Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 14

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Today’s rundown includes Sunday afternoon events, big changes to water bills and the plan to fix Denver’s streets and sidewalks.

For fun

It’s time for yet another taco festival. (I’m not complaining.) Westword’s Tacolandia kicks off at 3 p.m. today. Tickets are $40.

Warm Cookies of the Revolution is hosting a scavenger hunt and walking tour around the Five Points, Whittier, Curtis Park and Cole neighborhoods. The event runs 4:30 to 6 p.m., kicking off at 2900 Downing Street. (Denverite)

Your bills

Denver’s biggest water consumers are paying cheaper rates under a new billing structure. Meanwhile, some of the smallest consumers’ bills have gone up. (Denver Post)

Streets and sidewalks

The temporary bike lane on South Broadway opens on Monday. Illegal Pete’s is hosting a celebration.

Also, the Denver City Council is looking at ways to fix the city’s sidewalks. Currently, individual property owners pay to maintain sidewalks, which hasn’t exactly produced a walkable city-wide network. (Streetsblog)


A man was fatally shot by a SWAT team in Lakewood on Saturday. He reportedly was armed and resisting arrest. (Denverite)