Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 21

View of ride called the Chutes (or the Big Splash), "White City" (later called Lakeside Amusement Park), Lakeside, Colorado, near Denver; shows a large crowd of people gathered and watching water ride, edge of ferris wheel, other rides, a penny arcade, a large line by ticket gazebo, and wooden frame residences behind boundary of amusement park. Between 1908 and 1910. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-943)historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Hello, readerino. Today’s news roundup includes RiNo development, population prognostication, sushi for Highland, the lack of sidewalks and a foreclosure controversy.

View of ride called the Chutes (or the Big Splash), "White City" (later called Lakeside Amusement Park), Lakeside, Colorado, near Denver; shows a large crowd of people gathered and watching water ride, edge of ferris wheel, other rides, a penny arcade, a large line by ticket gazebo, and wooden frame residences behind boundary of amusement park. Between 1908 and 1910. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-943) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
View of a ride called the Chutes (or the Big Splash) at “White City,” later called Lakeside Amusement Park, between 1908 and 1910. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-943)

Stay off I-70 after 7 tonight.

Construction crews will be closing lanes east of Denver starting at 7 p.m. (Denverite)

A climbing gym and a tiny village for RiNo:

Movement Climbing + Fitness just paid $10.5 million for a warehouse at 32nd and Walnut. Look for it in 2018. (BusinessDen)

Nonprofit groups have big plans to put tiny yurts on a RiNo lot for people experiencing homelessness. (Denverite)

Is our population boom leveling off?

“We’ve probably, maybe, reached our peak growth that we’ll see in terms of total population change,” according to the state demographer. The hits to the oil industry may be to blame for the slightly lower growth numbers this year. (CPR)

Meanwhile, the economic outlook’s fairly rosy – which means that the state may have to cut its budget. Weird! (Denverite)

New sushi in Highland:

Mizu Sushi & Izakaya Bar is southeast of Linger at 1560 Boulder Street. The restaurant, which just had its soft opening, goes for a small-plates approach with cheap cocktails and some nice variety in the menu. (North Denver Tribune)

About a quarter of Denver’s streets lack sidewalks.

Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration is developing a pedestrian and trails plan. The challenge: 23 percent of city streets lack any sidewalks whatsoever. (Streetsblog)

Report: A local law firm is accused of conspiring to drive up foreclosure costs.

State prosecutors are leading a civil lawsuit against Larry and Caren Castle, who “nearly cornered” the foreclosure industry in Colorado. The prosecution alleges that the Castles colluded with other law firms to drive up various costs by up to 400 percent above normal, The Denver Post reports.

Some of these fees were charged to homeowners “trying to save their houses from seizure,” according to DP. The defense says they were merely trying to keep up with banks’ demands. (DP)

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Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email akenney@denverite.com.