Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Nov. 2

A model poses by a Denver Tramway streetcar in Denver, Colorado. 1951. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-10142)history colorado; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Today’s news roundup includes a novel jobs program for homeless people, development near Sloan’s Lake, news on the Cheeky Monk building and lots more stuff that I read about our city today.

A model poses by a Denver Tramway streetcar in Denver, Colorado. 1951. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-10142) history colorado; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
A model poses by a Denver Tramway streetcar in Denver, Colorado. 1951. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-10142)

Sloan’s Lake will get an affordable-housing development.

A developer plans 49 rental units for people earning up to 60 percent of median income. The apartments will be part of the historic Kuhlman Building, on the old St. Anthony campus. The rest of the block will include up to 27 full-price row homes and a small cafe. (DP)

The budget ballet begins.

Gov. Hickenlooper starts by proposing a slate of cuts to all the popular stuff – roads, schools, hospitals. To me, this initial budget is meant to create demand for more spending, which currently is difficult due to state law. It also will change significantly if Democrats take the legislature. (Denverite)

The proposal also would give $18 million of pot revenue (mostly) for homelessness programs. (CPR)

Denver will try hiring people who are homeless.

It’s a $400,000 pilot project. Wages start at $12 an hour. (Denverite)

What will become of the High Line Canal?

I did not know that it’s expected to keep serving as an irrigation supply even as it becomes more of a recreational attraction. (Confluence)

The old Cheeky Monk building will become…

An urgent-care business. (BusinessDen)

People are not happy with the Denver DA’s anti-pot letter.

District Attorney Mitch Morrissey wrote to two anti-marijuana campaigns in California. He said that the city police are spending more time on marijuana enforcement than ever, but he also included stats about car break-ins and aggravated assault. He says he was simply responding to a request for information about the post-legalization situation. (CPR)

Football thoughts:

Defense good, Aqib Talib really good, Von Miller very good, offense not so much. Christian puts this a lot more thoughtfully than I just did, and that’s why lots of people are reading this article. (Denverite)

Big Dog to Denver.

Bill Clinton’s in town on Friday. More details to come. (Denverite)

October’s winners in tech funding:

PaySimple got $115M, but it wasn’t the only one. (BuiltIn)

Denver in the age of City Beautiful:

More historic photos, and a lovely write-up by Kevin. (Denverite)

Today’s writing soundtrack:

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

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.