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Best Way to Appreciate Union Station's Construction Chaos

DenverInfill's bi-weekly walking tours has long been the go-to source for anything and everything going on in the city when it comes to construction. But for Denver's biggest construction project in years — the massive redevelopment of Union Station — website founder Ken Schroeppel stepped up his game. He and collaborator Rick Anstey host one-hour walking tours of the site on the first, third and fifth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. in front of the historic station at 17th and Wynkoop streets. In exchange for a $10 suggested donation (proceeds go to the activist group Union Station Advocates), folks get an all-access look at Denver's very own Big Dig — from the guys who dig that Dig more than anybody.

Balancing the state budget, as required by the Colorado Constitution, is no fun. But Backseat Budgeter does its best to make the process — or at least understanding the process — as pleasant as possible. This online simulator was created as a public service by Engaged Public, a political consulting firm, "to help citizens understand the tradeoffs associated with spending our public dollars." With a push from Colorado State University, the program not only lets you see how different decisions would affect the overall budget, but allows you to share your thoughts with the public officials who have to do the actual numbers-crunching. And while the Backseat Budgeter was created as a tool for understanding the Colorado State General Fund, it can be adapted for any public budget — a service that Engaged Public will provide at cost.

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