmosphere but aren't willing to sacrifice food quality. Locations feature a full menu of updated comfort foods as well as a bowling alley, shuffleboard, retro video games, and private karaoke rooms. Six new locations will open in the next 21 months, including two in Chicago, one in Cleveland and a second location in Denver.

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NY Times story on renovated depots hits Union Station in Denver

The New York Times reported on renovated train stations all over the world, including Union Station in Denver.

Excerpt:

Train stations around the world are receiving significant face lifts, giving them a contemporary atmosphere and putting a new emphasis on retail and restaurants.

. . .

In the United States,  the Beaux-Arts 112-room Crawford Hotel opened last July inside the 120-year-old historic Denver Union Station, which also underwent a recent restoration. The hotel rooms are "Pullman" style, with nods to Art Deco architecture and riffs on the glamorous private sleeping cars. The station itself features 13 local shops and restaurants and 600 pieces of Western art curated by a local gallery.

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Cannabis Business Executive names five Denver companies to top 10 list

Cannabis Business Executive named five Denver companies to its top 10 list of the industry's most important brands.

Excerpt:

Rank: 2 (Tied)

Company: O.penVAPE
Year Founded: 2012
Ownership Structure: Private Company Incorporated in Colorado
Brand consisting of;
  • Allied Concessions Group (oils, concentrates, edibles and infused products)
  • National Concessions Group (Licensing Arm): NCG is a licensing and marketing company that sells consumption gear and accessories (non-cannabis touching)
  • Open Capital Partners: a JV between NCG and an independent leasing company
CEO: Gary Ross

Headquarters: Denver, CO

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WSJ reports on Denver's SeedPaths

The Wall Street Journal reported on the Denver-based IT skills program, SeedPaths.

Excerpt:

A few months ago, Edgar Cordova was a college student piling up debt and struggling to balance his studies with odd jobs.

Today, the 20-year-old is working for a Boulder software developer. "For the first time, I can afford things I need," said Mr. Cordova, the son of a janitor.

What changed his trajectory is SeedPaths, a computer-coding "boot camp" that runs an eight-week course for low-income adults, with the help of federal funds. The Denver company partners with county workforce centers, which tap the federal Workforce Investment Act to cover the $6,000 cost.

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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.

Excerpt:

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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USA Today pegs Converge in RiNo as one of the coolest coworking spots on Earth

USA Today Travel's Road Warrior Voices named Converge in RiNo to a list of the world's 12 coolest coworking spots.

Excerpt:

Converge (Denver, Colorado)

Denver itself is of course a selling point for this collaborative workspace. Beyond that, the Colorado hippies at Converge like to think of it as a "friendship incubator" that strives to develop a community of "culture shapers."

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Bloomberg: Denver on "front lines" of spec office development

Denver is leading a resurgence of office development without tenant commitments, according to a Bloomberg story

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"Denver is one of those areas that are on the front lines of office spec development," said Jay Despard, managing director for Colorado of Hines. "In places like Denver, as opposed to San Francisco or New York, employers can maintain an employee base at a lower cost. And, alternatively, when younger individuals are coming out of graduate or undergraduate programs, they move somewhere with a lower cost of living."

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Denver happiest city on Twitter, says Brandwatch

Denver is the happiest major city in the U.S., according to Brandwatch's Twitter Happiness Report.

Excerpt:

Denverites report the highest level of daily well-being, while Louisville residents report the lowest.

Interestingly, 80 percent of the 30 cities analyzed had higher reported wellbeing than the overall state they were based in. These findings suggest that those residing in cities speak more positively about their days online than those in more rural areas.

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Home Buying Institute projects "modest gains" for Denver housing in 2015

The Home Buying Institute forecast "modest gains" for Denver's housing market in 2015.

Excerpt:

The Denver, Colorado housing market was one of the big real estate stories of 2014, with home prices in the area rising by as much as 13 percent according to some sources.

While prices probably won't rise by double digits in 2015, the Denver real estate market is still expected to make gains. It also showed up on a top-10 list of best places to make a home buying investment in 2015.

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Hi-Dive owner's Super Bowl shark tattoo goes viral

Esquire interviewed Hi-Dive co-owner Matty Clark about his tattoo of the infamous left shark at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Excerpt:

ESQ: Did you fall for "left shark" like the rest of the country? Or was he just another shark to you? Really hard-hitting questions, I know.

MC: Hahaha. Well when I first saw it, I had the opposite reaction. I was like, Yo, the one on the right is nailing it! In 20 years he'll probably be just another shark, and that's fine. People are like, "Why get a tattoo of this stupid meme?" And I just think, at the end of the day, it's still pretty sweet. I have a tattoo of Tim Tebow Tebow-ing on my other ankle, so left shark is completely in my wheelhouse. I do have nice artwork on me, but a couple of party tattoos never hurt anyone.

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Planetizen looks at Denver's retrofitted suburban malls

Planetizen published a story on Denver's retrofitted suburban malls leading a national trend towards New Urbanism.

Excerpt:

This topic is of interest because Denver has been retrofitting its dead and dying suburban malls for a while now, on a New Urbanist "town center" model. More than half of our dozen or so regional malls are already retrofitted, and more are being repurposed as we speak. Dunham-Jones routinely identifies Belmar on the site of the old Villa Italia Mall in suburban Lakewood as a retrofit success story, distinguished by green buildings, great connectivity, and a nice "sense of place." Simmons Buntin concurs in his chapter about Belmar for Planetizen Press's Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places. He pitches Belmar as "a model for redeveloping suburban malls across the U.S." Alan Ehrenhalt, in The Great Inversion, casts Denver as "the emerging capital" of America's suburban town center phenomenon.

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KC Star details Pizzeria Locale's eastward expansion

The Kansas City Star reported on Denver-based Pizzeria Locale from Chipotle and Frasca's founders expanding to K.C.'s Waldo neighborhood.

Excerpt:

When Chipotle Mexican Grill first expanded outside its home state of Colorado, it came to the Kansas City area with a restaurant in 1998.

Now it has a partnership with Colorado-based Pizzeria Locale, and Kansas City topped the list for the first expansion outside their home state.
 
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River North Brewery named "Brewery of the Year"

River North Brewery was named "Brewery of the Year" in the Best of Craft Beer Awards.

Excerpt:
Brewery of the Year:
River North Brewery, Denver, CO

Winners:

American Lager - 4 Entries
Gold: American Craft Lager – Joseph James Brewing Co., Inc.
Silver: Lobo Texas Lager – Pedernales Brewing Company
Bronze: No Medal Given

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The New Yorker profiles Denver-made world's fastest electric motorcycle

The New Yorker covered the KillaJoule, made in Denver and the fastest electric motorcycle in the world.

Excerpt:

Land-speed racing has been dominated by the internal-combustion engine for more than a century, but Håkansson and Dubé have devoted their time and income to proving that electric vehicles can be every bit as fast as their fuel-powered counterparts. This isn’t to say that the couple are adrenaline junkies; rather, they are interested in the scientific challenge. Both are trained mechanical engineers, and they built the KillaJoule themselves, in their garage, in Denver, Colorado. Håkansson serves as the driver because she is relatively small, which allows for a shorter, narrower, and more aerodynamic vehicle design.

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Storage Talk lists "17 Things to Know About Living in Denver"

The Storage Talk blog published a list of "17 Things to Know About Living in Denver."

Excerpt:

Employment opportunities and startup adventures are endless in Denver, which was named fourth in ForbesBest Places for Business list in early 2014. By the end of the year, the metro's job growth outpaced the rest of the country. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education and health services saw the most growth in Denver's economy, but there was also a significant increase in industries like leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and mining, logging, and construction.

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Commercial Property Executive reports on Denver's apartment market

Denver's tight apartment market is drawing investors, according to Commercial Property Executive.

Excerpt:

"Denver is doing so well economically and [in the apartment sector ] it's basically about  supply and demand, and we're scrambling to get supply online," Nancy Burke, vice president of Government Affairs  for Apartment Association of Metro Denver/Colorado Apartment Association, told Commercial Property Executive.

The apartment vacancy-rate forecast for metropolitan Denver in 2015 is just 4.3 percent, according to a report by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, but it was an altogether different story just a few years ago.

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Transportation Transformation Project credits Mile High Connects

MZ Strategies' Transportation Transformation Project gave credit to coalitions like Denver's Mile High Connects.

Excerpt:

Use and Maintain Cross-Sector Coalitions.
Among the questions this project sought to answer was the level and type of coordination needed between local and national advocates to influence local and regional transformation, while also catalyzing larger state and federal policy change and market
transformation. Cross-sector coalitions have emerged as a highly effective means of coordination both for groups within a region and also to engage national advocates either directly as coalition partners, or to help coordinate, provide technical assistance and strategic direction to these types of collaboratives. The Great Communities Collaborative in the Bay Area, the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, and Mile High Connects in Denver all illustrate this type of approach.

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On the Commons highlights creative placemaking in Denver

New Freedom Park in east Denver is a prototype for creative placemakers, says On the Commons.

Excerpt:

Denver's New Freedom Park--Refugees from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia, Burundi and Nepal living on the East Side of Denver were seeking a place where they could grow food, celebrate their culture and where their kids could safely play. The Trust for Public Land teamed up with the Colorado Health Foundation and Denver Park & Recreation to transform a 2-acre vacant lot strewn with broken glass into New Freedom Park, which now features 50 family garden plots, a playground, a soccer field and a community gathering spot in the shade of cottonwood trees.

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Mad Genius Radio boss makes music predictions at Hypebot.com

Eric Neumann, CEO of Denver-based Mad Genius Radio, unpacked his music predictions for 2015 at Hypebot.com.

Excerpt:

1. The RESPECT Act will be reintroduced in Congress early 2015
Currently, pre-1972 audio recordings are not covered under federal copyright law and, therefore, are not subject to receiving royalty payments. The RESPECT Act would mend this issue and enable all digital performances of songs -- regardless of the year they were recorded -- to become eligible for royalties. While Sirius and Pandora have both opposed the RESPECT Act, I wonder what Diana Ross, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney think about receiving compensation they’ve been due for quite some time.

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Reason Foundation offers $52 billion plan to reduce traffic congestion in Denver

The Libertarian-leaning Reason Foundation devised a $52 billion plan to reduce traffic congestion in Denver.

Excerpt:

Our plan for the state and regional highway totals $22 billion. Assuming the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) chooses to spend an additional $15 billion on local roads and an additional $15 billion to provide transit services, the 30-year total would be $52 billion. This $52 billion plan spends only 39% of the $133 billion in the DRCOG 2012 long-range plan and covers a longer time period of 30 years (from 2015–2044) compared to 24 years (2012–2035) for the DRCOG plan. More importantly, our plan has a realistic funding and financing source, filling a $6 billion hole with the transition to a mileage-based user fee, while the current DRCOG plan has a $40 billion hole that the entity has no realistic way of funding. Unlike the DRCOG's 2035 plan that hopes to spend $133 billion and still results in worse congestion, our plan significantly reduces congestion and saves money.

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Grape Collective references Infinite Monkey Theorem in ode to urban winery

Grape Collective referenced RiNo's Infinite Monkey Theorem in a story on why urban wineries matter.

Excerpt:

At The Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver, Colorado, however, the winemakers have done away with perfectly-placed vineyards, scenic landscapes, and lavish tasting rooms in favor of a focus on pure quality and flavor. Instead of being strictly an expression of place, it is wineries like these that are taking the traditional oenological trope one step further, making wine that is as much an expression of culture and community as it is topophilia.

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Sustainable City Network reports on greening of Denver

Sustainable City Network covered sustainability initiatives by the City and County of Denver.

Excerpt:

While Colorado's epic floods of September 2013 made national news, it has been a water disaster of another kind that worries Denver's Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Tinianow the most.

"Really it's the lack of precipitation," he said. "Drought is a much bigger threat here."

In June, Denver published its first Climate Adaptation Plan, intended to help the city and county prepare, mitigate and plan for risks associated with an increase in temperature and urban heat island effect, an increase in frequency of extreme weather events, and a reduced snowpack and earlier snowmelt, among other potential consequences of climate change. A hotter, dryer climate does not bode well for area ski resorts, which represent an important segment of the region's economy.

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WSJ spotlights rising rents in Denver

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

Excerpt:

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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Wonderbound video dances through 2014

Wonderbound offered a visual look back at 2014 for the contemporary dance company.

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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.

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NPR reports on Denver culinary ascension

National Public Radio covered Denver's rising dining star.

Excerpt:

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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Denver agent pushes for Amazon-ification of real estate at Inman

Greg Eckler of Denver Realty Experts wrote a column about applying Amazon's "everything store" model to residential real estate for Inman News.

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Based on this scenario, we see small local bookstores (and large chain bookstores, eventually) going out of business. I expect this to happen in real estate, too.

When this shift happens to real estate, low-producing agents will be the first to go. These are agents who are trying to make a living but just aren't successful in today's market. If commissions were to drop, they wouldn't be able to hold on; they would need to merge into a new business model or leave the business.

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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.

Excerpt:

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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USA Today profiles Denver startup behind beer concentrate

Sustainable Beverage Technologies will debut its BrewVo technology in early 2015, reported USA Today.

Excerpt:

As the craft brewing industry grows and competition increases, a Denver start-up is betting brewers will want technology that cuts costs and makes their operations more efficient.

