Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 4

View of a cement mixer and the West Colfax Viaduct during a delay in construction in Denver, Colorado. Sunflowers grow near the machinery. Circa 1915. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-22600)

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Hey there. Denverite’s kicking off a week of special stories about Colfax Avenue, running from today to next Wednesday. We’ve got the first batch in today’s news roundup, along with everything else you need to know.

View of a cement mixer and the West Colfax Viaduct during a delay in construction in Denver, Colorado. Sunflowers grow near the machinery. Circa 1915. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-22600) colfax; viaduct; archival; history; denver; colorado;
View of a cement mixer and the West Colfax Viaduct during a delay in construction in Denver. Sunflowers grow near the machinery. Circa 1915. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-22600)

Development:

Denver officials lined up to announce a plan to make downtown a much greener place. How much of this will happen? We don’t know, but they’re aiming high. (Denverite)

RiNo district leaders are angry that a new market at the airport is using the RiNo name, as Patricia Calhoun reports. (Westword)

Politics:

The special session turned out to be a total bust. There will be no fix to the error that is costing RTD $500,000 a month. Ernest Luning breaks down the winners and losers. (ColPol)

Transportation:

Remember when state regulators rejected RTD’s plan to start testing the G Line?  That was last week. Now they’re reconsidering, John Aguilar reports. Maybe it’s because the feds finally gave a big approval for RTD’s attempted fixes to the A and B lines? (DP)

The Civic Center bus station should be done with its $31 million overhaul by the end of the year. It’s starting to look at lot more done. (DBJ)

Alan Prendergast has a long read on Denver’s new transportation strategies. (Westword)

The Denver City Council won’t ask Mayor Michael Hancock to increase bike-lane funding in the budget, Dave Sachs reports. (Streetsblog)

Colfax Week:

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Outdoors:

Local authorities briefly seized the base lodge of Granby Ranch ski resort, citing unpaid property taxes. The company paid up and got its stuff back. (Sky-Hi)

 

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.