Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 21

Hey there. Denver council made another little step in its discussion about affordable housing last night: We’re seeing pretty explicit support for the city to come up with another $150 million for housing. We’ve also got a ton of other growth news, some interesting reads on transportation and one of Allan’s first longer pieces for Denverite.

An overview of the city of Denver in 1908. (Library of Congress)
An overview of the city of Denver in 1908. (Library of Congress)

Denver weather today: Quite cold

Good morning. The high in Denver today is 24 degrees, and temperatures this morning were below zero. The skies will be mostly sunny, according to the National Weather Service.

Tomorrow brings a 30 percent chance of snow showers and a high of 30 in Denver. There also could be a few more inches of snow in the mountains on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, per OpenSnow.

Temperatures in Denver will gradually climb to a high of 41 by Sunday, NWS forecasts.


Forget “areas of stability.” Denver is changing how it talks about growth.

Draft documents outline a vision in which every neighborhood is constantly evolving in one of four different ways.

Since 2002, city-wide plans have divided Denver into “areas of change” and “areas of stability,” implicitly promising that most of the city could stay comfortably unchanged.

That philosophy is coming to an end as Denver updates its long-range plans. Draft documents outline a vision in which every neighborhood is constantly evolving in one of four different ways.

It’s a substantial shift in the city’s mindset, and it’s the subject of a series of public meetings that begin this week.

“The point is that change doesn’t necessarily mean private development. Change can mean a lot of different things,” said planning spokeswoman Andrea Burns. “We’re looking at ways to suss out the kind of change that a neighborhood needs in all different ways — not just whether it promotes or inhibits development.”


See new visuals of $371 million, 81-floor Denver skyscraper proposal

Construction could start as soon as June 2019 and finish three years later, the plan states.

A rendering of the tower proposed for 650 17th Street by Davis Architecture Partners. (Released by City and County of Denver)
A rendering of the tower proposed for 650 17th Street by Davis Architecture Partners. (Released by City and County of Denver)

City of Denver officials have released more details from a developer’s early plan for an 81-story tower in downtown Denver. Here are the latest renderings, maps and other details.