Early in 2015, Sustainable Beverage Technologies will introduce BrewVo, a patented process for brewing beer into a liquid concentrate and then mixing it with water using the same dispensing equipment that restaurants use for soft drinks. The process eliminates the need for 15.5-gallon beer kegs and the water used to clean and sanitize them. Potential customers could include breweries, bars and restaurants.

Founder Patrick Tatera says investors are backing the business and he's got partnerships in place with brewers, both "flagship" and craft, that he says have asked not to be named for now. Tatera's technology is considered risky and radical for the brewing industry. Those who have pursued similar innovations before him have seen a backlash from regulators, health experts and the spirits industry.

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Entrepreneur covers Denver-based Evolve Vacation Rental Network in story on sharing economy services

Entrepreneur talked to Brian Egan at Denver-based Evolve Vacation Rental Network for a story about services for the sharing economy.

Excerpt:

"The best marketplace is only as good as its suppliers," says Evolve co-founder Brian Egan of his company’s position in the sharing-economy ecosystem. "Marketplaces in our space are established; now we just need more suppliers to fill them out."

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Lexology lists new year's resolutions for Denver real estate

Lexology published new year's resolutions for Denver real estate from Heather Park of Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti.

Excerpt:

Here are some things to watch:
  •  Despite the demand for owner-occupied, multi-family housing, condominium development in Colorado has been at a near standstill. This is largely due to fear of litigation under Colorado's existing construction defect law.  In 2015, a legislative bill will likely be introduced again to address the existing problems. Reform may encourage new condominium development in Colorado.
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Daily Meal taps into must-visit breweries in Denver

The Daily Meal published a roundup of must-visit breweries in Denver, including Black Shirt, TRVE and Former Future.

Excerpt:

As the largest city in Colorado, which is ranked number one in total beer production in the U.S., Denver's breweries are a must-see when you're visiting the Mile High City. From artisan craft beers to suds from the largest breweries in the country, it's easy to find a brew that suits your flavor profile preference. Pair your beer with barbecue at Breckinridge Brewing or belly up to the taproom bar at Great Divide Brewery before touring the largest single-site brewer in the U.S.

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NPR covers marijuana real estate boom in Denver

National Public Radio covered the marijuana-fueled real estate boom in Denver.

Excerpt:

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

When a state legalizes marijuana, as Oregon and Alaska did this month, it can spark a real estate boom. That's what happened in Colorado. State law there says the drug has to be grown indoors. But layers of regulation and tight zoning have made property hard to come by for pot growers. 

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TIDAL IDs Denver's next big bands

Local music scribe Tom Murphy wrote a piece, "5 Denver Bands to Watch," for TIDAL, a streaming service with editorial content.

Excerpt:

Rubedo

Ever since Rubedo appeared on the scene, you knew you were seeing something a little different.

For one thing their name refers to a concept in alchemy. And while possessing serious technical chops as musicians, Gregg Ziemba, Kyle Gray and Alex Trujillo take their music in a decidedly fun direction, crafting strange pop songs informed by a kind of prog rock sensibility -- not in a stilted, overthought manner but in a loose, even playful way without making a joke of the music.

Following their 2010 debut EP Lapis Sephorum, Rubedo connected with the late genius Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (keyboardist for The Mars Volta, Jack White) who produced the group's two full-length albums, 2012's Massa Confusa and 2014's Love Is The Answer. Thanks to the affability of its members, Rubedo has fallen into some fortuitous opportunities such as a month-long stint playing at Denver International Airport, putting together Blackboard Music Festival in downtown Denver and becoming the unofficial house band for the now-defunct, much-beloved DIY venue Unit E. Rubedo's connections have also helped the band independently book national touring gigs.

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Denver rents increase at fourth-fastest rate in U.S.

Apartment List Rentonomics reported Denver's rents increasing at the fourth-fastest rate of any U.S. city in the last year. Aurora was no. 1.

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  • Aurora and Denver: Aurora saw the largest year over year rent increase of any major US city. 2 bedroom rents in this Denver suburb have increased 10.4% since October 2013. Denver has seen similar rent growth with a 6.5% annual increase in 2 bedroom rents. One factor driving this is a strong local economy. Unemployment in the Denver/Aurora metro has dropped from 6.2% to 4.0% over the last year – a 35% decrease. By contrast, national unemployment stills stands at a much higher 5.9%.
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CNN names Crawford top business hotel

CNN called The Crawford Hotel at Union Station in LoDo one of the top 11 business hotels on the planet.

Excerpt:

The Crawford Hotel (Denver, Colorado)

Denver's Union Station is home to 13 businesses. In July, The Crawford Hotel opened -- right inside the station -- after a $54 million renovation.

Added extras that make this hotel special include complimentary car service within a two-mile radius and in-room iPads.

"The Crawford is my top choice because it's located in a beautiful, landmark building," says Steve De Marco, vice president of sales for Xactly Corp.

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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.

Excerpt:

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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Event: Syncopating the Urban Landscape

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center is putting on an event at RedLine in Curtis Park on Wed. Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Excerpt:

Join us November 19, as we welcome Dan Pitera, the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center in Detroit, Michigan. He will be talking about their new book, Syncopating the Urban Landscape: More People, More Programs, More Geographies. Syncopating the Urban Landscape looks in a creative way at the City of Detroit through the work of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. 

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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.

Excerpt:

Osteria Marco (address and info)
Denver
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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Denver writer goes viral in Sweden

John La Briola penned some of Westword's most memorable music features. Now he's in Sweden and gone into acting as an eccentric Italian artist, Mr. Alanzo, with a vision for a "human love volcano" in a joint advertisement for Clas Ohlson and Osram.

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Nanowerk reports on Denver company making taller wind turbines

Nanowerk covered Denver-based Keystone Tower Systems in their quest to make 400-foot wind turbines taller.

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Keystone's system is a modification of spiral welding, a process that’s been used for decades to make large pipes. In that process, steel sheets are fed into one side of a machine, where they’re continuously rolled into a spiral, while their edges are welded together to create a pipe -- sort of like a massive paper-towel tube.

Developed by Smith, Takata, and Slocum -- along with a team of engineers, including Daniel Bridgers SM '12 and Dan Ainge '12 -- Keystone’s system allows the steel rolls to be tapered and made of varying thickness, to create a conical tower. The system is highly automated -- using about one-tenth the labor of traditional construction -- and uses steel to make the whole tower, instead of concrete. "This makes it much more cost-effective to build much taller towers," says Smith, Keystone’s CEO.

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Seattle's SunBreak dishes on foodie trip to Denver

The SunBreak of Seattle took a three-day trip to Denver to sample local food.

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Day 2

Especially if you’ve been "battered" by too much beer, make haste to El Taco de Mexico in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. A bigger-than-your-head burrito will help your hangover blues, but even better, if it’s the weekend, is a large bowl of menudo. Doctor up the bowl as you see fit with onion, cilantro, oregano, and lime, but be prepared for the powerful punch of strong chili flavor. What a great way to wake up in the morning. (The restaurant opens daily at 7am.)

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Rock band uses Hyperflesh baby masks in video

Circa Survive used Denver-based Hyperflesh's ultra-realistic baby masks in a new music video.

Excerpt:

Circa Survive are streaming "Schema," the lead single from their upcoming fifth full-length album, Descensus. You can check out the song, along with an accompanying music video, below.

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Fangoria names 13th Floor in Denver creepiest haunted house in U.S.

Fangoria put the 13th Floor in RiNo at the top of its list of the country's scariest haunted houses.

Excerpt:

This year, we enlisted our own Marketing Manager and noted haunted attraction enthusiast Rebekah McKendry to pick the official FANGORIA Top Ten Haunts. 

"When I was a kid, I pleaded with my parents until they took me to every haunted house within a 100 mile radius of our home," says McKendry. "I now pride myself on having toured some of the best haunts in the country, traveling the states to visit as many haunts as I can find. This list is the result of extensive, fright-filled FANGORIA-sanctioned research."

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BodeTree CEO blogs on VC strategy at WSJ

Chris Myers, CEO of Denver's BodeTree, blogged about his capital-raising advice strategy for the Wall Street Journal.

Excerpt:

Despite all the talk about excess capital in the tech investment sector, many young but growing companies find themselves in a no-man's land. I spoke to dozens of investment firms during our last capital raise and the story was almost always the same -- they've been following our business and love what we're doing, but their "minimum check size" is about $5 million. These firms can't (or won't) invest any amount below their minimum. When I explain that we're not seeking that much capital at the moment, the conversation defaults back to the standard "let's keep in touch" response. The truth is that more and more venture-capital firms are acting like private-equity businesses, seeking to back established concepts that already have significant revenue. This is a totally understandable strategy, but it isn't all that helpful for businesses at our stage of growth.

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Chicago Sun-Times reports on Denver pot farmers looking to expand to Illinois

The Chicago Sun-Times covered Denver pot farmers looking to expand to Illinois.

Excerpt:

A Colorado company called beMindful that built the vast Denver pot farm and helped lobby for the legalization of medical marijuana in Illinois, hopes to be one of the players bringing industrial scale marijuana farms to Illinois.

Along with a group of Illinois partners, beMindful is competing to win one of 22 coveted state licenses to grow marijuana in Illinois, so patients with serious health problems can use the medicinal plant next year.

The partnership, called Illinois Plantco, has drawn up plans for an 160,000 square-foot plant, half of which will be given over to a huge greenhouse, in Will County, where it hopes 125 local workers will one day tend pot plants.

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Snowmastodon arrives at DMNS

Renowned wildlife sculptor Kent Ullberg delivered his Snowmastodon sculpture to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, reported the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Excerpt:

After two intense years, late hours, long nights and not being able to say a word about what he was working on, Kent Ullberg will see his sculpture, "Snowmastodon," dedicated Thursday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

This is the mastodon he and several scientists designed and built in two years, and hauled down to Denver on a truck while narrowly escaping low-hanging streetlights.

"Hauling it down there was really scary, even laying it down as we did," Ullberg said Monday morning. Even on its side, the mastodon was 14 feet 7 inches tall. Some underpasses on the interstate are under 13 feet, which meant the driver and caravan of flashing cars took a creative route to Denver with the sculpture from Art Castings of Loveland.

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Goldman Sachs tabs UrgentRx CEO Jordan Eisenberg as top entrepreneur

Goldman Sachs named Jordan Eisenberg, CEO of LoDo-based UrgentRx, as one of the "100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014," Drug Store News reported.

Excerpt:
 
Goldman Sachs is recognizing entrepreneur and UrgentRx founder and CEO Jordan Eisenberg as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, Calif., UrgentRx announced Wednesday. Goldman Sachs selected Eisenberg as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event.
 
"I am honored to be included among such a talented and diverse group of entrepreneurs," Eisenberg said. "At UrgentRx, we’re committed to bringing new and exciting products to market that help consumers feel better fast. UrgentRx continues to disrupt the OTC medication category through innovative products and impactful consumer marketing. It’s great to be recognized for all of our hard work."

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Denver luring more educated workers than any other city, says WaPo

Denver is luring more educated workers than any other major city, the Washington Post reported.

Excerpt:

Denver, Seattle and Houston each increased its number of college graduates by around 20 percent between 2007 and 2012. (This is all roughly speaking, as these numbers are taken from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and are a little fuzzy and may be off by a couple percentage points either way.)

Other cities have struggled. Boston and Atlanta each only added around 100,000 college grads in that time. San Francisco, which is a similar size, added 300,000 grads -- a reflection of how much of a talent magnet Silicon Valley has become. San Francisco is now essentially tied with Boston as the most-educated large city in the nation other than Washington, D.C., where a whopping 65 percent of adults have at least a four-year college degree.

But this is where we turn the tables on you, readers: Does it surprise you where your city fell on this list? Denverites, does your neighborhood feel much brainier these days? Atlantans, what should your city be doing better to attract college grads? Tell us your story.

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Broncos now "America's Team," reports ESPN

ESPN reported that the Denver Broncos are now the NFL's most popular team, leapfrogging the Dallas Cowboys, according to The Harris Poll.

Excerpt:

The Denver Broncos, with a Hall of Fame quarterback calling the shots as the team's top football executive and a future Hall of Famer behind center in Peyton Manning, are the new America's Team.

At least that's according to The Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,543 adults (1,275 of whom said they followed professional football). The nationwide poll was taken between Sept. 10-17.

The Broncos replaced the Dallas Cowboys, who had finished in The Harris Poll's top spot for each of the previous six years as the "favorite team'' of adults who follow professional football. The New York Giants finished as the No. 2 team with the Green Bay Packers at No. 3, the Cowboys No. 4 and Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 5.

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Drinks International names Denver bar among world's 50 best

Drinks International pegged LoHi's Williams & Graham as the 50th best bar on planet.

Excerpt:

Twenty-one of the bars were European, 16 North American, six Australian, four Asian and three Latin American.

There were 14 new entries this year. Other than those previously mentioned, Chicago’s Aviary (13th), Elephant Bar at The Nomad (14th); London’s White Lyan (20th); The Broken Shaker, Miami (22nd); Hemingway Bar, Prague (24th); Three Dots & A Dash, Chicago (27th); Trick Dog in San Francisco (33rd); Star Bar Ginza (40th); Cure in New Orleans (43rd); Amsterdam’s Tales & Spirits (44th); Maison Premiere in New York (45th) and Williams & Graham in Denver (50th). 

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WaPo: Mayors peg Denver fourth most influential city

The Washington Post reported on a national survey of mayors that tabbed Denver as the fourth most influential city in the U.S., after New York, Boston, and Austin, and ahead of Portland. Denver was second to only New York on the list of influential large cities.

