Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the great wonders of Colorado. You can get lost for days camping in the park or visit for one day and enjoy magnificent hikes and wildlife! Many people travel to the National Park for vacation, but if you live in the state, you are lucky enough to enjoy all that the park has to offer year round. So, why not plan a day trip to explore 415 square miles of trails, wildlife, wildflowers and more.
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Winter is a spectacular time to visit the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. With a little bit of preparation, many exciting activities await you. Be sure to layer up with insulating, waterproof clothing, wear sunglasses, use sunscreen and carry water.
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Avalanche, Snow, and Trail ConditionsRocky's avalanche risk, snow levels, and trail conditions are always changing. Read the current avalanche forecast, see how much snow is on the ground, and view trail condition reports by following these links.
Ever thought how fun it would be to hike in the winter, but there's all that snow? Consider snowshoeing! It's as easy as strapping snowshoes on your boots and grabbing a couple of poles. No training is necessary and if you can hike, you can snowshoe. Most park trails can be explored with snowshoes. A few pieces of equipment are essential: you will need a pair of snowshoes and waterproof boots. Poles are helpful for maintaining balance, but optional. Waterproof pants or gaiters help keep you warm and dry.
Picture yourself gliding through a silent forest full of fresh, white snow. Cross-country skiing is a rejuvenating sport that pairs physical exercise with the beauty of nature. You will need skis and poles with large baskets. Waterproof pants or gaiters help keep you warm and dry. In general, terrain and deeper snows on the west side of the park make for better for cross-country skiing, but you are welcome to strap on your skis throughout the park.
Hidden Valley is the one place in Rocky where sledding is allowed. No tows are provided, and you must provide your own plastic sled (sleds with metal runners are NOT allowed), saucer, or tube (if you don't bring your own they may be rented in Estes Park at most any outdoor shop). You walk your sled/saucer/tube up the hill and slide down. It's a pretty gentle hill, being the bottom of the bunny slope of the former Hidden Valley Ski Area. Skiers, snow boarders, and snowshoers may pass but must use caution around sledders, and slow down to yield the right-of-way. A restroom (flush/running water) is at the bottom of the hill by the parking lot. On most weekends when there's an attendant, a warming room is also available. Winter winds can scour the area, causing conditions to vary, so call the park Information Office for the latest information, 970-586-1206.
Snowshoe with a Ranger
Check the Free Ranger-Led Programs for snowshoe opportunities with a ranger; reservations are required. Snowshoe walks are offered on both sides of the park from January through March, depending on conditions.
What if I don't have my own equipment?
The communities of Estes Park and Grand Lake have shops where winter recreation equipment, including snowshoes, cross-country skis, poles, boots, sleds, tubes, saucers, gaiters, stabilizers can be rented or purchased. For renting equipment in Estes Park see the Visit Estes Park website. For rentals in Grand Lake and the surrounding area, see the Visit Grand County website.
Many park roads are open in winter to provide access to the wintry world park wildlife call home. Winter is an especially good time to look for elk, mule deer, moose, and other large mammals. Look for moose along the Colorado River on the park's west side. Elk and mule deer are most active at dusk and dawn, and are usually seen in meadow areas. Look for bighorn sheep along the Highway 34/Fall River corridor on the park's east side. Coyotes may be seen any time of day. Members of the Jay family, including Steller's jays, with their striking blue bodies and crested heads, gray jays, Clark's nutcrackers, and the iridescent, long-tailed black-billed magpies are commonly seen in the park.
In an effort to make home ownership more obtainable for lower-income families, Elevations Community Land Trust has put a low income housing project in the works. In five years, the goal of 700 new and current homes will be transformed to allow homeowners to profit on the home's value, while the trust maintains profit on the land. Read more below:
700 homes in 5 years: Metro Denver homeownership initiative has raised $24 million to help low-income families
Seven foundations and nonprofits announce start of Elevation Community Land Trust and five-year goalBy JON MURRAY | email@example.com | The Denver PostPUBLISHED: December 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm | UPDATED: December 8, 2017 at 1:26 am
Several private foundations and nonprofits on Thursday gave a more than $24 million boost to an idea that has gained attention from Denver affordable-housing advocates as a promising way to put homeownership within reach for lower-income families in the metro area.
