Updated 2:50 pm PST, Sunday, January 20, 2019 In this Dec. 21, 2018 photo, Parker Alley, 7, flies a at Four Winds-Cuatro Vientos Park, in the Westwood neighborhood in Denver. Large areas of Denver overhauled to sustain an exploding population now are so built up and paved over that residents rapidly are losing contact with nature. Excluding the undeveloped area around the airport, nearly half the land in Denver's city limits is now paved or built over — up from less than 20 percent in the mid-1970s, a Denver Post analysis of city and federal data found. And that figure could approach 70 percent by 2040. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP) less In this Dec. 21, 2018 photo, Parker Alley, 7, flies a at Four Winds-Cuatro Vientos Park, in the Westwood neighborhood in Denver. Large areas of Denver overhauled to sustain an exploding population now are so ... more Photo: RJ Sangosti, AP … [Read more...] about Green space disappearing from the ‘city within a park’
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Tent-hunting at REI, Jackie Von Feldt and her friends lamented that they choke inside booming Denver and were preparing an escape. They wanted peace, and calming views, with room to roam and starlit night coolness they could savor in silence. So they pored over an array of ultra-light shelters for a trip into Colorado’s mountain wilderness that, hopefully, wouldn’t entail too much traffic. “You definitely have to leave the city. I wish it wasn’t like that,” said Von Feldt, who grew up in Wichita, where a carefully platted park gave residents a natural oasis. “It just feels hectic being in the city,” she said. “You cannot get that detachment from the chaos.” Von Feldt is caught in a green-space crunch that is hurting Americans as cities grow denser, more paved over and more crowded. Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 … [Read more...] about As development eats away at Denver’s green space, the “city within a park” is becoming a concrete metropolis
Mark Zandi, The Washington Post Published 4:15 am PST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 Housing is sputtering. Home sales, home-building and homeownership have gone flat, and the rise in home prices threatens to stall out. Things aren't likely to get better soon, particularly for lower- and middle-income households struggling to make the rent and become homeowners. That is, unless policymakers act. Housing statistics are clear. Sales of new and existing homes have gone sideways over the past year, as has new single- and multifamily home-building. Housing prices are still rising in much of the country, but the pace of growth is throttling back, and some builders are cutting prices to move houses. Homeownership, which collapsed during the housing crash a decade ago, is just off bottom, and foundering. Housing's travails appear incongruous with the red-hot job market. The economy is creating lots of jobs, unemployment is near a 50-year low, and job openings are at a record high. … [Read more...] about A national housing crisis is brewing. What actions can policymakers taketo head it off?
The days of sprawling black roofs in Denver may be ending — but they won’t go quietly. The Denver City Council will decide Monday whether to create a “cool roof” law for the city. The big hope is that requiring reflective, light-colored roofs on large buildings would lower ambient temperatures, fighting back against the city’s heat-island effect. “It’s not groundbreaking in Denver, but it’s one of the biggest” of the new cool roof laws, said Kurt Shickman, executive director of the Global Cool Cities Alliance. “They’ll join a small number of big cities.” The change would affect new construction and reroofing projects for buildings over 25,000 square feet — not your typical home renovations. The new law also would force affected property owners to choose between creating green space, installing solar panels and saving energy. And, for once, many developers are looking forward to a new rule: It would replace … [Read more...] about A year after passing “green roof” law, Denver suddenly the focus of 20-year “cool roof” debate
By DAVID BARSTOW, SUSANNE CRAIG and RUSS BUETTNER OCT. 2, 2018 The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. Donald J. Trump, 1999; Fred C. Trump, 1983. Special Investigation Donald J. Trump, 1999; Fred C. Trump, 1983. The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. By DAVID BARSTOW, SUSANNE CRAIG and RUSS BUETTNER Oct. 2, 2018 President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Mr. Trump won the … [Read more...] about Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father