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Students designed a net-zero solar home in one of Colorado’s coldest mountain towns that could help a housing crisis

While touring a temporary neighborhood of student-designed solar houses in Denver a few years ago, college sophomores Gabi Abello and Hannah Blake wondered out loud: “This is so cool. We have to do this. Why doesn’t CU have a team?” The two University of Colorado Boulder engineering students became the leaders of that team, which […]

Posted inHousing, News, Politics and Government

Colorado cities can’t force developers to build affordable housing. Democratic lawmakers want to change that.

More than two decades ago, Telluride’s leaders were grappling with the growing pains of a booming resort industry. Housing prices shot up, forcing many workers to live outside of San Miguel County.  The town responded by passing an ordinance in 1994 requiring developers to create affordable housing for a portion of the new workers generated […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: We’re council members in Denver and Aurora. Our cities should be allowed to promote affordable housing through local land-use standards.

In Colorado, there are only 50 affordable homes for every 100 families earning between $35,000 (one person) to $50,000 (family of four). In our cities of Aurora and Denver, we’ve led the charge to increase funding and expand affordable housing access for struggling families. We’ve worked with our cities to strengthen accountability and capacity to […]

Posted inEconomy, Housing, News, Transportation

RTD wants more housing near stations. It may sacrifice parking spots to make that happen.

By Nathaniel Minor, CPR News From the patch of grass where she stood on a recent morning with her dog Kasha, Rosemarie Chostler could see two of the most important places in her day-to-day life. The first was her new apartment building, an affordable complex at Sheridan Boulevard and the Lakewood Gulch in west Denver. […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Education, Energy, Environment, News

In rural Colorado, one town is looking to its community college to help survive the end of coal

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Even in the dark of night, chalky smoke from the coal power plant looms over Craig. For generations, coal has been a constant in this northwestern Colorado city. But by 2030, the Craig Station stacks will go quiet as Colorado shifts to renewable energy. Coal has fueled not only Colorado’s […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Health, Politics and Government

Coloradans already struggling to afford housing say coronavirus has made their situation worse

Elizabeth Zacarias and her husband owned their own mobile home for 10 years, renting a slice of property in the Denver Meadows RV Park in Aurora. Amid a battle over whether the owner could close the park for redevelopment, rent went up periodically. In one year, rent increased three times, Zacarias said, in Spanish through […]

Posted inGrowth, News

Colorado’s settlement with mobile home park operator could provide path for other tenants seeking justice

A Utah-based mobile home park operator must repay metro-Denver-area residents nearly $150,000 in wrongly withheld security deposits, arbitrary fees and improperly charged attorneys fees as the result of a settlement reached with the Colorado attorney general’s office last week. The investigation signaled a warning to other park managers that abuses that have frequently been the […]

Posted inBusiness, News

What’s Working: “Lost wages” gets a new deadline, overpayment forgiveness, small business updates and more

Remember M. Hurley, who started a petition last month to bring attention to the plight of jobless Coloradans suddenly facing a massive bill from the unemployment office?  The M was Meggan, and I spoke to her the day after President Donald Trump told officials to stop negotiating a new relief plan until after the election […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News

A mission-minded loan source that doesn’t care if you’re a startup with no experience, revenues or credit

When Valerie and Cesar Beltran decided to open Beltran’s Meat Market & Grill in Northglenn four years ago, they thought their past experience of running their own meat market in New Mexico and then a Front Range tortilla factory was enough to make them creditworthy. But as opening day approached, the couple realized they needed […]