Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 12

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Hello. Today’s news roundup includes the very important question of what will happen to the motels of Colfax Avenue, as well as some exciting news for outdoorsy people and more.

Horse-drawn carriages cruise down the center of the 14th Street Viaduct while pedestrians take the sidewalk in 1899. Speer Boulevard replaced the structure. (Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

Horse-drawn carriages cruise down the center of the 14th Street Viaduct while pedestrians take the sidewalk in 1899. Speer Boulevard replaced the structure. (Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

Colfax Week:

The dozens of aging motels along Colfax Avenue present one of the corridor’s biggest questions. They’re last-resort housing for many people, but they often are poorly maintained and can become havens for crime, too. Should local governments buy them? Should they be shut down? Can anything be done? Erica goes in depth. (Denverite)

Kevin embedded with the unarmed squad of red berets who arrived in Denver in the 1990s to clean up Cap Hill. Don’t call them vigilantes, though. (Denverite)

Did you know Colfax is filled with some fantastic geeky attractions? Dave did. Check ’em out, fools. (Denverite)

Outdoors:

The proposal to ban smoking and vaping on the 16th Street Mall turned into a debate over civil rights and concerns for homeless people on Wednesday. (Denverite)

Confluence Park is fully reopened this weekend with the completion of Shoemaker Plaza. Huzzah for bicyclists and river enjoyers. (Denverite)

Boulder has repaired and reopened miles of trails that were damaged in the 2013 floods. (5280)

Food, drink, fun:

Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing is considering moving in near the Denver Art Museum on Delaware Street. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Peyton Garcia has a nice profile of Scott Spears, one of the big new players in Olde Town Arvada. (DP)

Levitt Pavilion has finished its first season. Ashley tells how this new outdoor venue came to be, and what’s next. (Denverite)

Business & development:

Mayor Michael Hancock says the Green Roof Initiative goes “too far, too fast,” as Jesse Paul reports. The proposal would require that buildings of a certain size dedicate anywhere from 20 to 60 percent of their roof space to solar power and vegetation. It’s going to be on the ballot. (DP)

Eddie Bauer is leaving Cherry Creek and two boutiques are moving in, as Lynn Yen reports. (BusinessDen)

Drugs:

Texas recently legalized weed with low THC and high CBD. The first CBD dispensary aims to open in December. It will only sell to certain medical patients. (Marijuana Business Daily)

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