DENVER (AP) — In 2000, Colorado taxpayers footed 68 percent of the costs of a college degree, with students chipping in about one-third.
Two decades and two recessions later, that ratio has nearly flipped as state funding has been cut and tuition has steadily risen to replace it. Even after a 9 percent boost to higher education funding was secured this legislative session, top state budget writers don’t expect tuition to drop any time soon.
It is 167 feet tall. And it is home to thousands of dead people.
There’s a tower that looks over Denver’s western suburbs. You’ll be driving near Interstate 70, or walking in Arvada, and suddenly it’s there — watching you through a gap in the trees.
It’s not an office, not an apartment building. It stands alone on the ridge, a solitary outline against the silhouette of Pikes Peak. It is 158 feet tall. And it is home to thousands of people’s remains.
The renovated units will be less expensive than other condos and town-homes in the area, which is near Sloan’s Lake.
On Jan. 25, the residents of Golden Manor Assisted Living met one of the people who had bought their home.
At an emotional gathering in the wood-paneled dining room, they asked what would happen to them. Some are elderly, others have disabilities, and few were confident that they could easily find another home.