Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 23

An aerial view of the June 17, 1965 flood that ravaged Denver. The view includes the railyards south of 14th Street. (George Meister/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/X-11000168O)

Hello, reading friends. Here’s all the news I read this morning about Denver, including some rather interesting cinema happenings, development and a thing about pikas.

An aerial view of the June 17, 1965 flood that ravaged Denver. The view includes the railyards south of 14th Street. (George Meister/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/X-11000168O)
An aerial view of the June 17, 1965 flood that ravaged Denver. The view includes rail yards south of 14th Street. (George Meister/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/X-11000168)

Coloraddywood:

A media company plans to spend nearly $1 billion on a sprawling production campus in Parker that could bring 4,000 jobs. However, Colorado’s neighbors still offer “more competitive incentives,” for filmmakers, as Jay Bouchard reports. (5280)

Development:

Eric Peterson has a feature on developers’ new focus on polluted industrial sites, which have long resisted redevelopment. (Confluence)

Boulder is considering allowing taller buildings. The question is: What should developers have to do to be allowed the extra height? Should it only be affordable housing, or should it include the arts and affordable retail? Alex Burness reports. (Camera)

The city’s offering $1.3 million for that East Colfax strip club I told you about last week. It’s likely to become affordable housing, along with another nearby parcel.

The historic Rossonian hotel, long vacant, has been purchased for restoration. Adrian’s got the story. 

Megan’s got five numbers that explicate real estate. (Denverite)

Entertainment:

There’s a new Italian place in Platt Park. Excuse me, it’s northern Italian. Ashley reports. 

You can now see unlimited movies at almost any major theater for $10 a month, but it just got a little less convenient in Denver. (Denverite)

Sports:

The Rockies have had terrible offense this year. Christian breaks down the problem.

Also, they lost yesterday. (Denverite)

Outdoors:

Four people have died this year on Capitol Peak, a 14er. It’s believed the latest, a couple, fell from near the summit. (Aspen Times)

Transportation:

River North is getting ready to tackle the complete mess known as “trying to park in RiNo.” (Denverite)

Check out this map of the most popular areas for electric vehicles in Colorado. You will be blown away by … how correct your assumptions are … (Denverite)

Environment:

Ever seen a pika? These tiny mountain rodents are among the most flexible animals, at least in terms of their ability to adapt their behaviors to different conditions. They’re disappearing from their historic home areas, moving farther upslope to avoid the effects of climate change. Fascinating, as Maya Kapoor reports. (HCN)

Colorado School of Mines just started a freaking space mining grad program. Space mining! (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.