Excerpt:

The survey included responses from 68 mayors, including 18 of cities with at least 30,000 residents. It found the mayors rely on information from other mayors and cities more than any other source, other than their staff. When asked what three cities they looked to for policy and management ideas, New York and Boston tied for the most mentions, followed by Austin, Denver, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.
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Quartz highlights Rosenberg's pursuit of N.Y. bagels in Denver

Quartz covered Rosenberg's pursuit of New York's mythical bagels in Denver.

Excerpt:

There are essentially two elements -- calcium and magnesium -- in very specific proportions that make the water in the New York metro area unique.
 
Fortunately, the ratio of those two ingredients to other minerals also happen to be ideal for baking crispy-on-outside-chewy-on-the-inside New York-style bagels, as they help to strength the glutens in the dough.
 
That was the conclusion reached by Josh Pollack, a bagel baker and entrepreneur in Denver, Colorado, who recently designed a process to recreate New York City’s legendary water some 1,700 miles away from the source, and is now using it in his Mile High City shop, Rosenberg's Bagels.

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National Journal profiles Denver's "public transit miracle"

National Journal covered RTD's recovery from a budget crunch to make FasTracks a reality via public-private partnerships.

Excerpt:

Bill Sirois describes the first four months of 2007 in his office as "chaotic." The regional transit authority where he works as a senior manager had just learned that they were $1.5 billion over budget on a light-rail system that they had promised to deliver within a decade. Three years earlier, Colorado voters had approved a high-profile ballot measure to raise $4.7 billion through sales taxes to build the train system called FasTracks. Now the costs were projected to run well over $6 billion.

The money from available tax revenues might allow the rail network to be finished by 2042, internal analysts told the Regional Transportation District (RTD).

"So there was kind of like, 'Ah, what are we doing?'" Sirois remembers. "'We got it passed by the voters, and how can we even tell them that we can't do it when we said we were going to do it?'"

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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.

Excerpt:

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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American Planning Association names La Alma/Lincoln Park Great Neighborhood

The American Planning Association named La Alma/Lincoln Park one of its Great Neighborhoods for 2014. It joins Washington Park, Park Hill and LoDo in Denver.

Excerpt:

La Alma/Lincoln Park is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, with a strong sense of heritage and community. Dating back to the 1850s, the community is well-known for its Hispanic and Latino heritage. It is a mixed-use neighborhood at the heart of Denver. It benefits from a variety of housing types, diversity of land uses, historic resources, proximity to downtown, presence of transit, strong job base, the Santa Fe Arts District, welcoming parks, and a broad range of cultural and public facilities.

In the 1970s and 1980s this once-thriving community experienced poverty and crime rates much higher than the city and national averages. Since that time, a number of forces combined to bring the neighborhood back to its former glory. Arts and culture have helped transform the neighborhood into a fresh, vibrant, and eclectic community and a popular tourist destination. The Santa Fe Arts District has played an important role in the area's transformation into a community of innovation, creativity and prosperity. It is home to many eclectic businesses including painting, ceramics, photography, performing, arts, mixed media, sculpture, and fashion.

The neighborhood is currently undergoing changes with the rebirth of the South Lincoln Park Homes. Mariposa (formerly known as South Lincoln Homes) is owned and managed by Denver Housing Authority (DHA) and contains 270 public housing units on 15.1 acres. DHA's redevelopment plan is being implemented with a mix of housing products, a range of income levels, and sustainable and innovative design features. The goal for the redevelopment is to create an energized transit community with environmental suitability goals, cultural diversity, and close proximity to downtown, offering a spectrum of housing options.

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Seattle P-I offers GABF dining guide to Denver

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer offered a dining guide to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.

Excerpt:

So, because our son has lived in Denver since 2009 and I’ve had a LOT of time to wander around and get to know the city, I’m going to offer some suggestions, bearing in mind that A) I’m not a 20 or 30-something HopHead kid who cares more about Sizzle than Steak, and B)  As a former chef who did it for about a decade longer than he should have, I’m not the guy with whom you want to have dinner. I’m going to find something wrong, in about 95% of the restaurants I visit. So, what’s on this list is NOT where you go to See And Be Seen, unless that happens coincidentally. This is about great food and beverages and atmosphere and fun. Mature fun, not kid stuff. If you’re much under 40, quit reading. If you’re a grown-up, you may find some gems here.

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Layer3 TV opens Denver HQ, Multichannel News reports

Multichannel News covered the opening of Layer3 TV headquarters in LoDo.

Excerpt:

Layer3 TV, a startup that is billing itself as a "next-generation cable operator," opened up its Denver-based corporate headquarters on September 15, and now employs a total of about 50 people across its Colorado and Boston locations, company officials confirmed here this week.

Its Denver headquarters is located on the 8th floor of 1660 Wynkoop Street, an 11-story building in the city's vibrant LoDo district, placing it nearby venues such as Union Station and Coors Field.

Founded in 2013, Layer3 TV now operates in three locations -- its Denver headquarters, a distribution facility in the Denver area, and an office in Boston.

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USA Today spotlights DIA beer garden

USA Today looked at DIA's pop-up beer garden, aptly named "Beer Flights," as the 2014 Great American Beer Festival approached.

Excerpt:

Opening on Sept. 19 and running through Oct. 4, DIA's "Beer Flights" (get it?) beer garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. You'll need to be 21 or older and pay $10 to get in the door, but the admission fee includes a souvenir glass, a bag of pretzels provided by Southwest Airlines and 10 two-ounce samples of beer.

A lot of great beer is made in Denver and throughout Colorado and 11 of the state's breweries will be represented in the garden, including Avery Brewing Company, Breckenridge Brewery, Bristol Brewing Company, Dry Dock Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company and others. Most of the beers represented in the beer garden also are available year-round in airport pubs and restaurants.

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Billboard calls CU Denver top school for music industry

Billboard named CU Denver's music business program one of the best in the U.S.

Excerpt:

The University of Colorado Denver (Denver, CO)

The university features a music and entertainment industry studies department that includes courses in concert promotion, music publishing and music business in the digital age, as well as a student-run label, CAM Records. The school offers one of the few singer-songwriter programs in the country.  Students collaborate across all programs, creating a real-world experience of the music industry while in school, and building a supportive community of musicians, managers, and engineers.

CU Denver communication program director Cynthia Barringer notes some of the concerns within the music business education community including: the absence of music education in K to 12th grade schools, the need to increase musical literacy, the cost of music technology, and the importance of offering more courses in aspects of the music business including business, law, finance and economics.

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Food Network names Elway's top steakhouse

The Food Network named Elway's to its list of the top steak joints in the country.

Excerpt:

Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway pulled out the stops on the field, and his eponymous steakhouses do too. Alongside prime cuts you'll find Western-inspired creations like a BLT Salad with an over-easy duck egg, Spicy Steak Chili and a finger-licking Lamb Chop Fondue with a green chile cheese dipping sauce. Of course, in Colorado the prime rib must excel -- and this pink, juicy slab delivers.

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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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

...

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.

Excerpt:

"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.

Excerpt:

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.



See it here.

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt: 

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt: 

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

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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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.

Excerpt:

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 Daily Meal names three Denver breweries among top 50 in U.S.

The Daily Meal named three Denver craft breweries -- Crooked Stave, Epic, and Great Divide -- among the top 50 in U.S.

Excerpt:
 
#18 Great Divide Brewing Company — Denver, Colorado

One of the first craft breweries in Denver, Great Divide was on the forefront of the Denver craft brew scene. Not only did they do it first, but they are one of the best, winning a slew of awards in their hometown, including several for their famed Hades Belgian-Style Strong Ale and Yeti Imperial Stouts. They celebrated their twentieth anniversary this past June, where they announced their expansion to a second location, also in Denver.

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Vice covers Denver UMS

Vice took a critical look at the Denver Underground Music Showcase and its corporate sponsorship.

Excerpt:

As the popularity of the festival has grown, the value of playing UMS has come to reside almost entirely in the exposure, rather than financial compensation.

"For many of these bands, playing UMS is going to be the biggest audience they'll play to all year," Collins pointed out to me earlier in the morning, noting that the large shows he's played at UMS contributed to the notoriety his band enjoys today. At the same time, he notes that paying the bands something is a good gesture of recognition for anyone putting on a show. Cutting everyone's pay with no explanation was a dick move, and poor PR to boot.

"I have opted OUT of playing The UMS this year," Denver musician Joshua Trinidad, who had played every UMS since 2005, posted on Facebook a few days before the festival, causing a daisy-chain of idealistic scorn and support. "I am a big supporter of this festival and the community connections it has built over the years. However this year I don't agree with the new business model that the festival has adopted; not paying musicians and forgetting the important relationships they have built over time."

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HuffPost pegs Denver in top 10 healthy cities

The Huffington Post tabbed Denver as the sixth healthiest city in the U.S.

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6. Denver and Boulder, Colorado

Colorado ranked first in 2011 for percentage of adults (61.9 percent) who participated in moderate or vigorous physical activity, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. With the Rocky Mountains at your fingertips, Denver and Boulder are the best places for keeping fit.

As the book confirms, "At 20.5%, Colorado has the lowest percentage of obese residents of any state in the U.S., according to a 2012 CDC report. And Boulder has the highest percentage of citizens with a healthy body weight -- 51.6% -- of any area in the country, according to a 2012 Gallup Healthways poll."

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NY Post highlights sour beer in Denver

The New York Post covered nine must-quaff sour beers in Colorado, including Denver's River North, Jagged Mountain and Our Mutual Friend.

Excerpt:

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Now squirreled away with a tasting room in the rear of The Source (a 15-tenant artisan food/bev warehouse in Denver's River North District), these awesomely named folks were at the forefront of Colorado's sour beer coup, brewing all of their creations with wild Brettanomyces, aging all in oak barrels under the aegis of "Founder and Brettanomyces Guru" Chad Yakobson, a k a Denver's "Hipster Beer King."

His royal highness never allows the place to offer less than five sours on tap (currently, they have nine!) -- ATFs include its gaggle of Petite Sours (Blackberry, Blueberry, Passion Fruit and Pure Guava) and Nightmare on Brett.

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Vanity Fair France names DIA one of world's most beautiful airports

Vanity Fair France recently named Denver International Airport one of the10 most beautiful airports on Earth.

Excerpt (translated):

The Denver International Airport (United States) 

The brain

Or rather "brains" in the plural: Fentress Architects the firm is responsible for the iconic airport roof bristling white pics to remind the Colorado mountains that surround it.

The detail that makes the difference 

The building is the subject of many fantasies for fans of conspiracy theories. At last, it would serve as the headquarters of the secret society of the Illuminati. Or the Reptilians, depending on version.

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StreetsBlog USA critiques I-70 plan

StreetsBlog USA took a critical look at plans to expand I-70 in Denver.

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Denver has one of those golden opportunities that many American cities are seizing: An elevated highway that damaged neighborhoods is nearing the end of its life, giving the city an opening to repair the harm.

Unfortunately, as Tanya has reported, Denver seems poised to double down on highway building instead. The city is looking to bury and widen Interstate 70 through the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, then cap a small section. The $1.8 billion proposal would add four lanes to I-70 -- two in each direction -- for a total of 10 lanes.

While Denver has been booming in general, the neighborhoods bisected by I-70, which was laid down through the city in the 1950s, haven’t shared in the good fortune. Thanks to the many trucks roaring through and the eyesore of the elevated highway, Elyria-Swansea and nearby communities suffer from excessive traffic, environmental problems, and disinvestment.

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Dwell highlights Green Spaces Colorado

Dwell highlighted Green Spaces Colorado in a slideshow of 13 Inspiring Coworking Spaces.

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Green Spaces (Denver, United States)

This solar-powered coworking space in Denver's arts district is literally a breath of fresh air, and not just because the plethora of reclaimed wood planters between desks freshens the environment. With plans to expand and add a rooftop garden, the dog-friendly space offers a healthy environment to mitigate the screen’s ever-present glow.  

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Sean Kenyon named American Bartender of the Year

Williams & Graham's Sean Kenyon walked away with the title, American Bartender of the Year, at the 2014 Spirited Awards, reported NOLA Defender.

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After a week of drinking and promotions, Tales of the Cocktails presented their grand finale, the Spirited Awards, on Saturday night. The eighth annual awards ceremony was held in the Sheraton on Canal to crown winners in categories spanning from Bartender of the Year to Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer.
 
NOLA transplant and restauranteur, Jeff "Beach Bum" Berry was the only local finalist, and he represented well, taking home top honors for Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book.
 
Sean Kenyon of Denver was named American Bartender of the Year and NYC's The Dead Rabbit was named Best American Cocktail Bar.

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WSJ spotlights design at Denver Zoo

The Wall Street Journal reported on innovative design at zoos across the country, including the Denver Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage.

Excerpt:

The Denver Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit includes an overhead vine system for swinging primates. But it is the elephants that are the big draw for many zoo visitors.

Nathan Mosley says he renewed his family's Denver Zoo membership this spring after letting it lapse a couple of years ago. He says the family now visits every few weeks, and each time the children -- 4-year-old Alyssa and 2-year-old Jake -- get a thrill when they see the elephants do something new. Most recently, they found one splashing in the water. "All the kids screamed," says Mr. Mosley, who works in the city manager's office in nearby Wheat Ridge, Colo. "It was fun seeing the elephant without any prompting doing what he might ordinarily do."

