Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 19

An 81-story skyscraper, development fears on South Pearl and more.

W. N. Rhodes & lion cubs, Elitch Gardens, April 25, 1897. (Harry H. Buckwalter/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/CHS-B912)

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W. N. Rhodes & lion cubs, Elitch Gardens, April 25, 1897. (Harry H. Buckwalter/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/CHS-B912) elitch gardens; amusement park; archival; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
W. N. Rhodes & lion cubs, Elitch Gardens, April 25, 1897. (Harry H. Buckwalter/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/CHS-B912)

Here’s a true Denver story: I opened my windows yesterday to let in some of that fresh, 70-degree air. Then I went to the park, out to dinner and to my boyfriend’s apartment.

See where that’s going? Yeah. I left my windows open to the cold and snow overnight. Rookie Denver move.

Anyway, I hope your Monday morning has been better than that. Here’s your news.

Weather

Yes, it’s going to stay cold and… precipitation-y. (Denverite)

Development

In 2018 Denver, no neighborhood is immune to worries about losing its character. Andy spent some time taking the temperature on South Pearl.

It checks every box in the “hot neighborhood” checklist, from its light-rail stop to its “eclectic” mix of shops and restaurants. Now it faces a wave of new development, and with it some big questions: Are new apartments a threat or the future for small commercial districts? Can you retrofit a historic residential area for transit and housing? And if you make it all work, who will it really serve?

Old South Pearl Street is under threat,” said Councilman Jolon Clark, “of being very different if you blink your eyes a couple times.” (Denverite)

We’re a little closer to having a new tallest building. Greenwich Realty Capital submitted a plan for an 81-story skyscraper at 17th and California streets.

The tower first crossed our radar back in May 2017, when Adrian noticed New York-based Crown Architecture and Consulting boasted on its website that it would built the tallest skyscraper in Denver.

In September 2017, GRC Managing Partner Michael Ursini told Megan, “We want to exhaust any possibility of increasing the size of the building so that we can really deliver a truly iconic and progressive building for the city.” (Denverite)

Health

What went wrong at Arapahoe House? The Post’s Jennifer Brown and John Ingold take a long, hard look at how Colorado’s largest drug treatment provider shut down in an opioid crisis.

“We were trying to solve all the woes of our community,” chief executive Mike Butler said. (DP)

Marijuana

First up in a series checking in on the promises made when Colorado legalized weed: A look at an increase in arrests for illegal marijuana cultivation. (Gazette)

I’ll let CPR’s headline speak for itself on this one: Nearly 4 percent of Denver electricity is now devoted to marijuana. (CPR)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean is the assistant editor and culture reporter for Denverite. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes bourbon straight and dreams of someday holding the title of Nightlife Mayor. Find her at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.