Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 6

View towards Trinity Methodist Church, Hotel Metropole and edge of Brown Palace on Broadway from 17th (Seventeenth) Avenue, Denver, Colorado. Between 1911 and 1920. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1055)historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Hey! It’s the end of the first week of the year. Remember, this was only a warmup for your resolutions. But, seriously, you have to do them next week. Today’s news roundup is a really interesting one, including popular/unpopular schools, the recycling problem, a Stapleton slowdown, the Colorado Rockies and bunches more.

View towards Trinity Methodist Church, Hotel Metropole and edge of Brown Palace on Broadway from 17th (Seventeenth) Avenue, Denver, Colorado. Between 1911 and 1920. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1055) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
View of Trinity Methodist Church and the edge of the Brown Palace on Broadway from 17th Avenu between 1911 and 1920. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1055)

The most and least popular public schools in Denver:

Chalkbeat tracks which schools students are leaving, and where they want to go. (Chalkbeat)

The apartment building recycling problem:

Megan dug into one of the biggest reasons Denver stinks at recycling: Apartments don’t have to do it. (Denverite)

I-25 embiggening:

State officials are expected to accelerate the widening of Interstate 25 from just south of Denver through to Monument. (Gazette)

High hopes for the Rockies:

Jim Bowden says the hometown boys are “primed to be the surprise team in the National League,” with a chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2009, mostly on the strength of the Bud Black hire. (ESPN)

Frontier to go public?

The Denver-based budget airline reportedly has hired three banks to help it become a publicly traded company. (NYT)

Stapleton slowdown:

The mall/neighborhood sold significantly fewer homes in 2016. Management says it’s not a lack of demand, instead blaming “longer local government approval times and labor shortages.” (DP)

Lafayette considers allowing civil disobedience:

The city council is looking at an ordinance that would “legalize non-violent direct action protests — such acts can include sit-ins, strikes, workplace occupations or blockades.” It appears to be a response to fracking. (Daily Camera)

Environmental impacts:

New government studies find no indication of an overall cancer risk near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, and also acceptable levels of pollution from the I-70 widening proposal. Questions remain. (Denverite)

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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.