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HuffPost covers Daniel Sprick at DAM

The Huffington Post ran a story on Daniel Sprick's exhibition, "Fictions," at the Denver Art Museum.

Excerpt:

Daniel Sprick, whose work is now on view at the Denver Art Museum, has been creating paintings for more than a decade that make a similar point, but in reverse. Any assumptions you make about his limits are very likely going to be wrong too. Sprick is an almost absurdly talented realist who it would be easy to label as a "tight" painter: he can lasso paint into perfectly limned contours and burnish human features into glowing, baby-bottom smoothness. Sprick can also let the paint run free and tell him what to do: underneath his realism he leaves patches of vivid, freely brushed abstraction. He also paints the wildness of hair with anarchic verve.

Who is this guy who can handle the brush like Joan Mitchell -- or a Chinese literati painter -- in the morning, and then morph into Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres by dinner? This may not sound like a compliment, but Sprick's technique is so varied that it is almost schizophrenic.

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Network World touts Denver-based ProtectWise as "security startup to watch"

Network World touted Denver-based ProtectWise among "10 security startups to watch."

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ProtectWise, still in stealth modeisn't talking yet about the details of what the Denver-based start-up is working on in terms of cloud-based security but claims it will be "disruptive." ProtectWise's CEO Scott Chasin was formerly CTO, McAfee Content and Cloud Security, while Gene Stevens, ProtectWise CTO, was in engineering roles at both McAfee and MX Logic -- the firm that Chasin founded and sold to McAfee for $140 million in 2009. Recent financial disclosures show that ProtectWise is receiving $14.1 million from Arsenal Ventures Partners, Trinity Ventures, Crosslink Capital and Paladin Capital Group. That follows the $3.1 million round from last year.

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RTTNews reports on Denver air-quality study

RTTNews covered a story about planes hovering over Denver for a month at a time this summer to study the city's air quality.

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Two NASA aircraft will be joined by a research aircraft from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for month-long flights beginning July 16 from the Research Aviation Facility maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, NASA said.

The main study area extends along the Northern Front Range from the Denver metropolitan area in the south to Fort Collins in the north extending eastward from the mountains as far as Greeley. This area contains a diverse mixture of air pollution sources that include transportation, power generation, oil and gas extraction, agriculture, natural vegetation and episodic wildfires.

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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.

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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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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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GlobeSt.com reports on 4120 Brighton Blvd. sale

GlobeSt.com covered the potentially transformative sale of 4120 Brighton Blvd. in RiNo.

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Westfield Company has purchased a 12.3 acre property at 4120 Brighton Blvd., saying it "offers an exceptional development opportunity."

The deal includes 368,833 square feet of vintage warehouses with handsome brick façades, and the location offers key access point to downtown Denver via Interstate 70 and Denver International Airport.

"This strategically located, significant property could represent Denver’s single most promising redevelopment opportunity, delivering considerable upside value," said Westfield’s VP of acquisitions Kevin McClintock. "The timing is optimal for 4120’s makeover due to the continued successes of Brighton Boulevard’s ongoing transformation and multiple new projects underway including an adjacent light rail station and the upcoming modernization of the neighboring National Western Complex. The ultimate plan for 4120 will likely involve substantial redevelopment of the existing buildings as well as some ground-up new construction which could include office, light industrial, retail and possibly residential uses."

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Innosphere coming to RiNo

Based in Fort Collins Rocky Mountain Innosphere is opening a second location at Industry in Denver's RiNo neighborhood, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report.

Excerpt:

Rocky Mountain Innosphere, a Fort Collins-based nonprofit technology incubator supporting startups in clean tech, digital health, biosciences and enterprise software, will launch an office at Denver, Innosphere officials announced today.

The facility at 3001 Brighton Blvd. in the RiNo (River North) arts district is located in a new 120,000-square-foot redevelopment project called Industry. The office, dubbed "Innosphere at Industry," will complement an existing office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.

"A lot of the resources we’re connecting our people to are in the Denver-Boulder area," said Innosphere chief executive Mike Freeman. "The NREL facility is focused on clean tech, and this one will aim for science- and technology-based startups in Denver and Boulder."

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Where the Beers Are in Denver

Private Clubs magazine reported on Denver's ever-expanding beer universe.

Excerpt:

Near the close of 2011, 15 breweries called Denver home. Today, there are twice as many, with more on the way. The Denver Westword weekly publication reports that as many as 50 breweries could be operating here by the end of the year. The city's residential renaissance is helping to drive that growth, and so, too, are the efforts of a new breed of brewmasters. Some of this new breed focus on perfecting traditional, historic beer styles from Germany, Belgium, or elsewhere. Others create entirely new brews from unusual ingredients such as kaffir lime leaves and agave nectar. Still others just make plain ol' good beer because they like making it.

Or, at least, that's what Miller tells me at Wynkoop. He also warns me not to expect my next stops to have Wynkoop's polish. "In true Colorado spirit, the new breweries are staking their claims anywhere they can, with a lot of them opening out of old industrial spaces." That means many of the new places have minimal decor and no food -- other than whatever the food trucks that pull up outside their doors most nights sell. "They're putting all their money into their beer," Miller says.

Now it's my turn to put some money into drinking that beer.

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Thumbtack.com gives Denver a B+ for friendliness to small business

Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation gave  Denver a B+ grade for its friendliness to small business.

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More than 12,000 entrepreneurs nationwide participated in this year’s survey. The Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey is the largest survey of its kind and is the only survey to obtain data from an extensive, nationwide sample of small business owners themselves to determine the most business-friendly locations.
 
While there are various "business climate rankings" that rate locations as good or bad for business, there are no others that draw upon considerable data from small business owners themselves. This year our team was able to rate 82 cities and most states across multiple metrics that business owners say are critical to a friendly business environment.
 
"After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide, we have found that small business owners place Denver right behind Fort Collins to make it the third friendliest city in the state," said Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack.com. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and Denver's C+ grade for regulatory friendliness shows that it has a way to go to keep up with its neighbors."
 
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Pittsburgh officials taking good look at Denver

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ran a story on Steel City officials coming to Denver for some research on city-building.

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"There's a lot of value to this," said Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of the privately funded Allegheny Conference. "If you rolled back the clock to 1970, Pittsburgh and Denver were basically the same size. Since then, Denver has grown and Pittsburgh has shrunk. The cities have a lot of similarities, and we want to look at the things they're doing to build their economy and grow."

Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty said the mayor will look to draw ideas from Denver's transit system; "eds and meds economy"; diversity and immigration policies; and healthy living initiatives. Denver has the sixth-lowest obesity rate among 189 municipalities nationwide, according to Gallup research.

Peduto recently launched "Live Well Pittsburgh," a campaign to promote physical health and wellness in conjunction with the county.

"There's a lot to learn there," McNulty said.

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NY Times reports on Colorado Symphony's "Classically Cannabis"

The New York Times covered the Colorado Symphony's controversial "Classically Cannabis" concert.

Excerpt: 

The musicians stuck to the classics at the Colorado Symphony's first-ever "Classically Cannabis" fund-raiser on Friday night. They played Strauss and Wagner, not Marley and Garcia. Their only concessions to the evening's marijuana theme, it seemed, were the bright green ties they wore with their black suits.

"This is not some big ganja fest," said Justin Bartels, the principal trumpeter for the Denver-based symphony. "This is very respectable."

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The Telegraph hypes KUVO as top jazz station

Pete Naughton of The Telegraph (UK) called Denver's KUVO one of the best jazz stations on the Web.

Excerpt:

I stumbled upon this award-winning music station by accident recently -- and have been kicking myself for not finding it sooner. Based in Denver, Colorado, its artfully-curated playlists mostly focus on jazz -- broadcasting everything from Ella Fitzgerald through to Madeleine Peyroux. A class act.

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AP covers diversity in the arts in Denver

The Associated Press covered diversity and education in the arts in Denver.

Excerpt:

Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves, who was bused to her Denver middle school years ago, says sharing songs and poetry across the racial divide helped ease tension during the difficult days of desegregation.

Actor and graphic artist Archie Villeda spent high school immersed in theater after seeing people who looked and laughed like him onstage for the first time, in a vaudeville-style satire, "I Don't Speak English Only," by Denver's Su Teatro drama company.

Denver-area directors, conductors and curators want to keep inspiring people like Reeves, who is African-American, and Villeda, whose parents were born in Mexico. But a city survey suggests that African-American and Hispanic residents not only aren't as likely as others to attend arts events, they are also more likely to describe the diversity in the arts offered as poor or fair.

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The Atlantic looks to the Leopold Bros.

The Atlantic talked to Leopold Bros. in a story about whether the craft-distilling boom is too big for the industry's good.

Excerpt:

Scott and Todd Leopold began distilling in 2001, and since then demand for their craft spirits and liqueurs has been so high that they’ve already had to expand twice. The tidy, whitewashed new Leopold Brothers distillery in Denver has more than triple the capacity of their last place. They moved their old copper-pot still to the new location, and then added two more identical to it, plus a towering column still. Two of the copper stills will be dedicated solely to producing the brothers’ much-sought-after Maryland-style rye, the latest batch of which sold out in 45 minutes. "Did we foresee this?," Todd said. "No. I thought I’d be running a small still for the rest of my career. And I was okay with that."

Craft distilling -- a loosely defined industry consisting chiefly of distillers producing fewer than 50,000 cases a year -- is now in its heady, early-Internet phase. There were about 70 small distilleries across the United States in 2003; today there are more than 600. Hardly a day passes without the announcement of a new distillery opening its doors to produce craft gin or bourbon or an obscure liqueur inspired by a Pflümli someone once tasted in Pfungen.

"I'm approaching my sixth year as a consultant in the craft industry," said Dave Pickerell, a former master distiller at Maker's Mark. "And 100 percent of the clients I worked with in years one, two, and three have already expanded. And the clients I picked up starting in year four are expanding now."

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Winter Session interviewed by Kinfolk

Kinfolk interviewed Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher of Winter Session, makers of leather goods in Five Points.

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Winter Session began in 2010 on the North side of Chicago by Roy and Tanya, partners in creativity, life and love. What started as a side project in mercantilism soon became a full-time gig as they forayed into leatherwork, acquired heavier sewing machines and brought on friends and acquaintances to help with production. In 2013 the mountains called and the two packed up and moved their headquarters to Denver. Their light-filled space, located in the Five Points district, functions as the site of production, sales and fellowship. You can purchase a stunning canvas Garrison Bag from the storefront and watch as the leather handles that adorn the bag are constructed on the "stitching pony" a few meters to your right. They seek to find a balance between utilitarian function, aesthetic appeal and real-world durability, using sustainable materials and production methods. They create affordable, high quality products that are meant to last.

...

You chose Five Points as the location for your workshop and storefront. What do you love most about the area? Who are your neighbors?
What we love most are our neighbors! This is a historic area, traditionally a hub for its vibrant, affluent African-American community (and accompanying jazz culture) in the first half of the 20th century. Since then, Five Points has gone through lots of ups and downs, and it's just now back on an upswing. There aren't too many other businesses in our peer group on the Welton Street Corridor, so we are particularly grateful for our friends and neighbors at Purple Door Coffee, a non-profit coffee shop at the other end of our building; and Chocolate Spokes Bike Studio, a bike-building and repair shop -- and stockist of American bean-to-bar chocolates. We all see each other a lot (usually at the coffee shop, which is halfway between our bags and their bikes) and even have an ongoing Scrabble competition with the baristas at Purple Door. So far, it’s Purple Door: 2, Winter Session: 0. There are lots of changes afoot in this part of the city, and we hope that the sense of community we’ve found with other businesses, as well as the casual friendliness of the folks who've been rooted here longer, is not lost.

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VentureBeat covers Green Labs Denver

VentureBeat covered Green Labs Denver, RiNo's new marijuana-centric coworking space.

Excerpt:

Next week, the first co-working space in the U.S. for grass-related technology and startups will open in Denver. But Green Labs Denver is not a funky place to get high and maybe get some work done.

"It was built in 2008, and the owner renovated it," Green Labs co-founder Dave Pike told VentureBeat, describing the glass-and-polished-wood facility in the RiNo (River North Art District) of Denver. "We're putting in a glass conference room, and a bar area with seating."

Tonight is the launch party -- ah, the refreshments! --  and the opening is next week for the first group of eight startups.

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ID8 Nation dives into entrepreneurship in Denver

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

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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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Forbes covers marijuana food truck in Denver

Forbes covered SAMICH, a marijuana-infused food truck that debuted in Denver in April 2014.

Excerpt:

Cannabis entrepreneur Garyn Angel has opened his own food truck business in Denver, selling edibles infused with marijuana. The venture is a branch-out of his company MagicalButter, a Seattle-based firm that sells a blender-hotpot appliance he invented which mixes cannabis with butter, oil or alcohol for cooking. See the full story behind its invention and success here.

Angel had spent 15 years running his own money management firm in Florida before making the leap to his new enterprise. When Forbes last spoke with him, he reported that MagicalButter was shipping about 4,500 units per month of the $175 device. He has a new appliance model in the works as well, he said.

The modified 40-foot Freightliner C2 school bus is known as the SAMICH Truck, according to the company. That stands for Savory Accessible Marijuana Infused Culinary Happiness. It serves dishes like pulled pork sandwiches, cheese sandwiches and tomato soup and debuted in Denver on April 19 and 20, a holiday, of sorts, for marijuana enthusiasts.