By forming the Elevation Community Land Trust and committing that money, its backers aim to create the largest community land trust in Colorado. Within five years, the new organization could assemble a collection of 700 homes scattered across the city and its suburbs — split between existing houses and new townhomes and condos — using a model that reduces the cost for buyers who fall below income limits.
It would do so by holding ownership of the land under each home in a nonprofit trust in perpetuity, leasing the land to the home’s owner for regular payments. Upon reselling the house, owners would pocket a portion, but not all, of any increase in the home’s value. Future buyers would face similar income qualifications.
Community land trusts “support low-income families in safely bridging the gap between rental housing and homeownership, allowing them to increase their savings and assets, improve their financial literacy and ultimately become more economically self-sufficient,” said Dave Younggren, the president and CEO of Denver-based Gary Community Investments, which has committed $5 million to the effort through the Piton Foundation.
Unlike most income-restricted housing that is made available for homeownership, the restrictions in a land trust model don’t expire within a few decades, which converts homes to market-priced. Instead, the land trust provides permanent affordability.
Many details of the Elevation program, including financial restrictions, remain to be worked out. But its targets for help are families making 55 percent to 80 percent of the metro area’s annual median income, or AMI.
That range spans $36,960 to $53,760 for a two-person household and $46,145 to $67,120 for a family of four.
Early calculations for the program included a model scenario in which Elevation would buy a home that’s for sale for about $260,000, then invest $25,000 in rehabilitation, Gary officials said.
By holding onto the land ownership, the organization would subtract roughly $80,000 in value from the market selling price charged to the qualified buyer.
“This is a proposed financial model that we came up with to make sure that the numbers could actually work,” said Tracey Stewart, the family and economic security investment director for Gary. “But that’s not necessarily what will happen, because there are a number of variables — including, and most important, the variable of what the community is going to decide. Each neighborhood is going to have a say in how homes are purchased (and) how land is donated.”
If successful, Elevation could set its sights statewide.
Seeking public subsidies and other helpThe fundraising announced Thursday will kick off a plan that is estimated to cost about $58 million during the next five years.
The backers plan to seek an estimated $23 million in contributions from local governments. An additional $11 million could come from new private partners as well as donations of public and private property.
They are starting by seeking a commitment from Denver’s new $15 million-a-year local housing fund.
Informal conversations with metro-area government officials have been encouraging, Younggren said.
“There’s a need and a desire to create some permanent affordability, and that’s really missing,” he said.
The other initial financial backers of Elevation are the Colorado Health Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation, the Bohemian Foundation, the Denver Foundation, the Mile High United Way and Chicago-based Northern Trust.
The Urban Land Conservancy is also lending an organizing hand, and a president and CEO for Elevation should be in place within a few months as the land trust launches. It could begin snatching up for-sale homes later in 2018, but Gary officials say those plans will depend on the new Elevation leader’s direction.
At the end of five years, Gary officials say, their financial modeling shows Elevation operating self-sufficiently from revenue that includes land-lease payments and its shares of resale profits.
On Thursday, Younggren spoke to Denver’s Housing Advisory Committee to get discussions rolling with its first potential city partner about subsidies or other contributions for the project.
City officials have made no firm commitments yet, and the request comes amid increasing interest by Denver neighborhood-based groups in forming local land trusts. There’s also heavy competition from various programs for Denver’s limited housing fund.
“How we stitch this all together with the advice and the expertise around this room is going to be the next challenge,” said Erik Soliván, the director of Denver’s housing policy coordination office.
