Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 31

Here, read this: A music festival for Denver, the ultra-local politics of social weed use, Airbnb scofflaws, this week’s tech events and more.

Members of the Tenth Mountain Division's 86th Regiment, F Company, drill on a Camp Hale, Colorado, street in 1943 or 1944. (Ralph Hulbert/	10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection/Denver Public Library)

You’re back! I knew it — so I came back too, and I brought more supplies. Here, read this: A music festival for Denver, the ultra-local politics of social weed use, Airbnb scofflaws, this week’s tech events and lots more carefully organized information for your brain. Also, your daily historical photo:

Members of the Tenth Mountain Division's 86th Regiment, F Company, drill on a Camp Hale, Colorado, street in 1943 or 1944. (Ralph Hulbert/10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection/Denver Public Library)
Members of the Tenth Mountain Division’s 86th Regiment, F Company, drill on a Camp Hale, Colorado, street in 1943 or 1944. (Ralph Hulbert/ 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection/Denver Public Library)

Huge music festival for Denver?

Two of the biggest organizers on the festival circuit may bring tens of thousands of people across multiple days to Overland Park Golf Course. They’ll take community input on Wednesday. (Denverite)

Denver’s next little weed fights:

Social cannabis use is coming, and a lot of the power to shape it rests with neighborhood groups, as Adrian explains. That means any would-be weed-friendly businesses are going to have to navigate the fickle world of ultra-local politics. (Denverite)

Airbnb scofflaws:

Amy DiPierro reports that only 26 percent of the short-term landlords in Denver have licenses as required. The city is trying to figure out how to make it easier to pay taxes on the rentals. (BusinessDen)

How Colorado’s first black high-school principal made integration work:

“I don’t know why desegregation worked so well at Manual (High School.) Maybe it was because, for a change, the white kids were bused into the black community.” Great story here by Anne Hebert. (Front Porch Stapleton)

Do some stuff:

This week’s tech event roundup, compiled by Jess Ryan, includes Internet of Things security, virtual-reality art at Syntax and an introduction to visual design. Yes, please. (Built In Colorado)

Also, you could watch The Princess Bride with actor Cary Elwes this spring. Tickets on sale Friday. (Denverite)

You also could finally get on board with well-loved local podcast “These Things Matter” in its final two months.  (Denverite)

Trump stuff:

Hickenlooper hates the refugee ban, there’s a really good chance the next Supreme Court justice is from Boulder (so learn about him!), the Trump administration may fund I-25 and I-70 projects, Trump is still hassling Lockheed, one Colorado legislator likes Trump’s ban, Trump is still president. (Denverite)

New light rail this month:

The R Line will bring something new to the transit system: It will connect two major lines, allowing riders down south a much quicker route to the A Line to the airport. It also will bring service much deeper into suburban Aurora. It’s set to open this month, according to Cathy Proctor. (DBJ)

A 2016 map of the Denver rail system. (RTD)
A 2016 map of the Denver rail system. (RTD)
Andrew Kenney

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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.