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As development plans flood Denver’s poorest neighborhood, fear of gentrification lingers

Carolyn Chavez has called Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood home for 66 years. It’s where she raised six children, and eventually, five of her 10 grandchildren. For decades, she watched friends and family move elsewhere; neighborhood children go off to college or fall into the grips of addiction. She was there when the new Mile High […]

Posted inEducation, Growth

Decades after redlining, Denver schools see choice contributing to racial imbalance

In 1938, members of the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation drew lines on a paper map of Denver. These determined which city residents would be approved or denied mortgages based on the racial makeup of the neighborhoods in which they lived. Predominantly African-American and Latino areas faced discrimination, with their communities labeled with the lowest of […]

Posted inPolitics and Government

Democrats want more disclosure of campaign advertising, but dark money remains an issue

Colorado is taking a step toward more disclosure of campaign advertising. The state Senate is expected to approve legislation Tuesday that would mandate more disclosure from political committees that send mailers or air commercials in an election year. Senate Bill 68 requires disclosure of how much is spent on communication that mentions a candidate for […]

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Three spots still vacant in Gov. Polis’ cabinet a month after inauguration

A month after Gov. Jared Polis took office and three months post election, key cabinet positions still are not filled. That leaves three state departments — including the one that oversees Colorado’s mental health hospitals, child welfare division and 10 youth corrections centers — without bosses. Besides the Colorado Department of Human Services, the others […]

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Colorado native David Bernhardt tapped by Trump to be Interior secretary

Colorado native David Bernhardt was tapped Monday by President Donald Trump to be secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, prompting praise from Republicans and quick condemnation from Democrats and environmentalists. Bernhardt has been serving as the agency’s acting head since the resignation of former Secretary Ryan Zinke, who was facing ethics investigations. Bernhardt […]

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Denver’s Westwood warily watches redevelopment happen. Can it stay true to its roots when gentrification looms?

Mayra Martinez can roll out of bed in an apartment that’s among the newest construction in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood and slip behind her desk at the law firm across the street in a matter of minutes. She pays a little over $1,000 a month for the one-bedroom space, utilities included. That’s a bargain in the […]

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A study on gentrification made 12 recommendations for Denver. Three years later, here’s where the city stands.

  More than two years after it issued its report, the city has implemented a variety of measures to address concerns identified in the study. Some programs, such as jobs associated with highway construction, fall under the purview of the state or another jurisdiction. The Sun asked the city’s Office of Economic Development for a […]

Posted inCulture, News, Outdoors

Crested Butte’s Alley Loop series, Colorado’s nuttiest race on skinny skis, starts and finishes with a big “whoop”

CRESTED BUTTE — It was 5 degrees when the first contingent of nearly 900 Nordic ski racers poled away from the Elk Avenue starting line Saturday morning in a cloud of frosty breath, a clatter of bells, and a racket of whoops and hollers. Neon tutus fluttered over skin-tight racing suits. A few Viking horns […]