Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 11

An imagination of "Union Park" in front of Union Station before a towering skyline. (Denver Public Library/Western Hisory Collection/Karle Seydel Papers)

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Good morning. We’ve got a healthy crop of news stories this morning. Let’s slice, dice and fry these suckers up — from the interesting new plan for affordability in RiNo to a surge of Trump graffiti, Denver’s ICE problem and more.

An imagination of "Union Park" in front of Union Station before a towering skyline. (Denver Public Library/Western Hisory Collection/Karle Seydel Papers) baseball; coors field; sports; denver; colorado; denverite; denver public library;
A sketch of “Union Park” in front of Union Station before a towering skyline. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Karle Seydel Papers)

Affordable and dense?

Erica got the latest details on the city’s unusual and somewhat controversial new plan to encourage tall buildings with affordable units in River North. Go on and read, go on and read. (Denverite)

Trump grafitti:

Megan analyzed the surge of Trump-related graffiti found by Denver police, because Megan is the best. (Denverite)

Can Denver stop ICE?

Denver keeps asking ICE not to make immigration arrests at courthouses. ICE doesn’t care. Now there’s a nascent movement and legal argument for cities to stand up and ban ICE arrests from court. (Denverite)

Union Station weed fight:

Two different dispensaries are moving in on the strangest little spot among all those apartments near Union Station. (Denverite)

Kids are showing up with weed in their systems four times more often at Children’s Hospital Colorado since 2009. (Denverite)

Cold Crush’s new neighbor:

American Bonded got a liquor license for the spot next door to Cold Crush, which is under construction. Adrian got the stuff. (Denverite)

Buchtel Boulevard:

David Sachs lays out the latest on the plan to connect Colorado and University of stations with safer crossings, a raised bike lane, fewer traffic lanes and more on Buchtel. (Streetsblog)

Colorado Energy Office:

The office that is supposed to “improve the effective use” of energy resources here “will be crippled” after lawmakers couldn’t agree on a way to fully fund it, as Peter Marcus reports. (Colorado Politics)

Brunch:

5280 has a brunch recommendations list that does not include Snooze. I love Snooze, but these all seem worthwhile. (5280)

Andrew Kenney

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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.