Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Nov. 3
Today’s roundup: How Cherry Creek became a canvas for muralists, the investigation into Karina Pulec’s hit-and-run death, the racial disparity in mortgages, Boulder’s kombucha kerfuffle and so much more.
Who gets to choose the “good” street art?
Paul Karolyi’s Changing Denver podcast covers the history of public art along Cherry Creek, spinning out a discussion of how it’s made and who makes the decisions. If you care about Denver, this whole series is a very worthy listen. (Confluence)
Police may have the vehicle that killed Karina Pulec.
Denver police seized a Ford pickup that they suspect was involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed Karina Pulec, 28, at 13th Avenue and Broadway early on Sunday. It was “left running and still in drive,” when the suspect driver apparently fled. Investigators are still looking for that person. (DP)
Meanwhile, another person was struck and killed and two more were injured in separate crashes involving pedestrians. (Denverite)
Families of color continue to have a hard time getting mortgages, but the law doesn’t help us figure out why.
Black people’s mortgage applications were rejected about 13 percent of the time, compared to about 10 percent for Hispanic people and about 6 percent for white people, according to Zillow.
Does it mean bank officers are actively discriminating by race, or is it a reflection of the racial-economic gap in the U.S.? It’s nearly impossible to say, because the law doesn’t require the disclosure of a lot of relevant data, such as credit scores and debt levels for each applicant. (DP)
Boulder: “Kombucha, nooooo!”
Turns out a lot of kombucha has barely enough added sugar to qualify for Boulder’s proposed “soda tax.” The tax, if it’s approved on Election Day, would put a 32-cent tax on a 16-ounce bottle of drink. (Boulder Daily Camera)
The R Line is still coming.
Aurora’s new light rail line is on track (whoa…) to open later this year. The 10.5 mile extension will run along I-225, connecting the A Line in the north to Nine Mile Station in the south. Here’s a map. (Aurora Sentinel)
I found you some wildlife.
I really liked doing this post! It includes some sweet wildlife viewing spots close to Denver. (Denverite)
Inside a fancy co-working space.
It’s $279 a month for entry-level access, $475 for a desk at Shift’s new campus. They seem to have really nice rugs. (5280)
Northwood Investors is making LoDo moves.
They bought 1819 Wazee Street for about $8 million, good for about 23,500 square feet. (BusinessDen)
Also, here’s a rendering of that new Sloan’s Lake development we discussed yesterday. (North Denver Tribune)
Ballot selfies’ revenge.
No definitive answers from yesterday’s court hearing on whether you should be able to share pictures of your completed ballot in Colorado, but you’re probably safe, considering the state’s argument is that the law doesn’t matter because it’s not enforced. (Denverite)
Meanwhile, a California judge says you can’t do blelfies there. (NYT)
What to do tonight:
See yourself Bill Clinton tomorrow?
Today’s writing soundtrack:
Four Tet – Beautiful Reverse, because sometimes you just need a lot of samples and some crazy drums.