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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

The Colorado Department of Transportation may finally have found a solution to the horrendous daily bottleneck traffic on I-25. And they only had to look for it 9,000 miles away in Australia.

In Melbourne, transportation officials use a “coordinated ramp metering program” to eliminate on-ramp congestion. Instead of the traffic lights letting cars onto the highway at timed intervals, the lights are programmed to respond to real-time conditions, communicate with each other, and alter red light wait times depending on which areas are most congested. For example, if one ramp becomes backed up, cars there will be released while a traffic light somewhere up the road holds its cars back to compensate.

So, Denver’s going to give it a try. Over the next few weeks, CDOT officials will test out the Smart 25 Managed Motorways Pilot Program on a 14-mile stretch of I-25 going northbound from Lone Tree to Denver. They plan to collect data, then roll out a two-month “soft launch,” followed by a four-month official trial period.

Red light wait times will only be extended by mere fractions of a second, so the only real difference you should notice is hopefully a quicker drive home from work 🤞
[Denver Post]

☀️ Today’s weather: sunny with highs in the mid-90s.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚒 Colorado’s officially on wildfire watch
As of Monday morning, state officials were monitoring at least nine significant wildfires across the state spanning from northwestern Colorado down to the Four Corners — and it’s only the third day of summer. Many of the fires appear to have been sparked by lightning. [9News]
👉 What you can do: See the latest wildfire info available via this regularly updated fire map from the Coloradoan. 


🥵 One of the hottest Junes in history? Possibly.
I probably don’t need to point it out, but this month has been unseasonably hot and dry for Denver. Through June 19, Denver’s average temperature this month was 73.5 degrees. The record for highest average June temp is 75 degrees, set back in 2012. With one week of the month still left and forecasts in the mid-90s, June 2021 is looking to end in a close second place. [Denver Post]

🍻 The end of an era: Falling Rock Tap House
One of Denver’s original and most cherished craft beer bars, Falling Rock Tap House near Coors Field, has announced it will close at the end of the month. Owners cited changes to the neighborhood, increased competition, difficulty staffing, and the pandemic among the list of reasons that the business is no longer viable 😢 [9News]
👉 What you can do: Get in for a final pint and some Falling Rock merch and memorabilia before June 27.


🐄 The NEW White Fence Farm
For 45 years, Lakewood’s White Fence Farm was a legendary “eatertainment” destination famous for its fried chicken and farm animal petting zoo. Now, three years since closing, it’s being rechristened NOVEL White Fence Farm, a sprawling, upscale apartment complex. Last week, Crescent Communities and ParkProperty Capital purchased the property for redevelopment. The first of the residences are slated to be complete by 2023. [Westword]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Fall in Love With Cherry Creek All Over Again
20 mins
City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi meets up with landscape architect Jesse Clark to explore the massive restoration project underway on the Cherry Creek Trail and what it could mean for the future of Denver’s water supply. 

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: Denver Art Museum Curator Talk
Tonight at 6 p.m. tune in for the first of 10 DAM curator talks. The evening’s topic will be “European and American Art Before 1900” and will explore the museum’s collection of Venetian paintings.

+ TONIGHT: Summer Slow Food Gather
Check in with Slow Food Denver’s plans for the rest of 2021 over slow wine and snacks, plus a silent auction, tonight from 5-7 p.m.

+ THURSDAY: Virtual Leadership Forum
Biennial of the Americas is hosting a full day of free virtual lectures from leaders across the Americas on topics including global inclusivity and political change.

+ THURSDAY: Riverfront Park Summer Sessions
Don’t miss the first session of Denver’s Riverfront Park summer music series. The evening’s lineup will include: Mile High Soul Club, Float Like a Buffalo, and Brothers of Brass. 

⛲ MADE IN DENVER

Looking to change up your usual park routine? Denver has at least five newly updated parks and green spaces opening in time for the summer. Here’s where to find them:

  1. Marjorie Park (Greenwood Village)
  2. Paco Sanchez Park (West Colfax / Villa Park neighborhoods)
  3. 39th Greenway Park (Cole and Clayton neighborhoods)
  4. Globeville Landing Park (Globeville / Elyria Swansea neighborhoods)
  5. RiNo Art Park (River North Art District)
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