Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 8

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Hello. This is your conscience speaking. I don’t have any advice, I just want to discuss current events, such as the fascinating reduction in the number of kids in Denver, the ambitious new private plan to preserve housing and more.

A man looks out on Central City circa 1930. (Carolina Bancroft Collection/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

A man looks out on Central City circa 1930. (Carolina Bancroft Collection/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Kids:

The housing boom, in a weird way, may reduce the number of students in Denver schools. I wrote about where it’s happening fastest. (Denverite)

In nine Denver neighborhoods, the number of small children far exceeds the number of licensed child care slots. Here’s how Elyria-Swansea is dealing with it. Ann Schimke and Yesenia Robles report.(Chalkbeat)

Development:

A coalition of nonprofits and foundations will make one of the largest private investments in affordable housing that Colorado has ever seen. I report. (Denverite)

A development company bought about 4 acres in Globeville for $7 million, as Thomas Gounley reports. (BusinessDen)

Apartments… in RiNo? Yes, it’s true. (Infill)

Transit:

RTD and its contractor are arguing in court over the N Line delays. Nathaniel Minor reports.(CPR)

Government:

Sen. Cory Gardner says the Republican Senate fundraising committee that he chairs will not reverse its position on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. “We will never endorse him…. Nothing will change. I stand by my previous statement.” (Weekly Standard)

Marcy Glenn, Melissa Hart and Pattie P. Swift are in the running for the empty seat on the Colorado Supreme Court. Gov. John Hickenlooper will choose one of them to replace Allison Eid in a matter of days. Here’s who they are. Jesse Paul reports. (DP)

State Rep. Lori Saine says she didn’t mean to bring her loaded gun to DIA. Kathleen Foody reports. (AP)

The auditor says Denver could still be more transparent about where marijuana money is going, as Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Art:

A Denver artist set up a $20 art “vending machine.” The other thing you should know about it? He’s sitting inside the vending machine making the paintings. Hope he doesn’t get stuck. Cori Anderson reports. (303)