Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 24

Today’s news roundup includes an explainer on the condos Denver loves to hate, a mysterious skyscraper plan, dog rentals, the new RTD card and more.

An aerial view of Denver circa 1945 shows the Colorado State Capitol at bottom. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hi. Today’s news roundup includes an explainer on the condos Denver loves to hate, a mysterious skyscraper plan, dog rentals, the new RTD card and more.

An aerial view of Denver circa 1945 shows the Colorado State Capitol at bottom. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
An aerial view of Denver circa 1945 shows the Colorado State Capitol at bottom. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

The most hated condos in Denver:

Erica lays out an explainer and update on the fight against “slot homes,” the tall condos that create urban box canyons in Denver. (Denverite)

Tallest tower?

A New York firm briefly boasted on its website that it was working on a project that could become the tallest building in Denver. They’ve since taken down the post. The site owner confirms they’re working with the firm, but nobody’s saying anything about the supposed project. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Also, construction is starting on a 12-story tower near Sloan’s Lake, per John Rebchook. (CREJ)

Who rents a dog?

A Denver man said he was conned into renting a puppy. He thought he was paying $2,400 to get the dog for good. Actually, it was a two-year lease with an option to buy. (KDVR)

Bear tries to rob doughnut delivery vehicle:

Two people who deliver doughnuts in Steamboat Springs woke up to find a black bear had ripped off the bumper of their vehicle in an apparent attempt to get the doughnuts. (Steamboat Today)

Pros and cons of the new RTD card:

At long last, after an actual decade of work, Denver’s MyRide system will provide refillable fare cards. David Sachs looks at the pros and cons, including the fact that adding money online takes up to three days, and instant money can only be added at a few locations. (Streetsblog)

Kombucha news:

Boulder’s Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha just raised $350,000 to expand, potentially adding 10 employees, according to Kate Tracy. I always wanted to call this place “Dirty Mermaid,” but that is not correct. (BusinessDen)

Urban Peak shut down:

A building where young, homeless people are able to shelter during the day — and find laundry machines, showers and some friendly faces — is temporarily shut down. On April 28, police came to the facility to make an arrest, which “escalated to a very dangerous level,” as others tried to interfere. Mary MacCarthy reports. (Colorado Politics)

4/20 fight:

The organizers of the Denver 4/20 Rally will appeal the city’s decision to fine them and ban them from getting permits in the near future, as Michael Roberts reports. They argue the alleged violations are “technical and petty,” as Michael Roberts reports. (Westword)

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.