Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 3

Ute men, women, and children pose at Garden of the Gods in 1911. The photo is labeled "moon dance." (H.S. Poley/Western History and Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hey. Today’s news roundup includes some very illuminating reads about life in Denver, from Erica’s masterful explanation of gentrification to an interview with the New York developer who wants to top the skyline. Let’s go.

Ute men, women, and children pose at Garden of the Gods in 1911. The photo is labeled "moon dance." (H.S. Poley/Western History and Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
Ute men, women, and children pose at Garden of the Gods in 1911. The photo is labeled “moon dance.” (H.S. Poley/Western History and Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

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We got a single reader question — “What’s so bad about gentrification?” — that set Erica off on a long reporting journey involving more than a dozen long conversations around Denver. I had no idea what to expect until it dropped in our newsletter this morning. Well, it’s one of the best things we’ve ever published. It’s not even possible to summarize. Just go. (Denverite)

This Kevin Simpson story about the rescue of Chloe the 90-pound dog after weeks stuck on a mountain is really very nice. (DP)

Law & politics:

Denver’s deputy director of safety, Chris Lujan, “was fired Friday according to multiple sources familiar with the situation,” Brian Maass reports. No word on why. (CBS4)

Why are Republicans dragging their feet on fixing the mistake that is denying money to RTD and other districts? Well, they’re cranky about the special session, but they also cite constitutional concerns. Erica reports, including some expert legal perspective. (Denverite)

Westminster is reportedly the first city in Colorado to declare its opposition to “conversion therapy,” the idea that you could (or should) “treat” and change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. (NBC)

More than 75,000 children in Colorado could lose low-cost health insurance at the end of January if the U.S. Congress doesn’t renew CHIP, which includes 9 million kids nationwide. Christopher Osher and Mark Matthews report. (DP)

Business & development:

Novel Strand Brewing Co. will replace the former First Avenue Grocery Store in Baker. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

There’s a scientific race to figure out the organisms that make sour beer sour. (NPR)

The stage is now set for the redevelopment of the barren former Gates Rubber site, wedged between South Broadway and South Santa Fe Drive south of I-25, Erica reports. (Denverite)

John Rebchook gets to better know the developer behind the proposal for Denver’s would-be tallest building. (CREJ)

Want to be a professional drone pilot in Colorado? They’re hiring. (BusinessDen)

Drugs:

Colorado prices for wholesale weed are down 40 percent compared to the first half of last year, Bruce Kennedy reports. (Cannabist)

Transportation:

What are you going to do with all that Mall? Megan explains three options for the bus lanes down 16th Street. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

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.