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

View south on Sherman Avenue towards Colorado State Capitol building during spring snowstorm in April, Denver, Colorado. 1913. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1906)

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Hello! We have a supersize Denver in 5 today. It might even be… Denver in 6… but I’m sure you’ll finish in 3, oh bright and shining diamond.

If you haven’t read before, it’s a weekday morning review of the news and why it matters. Today’s package includes book sales, great views, Red Rocks, city politicking, storage facilities, donkeys, Obamacare and more.

View south on Sherman Avenue towards Colorado State Capitol building during spring snowstorm in April, Denver, Colorado. 1913. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1906) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
View south on Sherman Avenue towards Colorado State Capitol building during spring snowstorm in April, Denver, Colorado. 1913. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1906)

Lawsuit: Red Rocks isn’t accessible to people using wheelchairs.

Six plaintiffs, all Colorado residents, say Red Rocks restricts them to “all but the most distant seats.” (DP)

Book sale time:

Denver Public Library sells used books online. They also have a permanent new outlet in The Red Chair Bookshop, 10 W. 14th Ave., open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (North Denver Tribune)

Great views by law:

Denver has regulated “view planes” since the 1950s. The city obviously has some prime material to work with, but I swear I am constantly marveling at the views here, natural and manmade. (9News)

Interference accusation against councilman settled?

Councilman Rafael Espinoza will not participate in decisions on a large residential proposal in the Berkeley neighborhood. That puts an end to the pending city review of a developer’s complaint about Espinoza. The complaint essentially was that Espinoza asked city staff to review building permits for the project, and told the developer he would personally review those documents. (DBJ)

There’s Something You Need to Know About Donkeys:

That’s the original headline on this piece about training a racing donkey and I wouldn’t dare to change it. However, I also have to tell you Megan Verlee recorded a really great audio version of this story back in 2012. (NYT, CPR)

Obamacare enrollment is up 25 percent in Colorado.

That may mean people are afraid of losing the program, and it may mean that the state is getting better at selling health insurance. (DP)

RiNo sure does have a lot of storage facilities.

I haven’t counted them, but rest assured, it will soon be one more. (BusinessDen)

The survey results that are supposed to guide the city’s revamp:

Denveright is an ongoing city-hosted forum on the future of Denver. Its early survey reports people want less traffic, cheaper housing and better transit. No surprise there. (Streetsblog)

Boulder probably just shot down a middle-income development.

The usual: Too tall, will bring traffic, doesn’t fit neighborhood. City council can reverse the rejection, though.(Daily Camera)

And:
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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.