Even among the many summer programs for kids that dub themselves "not a typical summer camp," the La Alma Jaguar Club is definitely not typical. "We try to get across the idea that this is not a summer camp, this is a leadership program," says Renee Fajardo, the coordinator for Journey Through Our ... More >>
Strange things happen when you poke around the "Ghosts of Auraria," as we did in this week's feature on whether certain promises, supposedly made to the community when the college campus was built, were ever kept. This week, one alert reader presented us with a rare copy of a study generated 38 ye ... More >>
Erik Osborn wanted to be a big-time developer, but his plans almost landed him in the big house. In 2009, a group of high-profile investors -- including Dealin' Doug Moreland -- accused Osborn of stealing $255,000 intended for the pricey One Lincoln Park condominium complex downtown and another proj ... More >>
After almost a week of delay, the Denver Police Department began enforcing the city's new urban camping ordinance yesterday afternoon. Although the ban legally took effect May 29, officers extended the wait in order to provide more educational opportunities about the ordinance and its legal implicat ... More >>
Today marks the announced effective date of Denver's new urban camping ban, an ordinance that makes it illegal to camp on public or private property without permission. After months of debate, followed by a two-week implementation period, both Occupy Denver and the homeless community prepared for it ... More >>
Britt Chester has been riding around the metro area, asking people to guess where he's biking -- for the chance to win a season B-Cycle pass. Some of these areas have B-Cycle stations, some -- like Park Hill -- do not. And if they don't, advises, one reader, then they need to start rolling.
Artists from the Arts District on Santa Fe have been working with UrbiCulture to create a new urban farming space, Gabrielle's Garden, in the La Alma and Lincoln Park neighborhood, adjacent to the art district. The farm, which is just one of the many spaces UrbiCulture farms each year in urban and l ... More >>
Occupy Denver was among groups in 27 cities to rally in support of Occupy Oakland, which experienced a recent round of 300 arrests. About 125 protesters gathered for an impromptu march that shut down large sections of traffic near Broadway and Colfax between 7:30 and 10 p.m. and attracted the attent ... More >>
On December 23, Occupy Denver quietly celebrated three months of loud, tense and occasionally fiery statements downtown. In that time span, the local chapter of the national movement has kept busy -- and kept Westword busy -- with stories that change not just daily, but hourly. If you've been follow ... 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 >>
In the wake of the largest upheaval in the occupation since its eviction from Lincoln Park, Occupy Denver's focus is firmly on taking the steps necessary to guarantee a safer and more permanent future. One option the group recently voted to support is taking steps toward financial security b ... More >>
In the wake of twenty new Occupy Denver arrests made Saturday, three more were added to that list when Civic Center Park grew tense again last night. During an attempt to remove a newly established table from the curb, about thirty officers visited the park and dispensed pepper spray on the c ... More >>
Last night's altercation between police and protesters at Occupy Denver ended with as many as twenty arrests, from the now-typical charges of disobeying a lawful order and obstructing a passageway to defacing public property and two investigations of felony assault on a police officer. Today' ... More >>
Update, 8:44 p.m. November 12: According to Occupy Denver's website, sixteen arrests have been confirmed so far. The group remains mobilized downtown. While both Civic Center Park and Lincoln Park have been closed, protesters will be allowed to camp outside again in the future, but will not b ... More >>
Yesterday morning, 22 people woke up sweating against each other in the same Occupy Denver fort. The situation was better than that one time they forgot to build in ventilation and woke up without air, but it reinforced the need for a second entrance. In the week that Occupy Denver's first se ... More >>
Kelsey Whipple's post about Occupy Denver electing a Border Collie mix named Shelby as its leader became a magnet for conversation that went well beyond the effectiveness of this idea. Here, one veteran occupier likens Denver's site to others -- and finds it wanting.