Activists from the northern Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods have lined up research and partners and early plans for a community land trust to help keep renters and homeowners in the neighborhood. They again asked for city support at Thursday’s housing meeting but so far have had no success.
Some expressed surprise and disappointment with the Elevation plan, since they had met earlier with some of those same foundations and nonprofits to discuss their plans. They perceived that the Elevation plan’s strong backing and money would push it to the front of the line.
“It’s very confusing to me why the city would invest in funders, versus community, and why the funders wouldn’t invest alongside the city in a community,” said Candi CdeBaca, a community organizer in Elyria-Swansea. “Or why they wouldn’t pilot this to see if it works first, before they go with a 700-unit model.”
A mix of new projects and existing homesBackers of the Elevation plan say they support smaller efforts like the one pursued for those north neighborhoods but want to start a broader program that benefits more areas.
Of the 700 or so homes that could be folded into Elevation’s land trust, Gary officials say, about half would be existing homes scattered in neighborhoods that are considered “cost-burdened” — meaning home prices and rents are rising to the point that many current residents now spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing.
In Denver, think of Westwood, Elyria-Swansea and parts of the city’s southeast, where home prices are fast increasing. It’s unlikely that Elevation would go for homes in more affluent neighborhoods such as Highland, Cherry Creek or Washington Park.
For the remaining half of the homes, supporters envision Elevation acquiring land and then leasing development rights for new townhouse or condo projects. Owners of those new homes also would pay land leases to Elevation and split resale gains.
Community land trusts have been successful in some cities across the country, but their complexity sometimes makes them more difficult to pull off with existing homes than with new-build projects, experts say.
Gary officials anticipate the plan will evolve along with market changes and neighborhood conditions.
“I don’t know, personally, of another initiative of funder collaboratives that has come together in Colorado around affordable housing in this big of a way,” said Meghan Sivakoff, an investment project manager for Gary Community Investments, during an interview.
“Oh, definitely not around affordable housing,” Stewart chimed in.
A half-dozen or so housing land trusts are operating in the state, including the Colorado Community Land Trust, which began in Lowry; Thistle in Boulder County; Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust in El Paso County; and the Chaffee Housing Trust in Buena Vista. The Urban Land Conservancy holds a land lease for an affordable apartment complex near the Sheridan West Line station and plans to lease out development rights for an upcoming project on land it owns near the 38th and Blake transit station.
It's that time of year again to take advantage of all that Colorado has to offer! Don't miss out on skiing some of the best slopes in the state. From family friendly to advanced, these ski resorts will make your winter one to remember! Arapahoe Basin
Ski to your hearts desire at this ski resort open from October to June.
Join the locals on the steep slopes of the Aspen Highlands Resort. Even advanced skiiers are sure to be challenged here.
Ski the powder or enjoy black diamond runs on this resort, established back in 1947.
This resort isn't just a great place for beginners and families to come, but for those looking to catch a glimpse of world famous skiers and snowboarders. Buttermilk has been the host of the ESPN Winter X Games and multiple olympians.
Bring your family and enjoy fun, friendly skiing and a drink or food at one of the many restaurants after.
Make a trip and enjoy the quaint villages and expert slopes at Copper Mountain. This resort is great for beginiers, with its great instructors and has hosts some of the best terrain in Colorado for advanced skiiers and snowboarders.
This town doesn't just have great skiing, but a quaint, Victorian style town great for a weekend getaway or family advneture.
Located just 21 miles from Boulder, this resort is a great day trip. It is especially popular amongst young families with their wonderful education program.
Located in Grandby, enjoy a casual vibe with great views and a great variety of ski runs.
Head down to Durango where the snowfall is rich and plenty of hiking, skiing and snowboarding can be found.
Head to beautiful Steamboat for great family skiing and snowboarding.
Located just 53 miles from Denver and open from October to May, this is an easily acceced resort all winter long.
Enjoy friendly people, cheaper prices and less crowds at Monarch Mountain.