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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.

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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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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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Denver Beer Co. to begin canning

Denver Beer Co. will can its Incredible Pedal IPA and Graham Cracker Porter starting in July 2014.

Excerpt:

Denver Beer Co. today announced Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA will be available in cans, year-round, beginning in July, 2014.Additional seasonal favorites will be introduced on a rolling schedule including Hey!Pumpkin in the fall of 2014, and a winter seasonal in late 2014. The brewery also released the can design for these first two varietals which will be sold at Denver-area liquor stores and on premises at both the Platte Street and Jason Street brewery locations.

Denver Beer Co. selected Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA as their first canned varietals based on their popularity among customers in the tap room.  Graham Cracker Porter is a Bronze Medal winner from the Great American Beer Festival.  Described as a campfire in a glass, Graham Cracker Porter is a robust brew with notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, mulling spices, and is 5.6% ABV.  Incredible Pedal is a hoppy IPA with lush floral, citrus, and tropical fruit notes, and is 7% ABV.

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Re/code looks at Denver startup scene

Re/code recently looked at the Denver-Boulder startup scene.

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It's hard to miss a pattern that has emerged in the current crop of tech startups either going public, being acquired or getting funded in recent months: While the majority have been based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, a fair number have also come from Colorado.

It has been about a year since Boulder-based Rally Software, a company that supplies software development tools in the cloud, raised $84 million in an IPO. More Colorado companies are likely headed down the IPO pipeline: Denver-based Ping Identity, which supplies software to help companies manage the login credentials of their employees, raised $44 million in a Series F last year in anticipation of an IPO that could happen this year. And just last week, Twitter acquired Boulder-based Gnip, a supplier of Twitter’s data stream, after it had raised about $7 million in two funding rounds.

While it's no Silicon Valley, Colorado's venture capital community is gaining momentum. Today the state's leading venture capital organization will announce a new conference called the Colorado Venture Summit to be held on June 19 that's intended to promote new business in the Rocky Mountain state, where VCs have invested roughly $3.5 billion since 2008.


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Utah podcast interviews Denver artist Kevin Eslinger

Schott Happens, a Utah podcast, talked to Denver artist Kevin Eslinger at the Salt Lake Comic Con.

Excerpt:

"I have sold at the Utah Arts Festival before," says Eslinger. "Utah hasn't oversaturated themselves with these kinds of shows. You have only a few festivals serving a large and wealthy population. That's why I come."

Eslinger also says Utah isn’t trying to do too much.

Listen to the rest here.
 

WSJ covers banking problems in cannabis industry

The Wall Street Journal recently covered the banking issues in the cannabis business in Denver.

Excerpt:

At Good Chemistry, a sleek marijuana shop near downtown Denver, owner Matthew Huron stocks an ATM with cash. Whenever a customer makes a withdrawal, the machine transfers money from the customer's account into Mr. Huron's account.

Having already lost 10 bank accounts, Mr. Huron also uses cash to pay every conceivable bill. He even paid a contractor $1 million in cash to build a warehouse for his business.

"What really bothers me is that we are working so hard to be good corporate citizens," he said. "And yet they stop everything at the bank. It's irrational."

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Patagonia invests in Denver-based CO2Nexus, reports Transworld Business

Transworld Business covered Patagonia's investment in Denver's CO2Nexus through its $20 Million & Change Fund.

Excerpt:

Today's announcement marks a significant investment made by Patagonia through its $20 Million & Change fund, launched in 2013 to help innovative, like-minded startup companies bring about solutions to the environmental crisis through business. The investment caps a Series A round of investment for CO2Nexus, based in Denver.

"Quite simply, processing textiles and apparel requires huge amounts of energy and water -- and both are in crisis," said Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario. "CO2Nexus is a great fit for $20 Million & Change -- it's a young company using business and innovation to bring about positive benefits to the environment. Patagonia is proud to invest in their success."

CO2Nexus' unique system, called TERSUS®, can process textiles using the same CO2 that provides fizz to beverages. It's fast, with 20-30 minute cycle times, and requires no separate dryer -- conserving significant energy as a result.

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CityMixer Volume 2 comes to Convercent

Subtitled "A Love Affair with Denver," CityMixer, the quarterly event from CityBuild Denver, was held at Convercent HQ at 929 Broadway from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tues. Apr. 22.

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Some love affairs are fleeting, they last but a moment and then are over. And then there are the love affairs that last a lifetime.

Eight Denver-lovers. Intimate conversations with each. Hear the stories, moments, projects and experiences that have made Denver the city we love today and the place that we will continue to love in the future. Speakers will share their stories in order to ignite the passion, fire, determination and creativity of audience members and inspire the future generation of leaders in Downtown Denver.

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Miami Herald reports on Fentress winning convention center redo

The Miami Herald covered Denver's Fentress Architects winning the first phase of a $500 million renovation at the Miami Convention Center.

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Fentress will serve as the design criteria professional for a renovation that will cost $500 million. As the design criteria professional, Fentress will draw up partial plans for the project. Its plans will become the basis of another city bid, this one for a "design-build" firm. The design-build firm will finish the plans and build the project.

Fentress specializes in designing public buildings. Its work has included convention centers in Denver, San Diego and Santa Fe.

Michael Winters, director of design and interiors for Fentress, said the studio aims to design a convention center that will "give back to the urban and civic environment."
 
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Entrepreneur profiles Denver-based Living Airstream

Entrepreneur did a profile of Denver-based Living Airstream, a company that rents the vintage trailers of the same name.

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Tents are fine. RVs can be fun. But no transitory home launches as many dreams of running away from it all as an Airstream. That's something Bill Ward counts on for his Denver-based business, Living Airstream, which rents out the gleaming aluminum trailers for events from camping to corporate. The instantly recognizable bullet-shape trailers are "an American icon like Harley-Davidson," Ward says.

Recreational renters can call one of his Airstreams, which include new models and vintage ones with 1960s-era amenities, home for a day or for months on end. Prices start at $175 per day for a vintage trailer; a monthlong rental of a new model costs $2,600. Many customers fall in the 50- to 80-year-old range and have been Airstream enthusiasts for decades. "This has the most diverse demographic of anything I have ever been involved with," Ward says.

He has sent Airstreams out for everything from camping trips and guest housing for weddings to hipsters looking for a backdrop for stylish selfies. They've also been used at Burning Man, the counterculture festival that takes place each summer in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

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Travel + Leisure pegs Euclid Hall on list of best beer bars

Travel + Leisure put Denver's Euclid Hall on a list of the country's best beer bars.

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"Beer Bitches" Jessica Cann and Jules Bouchard's expert sourcing have made this brick-walled 1863 landmark building one of the best beer halls in all of Colorado -- and according to Food & Wine, one of America's best gastropubs in one of America’s best cities for foodies. Locals belly up for 12 taps, beer cocktails, and an extensive menu of bottles and cans quirkily ranked by mathematical difficulty ("Arithmetic" session beers to strong, complex dubbel bad boys under "Quantum Mechanics"). Bestsellers like Boulevard’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Avery IPA get paired with way-above-average bar bites by James Beard-nominated Top Chef Masters star Jorel Pierce. euclidhall.com

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InTheCapital covers Steve Case's $100,000 investment in GoSpotCheck

InTheCapital covered Steve Case's Rise of the Rest" investment in Denver-based GoSpotCheck.

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To be one of 10 companies pitching at the first ever Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, is a big deal in itself. Having Steve Case there as a judge, though, means you've hit the jackpot. Or at least that's what we discovered Wednesday after the AOL co-founder and Revolution LLC investor surprised the 10 pitching startups with $100,000 investments each.

Case is a strong advocate of the "Rise of the Rest," or the notion that the rest of America will catch up to Silicon Valley in terms of innovation and venture capital investments. Not by coincidence, the startups demoing at Google's Demo Day came from seven regions – representing cities like Denver, Detroit, Nashville and Chicago – outside of the Bay Area of California.

"I've long known that great startups can be found everywhere, and not just in Silicon Valley," Case said in a statement. "I was so inspired by the consistent quality of each of the pitches that I made an on-the-spot decision to support each company."

....

GoSpotCheck (Denver, Colo.) – GoSpotCheck is a B2B SaaS product that allows field teams to collect, structure and analyze retail intelligence. The company’s native Android and iOS apps enable field team members to capture data quickly, while their web app instantly aggregates data for management in easy to understand charts and visuals.

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USA Today pegs Denver as seventh-healthiest city

USA Today tabbed Denver-Aurora as No. 7 on a Gallup Healthways list of the top 10 healthiest metro areas in the country, ahead of Minneapolis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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7. Denver-Aurora, Colo.

> Physical Health Index: 79.8
> Obesity rate: 19.3% (6th lowest)
> Blood pressure: 22.2% (7th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 12.7% (tied for 66th lowest)

A low obesity rate was one major reason the Denver metro area was one of the nation's healthiest. Less than one in five Denver-area residents were considered obese, considerably lower than the more than one in four of all Americans. According to a recent article from The Guardian, Denver is a "fitness mecca," with a well-established biking infrastructure and exercise culture. Unsurprisingly, residents of the Denver area were more likely than the vast majority of Americans to exercise on a regular basis, with more than 57% reporting 30-minute exercise sessions at least three times weekly. Regular exercise cannot only limit obesity, but also promotes overall physical health. The region also had one of America's lowest poverty rates, with less than 13% living under the poverty line. Poverty is linked to poor health outcomes because residents with low incomes often lack health education and the resources needed to afford healthy food, medicine and care service.

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Jalopnik covers Denver's Left Hand Utes

Jalopnik's Truck Yeah blog looked at Left Hand Utes, which imports Australia's answer to the El Camino and converts them for U.S. use.

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As many of you know, utes are basically the mullet of motor vehicles and a mainstay of Australian transportation -- sedan in the front, pickup truck in the back.

The bodystyle met its demise in America when the El Camino was put down in 1987, but it popularity continued to soar Down Under, making would-be utility car drivers in the States some fierce kinda jealous.

That's where Randy Reese comes in. He's has been operating "Left Hand Utes" in Denver for the last two years, shipping in Holden ute bodies from Australia as "parts only" vehicles and combining them with just enough American car parts to get them legally titled and registered here in the homeland.

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Entrepreneur looks at the business realities of legal weed

Entrepreneur reported on the business realities of legal weed in Denver and elsewhere.

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"The demand and growth has been a huge surprise," says Bob Eschino, co-founder of Medically Correct in Denver, Colorado, which makes a line of cannabis infused chocolate bars called Incredibles. "I've never seen anything like this and I've owned a business for the last 15 years."

Selling 40,000 chocolate-marijuana bars a month

Colorado and Washington, the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, could be called the U.S. guinea pigs on the business of cannabis. While many states are resistant to this new industry (and it is still illegal on the federal level), companies growing and selling marijuana and ones that support them are seeing so much demand they can hardly keep up.

Consider Medically Correct. According to Eschino, his company, which supplies medical dispensaries in Colorado, is selling 40,000 chocolate-marijuana bars a month and doesn’t have enough of the pot ingredients to meet the demand. Medically Correct's chocolate bars sell for $6.00 at the medical dispensaries and almost $10 in the retail market.

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Pacific Business News covers Denver-Hawaii startup

The Pacific Business News profiled Alex Tiller, and his startup that's in both Honolulu and Cherry Creek in Denver, Autowatts.

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Alex Tiller, the former CEO of Sunetric and special advisor to the CEO of Colorado-based RGS Energy, which is acquiring the Hawaii-based solar energy firm, is eventually going to focus his attention on his new startup, Autowatts.

"I'm a year away from really focusing on that,”"he told PBN. "There’s some really good stuff going on about that."

The startup, which will be run in both Hawaii and in Denver, where Tiller lives, helps consumers pair the purchase of an electric vehicle with a solar photovoltaic system for clean and eventually free fuel.

"We're looking to turn it into a national and global play," he said. 

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The Daily Meal gives nod to craft beer at Coors Field

The Daily Meal named Coors Field to a list of the best baseball stadiums for craft beer.

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Coors Field, Denver
Home Team: Colorado Rockies

Don't let the name of the stadium fool you. Since it’s located in one of the country's greatest beer cities, the stadium needs to offer up some craft beer options. Local beers that are not made by Coors are served up at stands all around the stadium. Rockies fans can enjoy brews from Colorado's own New Belgium, Breckenridge, Oskar Blues, and Odell breweries as well as Samuel Adams. Coors has also been running their own small brewery called the SandLot within the stadium, where they brew Blue Moon and its many varieties. But we suggest sticking to those local craft beers.
 
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NY Times looks at art in RiNo

The New York Times reported on Denver's RiNo neighborhood, name-dropping Meadowlark, MageFauna and the Source.

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Warmly embraced by youthful art enthusiasts in Denver, the River North Art District, known as RiNO, is in a former industrial area northeast of downtown. RiNO is the still-gritty home to dozens of galleries and artists’ studios, but the area now has cafes, restaurants, bars, music and a profusion of craft breweries. RiNO landed on the map in 2005, when a group of local artists trademarked the name for their cooperative, and it caught on as a moniker for the neighborhood. A highlight: the first Friday of each month, dozens of galleries open late for patrons.

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WSJ calls Denver Union Station financing "test case" for feds

A recent headline in the Wall Street Journal called Denver Union Station financing as "test case" for for federal loan programs.

