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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 pot stores cite safer roads, extra city revenue with more hours

A marijuana dispensary. (AP photo)
Denver’s marijuana dispensaries are seeking longer hours to have a level playing field with other city businesses and competitors in neighboring communities. City Council listened to mostly supportive arguments for extending the closing hours from 7 p.m. to midnight at a recent Special Issues Committee hearing.

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ICYMI: She’s back!, we have hate groups and daylight savings to stay?

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In Case You Missed It: Read our weekly political news recap on the lesser known topics you may have missed last week in Colorado political journalism. Last week: It’s always interesting — sometimes pretty fun, too — when someone takes is upon themselves to act as a citizen watchdog. One of the more well-known such […]

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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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Denver’s $4M Target store incentive scrutinized

This design graphic shows how a Target store could look on the downtown Denver 16th Street Mall. Several City Council members have voiced concerns about a proposed $4 million city loan to help Target open at the 1601 California Street building. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
Several Denver City Council members have reservations about a proposed $4 million loan to help see a Target open on the downtown 16th Street Mall. The city’s budget and management office is requesting a $4 million supplemental appropriation for the Office of Economic Development’s Business Incentive Fund. That office wants to loan the funds to […]

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Marijuana revenue numbers still up years later

In this Sept. 30, 2016, a marijuana harvester examines buds from a trimming machine. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, file)
Colorado’s perceived “cash cow” of tax revenue is still going strong three years after adult recreational use of marijuana began, but members of Denver City Council were told to expect that revenue to likely level off in the years ahead. Adam Orens, a founding partner of the Marijuana Policy Group, was one of three officials […]

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Denver health plans could survive ACA repeal

Even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed or significantly changed by Congress and President Donald Trump, the more than 9,900 employees of the City and County of Denver enrolled in one of the three city-offered health insurance plans should not be greatly affected. Heather Britton, manager of benefits and wellness in the city’s Office […]

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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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From ethics stories to ethics code for Flynn

Denver City Councilman Kevin Flynn, center, talks to two Denver residents in this 2015 campaign file photo. Flynn, a former reporter, has proposed several amendments to the city's code of ethics designed to increase transparency and help ensure public confidence in their elected officials, Flynn said. (Courtesy Kevin Flynn/ Evan Sem—n)
Kevin Flynn has written about ethics battles on city councils and other local governing bodies, now he’s writing an almost-new code of ethics for the Denver City Council. The former longtime reporter, was elected in District 2, the southwestern part of Denver, in 2015. Several months after he took office, Flynn said a task force […]

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Denver Public Libraries bond request focuses on renovations

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Denver Public Libraries is seeking approximately $100 million from the City and County of Denver’s 2017 general obligation bond program for several library facility improvement projects, along with one possible new facility. City librarian Michelle Jeske outlined the requests, with the first phase focused on $50 million worth of work at the main library building, […]

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