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

View northwest from Capitol Building, Lincoln Street and East Colfax Avenue, circa 1927. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-2865)

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Yo. This week is fully happening — no doubt about it. Today’s news cycle brings us Denver’s evolving fight against immigration agents, a case study in Denver suburbia, political speculation and more.

View northwest from Capitol Building, Lincoln Street and East Colfax Avenue, circa 1927. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-2865) colfax; history; historic; denver; colorado;
View northwest from Capitol Building of Lincoln Street and East Colfax Avenue, circa 1927. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-2865)

Fighting ICE:

Denver’s elected leaders have created two different proposals to step up to ICE. Council members want to write a law, while the mayor is drafting an executive order. Immigration advocates say the mayor’s version doesn’t go far enough — possibly an attempt to avoid Jeff Sessions’ wrath. Here are the key differences. (Denverite)

Amazon in Boulder:

Amazon has 80 employees working out of WeWork near Union Station. Now it’s looking for office space in Boulder, as Kate Tracy reports. (BusinessDen)

Campaigning against housing:

Campaigners have turned in 7,600 signatures in their effort to limit housing growth in Lakewood to 1 percent per year, as Jesse Paul reports. If the signatures are validated, the City Council votes on the proposal on Aug. 28 — and if council rejects it, it goes to voters instead. (DP)

Speaking of the suburbs: Megan takes a deeper look at why people move to Douglas and Adams counties from Denver. They are on opposite ends of the income spectrum, so this is an interesting case study. (Denverite)

Looping the loop:

Keep an eye out for little green marks on the ground. They represent one potential path for what could become a 5-plus mile bike path around downtown Denver. It could ultimately cost $100 million, but they may also start small. Megan reports. (Denverite)

Hickenlooper:

The governor is “not ruling anything out” in terms of a potential run for U.S. Senate in 2020. He’s “disappointed” in Sen. Cory Gardner’s support for the recent health care bill. (Politico)

The Rockies’ newest:

The Rockies just traded for Jonathan Lucroy at catcher. He hasn’t been having a great season for hitting, but he could make some big contributions if he figures it out in Denver, as Christian reports. (Denverite)

In other sporting news, the Colorado Classic bicycle race is about to roll through Denver. Joseph explains. (Denverite)

Fun:

Uncle is opening a second ramen shop in West Wash Park, as Andra Zeppelin reports. (Eater)

Kevin got some really good photos out of Underground Music Showcase. (Denverite)

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