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Behind the scenes, Denver’s revamped Union Station transit hub is venturing into unfamiliar territory: It is among the first such projects to draw much of its financial backing from two little-known federal-loan programs aimed mostly at other forms of transportation such as freight rail and highways.

How Denver fares, including how quickly it repays the $301 million in loans with property-tax gains from the blocks surrounding the hub, is being monitored by other transit systems searching for additional funding.

The loans came from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program, or RRIF, and the Transportation Department’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or TIFIA.

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NY Times delves into DAM's basement

The New York Times looked at undiscovered gems in storage at the Denver Art Museum and other cultural and scientific institutions.

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"You never know what you are going to discover," said Timothy J. Standring, a curator at the Denver Art Museum. He speaks from experience. As part of a process he calls "spring cleaning," Mr. Standring routinely inspects art that might not have been seen in decades.

At first, he hunts for clunkers -- candidates for deacquisition (museum-speak for getting rid of something). But in 2007, he found a keeper in a bin: a filthy oil painting of a Venice piazza in a battered frame. He suspected that the painting, which was attributed to a student of the Italian landscape painter known as Canaletto, might be by the celebrated teacher himself.

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Tacoma News Tribune peers into marijuana industry in Denver

The Tacoma News Tribune covered marijuana entrepreneurs in Denver.

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More than 100 people showed up for an event organized by the National Cannabis Industry Association as a mixer for its members and a send-off for an employee.

The trade association added members at the rate of two a day in the first month of Colorado retail pot sales, deputy director Taylor West said. Its national membership rolls soared from 150 to 430 in the past year.

Many of the members gathered at Jonesy’s Eat Bar had little or no direct contact with marijuana.

Amy Poinsett’s company makes tracking systems. Andy Joseph makes the machines that extract highly potent oil from the plants. Brian Vicente’s law firm does nothing but marijuana law. Jordan Dietrich has started a company he hopes will raise money to lend to businesses.

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Forbes looks at social marketing "cluster" in Denver

Forbes looked at  a "cluster" of social marketing startups in Denver.

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One last example of the cluster effect comes from Denver, home to some of the most Web-savvy small businesses and consumers in the country. A good proxy for this phenom is Roximity,which offers location-based ad targeting. Brands use Roximity to drive foot traffic, launch surgically precise mobile campaigns and access real-time campaign results. Its success highlights the enthusiasm of Denver’s local businesses to embrace mobile marketing, as well as the positive reception with which its residents greet location-based marketing.

Our view of small businesses is changing as we learn more about them. Never have we had so much access to information about where they cluster -- and why. As entrepreneurs build businesses that enable other small businesses, the volume of new business creation will grow, and those new small businesses will cluster around the cities that offer the warmest welcomes: those with like-minded businesses that understand their provide services and products specialized for their needs.

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Hollywood Reporter dishes on Layer3 TV move to Denver

The Hollywood Reporter profiled cable startup Layer3 TV raising $21 million in VC and its pending move from Boston to Denver.

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The company remains tightlipped about its product prior to launch. Binder said in a statement that "Layer3 TV merges the television experience with customers' digital lives in ways that engage and enhance the programming and distribution ecosystems."

While the company currently lists its headquarters in Boston, it looks like the company could soon move to Denver, already home to Liberty Global. The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Economic Development Commission has approved $2.9 million in job growth incentive credits for Layer3, which plans on creating 321 new jobs in the city.

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Green Bay Press-Gazette drinks in Denver's beer scene

Marty Bergin of the Green Bay Press-Gazette covered Denver's beer scene.

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Under an I-25 overpass, one block from a power plant and almost 1,000 miles from home, I catch a whiff of Wisconsin in Denver.

This is about beer, folks, not marijuana -- although the latter has drawn tons of attention since Jan. 1, when pot was legalized for recreational purposes in Colorado.

Almost 50 cannabis shops are licensed for recreational sales in Denver, slightly less than the number of brewpubs and breweries that produce at least 200 kinds of beer there.

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RxRevu profiled by Business Insider as Google of pharma

Business Insider recently profiled Denver-based startup RxRevu.

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The time is ripe for a year-old Denver-based startup called RxRevu, founded by a medical doctor, Dr. Kevin O'Brien.

RxRevu offers a way to make sure that patients aren't being overcharged for their prescriptions. It uses a massive drug database to ensure a doctor isn't prescribing a more expensive drug when a less expensive one is equally effective.

CEO Carm Huntress says that the company's goal is to "organize the world's pharmaceutical data" and to use better technology to change the way doctors, hospitals and insurance companies look at prescriptions.

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Multi-Housing News covers Cadence sale

Multi-Housing News covered Zocalo's recent sale of the Cadence Union Station apartment building in LoDo.

Excerpt:

The first multifamily property to open in Denver's emerging Union Station neighborhood, Cadence Union Station boasts unsurpassed amenities that include an 13th-story rooftop pool, fitness center, and a community jazz room furnished with a baby grand piano and original classic album artwork. First residents moved in this January, and the community is already 20 percent leased.

Zocalo's fourth LEED property, Cadence Union Station delivers on the company’s long-standing dedication to sustainable design and development.

It provides features like the Velo Room, a complete repair shop for bikes, skis and snowboards; one-to-one bike-to-auto parking; and an emphasis on indoor air quality and heating, cooling and lighting efficiencies that will likely trim utility costs for residents by a factor of 50 percent.

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Bloomberg Businessweek profiles Closely's Perch

Bloomberg Businessweek covers Perch, a mobile marketing app made by Denver-based Closely.

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Perch's own online-advertising blitz appears to be paying off. Evans says the app more than doubled users, to 32,000, in the first two months of 2014, from 15,000 at the end of last year, thanks to aggressive recruitment on Facebook. Evans says revenue should be about $1 million in 2014.

As users adopt the app, he expects Perch will extract valuable data on what kinds of strategies work for which businesses. For that kind of analysis, Perch needs to entice a greater number of business owners to sign up. To make his case, Evans falls back on a familiar pitch: His app can save small business owners time and hassle. "It's impractical to think about business owners saying, 'I'm going to have a Twitter tool and a Facebook tool and a Yelp tool,'" says Evans. "There are eight or nine things they need to be tracking. It's like, stop the madness."

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NerdWallet pegs Denver fourth cheapest beer city

NerdWallet calculated that Denver was the fourth least expensive beer city, based on beer prices, beer taxes and beer consumption.

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Get your bottle openers ready -- St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. If you're a beer lover, the amount you pay for a drink can depend on where you’re buying it. NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the least expensive cities for beer drinkers, using the following criteria:

1.    Relative affordability of beer: We calculated the affordability of beer using the cost of a six-pack of Heineken and the median income per worker in each city.

2.    Beer tax: We factored in the state beer tax incurred in each of the cities.

3.    Beer consumption: We looked at how much people drink in each state -- if there are more beer drinkers around, the city scores higher because of the relatively greater demand.
 
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LA Times reports on Devo frontman's MCA Denver exhibition

The Los Angeles Times reported on Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh's upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

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Ready for another celebrity art show? This one comes with a New Wave rock twist and some distinctive eyewear.

Mark Mothersbaugh -- the polymath musician and artist, best known for the band Devo -- will be the subject of a retrospective that will launch at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in October and will tour the country, with a planned stop at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2016.

"Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia" is scheduled to run Oct. 31 to Feb. 15, 2015, in Denver. The exhibition will feature a career survey of Mothersbaugh's art and music, from the early '70s to the present. The tour will take the show to cities including Minneapolis; Cincinnati; Austin, Texas; and New York. 

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Buffalo News looks at ties to Denver exhibitions

The Buffalo News looked at its home city's ties to a pair of arts exhibitions in Denver at the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Art Museum.

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 On Thursday night in Denver, members of the city’s art crowd got glitzed up in 1950s cocktail attire, made their way to the second-floor galleries of the Clyfford Still Museum and pretended for a few hours that they were in Buffalo. 

The occasion, complete with period-appropriate jazz and hors d’oeuvres, was the sold-out opening of the Still Museum’s "1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated," a partial remount of one of the most important art exhibitions in Buffalo’s history.

The show, made up largely of Still’s grand abstractions, is a teaser of sorts for the much larger "Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery," a long-planned national tour of the gallery's most prized artworks that begins March 2 in the nearby Denver Art Museum.

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Free Enterprise spotlights Denver Union Station

Free Enterprise, a publication from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, covered the Denver Union Station project.

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When discussions began nearly a decade ago in Denver of creating a modernized transit system to address the metropolitan area's sprawling growth, the business community braced for the kind of divisive debate that can derail major infrastructure projects.

But then something surprising happened. Local businesses, developers, environmentalists, residents and their elected officials got together and worked through their differences to create the conditions necessary to build a rail network that has brought widespread benefits to the Mile High City.

Rob Cohen, CEO of Denver-based IMA Financial Group, Inc., recalls how support from the community "forced a higher level of discussion" among leaders.

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CNN covers men's fashion in Denver

CNN just covered the rising menswear industry in Denver, and talked with Topo Designs, Ratio Clothing and other up-and-coming companies.

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"Colorado -- especially Denver -- is a lifestyle choice, a destination for someone who wants to be outdoors and still have the comforts and perks of a city," said Rose, who grew up in Wyoming and now lives in Fort Collins, about an hour from Topo's Denver headquarters.

Since 2008, Topo Designs has grown steadily, thanks to interest from across the United States and foreign markets like Japan and Germany. Last November, it opened its flagship store in Denver in a development made of reclaimed shipping containers.

Topo has also expanded into menswear that bears a similar aesthetic to its bags: simple and functional button-up shirts, jackets and pants that could be worn to work, to dinner or even for a hike in the Rockies. While growing profit margins certainly helped them expand operations, Rose credits a hospitable small business climate with allowing them to open a store much sooner than planned.

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Shape looks at cutting-edge fitness in Denver

Shape covered groundbreaking health performance testing at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

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In fall of 2013, the Vail Vitality Center and the Human Performance Lab at Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Denver debuted a performance test to the public that had previously only been offered to elite and professional athletes. Developed by Basque doctor Iñigo San Millán, it goes beyond discovering VO2 max (an indicator of your aerobic fitness) and lactate threshold (an indicator of your anaerobic fitness), and does what no other test has done before: It gives you an exact number range for your six heart rate training zones and pinpoints the exact beats per minute (BPM) when you stop burning fat and start burning carbs.

That's a big deal.

For well-trained athletes, it’s an exact science that reins in overtraining and prevents injury. In one collegiate team, San Millán and his crew decreased injuries threefold. For the rest of us, it's even more helpful: It proves that most people trying to get in shape push themselves too hard to burn fat.

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NY Times gives nod to coworking in Denver

The New York Times covered coworking at Creative Density in Denver's Uptown neighborhood.

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Joe Bunner, a sales executive from Austin, Tex., recently found himself in Denver for the day, with no place to work after a meeting had been canceled. "I didn’t want to go back to the hotel and get holed up in that box all day," said Mr. Bunner, who works for Dynamic Signal, a marketing company.

Then he heard about Creative Density, a co-working space nearby that provides a desk, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms and other office amenities. "I immediately felt at home," he said.

His entree was the Coworking Visa, one of a growing number of programs that help business travelers who are members of a co-working space gain access to others when they are on the road.

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Denver to get post-apocalyptic in crowdfunded graphic novel

Den of Geek! covered Denver, an upcoming graphic novel from bestselling writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti.

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PaperFilms announced today a Kickstarter campaign to fund the original graphic novel Denver, written by New York Times bestselling writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and illustrated by Pier Brito. The story is set after the world’s oceans have risen, most of humanity has perished and only one city has survived the disaster: the mile high city of Denver, Colorado. Max Flynn, a loyal Coast Border Guard, protects America’s last city and regulates new citizens seeking refuge there -- until an extreme group of individuals brings betrayal and blackmail and Max is forced to go against everything he has stood for in order to save the woman he loves.

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Business Insider names "26 Coolest Small Businesses in Denver"

Business Insider catalogued "The 26 Coolest Small Businesses in Denver," ranging from Rockmount Ranch Wear to Denver Kush Club to Denver Patio Ride to The Brown Palace.

Excerpt:

Like its residents, the small businesses of Denver are pretty cool.

They're finding clever new ways to bring a unique, local flavor to the city's food, retail, and services businesses.

The aptly named Mile High City is also a pioneer, sparking debate and new ways of thinking about America's drug culture. On January 1 it became legal to buy marijuana in Colorado without a prescription, which has inspired a growing number of cannabis-friendly companies and services.

From food trucks to barbershops, Denver's laid-back attitude is exemplified in its small businesses.

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IBM's Watson supercomputer teaming with Denver-based WellTok

TechCrunch looked at IBM's partnership with Denver-based social-health startup WellTok.

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With bring-Watson-to-market projects flush with capital, IBM’s big plans for its Jeopardy-winning computer have begun to take shape in the form of a new character: Dr. Watson. Today, further evidence of Watson’s future in healthcare arrived in the form of the Watson Group’s first venture investment, which saw it take the lead in the $22.1 million Series C financing of social health management startup, WellTok.

Since emerging in 2009, Denver-based WellTok has been on a mission to provide businesses with better ways to incentivize their employees to actually participate (and engage with) in company wellness plans. The startup offers a suite of Web and mobile social media-based solutions, as well as a social health management platform, to help health plans “consumerize” their services. In other words, by leveraging the ease-of-use, accessibility and cross-platform functionality now available in so many consumer-facing products, Welltok wants to help providers, and companies themselves, improve the user experience of their health plans and the health of their employees.

