Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 23

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Today we’ve got items on the intense debate over Denver’s future, RiNo’s disappearing artists, a new brewery and more.

First, a soundtrack: Remember that Aurora theme song we mentioned yesterday? Denver has one too. Hit play and keep scrolling.

Denver development: “What do we want Denver to be?” Councilman Paul Kashmann asked last night “What is Denver’s ultimate population? Is it 900,000, or is it 4 million? That’s at the heart of this discussion.” And it’s why a debate over Denver’s zoning code matters. (Denverite)

Denver maybe hasn’t done a great job on parking for people with disabilities. (Denverite)

An unlicensed doctor: A man is accused of posturing as a doctor and committing assault, child abuse and unwanted sexual contact in Denver. (Denverite)

Our beloved wilderness: Conundrum Hot Springs sounds fantastic, what with its magical hot springs deep in the mountains near Aspen. It also attracts booze, human waste and, most recently an inflatable erotic doll. Could new rules turn it into a model for Denver’s over-loved wilderness areas? (KUNC)

The economy:  Rule Gallery, one of Denver’s oldest contemporary art havens, is getting booted out of its home in River North. So is the gallery Hinterland. They’ll be replaced by a new development. (CPR)

Frontier Airlines may be preparing to sell stock to the public in an IPO. (DP)

Beer: Denver Beer Company is opening a third location in Arvada. (Denverite)

Politics: Tim Kaine, the Democratic VP candidate, is in town today. (Denverite)

A remarkable apology came out of the Denver City Attorney’s Office. (Denverite)

Stone-fruit news: We talked to a guy who uses Palisade Peaches to deliver a 9/11 conspiracy theory. (Denverite)