Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 31

Come read the news with me. Today we’ve got the organic industry, homelessness, fracking, bicycles and the New York Times.

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Come read the news with me. Today we’ve got the organic industry, homelessness, fracking, bicycles and the New York Times.

Denver tries a new way to create affordable housing.

Developers near 38th and Blake may be allowed to build higher stuff if that stuff includes cheaper-rent units. (Denverite)

Remember when you could barely find organic food at the store? WhiteWave is now worth $10 billion.

Says a founder: “Convincing America to try a substance that could be described as soft, strange, no flavor, never had anything like this before, was a real challenge.” (CPR)

Also, a Boulder not-a-yogurt company (it is a yogurt company) just opened a new location in Lower Highland. Looks tasty. (Denverite)

Boulder jumps back on the camping ban.

Council members “emphatically agreed” that it was a mistake to go easier on people sleeping in parks. The city also is thinking of finally building a permanent shelter. (Daily Camera)

Hickenlooper tries to make nice with environmentalists:

“Tens of thousands of people signed those initiatives and want more local voice – and I listen to that,” the governor says of the failed effort to give communities more control of drilling. He opposed the measures. (DP)

Be careful with your diamonds at the airport.

Woman loses case containing $129,000 of jewelry. Aspen airport sends case to Denver airport. DIA employee allegedly takes the jewelry home. That’s not allowed. (DP)

New York Times delighted by Boulder again:

“Within an hour, I was up at a spectacular rock formation called the Arch with a cadre of sweaty fitness fans, watching the sun turn the mountains blood red. Allen Ginsberg would surely have been enraptured.” (NYT)

When the streets had no cars:

“There was a time, in the early-to-mid 1900s, when cars were the new mode on the block, and streetcars and bicyclists had to make room for them on South Broadway.” (StreetsBlog)