For Watson Group and IBM, the interest in WellTok is simple: Healthcare and healthcare applications are where they believe Watson can potentially have the biggest impact. In part, IBM is betting that the computer system’s technology could herald a new era of predictive analytics in healthcare. In other words, by instantaneously scanning millions of studies and academic records, for example, Watson’s technology could allow doctors to quickly find better treatment options for their patients.

Sacramento Business Journal looks at Denver's SCFD as model

The Sacramento Business Journal covered metro Denver's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District as a potential model for the California capital.

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Up until a buzzer shot donation last week, the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance was grappling with insolvency. Past studies have concluded fewer Sacramentans donate to the arts than the national average, and those who do donate, give less per capita than those nationwide.

Since 1988, the Denver region has directed one penny for every $10 spent on sales and use to about 300 arts organizations throughout seven-county region. The biggest beneficiaries include Denver’s arts museum, a performing arts group, the zoo, botanical gardens and a museum of nature and sciences. Outside of the city, the dollars funds things like community theater and concerts.

In 2013, the tax yielded $46 million for the arts, and supporters say the returns are significant.

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Techli reports on Denver-based Altruist

Techli recently profiled Altruist, a Denver startup that brings crowdfunding and philanthropy together.

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One evening on Twitter, I met a guy named Jared Janes from Denver.  He’s 26 and has big ideas on how he can make an impact on the world.  Truth be told, you’re probably a lot like him.  You work hard and want to make a difference.  But when you’re young, how do you make an impact? When you don’t have a lot of extra cash to donate to your favorite charitable organizations, creating change can be a daunting task.  And if you’re a startup entrepreneur, you don’t have a lot of free time to volunteer, either.  But, you might have at least $1 a month, right?

That’s why Janes started Altruist.  It’s a crowdsourced approach to giving that is looking to unite a diverse community of individuals to promote and fund charities.  "A lot of the successes we’ve seen with Kickstarter, small donations in large amounts, really can create a crazy amount of change," said Janes. "I’ve never been in a comfortable place in my career to be able to put a significant amount of money to a charity and feel like I could make a difference."

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NPR profiles Denver doctors

NPR profiled the Sawyer family of doctors and their changing work at Denver Health.

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What it means to be a doctor in America is changing.

The Affordable Care Act is one reason. But the federal health overhaul is just the latest factor among many that have affected the practice of medicine.

Just ask Drs. Robert and Michael Sawyer, a father and son in a family that has worked at Denver Health since the 1930s.

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Multi-Housing News covers luxury high-rise in Cherry Creek

The $92 million Steele Creek at 88 Steele St. will be 12 stories tall and likely set a record for price per unit in Denver, reports Multi-Housing News.

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CBRE has announced that it has brokered a loan of $92 million for the construction of a 218-unit, mixed-use, luxury high-rise rental community on the north side of Denver’s high-end Cherry Creek neighborhood that will likely set a new price-per-unit record in the market. The community, Steele Creek, is being developed by Denver-based multifamily real estate developer BMC Investments, with financing coming from publicly-traded REIT, UDR Inc.

"Nothing like this exists in Denver," Curtis Palmer, CBRE executive vice president tells MHN. "It’s basically the gateway to Cherry Creek, which is the preeminent market in the Denver MSA and we believe it’s going to be the nicest project there."

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HuffPost looks at Denver's lessons for healthy living

Huffington Post recently looked at Denver's pursuit of health and happiness.

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Football team aside, Denverites have quite a few things to be smug about, especially when it comes to city residents' health and well-being.

It may explain why everyone seems to want to move there. Denver is experiencing a boom lately. The city is the second-fastest growing in the country, with a 5 percent population growth between 2010 and 2012 alone. What's more, the downtown area is particularly primed, growing at five times the national rate.

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Tacoma News Tribune hashes out economic Super Bowl

The Tacoma News Tribune compared Super Bowl opponents Denver and Seattle from an economic perspective.

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The Denver region isn't dominated by one industry the way aerospace holds such sway over the Seattle-area economy, although aerospace is one industry that the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. touts on its website as being a significant presence in the regional economy.

Its aerospace cluster tends to focus more on defense and space than commercial aviation, with the economic development group noting that "Colorado has the nation's second-largest aerospace economy and is home to four military commands, eight major space contractors, and more than 400 aerospace companies and suppliers."

But that's not the only sector in which both regions are interested. Washington wants to be a big player in clean tech and clean energy. Colorado is already a big player, with such companies as wind-turbine maker Vestas and a strong research component through universities and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. One thing Colorado has that Washington doesn't is a sizable fossil-fuel energy sector; the revival of domestic oil and gas production has been a boost to the state's economy, including the Denver area where many energy companies maintain corporate offices.
 
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ABC News covers Denver County Fair marijuana contests

ABC News -- and Jimmy Kimmel and most everybody else -- covered the Denver County Fair earlier this week to discuss this year's marijuana contests.

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There won't actually be any marijuana at the fairgrounds. The judging will be done off-site, with photos showing the winning entries. And a live joint-rolling contest will be done with oregano, not pot.

But county fair organizers say the marijuana categories will add a fun twist on Denver's already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and a contest for dioramas made with Peeps candies.

"We thought it was time for us to take that leap and represent one of the things Denver has going on," said Tracy Weil, the fair's marketing and creative director.

The nine marijuana categories include live plants and clones, plus contests for marijuana-infused brownies and savory foods. Homemade bongs, homemade roach clips and clothing and fabric made with hemp round out the categories.

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D.C.'s 1776 blogs on Denver as tech town

Washington, D.C.'s 1776 tech hub recently blogged about Denver as a tech town.

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The beautiful weather and topography conducive to an outdoor lifestyle is what draws many people to the Centennial State. Rob Auston, cofounder of Auckland Outdoors, a Denver-based startup, believes that the attributes of active people help spur entrepreneurial activity.

"You can’t just fake it," he said. "You've got to put in the time. I think that [drive is] a characteristic of active people, and there are a lot in Denver."

One of the keys to building a successful startup community is having great talent, and one of the ways to lure great talent is with an attractive location, something that Colorado has in spades.

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Fodor's highlights five Denver eateries

Fodor's Travel recently higlighted "5 Restaurants to Watch in Denver."

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1. Root Down Den

You don't even have to leave the airport to find on-trend eats upon arriving in Denver. The newly opened Root Down in Terminal C at Denver International Airport -- sister restaurant to the original Root Down downtown -- brings a taste of globally influenced cuisine and a cool, eclectic atmosphere to travelers. The space features reclaimed materials (like illuminated globes suspended from the ceiling, a living wall with mint and other herbs, and salvaged airplane instruments). Vegan and gluten-free options abound: Standouts include sweet potato falafel, edamame hummus, and country-fried tofu with beet and fennel slaw.

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NBC News reports on Lawrence Argent's work in China

NBC News talked to the creator of the big blue bear at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver -- officially titled I see what you mean -- Denver-based Lawrence Argent created another super-sized piece of public art: a panda in China called I am here.

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A massive art work of a climbing panda, 50 feet tall and weighing 13 tons, now clings to the side of Chengdu's new International Finance Square, a massive office, retail and hotel complex, that opens this week.

It’s the creation of Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent, whose previous works include a giant blue bear looking into a Denver convention center, and a giant red leaping rabbit at Sacramento Airport.

"I think it can ignite something," said Argent, who is in Chengdu this week. "Art can be a vehicle to raise awareness and make people conscious of the plight of the Panda and the need to protect them."

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NY Times spotlights DAM Impressionist gift

The New York Times ArtsBeat blog covered the Impressionist collection worth $100 million Frederic C. Hamilton recently donated to the Denver Art Museum.

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The works include van Gogh’s 1887 "Edge of a Wheat Field With Poppies," which will be the first van Gogh to enter the museum's collection. Besides European works, the donation also includes pieces by major American Impressionists like Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase. The gift has "forever changed the museum's ability to deliver world-class exhibitions and programs," said Christoph Heinrich, the museum’s director, and it transforms the museum's holdings of Impressionism into one of the most important in the West.

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Laughing Squid spotlights "Last Year of Selfies" by Denver artist

Laughing Squid helped Kyle Warfield's yearlong selfie GIF go viral.

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Last Year of Selfies
"Last Year of Selfies" is an impressive project by Denver, Colorado artist Kyle Warfield. He spent the last year taking daily photos of himself and then turned them all into one awesome animated GIF. A flip book of Kyle’s animation is available to purchase online.

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San Antonio company building high-rise in Golden Triangle

San Antonio-based Lynd is building a 16-story apartment in the Golden Triangle, reports the San Antonio Express-News

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San Antonio-based development firm Lynd has started construction on a 16-story residential high-rise in downtown Denver.

The 224-unit multifamily high-rise is located in the city's Golden Triangle neighborhood. Units will range in size from 485-square-foot studios to more than 2,000-square-foot three bedroom apartments, according to a news release.

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WashPo wonders if Colorado will get an innovation boost from legal pot

The Washington Post looked at the potential for an innovation boom in Colorado because of legal marijuana in a piece titled, "Is Colorado about to get a Rocky Mountain innovation high?"

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Colorado's new marijuana law also has the potential to lead to the formation of an entirely new type of Creative Class in cities such as Boulder and Denver. As Richard Florida has explained in a series of books and articles starting with The Rise of the Creative Class more than a decade ago, the key to urban revitalization and economic development starts with creating a robust Creative Class. The logic is relatively simple – once you get a critical mass of creative thinkers in a densely populated area, you start to see things like new cafes, coffee shops, art galleries, and independent bookstores. That, in turn, attracts other people to the area, which sets off a virtuous circle of economic gentrification, as abandoned buildings are transformed into urban lofts.

Denver could become the new Brooklyn, with stoners replacing hipsters as the arbiters of the new cultural zeitgeist. Viewed from this perspective, Colorado's pot smokers could become the vanguard of a new influx of artists, writers and musicians to the state. Attracted by the high life, entrepreneurs and professionals in creative fields such as marketing and design would soon follow. As they put down roots and revitalize urban areas, they would attract other creative professionals such as scientists, engineers, and technologists. In short, city planners would be tripping over themselves in a pot-induced daze to attract other pot smokers, rather than finding ways to keep them out.

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Dallas Morning News looks at Denver's art scene

Rick Brettell, the Dallas Morning News art critic, likes what he sees in the arts in Denver.

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If Dallas is Big D, what is Denver? Little D?

In some enviable ways, Denver has the advantage: its spectacular scenery, historical depth, football team (at present) and access to mountain leisure, the latter much sought after by Dallasites. The art scene has some parallels to Dallas’ and its own particular strengths, as well.

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Reuters invisibility story cites Denver's RavenBrick

Reuters took a look at innovative invisibility technology, and spoke with Denver-based RavenBrick.

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Eventually, says Wil McCarthy, chief technology officer of Denver-based smart window maker RavenBrick LLC and holder of a patent he hopes will bring metamaterials to polarising windows, metamaterials will be incorporated without much fanfare.

"The people buying these products will have no idea how they work, and won't know or care that they're doing things that were previously considered impossible," he says.

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Bloomberg looks at Denver's real-estate boom

Bloomberg covered Denver's booming real-estate market. Sources cited affordability and quality of life, as well as big companies eying the market for investments and office space.

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Lyndsey and Sameer Lodha had their pick of cities to call home after Sameer, a former equities trader who’s now a hand surgeon, got several job offers upon completing his residency.

The couple passed on New York, where Sameer lived when he worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and San Francisco because both were too expensive. They chose Denver, moving into an apartment with their 16-month-old daughter in August.

"We wanted green and outdoor space but we don’t want to live in the suburbs," said Lyndsey, 34, an anesthetist. "Denver has both. Lots of open spaces, great school options and a very vibrant city life. And it’s affordable."

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WSJ profiles Pizzeria Locale

The Wall Street Journal took a look at new Chipotle venture, Pizzeria Locale, and its expansion plans in Denver -- and beyond.

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Pizza is getting a Chipotle makeover.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has quietly joined a growing group of restaurants aiming to change how we eat pizza. The ascendant Mexican-food chain known for its mix of healthy-enough, fast-enough food, has the blueprint from its burritos: Make pizza fast, individually tailored and with higher-quality ingredients than low-end competitors. The restaurant's executives want to carve out a niche between eating pizza at home and heading to a high-end, sit-down Italian restaurant. Pizza is one of the most popular meals in the U.S. but it's eaten most often via delivery or the supermarket freezer aisle.

Chipotle helped finance the Denver opening earlier this year of Pizzeria Locale, a restaurant that aims to serve pizza just as Chipotle does burritos. Diners standing in line choose from toppings like fresh mozzarella and prosciutto while watching their food being made. Individual 11-inch pies cost around $6.50 and take a few minutes to make. Diners pay at the counter. A glass-enclosed, climate-controlled dough-making room is prominently placed in the restaurant for easy viewing.

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Business Insider names Denver food truck one of "50 Coolest Small Businesses in America"

Business Insider pegged the Crock Spot food truck as one of the country's 50 coolest small businesses.

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What it is: A food truck that serves customizable slow-cooked meals.

What makes it cool: Started by a couple who wanted to share their "slow-cooked perfection," Crock Spot offers custom-made slow-cooked meals from multiple locations in Denver.

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NY Times covers impact of medical marijuana in Colorado

The New York Times profiled the benefits of medical marijuana on children with seizures and patients with other maladies in Colorado.