Enjoy great powder, ski skiing, and breathtaking views from the world's largest flat top mountain!
This isn't your ordinary ski trip. Enjoy a true vacation with a spa, shops, restuarants and more in the San Juan Mountains in Durango.
Hosting many ungroomed runs, this mountain is truly for the experts.
This mountain is no joke! Filled with acres upon acres of terrain, you are sure to have to come back for more!
Steamboat isn't just one of the prettiest places in the wold, but one that is visited by many olympians and now has direct flight options.
Located near Glenwood Springs, this resort not only offers cheaper, less crowded skiing where the snow lasts twice as long, but a great vacation option. After your busy day on the slopes, enjoy downtown Glenwood Springs with their famous hot springs, great restaurants and shopping.
Looking for great skiing and golfing in the summer, head southwest to Telluride. Like Steamboat, non stop flights are now offered and the town's spa, shops and restaurants make this a great weekend getaway.
This resort isn't just great for skiing for all levels, but a renowned resort in the summer for concerts and festivals. Get your fill of the Colorado mountains all year long at Winter Park.
Located in the San Juan mountains, this resort offers freindly people, homemade food and cheaper prices.
The Denver Post published this article showcasing how Denver is in the top 10 cities that have seen the largest income gains since the recession, most notably because of its increase in tech jobs across the area. Learn more below:
Denver among the 10 U.S. metro areas with largest income gains since the recession
Thriving cities are leaving others behindBy CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | The Associated PressPUBLISHED: December 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm | UPDATED: December 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm
As the nation’s economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle’s was about to take off.
In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you look, there are signs of a thriving city: Building cranes looming over streets, hotels crammed with business travelers, tony restaurants filled with diners.
Seattle is among a fistful of cities that have flourished in the 10 years since the Great Recession officially began in December 2007, even while most other large cities — and sizable swaths of rural America — have managed only modest recoveries. Some cities are still struggling to shed the scars of recession
IN LAS VEGAS, HALF-FINISHED HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS, RELICS OF THE HOUSING BOOM, POCKMARK THE SURROUNDING DESERT. FAMILIES THERE EARN NEARLY 20 PERCENT LESS, ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, THAN IN 2007.
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Change in employment by metro areas. (Click to enlarge)In the decade since the recession began, the nation as a whole has staged a heartening comeback: The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009. Employers have added jobs for 86 straight months, a record streak. And last year, income for a typical U.S. household, adjusted for inflation, finally regained its 1999 peak.
Yet the rebound has been uneven. It’s failed to narrow the country’s deep regional economic disparities and in fact has worsened them, according to data analyzed exclusively for The Associated Press. A few cities have grown much richer, thanks to their grip on an outsize share of lucrative tech jobs and soaring home prices. Others have thrived because of surging oil and gas production.
But many Southern and Midwestern cities — from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Janesville, Wisconsin — have yet to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs that have been automated out of existence or lost to competition from China, before and during the recession. Like others, they have fewer jobs and lower household incomes than before the downturn.
Those disparities complicate the rosy picture painted by most nationwide economic data. With the nation enduring a widening wealth gap, an overall robust U.S. economy doesn’t necessarily translate into widely shared prosperity.
“There’s definitely a pattern of the coasts pulling away from the middle of the country on income,” said Alan Berube, an expert on metro U.S. economies at the Brookings Institution. “There are a large number of places around the country that haven’t gotten back to where they were 15 years ago, never mind ten years ago.”
That said, for all the economic might the top-flight cities have gained in the past decade, many city officials and business leaders have become concerned that their success is running up against limits. Surging home prices and rents have made housing unaffordable for many. With cities like Seattle and San Francisco choked with traffic, engulfed by homeless people and requiring ever-larger incomes to live comfortably, quality of life may be at risk.
In the Western United States, inflation reached nearly 3 percent in October compared with a year earlier, according to government data. By contrast, inflation rose just 1.5 percent in the Midwest and New England.
