Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 6

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The Great Flood, Denver, Colorado Territory, May 19, 1864. (George D. Wakely/Library of Congress)

Good morning. It's 8:20 a.m. on Monday, which hopefully means that work week is not yet in ruins. Today's news roundup includes items about Colorado figuring out how not to go to the hospital on weed, the governor's trip to Havana, a new affordable housing plan in Boulder and more.

Also, here's an amazing photograph from 152 years ago. I'm pretty sure it was taken from Auraria across Cherry Creek toward what's now LoDo.

"The Great Flood", Denver, Colorado Territory, May 19, 1864. (George D. Wakely/Library of Congress)
The benefits of moderation:

If you have a bad experience with weed, you should use less weed. It looks like Colorado has learned that lesson, as 27 percent fewer people showed up in emergency rooms for weed problems in 2015 compared to 2014. Good job, everyone? Interestingly, this drop happened even before the new edibles packaging rules took effect. (Pueblo Chieftain)

Hick does Havana:

The governor visited Cuba this weekend. Not too many specifics in this report, but Hickenlooper says the Cuban government seems eager to keep building its relationship with the U.S. (NYT)

Boulder's new approach to affordable housing:

Local governments in Boulder County are moving to create an affordability alliance, as John Fryar reports. They would aim to build or acquire 15,000 to 22,000 "affordable" units by 2035. Denver, for comparison, is planning for 6,000 units by 2026. (Daily Camera)

Transit underfunded?

A new report finds Colorado is in the lowest tier of transit spending per capita, as David Sachs reports. (Streetsblog)

Hostels for skiing:

Kassondra Cloos has a guide to cheap lodging in the mountains. There's nothing listed for us RMSP holders, but all you Epic Pass people might find something decent. (5280)

Hot pots:

A restaurant serving Mongolian hot pots has opened at Broadway and Ellsworth. It's called Chubby Cattle and everyone likes soup, so this is important. Let me know how it goes. (BusinessDen)

Hunter S. Thompson beyond the drugs:

John Wenzel takes a deep, fresh look at the Aspen author's legacy. (DP)


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