Patricia Calhoun's recent post about the Ballpark Neighborhood Association opposing a homeless-day-center proposal prompted a huge debate among Westword readers, with residents decrying a homelessness situation that's allegedly getting out of control pitted against folks who feel people down on thei ... More >>
The second annual Denver Startup Week starts today, and this very high-tech event -- filled with free, smarty-pants lectures and presentations -- has one very low-tech bonus. Southwest Airlines is offering Denver Startup Week participants a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the company's Da ... More >>
Our recent cover story, "Design Flaw," contains some startlingly lopsided statistics: As of July, there were a whopping 7,148 apartments planned or under construction in Denver, according to the Downtown Denver Partnership, while the number of condos being built was a meager 145 units. There are s ... More >>
Grab your turkey legs: The Taste of Colorado will return to Civic Center Park on Labor Day weekend. This is the thirtieth incarnation of the festival, but the tradition stretches back much, much further. After the Silver Crash of the 1890s, the city introduced the Festival of Mountain and Plain as a ... More >>
It's been an up-and-down month or so for B-cycle. In late May, a software upgrade caused the credit-card system to fail on one of the busiest downtown Denver weekends of the year -- and the inability to get it repaired in a timely manner prompted the cancellation of a promotion that would have allow ... More >>
Since the early '80s, residents of cities around the world have assembled on June 21 in their individual town centers in celebration of World Music Day. The event is known here as Make Music Denver, and tomorrow our music-centric community will come together with over 300 musicians playing their hea ... More >>
Will Will White consent to an interview? "Gee, let me think, um..fuck yeah man!" says the up-and-coming comedian and restaurateur. White's exuberance has reached a fever pitch lately, as his bourgeoning stand-up career dovetails with a new chapter in his business career -- as owner of the Caveman Ca ... More >>
And we thought the Broncos orange cowboy hat that Mayor Michael Hancock sported yesterday as grand marshal of the Stock Show parade downtown represented the ultimate cultural collision in couture. But just a block away, an icky icon has been gussied up in honor of "United in Orange Friday." Finally, ... More >>
Today is officially "Dress Western Day," with a parade through downtown Denver marking the kick-off of the 107th National Western Stock Show; tomorrow is "United in Orange Friday," pushing this town's other show ponies, the Denver Broncos. What's a busy mayor to wear?
In October 2011, entrepreneur Jim Deters founded Galvanize, an organization dedicated to "growing start-ups through capital, community and curriculum." Over the last twelve months, he's definitely put his money where that motto is. Today, the most recent manifestation will be unveiled when Galvanize ... More >>
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of reports about biking and bike safety in Denver and beyond. If you're a cycling fan, the good news is that a lot more folks are biking in Denver and the city is spending significantly more money to build paths for these commuters. The bad news, howev ... More >>
The 16th Street Mall was buzzing with music last week as artists of all shapes and sizes filled the air with their collective auditory gifts for Make Music Denver. This was the first time that Denver participated in World Music Day; it joined 450 other cities thanks to the efforts of the Downtown De ... More >>
All the mall's a stage for today's Make Music Denver Denver loves its music, whether sounding off in outdoor amphitheatres, concert halls clubs...or the streets. That's where it will be today, when the Downtown Denver Partnership brings Make Music Denver, our own little slice of today's global cele ... More >>
Although there have been rumblings about it for months, Denver's proposed urban camping ordinance has only been circulated in draft form for the past few weeks. In this week's feature, "For the homeless, 'urban camping' is no picnic," Jef Otte took a look at its direct implications by spending a nig ... More >>
"Everyone take a deep breath." So began today's first public meeting about the proposed urban camping ban, organized by City Council's Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in front of a group so large it breached fire code. While organizers stressed its purpose as an informational mee ... More >>
14th Street tourist.Yesterday was not a good time to tour downtown. As city officials jumped in pedicabs to check out the newly refurbished 14th Street, which runs along the edge of downtown starting at Market Street, quite a welcoming committee was waiting at the other end of what's also odd ... More >>
Lori MidsonWe're revving up a special project here at Cafe Society headquarters, one that will remain a closely guarded secret for the time being, but we can tell you this much: It involves Denver's street-food scene. And we need your help to get it off and rolling: If you own or operate a ... More >>
Food truck season is rolling right in, but Carla Madison is no longer in the driver's seat. Who's steering the process now?
