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YIMBY Denver group forms to counter NIMBYs

A small, recently formed group plans to be involved in the City and County of Denver's growth-related issues as part of the Yes In My Backyard movement. (Courtesy YIMBY Denver)
A small, fledgling, informal group of Denver residents wants to “bring the voice of yes” to the city as it considers how to address growth-related issues like affordable housing, transportation and parking, according to the group’s “unofficial leader.” Part of a small but growing nationwide movement called Yes In My Backyard, YIMBY Denver formed after […]

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Denver City Council’s small lot parking code dispute leads to delay

Cars parked in front of the Denver Civic Center. With Denver's population exploding, disagreements have erupted on City Council over small lot parking restrictions. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
Almost every new resident of Denver adds another automobile to the city’s already crowded roads and highways, and those cars and trucks need a place to park when their owners are home or elsewhere. The advent of “micro” housing units, also known as tiny houses, in established Denver neighborhoods led to concerns over the city’s […]

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ICYMI: The week that was in politics

Colorado lawmakers hope they can finally make some headway over the construction defects issue and help spur more condominium growth. But another bill is attempting to address the affordable housing issue from a different angle: mobile home parks and how their residents might be able to stay in them when an owner wants to sell […]

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Denver Council priorities could cost $1.5B

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Faced with one of the fastest growth rates among major U.S. cities nationwide, Denver City Council has identified a range of priorities and goals to help guide budgeting decisions and to decide policy priority areas. Those include more than $1 billion in infrastructure needs and projects alone. Each year, the Council holds a retreat to […]

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‘Weird year’ so far at Capitol: Protest politics and open-minded cooperation

Protesters supporting the Affordable Care Act gather on the steps of the Colorado state Capitol building Jan 31, 2017. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
The legislative session in Colorado has been running for a month. Donald Trump has been president for three weeks. The national political tumult that has marked the early days of the administration has resulted in a stream of public protest in the state and angry exchanges at the Capitol. Two weekends ago, the day after […]

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Financing plans considered for Sloans projects

The Kuhlman Building, which formerly housed nurses for St. Anthony Hospital near Sloan's Lake in northwest Denver, is slated to be renovated to provide 49 affordanble housing rental units as part of a redevelopment project of the former hospital site. (Courtesy denverrealestatewatch.com)
A 77-year-old building that played a key role in Denver’s early history will try to help address the city’s current affordable housing crisis, as the “Sloans Block 3” redevelopment project on the former St. Anthony Central Hospital site in northwest Denver gets underway this year. The project is being developed by Sloans Block 3 LLC, […]

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Speaker Duran lauds ‘good start’ to legislative session, touts coming affordable housing package

Colorado Democratic State Representative Crisanta Duran sits at her desk on the opening day of the 2016 Colorado Legislature, at the Capitol, in Denver, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

In her first press conference this legislative session, House Speaker Crisanta Duran on Wednesday celebrated the bipartisan cooperation she said had marked the first week of work. She also told reporters to expect a package of bills aimed at addressing the growing affordable housing crisis that has plagued cities and towns across the state in […]

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Ontiveros: A 2017 resolution for more opportunity in Colorado

Isabel Ontiveros
In order to create a better life for ourselves and our families, we need to be able to seize opportunities. During this upcoming state legislative session, Colorado lawmakers have a chance to improve lives — especially those who feel held back by bad public policy — by reforming three policies that are currently closing off […]

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Touted bipartisan construction defects bill draws tentative response

This year’s heavily anticipated construction defects reform bill dropped on Wednesday, opening day of this year’s legislation session, and it has so far garnered a general wait and see reaction that mostly comes off as an anti-climactic: “Is this it?” For years lawmakers and special interest groups have been wrestling over the state’s construction defects […]

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