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Jul 10, 2018

Denver rent “buy-down” program that will subsidize market-rate apartments receives green light from council

The Denver City Council signed off Monday on an unusual pilot program that will “buy down” the rent for 125 households so that they can afford to live in market-rate apartments and other rental housing. Mayor Michael Hancock and city housing officials have portrayed the $1 million subsidy program as a targeted way to help some low- and middle-income families stay in Denver after years of fast-rising rents.

Jul 10, 2018

Paul Pazen sworn in as Denver Police Department chief

Unifier. That’s the one word Mayor Michael Hancock used Monday to describe Denver’s new police chief, Paul Pazen. “There’s no question this great man we’re about to swear in as the chief of police is a unifier,” Hancock said. “A unifier in the department. A unifier in the community.”

Jul 10, 2018

Denver gives scooter companies Bird, Lime a roadmap to get legal

After ordering electric-scooter companies Bird and Lime to remove their zippy transports from city sidewalks, Denver on Friday gave them a road map for a pilot permit program that could spur their return within weeks.

Jul 09, 2018

Denver City Council to consider tax hike for parks

The Denver City Council will consider a proposal Monday to raise the sales tax by .25 percent for park maintenance and upkeep. The proposal was strongly supported during a committee hearing in June and is now heading to the full city council for a vote. Mayor Michael Hancock will then have the final say on whether the initiative should make it onto the November ballot.

Jul 09, 2018

Get Ready for Citywide Dockless Bike-Share (and the Return of Scooters)

DPW created the new type of permit [PDF] after scooter companies Lime and Bird set up shop last month. The companies were uninvited — and their products sometimes blocked sidewalks — but the nimble, zippy scooters immediately gained a following. Besides, Mayor Michael Hancock says he wants more people to get around car-free. So the streets department has cleared a path for the scooter companies to return.

Jul 09, 2018

“Uber” for lawn care launches in Denver

GreenPal, an app that connects homeowners with local lawn care professionals launches in Denver this week. Described as the Uber for lawn care, GreenPal allows homeowners to list their lawns with service dates and lawn care needs. Professionals can then bid on properties based on Google street and aerial images and any other lawn information homeowners provide through the app.

Jul 09, 2018

The First Residential Building Opens at the 9th and Colorado Development

It has been almost three years since the building implosion on the former campus of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center kicked off a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project with a bang. This spring, the new development at 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard reached a major milestone as the first residents moved into the Theo luxury residences, a joint venture between Continuum Partners and CIM Group. This nine-story building, offering 275 rental units atop 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, is the first piece of the high-profile, 26-acre, urban-infill project to reach completion.

Jun 29, 2018

Traffic advisory: Colorado Blvd. and Arizona Ave.

Denver Water crews are repairing a 12-inch diameter water main that broke around 1 a.m. this morning on South Colorado Boulevard and East Arizona Avenue. Southbound South Colorado Boulevard is closed between East Mississippi Avenue and East Louisiana Avenue. Drivers should avoid the area and seek alternate routes, if possible. Businesses on South Colorado Boulevard between East Mississippi Avenue and East Arkansas Avenue are out of water during the repairs. An update will be provided once there is a better estimate on when water will be restored and southbound Colorado Boulevard reopened.

Jun 28, 2018

Denver prepares to legalize dockless scooters

A proposed new pilot program in Denver would allow companies like Lime and Bird to operate legally, but it would strictly limit where the vehicles can be stored and used.

Jun 28, 2018

Cyclists to everyone else: Forget scooters. What about cars in bike lanes?

There’s been a lot of noise about the Scooter Wars and where electric scooters can and can’t be driven, but cyclists want to know: What about the parked cars in bike lanes causing chaos in our Denver streets?

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