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John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 6, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver homeless camp moving to church parking lot in affluent area

Park Hill Methodist Church on Montview Boulevard. Photo: John Frank/Axios

One of Denver's sanctioned homeless camps is relocating to Park Hill United Methodist Church — a move that puts it at the same location as a preschool.

Why it matters: The city's homeless problem is typically associated with the downtown sector, like the Capitol Hill neighborhood where the camp is currently located.

  • The new site — one block from U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper's home — will force residents in one of Denver's wealthiest neighborhoods to more directly confront one of the city's thorniest issues.
John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 6, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado state budget package proposes 11% increase in spending

Source: Colorado FY21-22 budget narrative. Chart: John Frank/Axios

It's like the recession never happened for the state budget.

Driving the news: The $34.1 billion state budget package introduced Monday includes big money for one-time projects, the restoration of cuts from the prior year and savings for less prosperous years in the future.

  • Be smart: An unexpected surplus of cash is driving state spending to new heights — and the total doesn't include the $3.9 billion in new federal stimulus dollars lawmakers will spend in separate legislation.
Apr 5, 2021 - Axios Denver

Democratic Colorado lawmakers push for police accountability

Denver Police try to keep dueling rallies separated from one another on Oct. 10, 2020. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Nearly a year after protests over the death of George Floyd and renewed attention to the 2019 killing of Elijah McClain, Democratic state lawmakers are taking steps to prevent both tragedies from happening again.

The state of play: Their two new bills come amid the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer accused of killing Floyd.

John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 5, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado judiciary's sexual harassment scandal faces lack of transparency

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright, center, ahead of an address at the Capitol in February. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court promised a "culture change" as he announced an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment within the judiciary.

But months later, the process to hire an outside investigator remains hidden from the public's view as the scandal continues to get worse.

What $1,500 a month gets you in 3 different Denver neighborhoods

Deco Apartments, Image: © 2021 Google/Google Street View

The average monthly rent for an apartment Denver is around $1,600. We wanted to see what you could find just below that price point.

Here are three apartments in three different Denver neighborhoods that have options for about $1,500 a month.