Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 14

The Eisenhower Tunnel under construction. (John Gordon/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Good morning. We’re starting another week of late summer weather, complete with weather in the 80s and chances for storms every day. Here’s what caught my eye in the news this morning.

The Eisenhower Tunnel under construction. (John Gordon/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
The Eisenhower Tunnel under construction. (John Gordon/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Housing & development:

When it was announced last week that Chipotle would be the first company to publicly partner with the city to subsidize housing, a lot of people had the same question: Why doesn’t Chipotle just pay its employees enough money to afford Denver housing? The answer, as you can probably guess, is in the economics. Ashley reports. (Denverite)

The city of Denver is using eminent domain in an attempt to forcibly purchase land owned by a company managed by the husband of Councilwoman Kendra Black. It’s for National Western. The company is not happy and accuses the city of dodgy dealings. Amy DiPierro reports in full. (BusinessDen)

Against white supremacy:
Shorter Community AME Church Rev. Timothy Tyler took the bullhorn. He told the crowd that his staff asked him not to travel to Charlottesville this weekend. “They know I will travel to where hell is,” he said, “I don’t have to go to Charlottesville because we have enough work to do right here.” Kevin was on the scene. (Denverite)
Transportation:

A study and a very interesting map show that Denver’s tiny urban districts — like Tennyson and Pearl — have a lot to do with the old streetcar system. (Denverite)

The plan to build 10 miles of new toll highway through Jefferson County faces a new challenge: the Federal Aviation Administration says it runs too close to a metropolitan airport. If they can’t figure it out, they potentially would have to buy new land to run a different route, as John Aguilar reports. (DP)

Public safety:

There are no longer any police officers contributing to the community input process for the department’s use-of-force policy, which committee members say is a serious problem. Noelle Phillips reports. (DP)

A woman was killed trying to save her son from Clear Creek during a tubing outing. The boy survived. Joe Rubino reports. (DP)

Baseball:

Chad Bettis is back with the Rockies today after treatment for cancer. Nolan Arenado fortunately wasn’t hurt too badly by a pitch to his hand. (DP, MLB)

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