“It’s the first time I have noticed a persistent spread between inflation in one area and the rest of the country,” says Steve Cochrane, an economist at Moody’s Analytics who has studied regional economics for 25 years.
Mindful of the financial burden on employees, some tech companies have decided to set up shop or expand where expenses are more manageable. Snapchat and Hulu have put down roots on the slightly more affordable west side of Los Angeles, joining outposts of Google and Facebook in an area now known as “Silicon Beach.”
Last year, nearly as many people moved out of Silicon Valley — defined as Santa Clara and San Mateo counties — as moved in, according to a report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a civic group. It was the first time since 2010 that the number of arrivals and departures have been roughly equal.
The trend isn’t entirely surprising given that commuting times in San Francisco have lengthened by 40 minutes a week in the past decade, the report said. The price of a typical San Francisco home has reached an eye-watering $1.2 million, according to Trulia, an online real estate data provider.
Housing costs, inflated by local regulations restricting home-building, can act as a barrier to opportunity. They make it harder for people in poorer areas to move for better opportunities. With fewer people able to move to places with more jobs and higher pay, the national economy tends to suffer, economists say.
Among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, San Francisco experienced the biggest gain in median household income in the decade after the recession began. Adjusted for inflation, it jumped 13.2 percent, according to data compiled by Moody’s Analytics. San Jose, which is part of Silicon Valley, enjoyed the second-largest increase, at 12.7 percent, followed by Austin, Texas, with 8.8 percent.
By comparison, median household income in the 100 largest metro areas actually fell 2.7 percent, on average. And the income gap between the 10 richest and 10 poorest metro areas has widened in the past decade, Moody’s data shows.
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Income inequality between cities. (Click to enlarge)Eight of the 10 cities with the largest income gains are “tech hubs,” with heavy concentrations of software architects, data analysts and cloud-computing engineers. They include Denver, Portland, Oregon; Provo, Utah; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Pittsburgh has experienced the ninth-largest income gain, thanks to increased tech and health care jobs. Oklahoma City, where inflation-adjusted incomes are up 5.5 percent, has benefited from the oil and gas boom.
Most Americans haven’t received raises anywhere near that large. Data compiled by Brookings shows that 65 percent of Americans who live in urban areas — defined as cities with populations above 65,000 — live in places where the typical household income is still below its 1999 level.
Max Versace, CEO of artificial intelligence startup Neurala, who arrived in Boston in 2001 from Italy, has watched the city transform itself into a boomtown, filled with innovative companies working on robotics, AI and self-driving cars. Boston enjoyed the 11th-best income gain in the past decade, Moody’s data shows.
“I have never experienced a slowdown in Boston,” said Versace, whose company is based in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood, a formerly rundown industrial area now crowded with startups and high-end restaurants. “Boston is one of those bubbles — good bubbles — that have been saved by the two locomotives of computer sciences and biotechnology.”
Versace launched Neurala in 2013, and it now has 36 employees, including eight with PhDs. While most workers across the country have endured scant pay gains, Versace estimates that salaries for AI researchers with Ph.D.’s have doubled since 2008.
Neurala is working to incorporate AI in drones, including one aimed at energy firms that will use its technology to spot cracks in pipelines or wind turbines without needing humans to monitor video feeds.
One other change Versace is happy to observe: “I no longer have to spit out espressos or pasta,” because the quality of each has improved so much since he arrived.
The divergence between the richest and poorest U.S. cities predates the Great Recession. But it is historically unusual. For a period of 100 years ending in the 1980s, income gaps between richer and poorer cities narrowed steadily.
Economists cite three reasons why such convergence ended. The nature of high-tech work, for one thing, makes it productive for higher-skilled workers to cluster in the same cities.
