Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 8

An auto race at Overland Park, likely in the 1920s. (Harry M. Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hey there. I have a bunch of stories I need to go work on, so let’s launch straight into the news that has already been published.

An auto race at Overland Park, likely in the 1920s. (Harry M. Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
An auto race at Overland Park, likely in the 1920s. (Harry M. Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

The weather:

Still cooler and rainy, but it’s getting less cool and less rainy.

Something to do:

Go to one of these fourteen museums and galleries, nicely summarized by Westword. (Westword)

Spending a ton of money:

Erica expertly captured the hope, excitement and criticism at the meeting where Denver moved toward its next major spending package. Read it. (Denverite)

Controlling many tons of water:

The gigantic flood-control project that we’ve covered extensively appears to be moving ahead — but it happened in a surprisingly narrow vote as council members unsuccessfully called for delays. Erica again.

Here’s my previous piece on the hypothetical gigantic, scary flood that city planners describe very specifically in justifying the project. (Denverite)

Bike, ped and transit:

Megan gives us an early assessment of Denver’s Vision Zero plan to reduce bike and pedestrian deaths. This rundown will give you a sense of the city’s new way of thinking about this stuff. (Denverite)

Dave Sachs lays out the argument for more buses, more frequently, on more streets. (Streetsblog)

Colfax:

Adrian has the most comprehensive, current look at the development planned for East Colfax right now. (Denverite)

The 1 percent:

About 24 percent of Colorado College’s students come from the wealthiest 1% of American families, enough to put them on this list of the wealthiest student bodies. (NYT)

Sports:

Meet Trevor Story. He’s a Rocky. He’s really good at shortstop. Christian will get you introduced. (Denverite)

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