The clock is ticking — and the appetizers ordered — in “The Hunger Games” of Denver public projects

Denver voters this year will decide whether to allow up to $600 million in debt spending on parks, roads and more.

A rendering shows a gangway running along the proposed RiNo Promenade. (Wenk Associates, city of Denver)
A rendering shows a gangway running along the proposed RiNo Promenade. (Wenk Associates/ City of Denver)

Denver voters this year will decide whether to allow up to $900 million in debt spending on parks, roads and more. First, though, the city has to decide where exactly the money would go — and it’s basically “The Hunger Games” of public projects: Many have entered and few will win.

Ahead of this fall’s vote, we’ve seen waves of publicity for big, flashy new proposals, from the River North Promenade to the remake of Paco Sanchez Park. There are literally hundreds of ideas competing for a limited amount of money, many with passionate and powerful supporters — and we’re now entering the most important phase of the winnowing.

With a big decision approaching, people are pushing for their projects. For example, the supporters of RiNo Promenade are hosting a big party this Friday. Usually, city budgeting processes don’t involve Blue Moon and appetizers.



RTD’s E, F and H lines are out this morning

Update: Service has been restored.

The E, F and H lines are shut down between Broadway and University stations. It’s a distance of just more than a mile, but it’s directly in the way of northbound commuters coming in from Glendale and beyond.

The shutdown is due to a broken overhead wire, according to RTD. Bus shuttles are transporting passengers between Broadway, Louisiana and University stations. Watch for updates at RTD’s site.


Denver weather forecast for today, April 25: Cool and stormy

Good morning. The high in Denver today is 55 degrees, with a significant chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Tomorrow could warm to 60 degrees, but that’s about as high as it will get until Sunday. Meanwhile, some of the ski mountains got significant snow yesterday, and OpenSnow predicts more snow today and perhaps Thursday through Sunday.


Lawsuit: Colorado prison guard pepper-sprayed Muslim inmates as they tried to pray

Prominent civil rights attorney David Lane plans to file a lawsuit on the behalf of three prison inmates in Sterling.

Three Colorado prison inmates claim that a correctional officer intentionally pepper-sprayed them as they walked into an Islamic prayer session and later one inmate was severely beaten as retaliation for his attempt to hire a lawyer.

Prominent civil rights attorney David Lane plans to file a lawsuit on their behalf Monday.