Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 23

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Good morning. Today’s menu includes cancelled hospital plans, a school choice conundrum, Denver’s big goals, Paco Sanchez Park and more, all brought to you by talented journalists across Colorado.

The 23rd Street viaduct in 1911. (Louis Charles McClure/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library

The 23rd Street viaduct in 1911. (Louis Charles McClure/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library

Denver Health cutting back projects:

Denver Health is holding back on $74 million of community clinics and other projects for low-income people because of uncertainty about the future of health care. (Reuters)

Is it really “school choice” if you can’t get there?

Denver Public Schools runs a shuttle system that can take students to 35 different charter and public schools, giving students more choices. However, many charter schools remain inaccessible to those who need bus service, as Yesenia Robles reports. Part of the problem is that it gets a lot harder to run an efficient transportation system as neighborhoods splinter to different public and charter schools. (Chalkbeat)

Denver’s 2017 goals:

The city wants to figure out ways to keep families in gentrifying neighborhoods, open a maker lab and build 600 affordable housing units. Adrian’s got more details. (Denverite)

The big plan for Paco Sanchez Park:

Think $9 million, lots of crazy playground equipment, a free equipment rental booth… It gets started this spring. (Denverite)

Hick argues for delay on Gorsuch:

“We’re already hearing people say, ‘If this is a legitimate cloud about the legitimacy of this presidency, should he be appointing the next Supreme Court (justice) until we get this resolved?’” the governor said, according to Peter Marcus. (Colorado Politics)

Nice round:

The RiNo-based startup Kwippit just landed $3 million for its app, which allows users to send images with typed out messages, as Kate Tracy reports. Best of luck, but this seems to me like it’s easily replicable and somewhat similar to existing services, from Messages to Snapchat. Maybe they’ll get acquired? (BusinessDen)

Pork green chile!

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