Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottAugust 3, 20169min484

Denver has grown at what seems like an exponential rate since the Great Recession ended. And while that growth has benefited the city with new residents, new money and new construction, the resulting growth has not always been viewed as a benefit by some of Denver's residents. Skyrocketing rents, a scalding hot real estate market and minority displacing gentrification have kept pace with the recent explosion of growth in the city. But Denver hopes that as it grows, a city-wide effort to provide every area with a neighborhood plan that is up to date — or in some cases the first ever implemented — will be successful. The city’s Office of Community Planning and Development is prepping to kick off an endeavor in 2017 to make sure every area in Denver has a neighborhood plan. It is hoped the final product of this effort will not only codify what the city can do to improve the quality of life of its residents, but also implement their wishes.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottAugust 2, 20164min383

A proposed development near the RiNo Art District in Denver is looking for the city to approve a metropolitan district to help pay for the almost $58 million in infrastructure and construction of parking for the project. The Midtown Metropolitan District would serve about 17 acres on Brighton Boulevard between 41st and 43rd Streets just south of the National Western Stock Show Complex if approved by City Council. The development, by Westfield Company along with other partners, would be a mixed-use project that included 500,000 square feet of office space, 125,000 square feet of retail, hotel and 600 total units of rental or for-sale apartments with about 100 being discounted “artists rental housing.”


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 27, 201611min459

Councilman Rafael Espinoza won his spot as District 1’s representative during the 2015 election, running as a foil to the expansion and controversial growth in the area. That message enabled him to ride a wave of disenchantment with the area’s incumbent councilwoman. Espinoza's victory over Susan Shepherd was a rarity in Denver politics: a sitting council member losing to a challenger. The last time it had happened was in 1987. What’s even more strange about the win is Espinoza said he had no real political aspirations before he threw his hat in the ring in 2014.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 26, 20164min389

Whether or not a specific form of architectural design will continue to be allowed or banned by the City of Denver is currently a topic of debate between council members. The Council's willingness to put a moratorium in place on developers using a "garden court" form design in their projects seems to hinge on whether or not current projects will first be allowed to move forward. The garden court form orients the front doors of units in a development to a central court area rather than to the front of the street. The city’s allowance of the design has come under fire as developers have used it to build in more established neighborhoods, which critics argue goes against the original intent of the code change in 2010. Instead of familiar street views in established neighborhoods, critics say the design form is being used to drastically alter the look and feel of neighborhoods for the worse.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 24, 20166min424

Denver rolled out its new 10 year, $155 million plan to address affordable housing in the city at a public meeting Thursday. While it was met by cautious approval from some in the audience, others at best were at best skeptically indifferent about the plan. The plan would create a dedicated fund compiled from a 50/50 split between 0.5 million property tax for both residential and commercial and a new fee structure for residential and commercial developments. It would go to everything from homeowner assistance to helping subsidize the construction of affordable housing units.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 22, 20163min387

An audit of the hotel and transit center at Denver International Airport showed the project’s total cost is just under $720 million, well above the $500 million price tag first announced in 2012. The project's budget had increased several times since 2011 along with the scope of the project. The increases in the budget were in part due to rising construction costs and also Denver losing a court case with RTD over how much each entity would have to pay for the new rail stop at the airport.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 21, 20169min380

The Front Range is in the midst of a population boom—as more than 100,000 new residents have moved to Colorado within the last year. With that, about 4,500 people a month are relocating to Denver and the metro region. Creating affordable housing for those new residents, or any housing for that matter, has been a major topic of discussion in Denver. But along with finding places for those new residents to live, there’s another necessity that needs to be addressed: enough water for everyone to use.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 19, 20163min321

A Denver ballot measure that would have significantly changed how the city conducted elections and how candidates raised money has been pulled by its backers. The ballot measure supported by Common Cause Colorado, Colorado Ethics Watch, the League of Women Voters and other advocacy groups would create an $8 million city fund to match small cash contributions during election cycles. It also aimed to limit the amount of campaign contributions for local office, cut out corporate and union donations.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 19, 20164min354

Denver City Council has a new leadership team. Councilman Albus Brooks, District 9, is the new council president, taking over for former Council President Christopher Herndon. Brooks won approval for the job from his fellow council members at the start of Monday night’s council meeting. Councilman Jolon Clark was also voted by his colleagues to take over as council pro-tem. He will replace Councilman Paul Lopez who currently fills the role. Since Brooks is recovering after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called chondrosarcoma and having surgery to remove a tumor from his back, Clark will be heading up meetings until Brooks returns from his medical leave.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 17, 20168min354

So far the Denver District Attorney’s race has been historic for two reasons. The first is the substantial amount of cash that has flowed into both the Democratic primary and the general election. The second is that no matter who wins in November, Denver will have its first female DA in its history. While in past races the Democratic candidate for DA has been the favorite to win the general race, this year’s race could break with that script. Impressive resumes and big campaign war chests could lead to a seriously contested race.