Eight years ago, after a $300,000 renovation job that installed low-maintenance plants, easily hosed-off pavement and benches where you could sit, not sleep, the city dedicated Edward J. "Eddie" Maestas Park at the corner of Broadway, Lawrence and Larimer streets, renaming Triangle Park after a long ... More >>
Which state will be the next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration's recent announcements about marijuana legalization and mandatory minimums really mean? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Those were ju ... More >>
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide (you'll find it tucked into our September 26 issue), we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pa ... More >>
Spring is in the air. You can tell, because the air stinks. That foul fragrance is the contribution of the Callery pear tree to Colorado. Those who have not inhaled its near-toxic fumes simply don't understand; it's something you have to experience to believe. But if the Callery continues on its p ... More >>
It wasn't long ago that Denver planners had the crackpot idea of putting a new Colorado history museum underground in Civic Center Park, right by the McNichols building, once a Carnegie library. Cooler heads put the kibosh on that. And now Denver's Civic Center has been designated a National Histori ... More >>
Last month, opponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act dismissed retired Denver Police Lieutenant Tony Ryan as a "pro-pot rent-a-cop." But being personally attacked clearly didn't intimidate Ryan. He's the face of a new Amendment 64 television ad, in which he says law enforce ... More >>
Yesterday, the backers of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, held a press event at which retired Denver Police Lieutenant Tony Ryan appeared alongside other law-enforcement representatives who support the measure. Afterward, the head of the main anti-64 group dubbed him a "pro-po ... More >>
At noon, proponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, will hold a press event at which two law-enforcement organizations will join previous backers in expressing their support for the measure; get details below. A spokeswoman stresses that the get-together isn't a response to ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock held his second "Cabinet in the Community" town-hall meeting Saturday morning at the transformed Rude Recreation Center in west Denver -- a physical manifestation of his campaign promise to "reconnect people to their government." Even if there were more government representativ ... More >>
Calling all Denver recyclers: Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Public Works' Denver Recycles are asking you to show some Valentine's Day love and support for a more eco-friendly city. They've announced a photo contest with a chance to win tickets to Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Michael Flatley's ... More >>
Lights for your list.Good news! The world is not going to end on December 21, 2012. That's the word from Dawn Engle, co-producer of 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, which airs tonight on Colorado Public Television. But just in case she's wrong, we asked some state leaders for their can't-miss C ... More >>
Monday's hearing in regard to Occupy Denver's request for a temporary restraining order against the city and county is one indication of how far the movement has come in its short life span. In the little more than two months the movement has called Broadway its ideological home, the group ha ... More >>
Chemo101.com, a Denver-based website designed to educate patients and caregivers about chemotherapy drugs, has welcomed over 125,000 unique visitors since it's launch in December 2010. That's equal parts impressive and sad for its president and founder, Kristin Gustafson.
Hickenlooper.The most moving sight in a day filled with eye-popping activities surrounding the inauguration of John Hickenlooper: the lineup of former governors -- Dick Lamm, Roy Romer, Bill Owens, Bill Ritter (and on video, John Vanderhoof) -- on the stage of the Fillmore Auditorium. The od ... More >>
General Larimer.Yesterday, the American Planning Association officially named LoDo as one of its 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010 -- even if the Washington, D.C.- and Chicago-based nonprofit has a rather unusual view of the history of that neighborhood: "Founded by General William Larimer, Jr. ... More >>
Mason Tvert.At this hour, SAFER's Mason Tvert is slated to hold a press conference at the Denver City and County Building to highlight his pro-marijuana outfit's first-ever voter guides -- and to bash Mayor John Hickenlooper for what Tvert sees as his backwards stance on weed. But at least Hi ... More >>
Mason Tvert is taking aim at an old opponentIn many ways the friction between Mason Tvert, head of Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) and Lieutenant Ernie Martinez, head of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association (CDIA), personifies the ongoing clash between law enforcemen ... More >>
As reported here -- a lot -- Westword restaurant critic Jason Sheehan had a book-signing at Katie Mullen's last evening. And that just happened to be the bar where Ward Churchill and attorney David Lane went after their day in court, where they'd told Judge Larry Naves why Churchill deserves to ge ... More >>
On a walking tour of Denver, Unconventional Action makes plans for the Democratic National Convention.
Chris Nevitt, both pro-union and an economist, represents some of the poorest and wealthiest areas of the city. Can he bring everyone together?
"Though there were times when your paper annoyed me and even grated on my nerves, the positive outweighed the negative."
All Colfax, all the time.
Denver voters just say yes.
On a collision course with the Columbus parade.
Hick of the Litter
An Open-and-Shut Case
We'll have a blue, not-so-blue Christmas.
We built this city on rock and roll.
If Colfax is buried, will Civic Center rise again?
The dangle angle
Denver deserves its fifteen minutes of fame.
Opportunities for art and architecture can be both found and lost amid city politics.
From the week of March 14, 2002
Is that a tuba in your pocket?
A judge may force Colorado to take care of its homeless mentally ill population.
City Hall's plan for dealing with the homeless is very short term.
The Colorado Legislature has its Ten Commandments.
The world may be in the hands of a bunch of hams on New Year's Eve.
REPORTERS BETTER WATCH OUT. THEY BETTER NOT POUT. SANTA CLAUS HAS COME TO TOWN.