Then-mayorJohn Hickenlooper visited a food truck in Civic Center Park.With the warm weather rolling into Denver, can a fleet of gourmet food trucks be far behind? Last year, the truck trend took the town by storm -- but by the end of 2010, things were looking stormy, with Sean and Denon Moore ... More >>
The Green Awards came to Denver yesterday, touting the Green Giant-sponsored program that will give $25,000 to the best idea for greening the environment. And to advertise the contest, a giant, temporary eco-ad mural made of grass was created at 22nd and Blake streets, just past Coors Field. ... More >>
The 16th Street Mall has food vendors, but no trucks.As far as Brian Phetteplace can determine, the last time the city revised the rules for mobile food vendors -- at least the rules as they applied to downtown -- was back in 1996, long before anyone anticipated the current race of food truck ... More >>
...If he picks up a cabinet job as well as the lite-gov post.
PETA"Screw you, Mayor McCheese." By now, you've no doubt heard that PETA wants to install a bloodied-and-bandaged 250-pound, five-and-a-half-foot chicken statue on the 16th Street Mall to protest the inhumane ways that McDonald's turns chicken-shaped chickens into Shrek-shaped Chicken McNugge ... More >>
It's hot on the first day of June, and the vast courtyard at the intersection of the 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street is crowded. Business people in A-line skirts and pleated khakis are eating their to-go lunches at sunny tables, soaking up a few minutes of real weather outside of the air ... More >>
I'm looking over the Platte Valley at the sliver of the "Travel by Train" sign I can still on Union Station through pricy lofts and office buildings constructed over the last few years. And some day there will be a lot more of them, if current plans for the revelopment of Union Station play out -- ... More >>
After decades of disregard, it's been a busy couple of years for the downtown structure formerly known as the Fontius building. First in the summer of 2007, local developer Evan Makovsky bought the infamously decrepit building at the corner of 16th and Welton streets as part of his ambitious plan ... More >>
The Bell Tower is the most talked-about building in Denver that's yet to be built. Ever since local real estate developer Buzz Geller proposed the strikingly angled 34-story condominium at the corner of Speer Boulevard and Market Street, folks have been buzzing about it -- some grumbling, while othe ... More >>
While the Obama cabinet carousel -- Ritter! Salazar (Ken)! Salazar (John)! Michael Bennet! Salazar (Ken, again)! -- continues to go 'round, with a name thrown out each week (although now, with Ken Salazar back in the ring for Interior, we're on repeats) -- Colorado's top Dems will gather at the ... More >>
Click here to see a larger image; it'll take a few seconds. The 16th Street Mall takes civil engineers for granite Imagine that the 16th Street Mall is Denver's smile, and that the granite pavers are the individual teeth that cost over a million dollars a year to floss, fill and cap. RTD is tired ... More >>
Cocktail party conversation isn't easy this holiday season -- if anyone's holding cocktail parties, that is. Two safe topics: the Broncos (since the team's still winning) and the weather -- which is as Colorado-wacky as ever. A beautiful weekend, then snow today; record highs last Tuesday, record lo ... More >>
A vicious recycle on the 16th Street Mall
After months of speculation, the temporary occupant for the vacant lot that comprises much of Block 162, the dilapidated downtown block whose purchase and planned redevelopment by developer Evan Makovsky made waves last summer, has been determined. And it’s a tent. And not just any tent. A mega t ... More >>
Back in 1982, Sandy Widener, one of Westword’s co-founders who by then had gone on to far more respectable employment with Rocky Mountain Magazine, was charged with coming up with a campaign slogan for Federico Pena, a lawyer/legislator and very dark-horse candidate running for mayor of Denver. Jo ... More >>
Aid to the homeless brings out the long arm of the law.
Give me a C! Give me a U! What do you have? The start of the year's biggest scandal.
That's a wrap!
The really lost weekend
Sic transit gloria
Architecturally speaking, Denver is getting uglier by the minute.
The links keep growing in Colorado's franchise restaurants.
What happens to the kids hanging out at Skyline Park when a restaurant grabs some of the public space?