Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, July 31

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Hello! I’m back from vacation, which means I’m just getting caught up on the news myself. Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend, from the A Line to Colorado’s crime rates and the latest on “midtown.”

"Denver underprivileged- under viaduct - 1933 photo by E.W. Milligan," read the handwritten caption on this photo. (Edward Milligan/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

"Denver underprivileged - under viaduct - 1933 photo by E.W. Milligan," reads the handwritten caption on this photo. (Edward Milligan/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

South Broadway as midtown:

Broadway near I-25 now has new traffic lanes and better sidewalks. It’s meant to be a step toward a more connected, denser “midtown” area. (Denverite)

Del-A Line:

RTD has requested another extension from the federal government so that the transit agency and its private partner can continue to fix the A and B lines. The train lines still don’t comply with federal standards for the timing of crossing arms, as Marshall Zelinger reports. (9News)

The long boom?

The state’s population could be 50 percent higher by 2050, according to the Colorado State Demography Office. (DP)

Pet care:

It’s now officially legal to be a petsitter without a license in Colorado, as long as you’re taking care of fewer than three animals. (DP)

Crime rates:

Denver and Pueblo’s murder rates are up since 2014 but remain far below the previous highs. Auto theft has risen significantly, partly because thieves are targeting older cars. Ben Markus reports. (CPR)

ICYMI:

Mayor Michael Hancock wants to create a new office to coordinate private-public partnerships, such as the one that RTD used to build the A Line. However, there’s some skepticism about the proposed structure, which would not give City Council the final say on contracts. Erica reports. (Denverite)

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