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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

You certainly don’t need me to tell you that housing in Denver right now is unbelievably unattainable.

To really hit the point home though, online real estate company Zumper recently reported a not-so-awesome milestone for the Mile High housing market — median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Denver has hit an all time high of more than $1,600.

The company began sharing renter reports back in 2015. According to Zumper’s data, the city’s median rent for a one-bedroom has hit $1,600 before (a few times in 2019), but it’s never gone over that benchmark until last month, which touted a 15% jump compared to September 2020.

This data point makes Denver the most expensive city in the metro area for one-bedroom apartments. In terms of where Denver ranks in the bigger picture, it falls above the national average according to an August report from RENTCafé. At the time of that report, data indicated that the average Denver rent was $1,824 and the average apartment size was only 841 square feet.

That same RENTCafé report also found that LoDo was the priciest Denver neighborhood for renters; Barnum was the most affordable; and that 51% of Denver households are occupied by renters.
[Denverite; Axios Denver]

👉 What you can do: Read the full RENTCafé report. (Sneak peek: Boulder’s average rent at the time of the report was $2,171! 🤯)

☀️ If you’re dreading the cold, enjoy today’s sunny 62-degree temps, because tomorrow is forecast to get quite chilly ❄️

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🧹 Denver street sweeping goes electric
Yesterday, the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure unveiled its first ever full-size, all-electric street sweeper (we already have a mini version for bike lanes). The $575,000 piece of machinery was partially paid for with a grant from the Denver Regional Council of Governments. The new sweeper can operate for eight hours using one charge, and (bonus!) is quieter than its diesel counterpart. [CO Politics]

When will we get Civic Center Park back?
Civic Center Park has been closed for almost a full month after the city fenced it off to the public, citing crime and sanitation concerns. While the parks and rec department has not yet confirmed a reopening date, officials have said they hope to take down the fences in time for the city’s annual Christkindl Market slated to take place at the park starting Nov.19. However, there is a contingency plan in place for the market that would move it to Skyline Park on 16th Street Mall where it’s been hosted in the past. [Westword]

⚕️ CDC helps fund Denver meth research
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Denver Health a $2 million grant for its project “Beginning Early and Assertive Treatment for Methamphetamine Use Disorder” (or BEAT Meth). The project, which debuted as a pilot program in 2020, is part of Denver Health’s research efforts to reduce deaths associated with meth overdoses. Since launching, BEAT Meth has demonstrated progress in lengthening the time between emergency room visits for people who use meth. [Denver7]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

28 Years of Roasting Chiles with the Morales Family
14 mins
Producer Paul Karolyi and Newsletter Writer Peyton Garcia (me!) chat with Ron Morales, who has been roasting green chiles in a parking lot at the corner of 52nd and Sheridan every fall for the past 28 years, about why roadside chile stands are a key piece of Colorado culture

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ THURSDAY: Maker Maven Collective Holiday Pop-Up
Start your holiday gift buying early and shop local fashion designers selling clothes, jewelry, and handbags at this Maker Maven pop-up event, complete with small bites and beverages.

+ THURSDAY: Starry, Starry Night
Explore outer space on this Treasure Box Tour as you learn about Colorado’s “Dark Sky Communities” and the planetariums and observatories where you can best experience them.

+ SATURDAY-SUNDAY: Colfax Marathon
After a two-year postponement, Denver’s largest running event is back for 2021. 

🎃 MOMENT OF PRIDE

(Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

It’s about that time to pick your pumpkins and carve your jack-o’-lanterns, and Denverite has just shared a slate of very Denver carving templates. Some of my favorite options: Robo Mike, Meow Wolf’s Pizza Palace Playground monster, “Chuck Nazty,” and Gov. Jared Polis’ familiar blue sneakers.

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