Elisa Giannone, an economist at the University of Chicago, notes that in past decades, highly paid professionals — doctors, say — might have congregated in cities with fewer physicians to capitalize on the lack of competition and earn more. Likewise, many companies that employed high-skilled workers would move to lower-cost cities to take advantage of cheaper labor.
But her research has found that both trends have been upended by the rise of highly skilled information technology work. People with such skills prefer to work in cities with their peers. And the companies that employ them seem to care just as much about the right skills as they do about lower costs. What’s more, higher educated employees typically become more efficient when they cluster together and exchange ideas.
“It’s more beneficial and more productive to go where there are more people like me,” Giannone says, referring to how such workers think. “I don’t want to be left out.”
Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, the job listings website, calculates that one quarter of tech job openings in the first half of this year were located in just eight tech hubs: Baltimore, Washington, Boston, San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Raleigh, North Carolina.
A second factor is swelling home prices and rents, particularly where regulations make it harder to build more. People in poorer areas often used move to wealthier cities to find better opportunities. Now, that option is increasingly available only to those with advanced skills or education.
Two public policy experts, Peter Ganong and Daniel Shoag, concluded in a paper last year that both janitors and lawyers used to fare better financially in New York City than in poorer cities, even accounting for the higher cost of living.
Now, because of rocketing home prices in richer areas, that’s no longer true. Lawyers can still come out ahead. But janitors and other lower-skilled workers don’t.
“Skilled workers move to high cost, high productivity areas, and unskilled workers move out,” Ganong and Shoag wrote.
In the 10 cities with the fastest income growth, housing prices have soared by an average of 31.1 percent in the past decade, Trulia found. That compares with a national average increase of just 5.1 percent.
One result has been huge wealth gains for a fortunate few. A resident of San Francisco who bought a typical home, paying nearly $816,000 in the spring of 2007 — just as the housing market nationwide was collapsing — has gained $365,000 in the past decade.
In Cincinnati, a homeowner who bought at the same time would have paid just $143,000 but would have gained only $6,500.
“Geography plays a critical role in wealth building,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia.
A final factor behind the diversion is that the industries and occupations in slower-growing regions were leveled by the recession. Manufacturing and mining are disproportionately located in red states. So are retail jobs. All those sectors have endured weak growth since the recession.
Robin Brooks, an economist at the Institute of International Finance, a trade group, says those job losses have opened a gap between so-called “red” states, which voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and “blue” states.
About 61 percent of blue state residents have jobs, compared with roughly 59 percent in red states, Brooks found. That cuts against recent historical patterns: From the 1990s through the mild recession of 2001, there was no gap at all.
Despite the persistence of regional inequality, some positive trends have emerged: More tech jobs are moving out of the tech hubs and spreading around the country. Software programming jobs have migrated to Dallas, Detroit, and Charlotte, among other cities, according to Brookings data. Software increasingly plays a vital role in banking and finance, auto manufacturing, and retail.
But many of those tech jobs are lower- or mid-level positions, such as technical support and help desk jobs, rather than higher-paying, cutting-edge positions. Kolko notes that the most highly-skilled tech jobs — in such areas as machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence; computer vision; and database engineering — are even more concentrated in tech hubs than are tech jobs overall.
“There’s a spreading out of the tech economy, but it remains a different tech economy in the middle of the country than what you find in the Bay Area, Boston, New York and Austin,” Berube said.
Software may be more widely used, but when it comes to actually inventing new software, “that is still a phenomenon you find in only four of five places in the United States.”
AP Writers Gene Johnson in Seattle and Matt O’Brien in Boston contributed to this report.
Gord Collins summarized his predictions for the 2018 housing market. With a good economy and a lot of new construction, things are looking good. But, on the other hand, prices could increase with less labor and higher lumber. Collins will answer if you should sell or buy in the new year, the best cities to find a home for sale that will give you a good return and much more.
