Piton Foundation

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Dahlia Square could become a garden spot -- but right now plans are sowing dissension

    The thirty-plot community garden lies in the shadow of Liggins Towers, a brick high-rise full of Section 8 apartments in northeast Park Hill. The property is owned by Zion Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation west of the Mississippi, but the garden is relatively new; the Eastside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    DPS school board race fundraising: Who's getting big bucks from Phil Anschutz?

    Like much of the rhetoric surrounding next month's Denver Public Schools school board election, the nine candidates are roughly split when it comes to who's funding their campaigns. The four so-called reform candidates have received big checks from Phil Anschutz, Daniel Ritchie and DaVita CEO Kent T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    La Alma Jaguar Club provides opportunity in a tough neighborhood -- join the club tomorrow!

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Colorado Public Radio's arts initiative -- and the rival proposal it beat to the funding punch

    While other media outfits shrink, Colorado Public Radio is expanding via the planned launch of an arts-news initiative that will include an online arts hub intended to serve as a one-stop shopping place for Colorado cultural info. Because another local group has been shopping a similar idea in recen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Holly Square Shopping Center: From arson to basketball courts, playgrounds

    In May 2008, Crips gang members burned down the Holly Square Shopping Center in northeast Park Hill. More than four years later, the scorched earth is experiencing a rebirth. On Saturday, The Prodigal Son Initiative, a youth organization headquartered across the street, is leading a clean-up effort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Life on the street for homeless parolees: "It sucks"

    ​Three years ago, in a feature titled "Over and Over Again," I looked at one of the primary reasons for the staggering failure rate of parolees in Colorado. That would be the fact that more and more prisoners are paroling homeless, with no job prospects and little preparation for what they're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Education News Colorado adds former Rocky Mountain News staffer Nancy Mitchell

    Nancy Mitchell. As noted in "Education News Colorado Gets Stiffed on CSAPs," a July 2008 blog, Education News Colorado is a solid online source for happenings in the education field. The site is well-financed, thanks to contributions from organizations such as the Daniels Fund and the Piton Foundat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    Education News Colorado Gets Stiffed on CSAPs

    Education News Colorado is as legitimate a news source as anyone could imagine. The site is sponsored by a slew of well-respected organizations, including the Daniels Fund and the Piton Foundation, and its staff includes folks such as Alan Gottlieb, who spent sixteen years as a newspaper reporter an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    Journalist Who Made the Jump Has Landed

    The December 6, 2007 Message column focused on The Jump, an organization made up of former journalists eager to help veteran colleagues who've recently left newspapering to take the next career step. Among those featured was Jump board member Todd Engdahl, a multi-position player at the Denver Post ... More >>

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    North High’s Model Student

    This senior won't give DPS a gold star.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Back to School

    "Leaving to Learn," a seven-day series in the Rocky Mountain News, hasn't gotten the attention it deserves, for obvious reasons; other news, including the slayings at Virginia Tech, regularly stole the spotlight over the course of its run. However, "Learn" provided an especially interesting look at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2007

    Beware the Mommies

    In an interview that aired today on Colorado Matters , Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet discussed the controversial redesign of North High School. In a district that is suffering from "catastrophic institutional failure," as Bennet put it, North has the worst graduation rate in DP ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2004

    To Market, to Market

    Osage Mercado goes public

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    All the World's Her Stage

    So why doesn't Denver applaud Lucy Walker?

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Centers of Attention

    Denver is selling its community centers, leaving the people who work there wondering why.

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    A Tough Read

    The City Park West Gazette chooses its battles -- lots of them.

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    Baby Formula

    Take one Mexican father, one drug-addicted mother and a pair of foster parents. Take away one baby.

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Child's Play

    Middle-schoolers find out what it's like to have a bun in the Easy-Bake Oven.

  • News

    June 11, 1998

    Women's Work

    Colorado activists struck first on domestic violence.

  • News

    August 15, 1996


    For a century this inner-city church has served as a refuge. But its most important mission has always been outside the walls.

  • News

    November 8, 1995



  • News

    June 7, 1995