Jenn WohletzThe Occupy Wall Street movement is loosely modeled after the "Arab Spring" wave of demonstrations that swept through the Arab world. Immediately based upon civil resistance, civil disobedience and the overall right to general assembly, these protests have been sweeping the nation ... More >>
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...
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...
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 >>
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 >>
Lincoln Park asparagus can be grown from seeds or crowns, but the latter method respects the prestige of Lincoln Park. Home to the Santa Fe Arts District, Denver Health Hospital, West High School, Xcel Energy Zuni Generation Station and the 105-year-old Buckhorn Exchange, Lincoln Park is the ... More >>
New foreclosure filings in Colorado are at an eight-month low and the number of foreclosed properties being sold at auction is down nearly 22 percent from this time last year, according to a report released today by the Colorado Division of Housing. "The past several months have certainly b ... More >>
Littleton residents come out in favor of civil unions.For this Friday, we've got three news stories to talk about over drinks tonight at Happy Hour. Be the informed drinker. Littleton residents are showing some tolerance -- that's what one could infer from statements made by Republican state ... More >>
Holiday 2010: Antler lights on Lincoln Park bull elk lure motorists to get massages. The pampered beast shown on the TallGrass billboard in the photo above is this season's proud vision from the Evergreen hair- and skin-care coven endorsed by the cult of Oprah. Perhaps the gift cards advertis ... More >>
Erik Osborn, the One Lincoln Park developer convicted of felony theft, didn't just rip off his business partners and residents, according to Face the State. He also ripped off the city's affordable housing program, to the tune of $1.2 million. Here's how, according to FTS reporter and Westwo ... More >>
Eric Osborn, the disgraced developer behind One Lincoln Park, was back in Denver District Court this week for a second trial, again involving a charge of felony theft connected with one of his real estate projects. In December, a jury had convicted Osborn on two charges of felony theft, for ... More >>
Erik Osborn, already sentenced to ten years in community corrections earlier this month, will be back in Denver District Court today for a second trial. He's again charged with felony theft, for again allegedly using funds raised from one development project for another. Osborn's first convi ... More >>
Developer Erik Osborn thought that One Lincoln Park would be his towering achievement. Instead, it could land him in the big house with a 24-year sentence. Osborn will be in court this morning for sentencing on his felony-theft conviction in connection with financial shenanigans at One Linco ... More >>
Grand Junction, circa the 1950s.The Denver Post headline "Uranium Mining May Get Buried," about residents in Nunn, a town near Greeley, who oppose building a uranium mine nearby, hit close to home. I grew up in Grand Junction, and the repercussions of the supposedly safe uranium industry that ... More >>
... Or a personal-injury lawyer, or a stripper, or the doer of some other job that paid me lots of money and required me to live in an audacious downtown loft. The point is, there are lots of vacant apartments around town, according to a story this week in the Denver Post, and I want to live ... More >>
One Lincoln Park: Where charitable people go to die.If you work in the Golden Triangle and hear any loud screams today: Worry not. It is (probably) not one of your favorite Westwordians falling from the roof of the Fainting Goat. It is, more likely, the sound of someone who just donated $1,000 to ra ... More >>
A youth art competition encourages alternatives to tagging.
One Lincoln Park In May, we wrote about local auto pitchman "Dealin' Doug" Moreland's nasty dispute with Erik Osborn, the developer of über-fancy, über-troubled residential tower called One Lincoln Park. Osborn is currently awaiting trial on charges that he funneled money from his many constructi ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments. Figure 2. Lincoln Park: Our Lavender Lady of the Plaster Pullets The Virgin Mary is the undisputed ruler of Denver yard art. She's as common as snowstorms in January, and appears in drifts across the city. But like snowflakes, no two virgins a ... More >>
Yoga 101 gives newbies a gentle start.
Highlands Ranch festival promises a fling
The further these students get from the classroom, the more they learn.
A $3 MILLION GRANT HAS BAD BLOOD BOILING ON THE CITY'S WEST SIDE.