The stretch of I-70 that crosses north Denver is a rough ride -- and the reputation of that 1.2 mile patch of pavement -- and plans for its replacement -- will get roughed up even further today, at the North Metro Denver Citizen's Transportation Summit. The Colorado Department of Transportation has ... More >>
For GrowHaus, an urban greenhouse and marketplace, the objective isn't just to provide high-quality food for the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood it calls home -- it is to empower the community to grow its own, too. This Saturday, March 8, the garden and education center will host its fourth annual Seed ... More >>
In February of this year, the GrowHaus, a nonprofit urban farm and education center that supplies food at affordable prices to the underserved Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, launched a program called Mercado de al lado -- it means "your market next door" -- that supplies residents with a "basic" foo ... More >>
Adam Brock The GrowHaus 4751 York Street 720-515-4751 thegrowhaus.com This is part two of my interview with Adam Brock, founder of the GrowHaus; part one of my chat with Brock ran yesterday. What do you grow at the GrowHaus? Mostly leafy greens and herbs like lettuce, kale, cilantro, bok choy and ... More >>
In our recent cover story, "Bed Check," which chronicles the challenges homeless women in Denver face, we note the need for both emergency shelter and more permanent homes. In the latter category, a group called the Empowerment Program is now pushing forward with a housing project specifically for f ... More >>
Update: We have a winner of our Necro Noche contest, in which we asked: "How many fish are in the demonstration aquaponics system at the GrowHaus?" Congrats to Elizabeth389, who came the closest without going over with her guess of 38. The actual number is 40. With Halloween approaching, there a ... More >>
The McNichols Building, which will be launched this morning as a cultural and event space, got its start as a Carnegie Library -- the biggest one in Colorado. But it was far from the only one. Over two decades at the turn of the last century, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded almost $750, ... More >>
Update: We have a winner of our contest. Congrats to Alison Torvik, who was the only commenter to guess all five restaurants correctly: Vesta Dipping Grill, Sushi Den, Strings, Highland's Garden Cafe and Duo. While last week was all about the Great American Beer Festival (and hangovers), this we ... More >>
October is far and away my favorite month in Colorado -- and it really has nothing to do with marshmallow pumpkins, goblins or watching the original Halloween for the umpteenth time, although I do enjoy all of those distractions. October signifies bounty in Colorado, with farmers' markets, farm st ... More >>
The construction of the Auraria Higher Education Center four decades ago wiped out much of the earliest part of Denver. But Jonathan Pite, a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a masters of fine art in photography, documented much of this changing area in 1977. And today, his photogr ... More >>
Don Hunt may be the hardest-working man at the State Capitol -- and that's saying a lot as the legislature heads into its final week. The head of the Department of Transportation helped pull the plug on a Beltway Authority proposal -- and now he could bury a feud that divided north Denver fifty year ... More >>
Ietef Cavem Vita, aka DJ Cavem Moetivation, worked the crowd at Artopia, he says, for at least the last four years. But he won't be there tomorrow because he has more important work to do: Today he flies out of Denver on a trip that will eventually land him in Uganda, where he's traveling as a Bold ... More >>
Lowry leeks are closely related to Denver Onions but have a sweeter, creamier, more delicate urban flavor. Prized by residents who seek urban flavor without all the dicing and tears, Lowry leeks are extremely hardy and many will grow in a compact space...
The University Park turban squash is a colorful heirloom that inspired the design of University of Denver's Chamberlin Observatory back in 1889. Just as the observatory helps students look deep into the night sky, the buttercup-type squash is better for gazing than grazing...
Much like the residents of the Skyland neighborhood, fungal mats are the most prolific biological entities on the planet and respond with inherent intelligence to stressed environments by recycling plant and animal debris into a nutritious food source...
In June, GrowHaus won Maxwell House's Drops of Good contest and $50,000, which it's using to build a state-of-the-art hydroponic farm and create a market space. Yesterday, that space was celebrated with a group of volunteers, GrowHaus board members, Maxwell House and Rebuilding Together re ... More >>
GrowHaus, the community farm in Elyria-Swansea, just unveiled its state-of-the-art hydroponics farm. Once it's fully installed, the organic (though not-yet-certified) greenhouse facility will grow a thousand heads of lettuce a month. It will be the largest lettuce growing facility of its kind ... More >>
Montana City, the area's first platted township, was founded in September 1858 on the east banks of the South Platte river near West Evans Avenue. The following spring, the cabins were dismantled and floated downriver to be rebuilt at the confluence of Cherry Creek. Rufus "Potato" Clark then ... More >>
Long before light industry's varnish and diesel fumes flavored the air of the South Platte neighborhood, truck farms utilized the area's fertile river bottom soil to grow the aromatic vegetable used to flavor the dishes of Denver dinner tables...
