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Economic development plan targets affordable housing, grocery stores

The Denver Office of Economic Development recently released its sixth annual JumpStart economic strategic plan that outlines efforts to continue steady growth and identify needs. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
With an economy considered one of the strongest in America, the City and County of Denver wants to build on its success and identify future business trends and workforce needs, help address the affordable housing issue and locate up to three grocery stores in underserved communities.

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Fearing deportation, Denver Latinos face higher property taxes

Denver's Latino community, fearful of deportation by the federal government, looks to be hardest hit by recent property value reassessments. A Denver City Council committee recently discussed those issues with the co-chairs of the city's Latino commission. (Courtesy Creative Commons/WikiMedia)
As Cinco de Mayo approaches, fear of deportation is prevalent among Denver’s Latino community, as it is across the country, due to the federal government’s tough stance on immigration and President Donald Trump’s actions, such as proposing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That was part of the preliminary findings from the Denver Latino Commission […]

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The $26.8 billion question: How to sell the 2017 budget

Sen Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, speaks at the Capitol on February 16, Agriculture Day. (Photo by Roxann Elliott/The Colorado Statesman)
Now that the Colorado state budget proposal has appeared and lawmakers are wrangling over the numbers, the political narratives that will be used to sell the budget to voters and to defend against constituent anger in elections to come are taking shape. This year it seems unquestionable that it will be a tougher budget for […]

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Wright: Solving the affordable housing crisis

Earl Wright

Colorado is facing an affordable housing crisis as both the demand and the cost of entry-level homes continues to skyrocket, while housing construction, particularly in the areas of condominiums, remains largely nonexistent. Some have argued the absence of affordable housing construction, which condominiums and starter single-family homes provide, is simply due to a lack of […]

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YIMBY Denver group forms to counter NIMBYs

A small, recently formed group plans to be involved in the City and County of Denver's growth-related issues as part of the Yes In My Backyard movement. (Courtesy YIMBY Denver)
A small, fledgling, informal group of Denver residents wants to “bring the voice of yes” to the city as it considers how to address growth-related issues like affordable housing, transportation and parking, according to the group’s “unofficial leader.” Part of a small but growing nationwide movement called Yes In My Backyard, YIMBY Denver formed after […]

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Denver City Council’s small lot parking code dispute leads to delay

Cars parked in front of the Denver Civic Center. With Denver's population exploding, disagreements have erupted on City Council over small lot parking restrictions. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
Almost every new resident of Denver adds another automobile to the city’s already crowded roads and highways, and those cars and trucks need a place to park when their owners are home or elsewhere. The advent of “micro” housing units, also known as tiny houses, in established Denver neighborhoods led to concerns over the city’s […]

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Arbitration the latest front on curbing construction-defects lawsuits

Mandatory arbitration for construction defects in condos and townhomes passed a Senate committee Monday. Senate Bill 156 is the latest in a piecemeal approach to throttling litigation that proponents say blocks construction of affordable housing. The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee passed the arbitration bill 5-2. Democratic Sen. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge joined the committee’s Republicans […]

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