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Bike thefts in Denver are currently on pace to break records.

The 2,000-plus bicycles stolen so far this year outpaces the annual totals from 2017-19, and isn’t far behind 2020’s all-time high. Thieves are finding ways around heavy-duty locks and secure cages, and reselling stolen bikes faster than ever thanks to the plethora of anonymous resale apps.

Even if you or authorities can track down your missing bike, without witnesses or surveillance footage, it’s nearly impossible to prove who stole it and hold them accountable. Of the 2,041 bike thefts reported this year, police have only solved 36 cases.

One group of frustrated Denverites is taking matters into their own hands — for better or for worse. In the Denver Stolen Bikes Facebook group, people can post descriptions of their recently stolen bike. If the missing bike is spotted in the city, members of the group will come together to confront the person in possession of the suspected stolen bike. If the serial numbers match, they take the bike back.

“We’re not about to start assaulting people, but we’re not going to let people blatantly disrespect our property,” said Wayne Rumrill, one of the group’s members.
[Denver Post]

👉 What you can do: Register your bike with the police department and with Bike Index, a national nonprofit dedicated to the recovery of stolen bikes.

☀️ No rain, no clouds, no wind — just a clear, sunny, 94-degree Tuesday.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


🎉 Pfizer vaccine gains FDA approval
In case you missed it, allow me to break the good news — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. The rigorous inspection process showed serious side effects to be extremely rare and a 97% effectiveness against severe COVID cases six months after full inoculation. FDA approval will now allow local governments to make vaccinations mandatory. [AP]

🌿 Pot delivery marks new high for cannabis industry
Denver’s very first official pot deliveries are making their way through the city this week, courtesy of Doobba, Denver’s first business approved for marijuana transportation, and Strawberry Fields, Denver’s first dispensary approved for marijuana delivery. Five other dispensaries are gearing up to deliver, but have not yet launched. [Westword]
👉 What you can do: Try it out for yourself.

🌥️ Not so sunny Colorado
Turns out “300 days of sunshine” was just a bold, baseless marketing ploy schemed up by a Colorado railroads publicist back in 1870 to lure city folk out west. I guess we all just liked the sound of it so much, no one ever thought to question it. While we do get pretty decent weather, climatologists say you’d need to have a pretty lenient definition of “sunny” to reach that 300 day mark. But “215 days of sunshine” just doesn’t have the same ring, does it? [Denver Post]


Who Runs the Jerry Martinez Family Memorial Park?
18 mins
Many years ago, the Denver Housing Authority gave Florida “Flo” Archuletta a plot of land on the southwest corner of 14th and Lipan to create a memorial park for her late son. Now, decades later, who really owns the park?

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+ THURSDAY: National Dog Day Yappy Hour
You and Fido are both welcome to celebrate National Dog Day on the patio of Union Station’s Terminal Bar. One dollar from every Tito’s cocktail sold will benefit the Denver Animal Shelter.

+ FRIDAY: Lager Wars
You get to be the judge of the Lager Wars staff competition at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery. Which pint will be deserving of the Golden Crowler?

+ FRIDAY: Colorcon 2021
This annual Golden Triangle alleyway event is back with new local artists for an evening of live music and live mural painting. 

🎙️ City Cast Denver LIVE at UMS!

I love getting emails from our readers — but what I’d love more is to chat with you all in person, which I’ll have the chance to do this Friday! 👇 Come watch a live taping of the podcast, then swing by the swag booth to talk all things newsletter with me!

Join the whole City Cast Denver team for a live podcast taping at this year's Underground Music Showcase on Friday, August 27. This event is FREE and everyone is invited (you don't have to have a ticket to UMS to join us!).

Podcast host Bree Davies will lead a candid conversation that will explore the idea of "diversity in music" and what that really means for performers of color. How does "diversity, equity, and inclusion" truly extend to show booking, venue operations, and other positions of power within a music scene? Does representation go beyond the stage? As white folks scramble to "diversify," does it feel like anything meaningful is happening or changing for the actual artists?

Get more info on the event and see our panel guests here

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