Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 22

The Cooper Building at 17th and Curtis streets is demolished in 1970. (Robert W. Schott/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hi. Today’s news roundup includes a comprehensive story about the end of mobile homes in Denver, assorted development news, the science of cannabis addiction and more. Read on.

The Cooper Building at 17th and Curtis streets is demolished in 1970. (Robert W. Schott/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
The Cooper Building at 17th and Curtis streets is demolished in 1970 during the Skyline downtown renewal project. (Robert W. Schott/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Mobile homes:

I did not know that Denver does not allow new mobile home parks. Very few are left across the metro area, and they’re shutting down across the region as management sells out to developers. There’s a good case to move people to safer housing — I’ve seen firsthand what a tornado can do to a park — but these parks are also the last economical option for many people. Erica has an excellent and deeply reported story. (Denverite)

Listen to this podcast:

Man, I had so much fun recording this podcast with Paul Karolyi. You’ll find audio stories about old-school printing; a transportation controversy; and me rambling about parks. It’s a lively and of-the-moment listen about Denver. Try it for a few episodes. (Denverite)

Noodles:

A fast-casual Japanese restaurant has signed the lease for the old Little Raven Bistro spot near Commons Park, Kate Tracy reports. (BusinessDen)

Getting around:

Longmont is one year into a program that provides bicycles for people experiencing homelessness, as Amelia Arvesen reports. (Camera)

Colorado is now spending less on transportation than we were in 2008, despite the fact that it was already a “crisis” back then. Utah is doing much more to fund its roads, through a mix of higher road taxes and lower spending elsewhere, Brian Eason reports. Also, never forget TABOR. (DP)

Big-huge condo towers:

Denver Infill has the latest renderings of Paradise Living, a pair of 38-story towers that would put 700 condos at 19th Street and Lawrence. (Infill)

Pot addiction:

ICYMI, I consulted two medical experts and the late David Foster Wallace to get a grip on what cannabis addiction is, who it affects and more. (Denverite)

Airport art:

You know those DIA murals that people love to freak out about? Here’s an extensive interview with the artist by Ken Lutes. (North Denver Tribune)

Also, that crazy temple garden in Terminal C may get the axe. A committee voted for its preservation, but DIA complains it’s leaky and flawed in its design. It’s up to Kent Rice, director of Denver Arts & Venues. (DP)

Andrew Kenney

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