Read the full article The US Real Estate Forecast 2018 to 2020
The US Real Estate Forecast 2018 to 2020November, December, January and the coming spring 2018 real estate season should be interesting times. The economy is solid, trade deals look okay, new construction is active and recovering from the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, and the California fires.
Labor shortages and higher lumber costs are looming which could mean house prices could rise, and perhaps fewer resale houses will be for sale. If you’re buying or selling, check out the factors that will affect the housing market for the next 5 years.
Denver is trending to be #23 on the list of top cities in 2018. Topping the list is Seattle, Austin and Salt Lake City.
Visit Emerging Trends in Real Estate U.S. and Canada to get the full list and summary of top cities to live.
Markets to watch in 2018Now in its 39th year, Emerging Trends in Real Estate is one of the oldest, most highly regarded annual industry outlook for the real estate and land use industry. The market outlooks included in each edition are based on an extensive survey, multiple interviews, and individual market focus groups. Readers’ interest in all markets continues to increase, so the 2018 edition provides a regionally based look at all 78 markets included in this year’s survey. Throughout the report, we’ll explore a variety of trends we’re seeing in the industry, as well as analyze the prospects for 78 metropolitan markets for the coming year.
Denver and Colorado as a whole are rapidly changing, growing and turning from what I remember being a sleepy, dark, quite city to a bustling, trendy place filled with hipsters and new ideas. The city itself is making a major shift. The Highlands, for example, used to be a neighborhood filed with crime. I remember when my cousin told us he was moving to the "new up and coming Highlands," my family was very concerned, because they remembered this neighborhood as one that you did not go to at night. And yet, with parks, food trucks, restaurants that have been featured on the food network, live music and high end apartments and homes, the Highlands is slowly leaving behind it's negative connotation. This is no different from the RiNo neighborhood either. Another crime ridden section on Denver, more notably referred to as Five Points, RiNo has become a swanky neighborhood for young professionals. Urbanist wrote an article about other neighborhoods, a little less known than the Highlands, that are rising in ranks and becoming great places to live.
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1. Harvey Park still has affordable housing compared to the rest of the Denver market. Transportation with easy accesibligy, buses and bikes is easy and the park itself offers an oasis. With trails, open space and lakes, this southwest neighborhood lets you escape the city's hustle.
2. Cole is a historic neighborhood that is transforming. With remodeled Victorian homes, a close location to downtown and affordable prices, this is becoming a great starter neighborhood for first time buyers.
3. East Colfax, like the Highlands, is transforming. Still holding onto its crime ridden name, people still might feel hesitant to the area. But, Colfax is the next hotspot for redevelopment close to downtown Denver.
4. Chaffee Park in Northwest Denver has become one of Denver's safer neighborhoods with affordable prices and an accessible location.
Looking for that memorable moment this holiday season? The historical Brown Palace in downtown Denver was open on August 12, 1892. This elegant hotel is most notable amongst the industrialization, as it takes you back in time to the days of the Wild West. Henry Cordes Brown purchased the land for his cows to graze on and later donated part of the land to the State Capitol building and part of his money to the city's library. With the help of Frank E Edbrooke, Brown built his Palace Hotel on the remaining land beginning in 1888. Today, this hotel offers a pleasant stay, an array of history and a royal afternoon tea for its guests to enjoy. Celebrate the holidays with friends or family by treating yourself to a truly decadent experience. Please note, Afternoon Tea fills up quick, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time!
Afternoon Tea at The Brown PalaceEXPERIENCE THE TRADITION IN OUR DENVER TEA ROOMNo visit to our luxury hotel in Denver is complete without experiencing afternoon tea at The Brown Palace. Complete with herbal teas, scones, and finger sandwiches, our Denver tea room provides guests the opportunity to witness the unique longstanding tradition that is afternoon tea in Denver.
With Devonshire cream shipped directly from England and the soft sounds of a harpist or pianist floating in the air, this is truly an experience you won't soon forget.
