Denver

Voters Chose to Decriminalize a Drug. Now the City Faces a Choice.

A ballot measure directs the city to decriminalize magic mushrooms. Officials must now decide how—or if—they plan to make that happen.

Denver Votes to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

Voters narrowly approved Initiative 301 to decriminalize psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms.

a screenshot of an Uber map

The Uber-Transit Convergence Arrives in Denver

The ride-hailing giant once called public transportation a threat to its growth. But in one city, it’s joining forces.

a photo of Denver's new  G Line train.

It’s a Few Years Late, But Denver’s New Train Is Here

As the city’s long-delayed G Line opens, locals have high hopes that the commuter rail service can ease traffic and boost transit-oriented housing.  

Jerry Burton, 57, stands beside his tent on a sidewalk in downtown Denver.

This City Might Give Homeless People the Right to Camp in Any Public Space

A ballot question before Denver voters next week would make sleeping on the streets easier.

A truck dumps compost materials inside a receiving area at the Cedar Grove processing facility near Seattle, Washington.

How Much Food Do Cities Squander?

Researchers have unearthed the wasteful habits of households and businesses in Nashville, Denver, and New York—and created a blueprint for curbing them.

Denver's Trees Just Turned Blue

The freaky forests are an artistic cry against global deforestation.

Denver's New Transit Mascot Is a Total Jerk

The Colorado metro's Regional Transportation District goes irreverent with its “Don’t Be Jimmy” campaign, starring a boorish rider who just dodged a sexually transmitted disease.

The Wisdom of Garbage

Researchers are digging into heaps of discarded food to uncover clues about why we throw so much of it away—and how cities can cut the waste.

A New Life for Urban Alleys

Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.

What Caused This Huge, Glowing Doughnut Over Colorado?

It lasted only a millisecond but was as wide as 26 San Franciscos.

Horizontal Icicles Are Real, and They Are Fantastic

The extremely rare formations appeared recently after a Colorado blizzard.

Watch Denver's Controversial New Airport Hotel Get Built in 90 Seconds

Some locals lament that the structure blocks the city’s iconic Jeppesen Terminal.

What's More Important to Non-Car Commuters: Living or Working Near Transit?

In metro Denver, office proximity leads to higher transit commute shares.

A Case Study in Flawed Street Design

The New Urbanist neighborhood of Stapleton, Colorado, suffers from compromised planning standards.

Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Part Land Bank, Part Community-Focused Credit Line

Denver's Urban Land Conservancy aims to put transit-oriented development to work for the greater good.

The Carless Commute Ranking to End All Carless Commute Rankings

A new report ranks U.S. metros based on how many jobs residents can access by transit during the morning rush.

A Fearsome Bike Fit for the Dark Knight

This aggressive, jet-black motorcycle was inspired by the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin.

It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

In every urban demographic group in our State of City poll, the majority commuted by car.