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It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares… Continue Reading Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

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City Council agendas are at best boring, often disturbing and sometimes infuriating. They’re never fun to read — the best you can hope for is that Council and the administration have taken to heart the ancient admonition to physicians: Above all, do no harm. Item 8i on Monday’s work session agenda, innocently titled “Cumbres and… Continue Reading City shouldn’t give away relic from its past

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Museum leaders aim high for design

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Museum leaders aim high for design

When the City for Champions project first was announced more than a year ago, the proposed U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame was front and center. Headed by the formidable Dick Celeste, it seemed obvious the museum would have the largest impact of any of the four projects. Celeste envisioned an “iconic” structure that… Continue Reading Museum leaders aim high for design

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Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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Remember the old song? “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town / the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.” Physical geography is easy enough to learn, but what about economic geography? Is Colorado up, or is it down? Are we, as Gov. John Hickenlooper would have it, a state with a powerful, diversified… Continue Reading Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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Election night party news

Want to go top an election night party, have a glass of wine, munch some light appetizers and schmooze with your favorite Republicans/Democrats? The Republicans will be whooping it up on Nov. 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Stargazers, while the Dems will open the doors of the Gold Room (just south of the Mining… Continue Reading Election night party news

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The politics of being Beauprez, Hickenlooper

Early spring, 2003. Newly elected Congressman Bob Beauprez was the guest of honor at a business-sponsored event in Aurora. Another familiar figure was present, a sandy-haired political newcomer who soon would become mayor of Denver. “I’m here to talk to Congressman Beauprez,” said John Hickenlooper. “If I’m elected, he’ll be one of the folks I’ll… Continue Reading The politics of being Beauprez, Hickenlooper

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County retrieves set of 1930s murals

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County retrieves set of 1930s murals

Thanks to a remarkable partnership between El Paso County and the Denver Public School System, nine 1930s murals are being installed in Centennial Hall. The murals depict familiar characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Boy Blue. They were executed by… Continue Reading County retrieves set of 1930s murals

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While I was driving across the Colorado Avenue bridge into downtown the other day, a billboard caught my eye. “Less Government, More Freedom,” it proclaimed, touting the candidacy of a local political hopeful. That’s a common campaign theme for Republicans and Libertarians. It sounds plausible — who among us hasn’t railed at the inefficiencies, incompetence… Continue Reading Consider this: More government, more freedom

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Some downtown icons still stand

Do commercial buildings learn? If they want to avoid the wrecker’s ball, they’d better be like enduring businesses — carefully conceived, solidly built, well located and open to change. Just as businesses that fail to evolve fall by the wayside, so do aging buildings that can’t be profitably reimagined. Can you predict which buildings will… Continue Reading Some downtown icons still stand

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Bankrupt developer Jannie Richardson was jailed Oct. 3, accused of felony theft after persuading a man described as an “elderly, confused business associate” to write “checks on her behalf” totaling at least $970,000. He had previously invested $7 million with Richardson in other business ventures, none of which has been returned. Bond was set at… Continue Reading Richardson held in alleged felony theft

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