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The other mother featured in the video, Heather Jackson, was so convinced by the potential of CBD that she is now the executive director of the Realm of Caring Foundation.

Ms. Jackson said her son, Zaki, who once had 200 seizures a day, still faces a host of developmental disabilities, and will probably need help for the rest of his life. But she said he had gone 14 months without a seizure. A pretreatment recording of electrical activity in his brain showed a heaving chaos of huge spikes and deep troughs. A readout taken several months in showed smoother rises and falls.

"It's really incredible," Ms. Jackson said in an interview. "For whatever reason, this has put his syndrome into remission."

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Thrillist tabs Old Major as one of the country's best new restaurants

Thrillist pegged Old Major in LoHi one of the country's top 30 new restaurants that opened in 2013.

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Denver's LoHi neighborhood is bursting at the seams with new, popular bars and restaurants, but Old Major's "elevated farmhouse cuisine" stands out among the pack with exceptional cocktails and decadent, inventive cuisine (think CO rib eye with bleu cheese, foie gras butter, and pork fat fries). If you're smart and/or just understand weekly calendars, swing by on a Wednesday, where you can watch the chef/owner butcher two pigs in-house, you saucy, food-based voyeur! 

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Wired covers game soundtracked by ManCub

Wired looked at Waiting in Line 3D, an ultra-boring video game with a soundtrack by Denver's electro-noise pop outfit, ManCub

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Interactive artist Rajeev Basu has teamed up with a Denver-based musician called Alex Anderson (AKA ManCub) to create a video game soundtracked by Anderson's first single, "Friends Listen."

The video game, called Waiting in Line 3D, is a first-person punching game about a man waiting in a queue. Because waiting in line is so dull, the player has to punch themselves in the face to stay awake. You have to be careful not to punch too often, or you'll kill yourself.

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Vice interviews Denver's Wheelchair Sports Camp

 Vice recently published a Q&A with Wheelchair Sports Camp's Kalyn Heffernan about songwriting, weed and Kanye West.

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Kalyn Heffernan is 42 inches tall, has been diagnosed with a brittle bone disease, is confined to a wheelchair, smokes lots of weed, and won't hesitate to publicly shame anyone who gets on her bad side with a brutal rap track. Kalyn is the emcee and driving force of Denver’s Wheelchair Sports Camp, a hip-hop group that mixes classic beats with jazz and avant-garde sound experiments. The group formed while Kalyn was in college, with just her rapping and a DJ supplying the beats, but has evolved into a shifting lineup that sometimes features drums, a saxophone, and even a sitar.

Her music deals with social inequalities relating to handicap people, as well as getting blazed as fuck and how much cops suck. On her song, "This Bitch…" Kalyn attacks problems with healthcare, and on "Party Song" she taunts, "rock, let the midget hit it/cops on my jock, make 'em, cough/cus I'm sicker with it." More recently, she's started to make beats for rapping Haitians who were displaced by the 2010 earthquake, and called out Goodwill for paying handicap people less than minimum wage.

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Legwork Studio profiled in Web Designer

Web Designer recently interviewed Sean Klassen of the Golden Triangle's Legwork Studio.

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Founded in 2007, Legwork Studio is the brainchild of three college friends Joey Bullock, Aaron Ray and Sean Klassen. Sean studied sociology, Aaron motion graphics, and Joey business. Over the years they grew closer and, like many other agency founders, continued to feel that the work they were doing at the time was unfulfilling. Eventually it became clear that they could be doing much more interesting work, but this would mean branching out on their own.

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AP covers Wayin

The Associated Press took a look at Denver-based social media startup Wayin

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Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money.

Wayin has partnered up with the Denver Broncos to project tweeted photos and tweets from fans onto the Sports Authority Field at Mile High's Thundervision 2, the stadium's marquee 40-foot high, by 220 foot wide video scoreboard.

The software allows ads to be placed next to the tweets to generate revenue. It's unclear how that could impact Twitter's bottom line. None of the companies would discuss how much money is generated through the deal.

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CNBC profiles UrgentRx

CNBC looked at Denver-based UrgentRx and its rise with its single-dose medications.

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Entrepreneur Jordan Eisenberg came up with a business idea that has drawn investments from four billionaires: Sam Zell, Herb Simon, David Bonderman and, as Eisenberg put it, "one family you've never heard of—who'd think there's a billionaire you've never heard of?"

Eisenberg created UrgentRx, a Denver-based company that sells single-dose generic medications for everyday health problems like headaches and indigestion.

What's novel about the company, though, is the visible shelf space it's been able to use without paying the usual high costs associated with displays. Instead of vying for traditional space next to well-established brands, Eisenberg has created his own custom-designed displays for areas where there's been nothing at all—essentially wasted space.

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OC Register covers CommutePays move to Denver

CommutePays has moved from California to Denver, reports the Orange County Register.

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A startup tech company aims to ease the financial and emotional burden of commuting a bit with a free smartphone app that offers perks for road warriors.

CommutePays uses a patent-pending system to track how many miles commuters log each day. Those miles are banked, to be exchanged later for a free sandwich at the local Subway, for example, or a $5 gift card for Starbucks.

If users want to simply let CommutePays track their mileage, they can cash in on offers from participating businesses, having sacrificed little more than time off their phone’s battery life.

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High Times covers Voodoo Doughnut in Denver

High Times looked at Voodoo Doughnut's new location in Denver.

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The new Denver store "Very much matches our first Voodoo location," Shannon says, meaning that the gritty vibe of the new neighborhood is in tune with the spirit of the flagship location, which is nestled between adult bookstores and bars in "The crotch of Portland." In Denver's Colfax neighborhood, “there’s a dispensary nearby, a tattoo parlor, a gay bar and a dentist," Shannon continues, "we spent two-and-a-half years searching for the perfect location." The new spot will even have its own special namesake doughnut, a "Colfax Cream," and a protective spirit-channeling mascot in the form of a black velvet painting of Pam Grier, a Denver native.

The shop will develop its own distinct culture, and the staff will be encouraged to celebrate the locale in unique ways. Employees are valued at Voodoo. According to Cat Daddy, "it's a fast-food job, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of people. We could be dicks and mechanize everything, but we know our employees are worth more than the hourly wage we pay them."

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WSJ looks at "New York Chic" in Denver

The Wall Street Journal shined a spotlight on the penthouse at The Beauvallon.

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Ms. Wright, 50, designed the space with Denver-based architect Jonathan Saiber of Saiber Saiber Architecture. The space was 'an empty shell' when they began, but now has 'a very upscale, urban feel to it,' she said. The Beauvallon, which is comprised of two towers, was completed in 2004-'05 and has commercial space on the first two floors. The Wrights' apartment includes a combined living, dining and kitchen space, pictured here. 

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Parade gives nod to Real Dill

Parade magazine named The Real Dill as the country's second-best artisan pickle.

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2. The Real Dill Habenero Horseradish Dills: The Denver-based buddy team behind The Real Dill aren’t kidding around with their name -- their pickles are the real deal. Their Habenero Horseradish Dills have a kick, but aren’t overpowering, making them the perfect accompaniment to a sandwich or burger. The Real Dill also offers up jars of Jalapeño Honey Dills, Aji Chile Sours, Caraway Garlic Dills, and an incredible Bloody Mary Mix (which they recommend mixing with tequila).

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GigaOM talks to AlchemyAPI about power of cloud computing

GigaOM spoke with Elliot Turner, Founder and CEO of Denver-based Alchemy, about the impact of cloud computing on building applications.

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In Denver last month, I stopped by the offices of AlchemyAPI, a startup doing deep learning to deliver text-analysis services (and soon image-recognition and more) via API. Almost more impressive than the technology was a conversation with Founder and CEO Elliot Turner about all the people and companies using the service. Some of them are actually using it to power consumer-facing applications without ever having to invest resources in deep learning research themselves.

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NPR spotlights Denver hotel boom

National Public Radio focused on Denver's hotel boom on a story on national growth in the industry.

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MARKUS: But it comes at a cost. Gleason's says he's paying a little more than he expected for his room at the Sheraton. That's because Denver's hotel market is red hot - more than 80 percent of rooms were filled last month. And that justifies higher prices and new construction.

(SOUNDBITE OF HAMMER)

MARKUS: Crews hammer away at a $50 million project converting the historic Union Station downtown into a full service hotel and transportation hub.

(SOUNDBITE OF CONSTRUCTION)

MARKUS: The developer is Sage Hospitality, run by Walter Isenberg. Hotel room revenue is up by more than a third in Denver. And he says the recovery in the hotel industry is top-down. Conventions, corporate and leisure travel are all back.

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Health Policy Solutions looks at impact of ACA on wellness programs

Health Policy Solutions looked at the Affordable Care Act's impact on workplace wellness programs, including that of Oakwood Homes in Denver.

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For decades, corporations have experimented with wellness programs in an attempt to improve their employees' health and reduce the cost of health insurance. Lunch-hour yoga classes, free flu shots, smoking cessation programs and other offerings have often been provided, occasionally with incentives for participants.

Now, as additional elements of the Affordable Care Act are implemented, organizations and their employees will have new encouragement to get in the game.

Starting with health insurance policies effective Jan. 1, 2014, losing weight, controlling cholesterol, quitting smoking or even just attempting to achieve better health could be profitable. In some states, employees could see their premiums cut by as much as 30 to 50 percent for achieving certain wellness goals. Colorado has limited them to a maximum of 20 percent of premiums.

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VentureBeat profiles Fresh Jets

VentureBeat recently covered Fresh Jets, a startup based at Galvanize in Denver.

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Fresh Jets launched its apps today that connect corporate travelers with seats on private jets.

"What was once considered Neiman Marcus experience has quickly become a Walmart experience," CEO and cofounder Timmy Wozniak told VentureBeat. "But for a small and growing percentage of people, flying is actually improving on private aircraft. However, there is no centralized distribution system for private jet charter companies to sell flights, leading to a non-existent place for customers to search and find flights easily."

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NY Times looks at Western exhibit by DAM director

The New York Times reported on an exhibit of Western bronzes co-organized by the Thomas Brent Smith, Director of the Denver Art Museum's Petrie Institute of Western Art..

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The art of the American West has long been honored in the states whose history it records, but it hasn’t always been accepted in the larger art world. Thirty years ago, it was often seen as an out-of-touch genre, fed by a love of nostalgia and history.

But today, according to Thomas Brent Smith, the director of the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art, scholarship is creating a renewed appreciation for the field. As evidence, he points to “The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from Dec. 18 to April 13 before traveling to his own institution and the Nanjing Museum in China.

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Esquire recommends Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey

Esquire named Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey as one of "7 Flavored Liquors Actually Worth Drinking."

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Bourbon and peaches are a match made in heaven, usually served in the form of Grandma’s cobbler. Here, the Denver distillers behind a series of fruit whiskies based on 19th-century practices (they also have apple and blackberry flavors), blend their miniscule-batch whiskey with freshly-juiced local peaches then age it in used bourbon barrels. The result is a rich, dessert-wine-like spirit, melding the sweetness of American whiskey with the complex tartness of eventually-oxidized peaches.

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NY Times looks at what $1.25 million gets you in Denver

"What You Get for ... $1,250,000?" in the New York Times took a look at Denver vs. Minneapolis vs. Boston.

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DENVER

WHAT: A five-bedroom four-and-a-half-bath Tudor

HOW MUCH: $1,250,000

SIZE: 5,292 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $236

SETTING: This house is in the Seventh Avenue Historic District, a two-and-a-half-mile corridor of early 20th-century houses with a broad, grassy median. The surrounding neighborhood, North Country Club, consists mostly of older single-family homes in a variety of styles, including Colonial Revival, Gothic, Mediterranean and bungalow. Groceries, restaurants and cafes are within a few blocks; the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, a large, upscale mall, is about a mile and a half away. Downtown Denver is two miles away.

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Forbes spotlights Nokero

Forbes recently profiled Nokero, a Denver-based solar-lightbulb maker.

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Solar-powered light bulbs for the poor: A growing number of social enterprises are selling such technology to bottom of the pyramid households in Africa, India and other countries. One of the first to do so, Denver-based Nokero (for No Kerosene) just introduced its next generation of products, as it works to make the company’s management more professional -- and able to grow the enterprise even more.

A little more background on the issue:  Around 1.3 billion of world’s population lacks access to reliable electricity. Most of them use kerosene lamps, which are very very very expensive compared to incandescent lamps, (people spend as much as 30% of their income on kerosene-based fuels, according to Nokero), cause deadly fires (If you live without electricity, you’re seven times more likely to die by fire than someone with electricity, according to Katsaros), and contribute to air pollution. They don’t produce a whole heck of a lot of light, either.

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Tivoli makes list of top 25 student unions

The Tivoli on the Auraria campus in Denver made the Best College Reviews list of the country's top 25 student uniuons.

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Housed in the historic building that was originally the Tivoli Brewing Company, the Tivoli Union is located in the Auraria neighborhood of Denver. Although it is now used for student organization offices and meeting rooms, the building still retains its historic charms, including the copper brewing kettles and a large barrel lift. In fact, the Tivoli is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Denver landmark. The one-of-a-kind student union serves the students and faculty members of not one, but three different university campuses. It serves as the hub of student activity for highest-enrolled campuses in the region of the University of Colorado Denver, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. The Tivoli Student Union is the residence for the Auraria Bookstore, Early Learning Center, Higher Ed Center, and a large variety of food service options.


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