Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 30

‘Mexican Americans, members of the Crusade for Justice (La Crusada Para Justicia) march in protest down 15th (Fifteenth) street in Denver, Colorado. They carry a large banner written in both English and Spanish, which reads: "It Is Better to Die On Your Feet Than to Keep On Living On Your Knees" "Es Mejor Morir de Pie, Que Seguir Viviendo de Rodillas.”’Between 1966 and 1970. (Shannon Garcia/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/AUR-2152)corky gonzales; crusade for justice; protest; historic; archival; archive; denver public library; dpl; denverite; denver post

Hello there. I’m writing today’s Denver in 5 from the Portland, Maine airport. The news from Portland, Maine is that a.) the skiing is more accessible here and b.) rent on some new apartments is somehow just as high as in Denver. The news in Denver, meanwhile, includes more RiNo hype, long-awaited construction at Confluence Park and also an upgrade to the U.S. Mint.

‘Mexican Americans, members of the Crusade for Justice (La Crusada Para Justicia) march in protest down 15th (Fifteenth) street in Denver, Colorado. They carry a large banner written in both English and Spanish, which reads: "It Is Better to Die On Your Feet Than to Keep On Living On Your Knees" "Es Mejor Morir de Pie, Que Seguir Viviendo de Rodillas.”’ Between 1966 and 1970. (Shannon Garcia/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/AUR-2152) corky gonzales; crusade for justice; protest; historic; archival; archive; denver public library; dpl; denverite; denver post
‘Mexican Americans, members of the Crusade for Justice (La Crusada Para Justicia) march in protest down 15th Street in Denver, between 1966 and 1970. (Shannon Garcia/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/AUR-2152)

The Times does RiNo:

Bad news for people who hate trendy word-mash names: The Times is on it. Pretty standard story – focuses on the new World Trade Center project, mentions the airport, alludes to displacement of artists who “are worried that gentrification will eventually take away the neighborhood’s grit.” Also, great correction: The original article said property in RiNo was going for $150 per acre. I’d take that. (Denverite)

Up the river, construction on the Confluence Park riverfront plaza near REI is getting back underway and may be finished by this fall. Coal tar will ruin your day. (DP)

Your weekend plans:

Too many parties. (Denverite)

The Mint is going big time.

It’s surprisingly hard to get a tour of the U.S. Mint in Denver, mostly because its weird security setup limits it to 300 visitors a day. That number could increase by a lot when a new visitors’ center and tour route debut in 2018. (BusinessDen)

If your Airbnb guests get too crazy:

Theft, damage, general foolishness are all possibilities, and it might take you a month to get the damages back. (Denverite)

More on the mall thing:

Police suspect a Facebook post about a fight drew hundreds of juveniles to the Aurora Mall on Monday. They cannot find the Facebook post. Maybe it was Snapchat, guys. (Aurora Sentinel)

The Cannabist will get a new editor.

Ricardo Baca is leaving The Denver Post, where he became one of the most visible figures in the world of legal marijuana. He’s joining a new startup that is still in “stealth mode.” (DP)

Andrew Kenney

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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.