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Denver lights up for the holidays once Dec. 1 hits. Between popular venues putting on spectacular light shows and the Civic Center being lit up for the whole community to see, getting in that holiday spirit is made simple in Colorado. Below are a few events for you and the family to enjoy.
BLOSSOMS OF LIGHTDenver Botanic Gardens
This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland.
5:30pm to 9:00pmDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31The Zoo is closed Christmas during the day and for Zoo Lights (Monday, December 25)
Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.
BUY ONLINE AND SAVE. LIMITED TICKETS EACH NIGHT!*Daytime admission (including membership) does not include Zoo Lights.
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The Denver Business Journal released this article stating that In-N-Out Burger does plan to move to Colorado. In it's beginning stages, the chain is set to open up a patty production facility in Colorado Springs to help supply it's restaurants when they open. Read more below:
In-N-Out Burger is coming to Colorado
By Mark Harden and Ed Sealover – Denver Business Journal
Nov 30, 2017, 10:37am MST Updated Nov 30, 2017, 1:53pm In-N-Out Burger -- a California chain famous for its "Double Double" and popular with many Colorado fans -- said today it will make its Colorado debut.
The company said in a statement that it plans to open a "patty production facility" in Colorado Springs ahead of opening restaurants in the state.
"In-N-Out Burger is excited to be in the early planning stages of its expansion to the state of Colorado," Carl Arena, the company's vice president of development, said.
"We are working on plans to build a patty production facility and distribution center in Colorado Springs to support future restaurants in Colorado."
The company did not say when the facility will open.
"Because we are still in the early development phase, we don’t yet have a timeline for the construction of either our support facilities or future restaurants," Arena said. "However, the steps we are taking now represent the first of many on the road to serving customers in Colorado."
EnlargeIn-N-Out Burger's signature Double-Double Burger and French Fries.
Westside Investment Partners Inc., a Denver real estate investment firm, said that In-N-Out has a contract to buy a 22-acre site at the Victory Ridge commercial complex (formerly known as Colorado Crossing) in north Colorado Springs for its production facility, and that the chain eventually plans to open a restaurant there.
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Irvine, California-based In-N-Out Burger does not have any Colorado locations; the nearest stores are in Utah and Arizona.
Andy Klein, a principal with Westside, said that the burger chain sought out the Colorado market and that the courtship was a relatively short one. He had been talking with In-N-Out for just a couple of months before inking the deal, he said.
While Colorado is the seventh state in which the chain will operate, it's just the second place outside of California where it will build a patty factory, indicating an over-and-above commitment to growing along the Front Range, Klein said.
While he knows that the company will ship its never-frozen patties into the Denver area from the Colorado Springs plant, he does not know exactly where or when they'll open up a restaurant around Denver.
In opening in Colorado, In-N-Out enters a market that already is packed with burger concepts.
The Denver area is home to national chains such as Smashburger, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (Nasdaq: RRGB) and Good Times/Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, which are owned by the same company, Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM). Local concepts such as Park Burger also are growing quickly.
Klein, who considers himself a "devout follower" of In-N-Out, acknowledged that it faces competition as it enters this new market. But he said he believes that Coloradans who haven't tried its burgers yet will grow to love at is Californians have.
"While we're not short on [burger concepts], we're short on the one that's the best," Klein said. "They have a commitment to quality that stands out."
In-N-Out regularly pops up in conversations — particularly among California transplants — about chains that Coloradans would like to see come to the state.
In an informal 2010 DBJ survey, readers ranked In-N-Out Burger second among the top chains they'd like to see in Colorado. The other two favorites — Trader Joe's (No. 1) and H&M (No. 3) — have since arrived here.
There have been rumors for years that the chain would be expanding to Colorado. In 2011, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks -- a native Californian -- said he was putting bringing the burger chain into Denver on his agenda.
Brooks was raving about today's announcement. "It is real folks!!! ... IN N OUT!!!! Coming to Colorado Springs first. Congrats," he tweeted.
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