Update:Firefighters made progress against the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs yesterday -- enough to get a better sense of the destruction that took place the previous day. The number of homes destroyed had been estimated at north of 300, and that proved all too accurate. Thus far, 347 homes ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Tonight at Red Rocks, the Avett Brothers kick off a two-night stand with City and Colour opening tonight and DeVotchKa opening tomorrow night. Also tonight, Thurston Moore visits the Larimer Lounge with his new quartet Chelsea Light Moving. Cory Branan at the Lions Lair, Eric ... More >>
It's the stuff of Saturday-morning cartoons and "The Far Side:" a hapless postal carrier being chased around the neighborhood by the family dog. But the vicious attack on a Denver postal carrier on Monday demonstrated that mail carriers face real danger even on their regular routes. In fact, Denver ... More >>
The statistics are heartbreaking. In five Denver neighborhoods -- Baker, Westwood, Whittier, Villa Park and Valverde -- residents are several times more likely to experience cardiac arrests than anywhere else in the city. Worse, locals who had heart attacks in three of the five communities during t ... 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...
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...
Westwood: Postal pyramid. Nothing quite says dead letter like the faux-stone postal pyramid pictured above. While the sturdy base looks almost normal, it's the rocky roof that turns this unnatural mailbox into something almost supernatural...
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...
Clayton sweet potato is a North American native that was cultivated in Polynesia long before western exploration, and was ranked highest among all vegetables in nutritional value by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It's no wonder that the Clayton sweet potato is considered more ... More >>
Developed by hippies in the early 1970s, Baker green peas have been specially adapted for the cooler climate of the Baker neighborhood lifestyle. Guaranteed to produce a diversity of sustainable and nurturing pods, gardeners in all Denver neighborhoods are encouraged to give Baker green peas ... More >>
By 1904, West Colfax Avenue, originally the southern road from Denver to Golden, had become the main street of the Denver Jewish community. A longtime favorite of the "Mile Chai" West Colfax neighborhood is chicken vegetable soup made with Sloan Lake turnip, U-Hills parsnip and West Colfax K ... 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 >>
Summer squash originated in Mexico in 5500 BC and was brought to Europe by Columbus himself. The zucchini as we know it today was developed by the Italians into a magic plant that could provide for all the necessities of family living. In Denver's Westwood neighborhood, the zucchini provides ... More >>
Congress Park: Gray house with bright fence suggests addiction to control freakery. As shown in the photograph above, designer fences are the personal boundaries that yard artists create to identify the reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him or her, and ho ... More >>
1962 Big Top convenience store advertisement that ran in the Denver Post. The ad shown above was found on agilitynut.com, a Debra Jane Setzer website devoted to vanishing American roadside design that includes noteworthy Denver attractions. When published, the Big Top convenience store advert ... More >>
Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through lawn decoration... Sloan Lake: Corroded metal petals are a sure sign of spring. Cold, wet, rainy April days may be a hassle to planning outdoor activities, but apparently they are great for the growth of rusty flower blossoms. In the photo above, ... More >>
The 2Kool crew: Bimmer Torres, Alexandra Soto, Ratha Sok and Katrina Nguyen. Ratha Sok just couldn't stop tagging. Growing up in the projects of Westwood, he found his young voice in a spray can. Graffiti was the only art he knew. And eventually, he got caught. Ratha spent two months in Juvie ... More >>
Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through their lawn decorations... Figure 82a. Westwood: Outdoor kitchen stocked with plenty of plates. The phase "Everything but the kitchen sink" can not be used to describe the yard-art style shown in the photo above, because the display features a kit ... More >>
Rigoberta Menchú Tum.Rigoberta Menchú Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, visited two at-risk Denver communities yesterday, not to preach peace but to preach "harmony." For Menchú Tum and Mayan spiritual teachers Don Pedro Yac Noj and Doña Faviana Cochoy Alva, who are traveling wi ... More >>
Full-size photos belowYard Arteology: The study of neighbors through lawn decoration. As lovers of country, patriots need to establish clear boundaries. For them, a good fence helps to separate who they are and what they love from the harsh realities of the outside world. From chain-link bunt ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn decorations... Photo by Kenny Be Figure 62. Westwood Iron Man remake not as good as Overland Iron Man original. The Iron Man pictured on the left side of the photo above opened to mixed reviews last week in Denver's Westwood neighborhood. The bright ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. F ... More >>
Perhaps inspired by the fact that we're in the process of putting together our annual year-end lists and thus reflecting on our favorite releases from the past twelve months, we've been going through all the albums we reviewed in 2009 in an effort to stir our memories just in case a worthy releas ... More >>
click image to enlarge The tiara-topped, oversized red guitar sitting on the new Westwood welcome sign seems to have magically appeared out of nowhere last weekend, but it has actually been over ten years in the making. The newly landscaped corner lot where Morrison Road meets South Sherida ... More >>
The Westwood Anthem
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments.... click image to enlarge Figure 25. Westwood: Shaved shrub serves as shelter for Cher statuette Westwood was annexed into Denver in 1947, but it manages to maintain its country-bumpkin charms. The diagonal dissection of Morrison Road gives the ... More >>
Letters from the week of 7/31/2008
The longtime head of Denver's graffiti unit fought to clean up the city -- until he felt he was beating his head against the wall.
Despite the labels and levity, the big-screen SATC is a poor man's knockoff.
With local media devoting so much ink to the on-going "war" between tagger gangs in Westside neighborhoods (read the Denver Post's latest take here), it might come as a surprise to many Denverites that graffiti culture can actually have a positive influence on many youngsters -- because it can steer ... More >>
James L. Brooks serves up too much of a good thing in Spanglish.
Criminal swipes its story from a far superior movie.
From the week of February 21, 2002
Reese Witherspoon's talents are wasted in the muddy, unoriginal Legally Blonde.
Denver is selling its community centers, leaving the people who work there wondering why.
DENVER'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS ACCUSED OF PLANNING OBSOLESCENCE.