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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."

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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.


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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CNBC tokes up at Adagio Bud & Breakfast

The segment covered the weed-friendly inn in Denver.

Excerpt and video:

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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Christian Science Monitor reports on GrowHaus

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


"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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NY Times explores real estate in RiNo

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


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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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.


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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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.

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.



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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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."


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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The Guardian covers "420 friendly" tourism industry in Denver

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


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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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."


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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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


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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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."


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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