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Jun 14, 2018

Depending How You Look At It, Denver Green Roof Changes Are Simpler Or More Complex

A Denver task force is finishing up revisions on one of the strictest green roof policies in the country. The proposed changes would give large buildings in downtown Denver more choices in how they comply with the ordinance voters approved last fall. The Denver green roof ordinance is modeled after a Toronto law. The goal is for green roofs to absorb heat and suck up water, slowing down stormwater that can flood streets.

Jun 14, 2018

Low-income renters at risk of eviction in Denver can now seek legal help from a City Council-backed defense fund

Struggling renters who face eviction in Denver can now receive help from a pilot legal defense program that launched Wednesday with money provided by the City Council. Several council members announced the program in January after pooling money that mostly came from taxpayer funds in their leftover office budgets. The fund for the pilot has grown to $131,500, drawing budgetary or personal donations from all 13 members.

Jun 13, 2018

Why walkable streets are more economically productive

These are all valid arguments and may convince some of those reading this article that walkability is important. But what I want to talk about today isn’t an argument based on values or aesthetics. It’s an argument based on pure dollars and cents — one that should convince people with a myriad of values and political leanings that people-oriented places must be a priority if we want our communities to be economically prosperous.

Jun 13, 2018

Denver’s proposed sales tax for parks gains support from at least 9 City Council members

A proposed Denver ballot measure that would create a dedicated sales tax to acquire and maintain parks has attracted nine City Council members as co-sponsors. That strong-majority support on the 13-member council was revealed Tuesday afternoon as a committee unanimously advanced the measure to the full council. A final vote (along with an hour long public hearing) is possible as soon as July 9.

Jun 12, 2018

Denver sales tax hike would pay for more parks under city councilman’s proposal

The idea of a dedicated parks tax — which would raise nearly $46 million a year — is being floated by Jolon Clark, who spent his career as a parks advocate before winning a seat on the City Council in 2015. He was associate director at the nonprofit Greenway Foundation, which works to improve parks and open spaces.

Jun 12, 2018

How Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses

Kenmore Boulevard in Akron, Ohio is in the process of a street redesign which may involve the loss of some on-street parking spots in order to create protected bike lanes. This sort of transition is happening all over the country as more and more cities recognize the transformative impact that bike lanes can have on their city, as well as the prosperity that impact can create.

Jun 11, 2018

Object Blocking a Bike Lane You're Cycling In?

If you're an urban cyclist, you know how annoying it is when you're riding inside a protected bike lane and suddenly come across an object blocking the path — whether it be a car, a pile of snow, trash cans, a bus, a delivery truck or (as is ironically often the case) a police cruiser.

Jun 11, 2018

Denver's Commission on Cultural Affairs Seeking New Members

Determining how arts and culture can shape the future of Denver is no small task. The role of arts in gentrification, the proliferation of street art, the future (or lack thereof) of DIY spaces, equity in funding, access to the arts, and the state of the city's arts plan, Imagine 2020, all top the list of issues on the table.

Jun 08, 2018

Bye-bye, Bird? Denver starts impounding dockless electric scooters

True to its word, Denver Public Works is impounding the electric scooters that have created a minor controversy in the city. Denver officials —one wearing a vest emblazoned with the words "Denver Special Police" — were spotted Thursday confiscating a Bird scooter at 17th Avenue and North Broadway. DPW issued a statement Friday stating it had ordered the companies to remove them from public right of ways. Today the agency confirmed it is confiscating the scooters if they are left unattended on sidewalks or other public areas.

Jun 08, 2018

The Free Ride brings 6-person shuttles to Denver

The 16th Street Mall bus is no longer the only free ride in town. The Free Ride, a New-York based startup that provides shuttles in six-person electric vehicles, is adding three vehicles in downtown Denver.

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