Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 30

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Hello. I have this giant, proverbial bag of news for you, and it’s all so relevant and local. I almost can’t handle it. Please, take some of this news off my hands.

A panoramic view of Denver between 1894 and 1910, with the Brown Palace Hotel at center. (William Henry Jackson/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

A panoramic view of Denver between 1894 and 1910, with the Brown Palace Hotel at center. (William Henry Jackson/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Mile High Coffee Quest:

After a very, very close round of voting, our Denver coffee shop bracket is down to the final two. It’s time to pick a winner. (Denverite)

Housing:

A new study finds that Denver’s housing crisis may peak this year, but the fix could take another decade. I like Aldo Svaldi’s in-depth economic look here, even if there aren’t any easy solutions. (DP)

Most of Redfin’s “hottest neighborhoods” nationwide are in San Jose. They did name a Denver-specific list, too, which includes two Lakewood neighborhoods and Regis in Denver. That’s really all you need to know about that. (Redfin)

Transportation:

The Park Avenue West bridge is just about fixed, but the intersecting Wewatta bridge will be closed for a while longer. (Denverite)

RTD is consolidating bus stops in a “balancing” act, David Sachs reports. Legislators are arguing about a new Republican plan to fix roads, per Sam Brasch. (Streetsblog, CPR)

DIA makes $1.4 million yearly from Clear lanes. Now, the city must decide whether to renew Clear’s contract. (Denverite)

Seattle’s former head of transportation says that HQ2 would be good for infrastructure. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Education:

Colorado’s laws are the second best for charter schools in the country, right behind Indiana, according to a new report. (Chalkbeat)

Development:

Denver’s Amazon bid may include suburban sites. Here’s the argument for going outside the city. (CityLab)

A developer is asking permission to build up to eight stories on a block just northeast of Evans Station currently occupied by low-rise warehouses, according to me and my public records. (Denverite)

A rather pointy looking apartment building is planned for the southeast corner of Speer and Grant, Ryan Dravitz reports. (DenverInfill)

The building at 15th and Platte that once housed Natural Grocers is set for demolition the week of Feb. 5, Thomas Gounley reports. (BusinessDen)

I reported that Stapleton residents had a drilling scare last week, learning at the last minute about a proposal to allow mineral extraction beneath the neighborhood. It was defeated, but it probably won’t be the last time it surfaces. (Denverite)

Recreation:

Michael Roberts has a somber overview of the mistake that led to a skier’s avalanche death at Red Mountain Pass. (Westword)

Epic added Telluride to its season pass program for next year, Kate Tracy reports. (BusinessDen)

SoulCycle is coming to Denver, Cara Chancellor reports. (303)

One hundred whole breweries! (5280)

Miscellany:

The YMCA of Metro Denver gave staff talking points to help them handle questions about Downtown Denver YMCA’s new namesake, Benjamin F. Stapleton Jr., Ashley reports. (Denverite)