First business where Denverites could legally consume weed has a hearing Friday — many others will watch closely

The Coffee Joint is the furthest along in the city of Denver’s pilot process for licensing businesses and events to allow adults to consume marijuana in a public setting.

The Coffee Joint owner Rita Tsalyuk sits in the middle of her shop next to I-25 in Lincoln Park, Feb. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lincoln park; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; social consumption; marijuana; coffee shop;
The Coffee Joint owner Rita Tsalyuk sits in the middle of her shop at 1130 Yuma Court in Lincoln Park, Feb. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A Denver cannabis dispensary owner hopes to make history in coming weeks with the first business where it’s legal for customers to consume marijuana.

Rita Tsalyuk and her business partner, Kirill Merkulov, plan to call the cannabis consumption establishment, near downtown Denver, The Coffee Joint. “Pun intended,” Tsalyuk said.


West Colfax neighbors envision major changes to Federal Boulevard interchange

West Colfax residents want to drive a pedestrian-friendly design change to one of Denver’s most heavily-trafficked intersections.

The Colfax Avenue cloverleaf at Federal Boulevard, Feb. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colfax; sun valley; traffic; transportation; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado; denver; cityscape; skyline
The cloverleaf intersection near West Colfax Avenue and Federal Boulevard, Feb. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

West Colfax residents want to drive a pedestrian-friendly design change to one of Denver’s most heavily-trafficked intersections.

Options for the area where Federal Boulevard runs above West Colfax Avenue include bringing the streets down to one level and making the north-south corridor a split one-way with generous room set aside for cyclists and bikers.


DHA’s Sun Valley project makes Meow Wolf look like small potatoes

Denver Housing Authority anticipates kicking off construction in Sun Valley later this year.

Xcel Energy's Riverside Generating Station in Sun Valley. Jan. 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; power plant; sun valley;
Xcel Energy’s Riverside Generating Station in Sun Valley. Jan. 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Meow Wolf kicked off 2018 with plans to invest roughly $50 million just outside of Sun Valley’s borders, but the nationally acclaimed art attraction is small potatoes relative to the Denver Housing Authority’s plans for the neighborhood.



Winter Olympics: What tourism-minded officials in Denver desire, crowd-conscious residents fear

Whether it’s the Olympics or NFL Draft, officials follow a similar pattern of talking about tourism gains and economic boosts while also keeping their cards about details and costs close to the chest.

The crowd goes wild at the American Ninja Warrior finals shoot in front of the City and County Building, May 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) american ninja warrior; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
The crowd goes wild at the American Ninja Warrior finals shoot in front of the City and County Building, May 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Can we host the Olympics? And should we host the Olympics?

Those are the two overarching questions the Denver Winter Games Exploratory Committee is tasked with answering in coming weeks as Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper mull over whether to put a bid together for the 2026 or 2030 games.