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Kit Carson closed per declining inmate numbers, sentencing reform

After 18 years in operation, Kit Carson Correctional Center shuttered at the end of July. Located in Burlington, on Colorado’s eastern plains, the minimum security prison had a maximum of capacity of 1488 inmates. When it closed there were 400. The remaining inmates were transferred to two other facilities in Colorado also owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the private prison company that owns Kit Carson.  

Denver launches online licensing for short-term rentals

Denver residents operating short-term rentals (STRs) will have until Dec. 31 to become licensed by the city as part of ordinance 0262, which became effective on July 1. Defined as residential rentals of fewer than 30 days, STRs and their operators will be provided the rest of the year to become compliant with the city’s first online business license.

Biking both ways on Broadway: 15-month study aims to move everyone safely

Traffic’s now moving both directions on Broadway—at least bikes are. Denver Public Works (DPW) recently opened a two-way, protected bike lane on six blocks between West Bayaud and East Virginia avenues. Now as motorists drive southbound on the boulevard and make left turns they will have to watch for cyclists in a far-left lane, wedged between the sidewalk and a parking lane.

Additions and reuse in the works: Warren Village, former DPS offices to see changes

Warren Village is proposing to add residences and meeting space for its programs above its Gilpin Street parking garage, and the former DPS offices on Grant may become a storage facility ringed with retail.

LIFE City Council, September 2016: Dedicated affordable housing fund crucial for Denver

For too many residents the benefits of our strong economy remain out of reach—thousands of people in our city are on the brink of being pushed out due to rents and home prices that continue to rise, while others have no home at all.

LIFE Editor's Note, September 2016: Denver's development bust

What is currently happening is a perfect storm that most in the general public and many in government failed to see coming: the adoption of a form-based zoning code, the surge in popularity of Denver as a place to live, the trend of worshiping at the altar of density and the new trend of micro-housing. The result: neighborhoods that can instantly double in population density, neighbors that have no influence on what is constructed in their midst and a decrease in the quality of life.

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