Hello there. I’m writing today’s Denver in 5 from the Portland, Maine airport. The news from Portland, Maine is that a.) the skiing is more accessible here and b.) rent on some new apartments is somehow just as high as in Denver. The news in Denver, meanwhile, includes more RiNo hype, long-awaited construction at Confluence Park and also an upgrade to the U.S. Mint.
The Times does RiNo:
Bad news for people who hate trendy word-mash names: The Times is on it. Pretty standard story – focuses on the new World Trade Center project, mentions the airport, alludes to displacement of artists who “are worried that gentrification will eventually take away the neighborhood’s grit.” Also, great correction: The original article said property in RiNo was going for $150 per acre. I’d take that. (Denverite)
Up the river, construction on the Confluence Park riverfront plaza near REI is getting back underway and may be finished by this fall. Coal tar will ruin your day. (DP)
Your weekend plans:
Too many parties. (Denverite)
The Mint is going big time.
It’s surprisingly hard to get a tour of the U.S. Mint in Denver, mostly because its weird security setup limits it to 300 visitors a day. That number could increase by a lot when a new visitors’ center and tour route debut in 2018. (BusinessDen)
If your Airbnb guests get too crazy:
Theft, damage, general foolishness are all possibilities, and it might take you a month to get the damages back. (Denverite)
More on the mall thing:
Police suspect a Facebook post about a fight drew hundreds of juveniles to the Aurora Mall on Monday. They cannot find the Facebook post. Maybe it was Snapchat, guys. (Aurora Sentinel)
The Cannabist will get a new editor.
Ricardo Baca is leaving The Denver Post, where he became one of the most visible figures in the world of legal marijuana. He’s joining a new startup that is still in “stealth mode.” (DP)
- Pueblo finally allows recreational pot stores. (Chieftain)
- Rashaan Salaam’s body won’t be tested for concussion effects. (NYT)
- Denver’s pretty good at electro-soul, even if electro-soul musicians can’t agree on the name electro-soul. (The Know)
- A photographer reflects on a sweet old image of Carrie Fisher with her Star Wars boys at the Denver Post. (DP)