More than thirty years ago, 36-year-old dark-horse candidate Federico Pena rode to victory as Denver's mayor waving the slogan "Imagine a Great City." Under Pena, the city released its first arts plan in 1989 -- and now, 25 years later, Denver has released Imagine 2020, Denver's first cultural plan ... More >>
In Colorado, a state that will play an important role in today's presidential election, Barack Obama has battled negative press regarding Abound Solar, a Loveland solar-panel company that went bankrupt this summer despite federal support. It's become a talking point against the president, but Federi ... More >>
Federico Pena -- one-time state legislator, mayor of Denver from 1983-1991, and former director of both the federal Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy for President Bill Clinton -- is now in private business. But as national campaign co-chair for Obama for America, he'll join ... More >>
While we were ushering in the New Year with friends, family and booze, several Denver restaurants were closing their doors. Over the weekend, Pearl Street Grill, India's Pearl and OTOTO all shuttered; after fifteen years in its Park Meadows location, California Cafe quietly closed; and in what could ... More >>
Imagine a great slogan. State legislator Federico Peña was a dark-horse candidate for mayor back in 1983, but he stood out in a crowded field with his progressive politics, his ethnic background, his age -- he was just 36 -- and a very smart slogan: Imagine a great city.
Chris Romer.Can the big dog ever win a mayoral election in Denver? Since 1983, the victor has always been an underdog, someone who barely registered a blip on the radar five months before the first round of voting. Chris Romer was definitely the big dog in this mayor's race, and he wound up ... More >>
This city is full of angels. On Sunday, I helped kick off the Parr-Widener 5K Walk-Run, an annual event that benefits the A Angels, a mentoring program at East High School, and is named for John Parr, Chase Parr and Sandy Widener, who died in a car crash at Christmas 2007. (Katy Parr, then ... More >>
Federico Peña If there's one thing most Coloradans learn from an early age, it's not to interrupt a Broncos fan during a game. But apparently that message hasn't sunk in yet for former Denver mayor and current Barack Obama tub-thumper Federico Peña. Earlier this week, National Public Radio's Ro ... More >>
It's The Bill and Feddy Show! Considering the amount of cheese the folks at the Democratic National Convention Committee have been churning out in the weeks leading up to this year's big show, they must think the forthcoming festivities are taking place in Wisconsin. Exhibit A is a video teasing C ... More >>
Federico Peña, Leah Daughtry and Bill Ritter talk tickets at Invesco Field. Despite the term typically used to describe them, the bowels of Invesco Field at Mile High looked pretty spic-and-span at around 2:30 p.m. on August 6, and that made sense. After all, a press conference was scheduled then ... 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 >>
In 1985, Westword published its second Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Cheeseburger at My Brother’s Bar to the Best Bronco (John Elway, now in his second year with the team), to another future landmark, the Best Addition to the Skyline (Herbert ... More >>
Conspiracy theorists think something's fishy at Denver International Airport.
Oyster-eating battle serves up slick competition
The Mayor's Race
The little guy went big time...and the results are monumental.
Bright spots in a down-and-dirty campaign season.
From the week of April 24, 2003
It takes more than money to make a mayor. You have to know your way around Colfax, when to cry Republican and how to handle a drag queen.
Making book on the Webb legacy.
Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber
Architecturally speaking, Denver is getting uglier by the minute.
As metro cities buy up high country water rights, Park County's ranching heritage is evaporating.
The Colorado Convention Center is nearly brand-new--and according to Denver's civic boosters, it's already too small
Why a federal whistleblower was taken off the case at DIA.
PENA'S DIA RECORDS ARE MOVED FROM STATE ARCHIVES TO A PRIVATE LAW FIRM--AT WEBB'S REQUEST.
DENVER'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS ACCUSED OF PLANNING OBSOLESCENCE.