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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

If you find yourself walking downtown for the MLB All-Star Game today, you may notice that Civic Center Park has been feeling a little different lately, and now we know why. Denver Police have been cracking down on illegal drug use in the much-loved and much-used downtown park.

According to a recent analysis from Denverite, Denver Police issued 49 drug citations in the park last month. That’s more than in any other single month since April of 2016 (police cited 44 people for marijuana possession on 420 that year).

The crackdown follows Mayor Michael Hancock’s May announcement of a new plan to focus law enforcement on five “violent crime hotspots” across the city. “Why would we be addressing drug issues in one of the hotspots and how is that connected to violent crime?” Police chief Paul Pazen said in an interview with Denverite about the crackdown. “It is directly connected to violent crime, based on what we are seeing with the data.”

“The approach is not the exact same because each one of these hotspots has their own unique set of challenges, and we want to make sure we are working in that collaborative way with the other city agencies,” Pazen added.

[Denverite]

🌤️ Watch out for wildfire smoke and possible thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs are expected to reach the mid 90s.

— Paul Karolyi, (@paulkarolyi)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🍸 Downtown nightclub mogul buys former Falling Rock Tap House
Hussam Kayali, who goes by Valentes Corleons, owns a number of clubs and bars downtown, including Beta Events Center, Dorchester Social, Purple Martini, and the former home of El Chapultepec, which he intends to reopen as a new spot called Cantina. Thanks to a recent $2.5 million deal, we can add the old Falling Rock Tap House to his portfolio. Corleons is keeping the liquor license, but we don’t know much more about his plans for the place. [Denver Business Journal]

📈 Colorado gun sales continue record-setting pace
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved almost 500,000 gun sales across Colorado in 2020 — a 45% increase over 2019 — and 2021 sales are on pace to set a new state record. “There’s been a massive increase in demand at every level,” one gun store owner told the Denver Post. [Denver Post]

Gas prices expected to drop soon
The average price of a gallon of gas in Denver is now $3.45, which is $1.01 more per gallon than this time last year. One analyst says that prices may have peaked around the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and that a seasonal decline is expected in 4-6 weeks. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Drive out to the Costco in Aurora for your next fill-up. That’s where the metro area’s cheapest gas can be found.

🍔 A 4th Denver-area In-N-Out opened yesterday
Californians rejoice! Another location of your beloved burger chain opened in Lakewood on South Wadsworth Boulevard yesterday. For anyone still eager to taste what all the hype is about, expect long lines. Lakewood police were even on hand to manage the crowds yesterday. [KDVR]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver to hear how we think In-N-Out, Five Guys, and Shake Shack stack up against our homegrown favorite Good Times.

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Did the MLB All-Star Game Prompt Homeless Sweeps?

14 minutes 

The City of Denver has been increasing homeless sweeps for the past couple months, but did that have anything to do with today’s MLB All-Star Game? Denverite reporter Kevin Beaty took a deep dive into the data, and he’s on the show to unpack the answer.

Did you know that City Cast Denver is a part of a network? We have a sister city cast in Chicago and now our network is growing! We are expanding to Boise, Houston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Oakland, Omaha, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City. If you have friends in any of those cities, tell them to check out citycast.fm and sign up to get updates.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TODAY: Watch the MLB All-Star Game
If you didn’t grab tickets, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the game, like these seven downtown bars where they’ll have it up on big screens.

+ TODAY: Homelessness 101: The State of Homelessness
Curious about what homelessness really looks like in Denver? The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is hosting a free interactive presentation at 5 p.m.

+ WEDNESDAY: Public Hearing on Redistricting
All are invited to weigh in on the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission’s preliminary plans for our state’s new eighth district. Just sign up and head down to the Capitol at 7 p.m.

🏅 MADE IN DENVER

(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The Opening Ceremonies are still a couple weeks away, but here at City Cast Denver we’ve already caught a serious case of Olympics fever. Okay, I shouldn’t speak for my colleagues, but I have been devouring all the stories about Coloradans on the road to Tokyo, including this one about heptathlete Annie Kunz of Wheat Ridge. She delivered the 5th-best heptathlon performance of all time at the Olympic trials in Oregon last month, and now she’s favored to win gold. [Colorado Sun]

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