The illustration above appeared as the third panel of my "Predictions 2011" Worst-Case Scenario comic in the December 30, 2010 issue of Westword. I was predicting that the success of the Denver County Fair would turn all loft and apartment residents into rooftop and balcony farmers. But, in ... More >>
Throughout its history, Globeville has been separated from Denver by the South Platte River, the railyards and two interstate highways. Consequently, the isolated residents have created a kingdom with a unique urban-farming culture. Globeville eggplant, a member of the tobacco family, is the ... More >>
In Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and stored it in the hollow stalks of Athmar Park fennel to free mankind from the brutish ignorance of the gods. Today, the plant grows wild in the yards of neighborhood bungalows and is eaten raw as a natural treatment for glaucoma and to c ... More >>
Built in 1887, 1906 and 1955 respectively, Capitol Hill Basins Numbers one, two and three were built in Congress Park to hold a three-day supply of water for the 105,000 Denver residents who lived downtown. Consequently, Congress Park Cauliflower has always thrived in the cooler, moister atmo ... More >>
To know 16th Street Mall Swiss chard is to love its tender and delicious, if somewhat meaty, flavor. Originating in large, mallside Downtown Denver planters, this big-city bright lights strain of chard is a celebration of all that is colorful in the capital city of Colorado...
Originally found along the banks of Bear Creek, the vitamin-rich medicinal qualities of Bear Valley watercress attracted seniors in search of better health to settle the neighborhood in the mid-1960s. Now grown in water gardens across the city, Bear Valley watercress is highly prized for it' ... More >>
Valverde is a historic west side neighborhood that is a complex blend of light industry and single-family housing. It is the perfect place to grow Valverde tomatillo. A member of the tomato family, the Valverde tomatillo plant bears bright green fruits with a taste that is a complex blend of ... More >>
Dating back to the 1911, the Elyria-Swansea heirloom tomato was developed by stockyard workers who wanted to create the perfect beefsteak tomato. It has since become a Mile High favorite that is undoubtedly destined to be the first blue ribbon winner at the Denver County Fair...
theGrowHaus.comThe GrowHaus is a community garden, market and education center in Elyria-Swansea that's encouraging healthy eating and creating local jobs in the process, too. It is also one of ten nonprofits contending for Maxwell House's Drops of Good contest that will award five organizati ... More >>
Denver Restaurant Week kicks off on Saturday, which is also when the 2011 Beerdrinker of the Year will be crowned -- but in the meantime, there are plenty of culinary events to fill your belly. Here's what's on the menu:
Anthony CameraTerrance Roberts.In this week's feature, "Crips Burned Down the Holly in Bloods Territory, But Can Peace Emerge from the Ashes in Northeast Park Hill?," we recount the story of the Holly Square shopping center, burned to the ground in a 2008 gang attack and now poised for rehabi ... More >>
Full-sized photo below.The study of neighbors through yard decoration. Meet Mary who's blessed most everywhere, From Vietnam to Vatican Square. But Guadalupe is hard to know, she's just a local saint from Mexico. What a crazy pair! But they're virgins, identical virgins all the way. One pai ... More >>
One of the best moves of the year -- both literally and figuratively -- was the city's last-second save of the Denver Civic Theatre for Su Teatro, which just opened its first production in the heart of Denver's historic Santa Fe Drive area. Su Teatro was already in the process of creating a ... More >>
Anti I-70 expansion poster by EarthFirst! Activists with the radical environmentalist outfit EarthFirst! have apparently taken a hiatus from monkeywrenching logging trucks and boiling pine cones for sustenance during three-month tree-sits to run a campaign in urban Denver against the various propo ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments... click image to enlarge Figure 23. Elyria-Swansea: Virgin of Guadalupe takes a bow The house-paint mural is the most unforgiving of the yard arts, and that is why it is so rare. Most yard artists avoid it because nothing broadcasts an individ ... More >>
They promised a hot party. They didnít say how hot it would get.
North Denver neighbors get a crash course in I-70's future.
From the week of September 1, 2005
"Currents and Eddies"
Even though the EPA says Denver's air is getting cleaner, the odor lingers on.
Colorado's legacy of contamination spreads far and wide.
Denver created its own forest out of nothing. Now it has to keep it alive.
A cluster of neighborhoods in north Denver try--and fail--to obtain a zoning inspector.