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Thursday's Axios Denver stories

Apr 8, 2021 - Axios Denver

Study: Black, Hispanic defendants face inequity in Denver courtrooms

Beth McCann is sworn in as Denver District Attorney at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building in 2017. Photo: John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Black and Hispanic defendants are met with a "persistent set of disadvantages" in Denver courts, according to a new study commissioned by the district attorney’s office.

Why it matters: The prosecutor's office is a key player in criminal justice outcomes, yet an area of the system that researchers know less about.

  • District attorneys’ offices are widely considered a "black box" when it comes to how they prosecute cases, Stacey Bosick, the study’s author, told Axios.
  • The Denver DA’s Office is one of the first in the nation to open its data to a researcher for such a collaboration, Bosick said.

Details: The 44-page report examined equity in prosecution decisions from thousands of Denver felony cases. The findings include:

  • Cases involving Black and Hispanic defendants were less likely to be deferred to a probationary period before sentencing than those involving white defendants.
  • Cases involving Black defendants were 31% more likely to be dismissed during prosecution than those involving white defendants — meaning Black people were more likely to face charges despite scant proof.
  • White defendants involved in drug cases were twice as likely as Black or Hispanic defendants to go to drug court, which is designed to keep people out of prison.

What’s next: Bosick’s team is recommending deeper data collection and research, including examining cases that involve juveniles.

  • District Attorney Beth McCann will host a virtual forum today to share the study and push other district attorneys to examine equity in the criminal justice system.

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 8, 2021 - Axios Denver

Millennials really want to live in Denver

Reproduced from SmartAsset analysis. Chart: John Frank/Axios

Denver continues to be a leading draw for ages 25 to 39 to come to Colorado, a recent SmartAsset report looking at 2019 data shows.

By the numbers:

  • The state saw the largest percentage increase in millennials at 2%.
  • Colorado has a larger proportion of millennials than any other state at 23%.

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

Hot Homes: 5 houses for sale in Denver starting at $375K

1147 Vine St. Image courtesy of Taylor Wilson

Inventory continues to plummet. And Denver homes are selling at record prices in record time.

March market snapshot: The median sales price in March was $500K, up 12.36% from March 2020. And homes sold in about 19 days on average, according to the latest DMAR data.

Despite historically low inventory, there are still some gems on the market, like these five houses.

1729 N. Marion St. #201 — $375,000

Why we love it: This condo features a fresh kitchen with gray shaker cabinets, exposed brick, and a flex space that could be a home office or gym.

  • Neighborhood: City Park West
  • Realtor: Ilona Botton at Hoods, The Denver Agency LLC
  • Specs: 1 bed, 1 bath, 824 square feet
  • Notable features: Good deal (average detached housing price in March was around $417K), fresh updates, tons of natural light.
2711 Welton St. #202 — $399,900

Why we love it: This 1880s loft has been everything from a ballroom to a bakery, and is now a gorgeous home.

  • Neighborhood: Five Points
  • Realtor: Jerrod Butler at Wish Property Group Inc.
  • Specs: 1 bed, 1 bath, 881 square feet
  • Notable features: Hot neighborhood, 30-foot ceilings, historic building, built-ins, exposed brick.
2539 N. Downing St. — $850,000

Why we love it: Farmhouse-inspired on the outside, the interior of this home is modern and cozy.

  • Neighborhood: Whittier
  • Realtor: Jennifer Johnson at Milehimodern
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,259 square feet
  • Notable features: Built in 1903, intriguing architecture, two-car garage, cozy brick fireplace.
837 S. Grant St. — $949,900

Why we love it: The crown jewel of this beautifully updated home is the kitchen, with its sleek two-toned cabinetry and patterned tile backsplash.

  • Neighborhood: Washington Park
  • Realtor: Ken Gellman at Compass — Denver
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2,268 square feet
  • Notable features: Hardwood oak floors, newly remodeled, walkable to restaurants.
1147 Vine St. — $1,175,000

Why we love it: Built in 1900, this Victorian-style house has a blend of old-school architecture and modern design upgrades.

  • Neighborhood: Brewers Park Place
  • Realtor: Taylor Wilson at Compass — Denver
  • Specs: 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,547 square feet
  • Notable features: Carriage house (hello, Airbnb), two flex spaces, landscaped yard.

Know of an interesting listing? Send it to me, brianna.crane@axios.com.

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

Apr 8, 2021 - Axios Denver

Pickup vs. delivery: What it costs to get takeout in Denver

A pizza pie is pulled out of the oven at Fat Sully's on Colfax Avenue. Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

If you’ve ordered takeout during the pandemic, you’ve probably noticed the price of the same meal can swing wildly depending on the delivery company or whether it's bought directly from the restaurant.

Why it matters: We've grown dependent on food delivery apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash in the last year, but they hike costs for consumers and shrink already pinched margins for restaurants.

Here's an example from Fat Sully’s, a pizza joint with three Denver locations. We ordered a 20-inch red pie.

Good to know:

  1. Delivery fees are highly variable and can differ based on the time, day, location and app.
  2. Then there’s the "service" fee, or the commission that delivery companies charge restaurants for each order.

State of play: Complaints from restaurant owners who were struggling to withstand the pandemic prompted many Colorado cities — including Denver, Aurora, Broomfield, Commerce City and Morrison — to put temporary caps on the commission fees food delivery companies could charge restaurants.

  • Most laws blocked commission charges above 15% and expired March 31.
  • In some cases, companies added extra fees to consumers to work around the limits.

Denver’s 15% cap has been extended to mid-June. The emergency measure was first enacted last October and sponsored by District 4 Council member Kendra Black.

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver eyes open-container "entertainment districts" to boost restaurants

Riley Dyer, right, talks with a friend at the Carboy Winery and Logan Street restaurant in Denver in 2019. Photo: Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Restaurants in Denver are beginning to buzz again after a dark and dreary year.

Driving the news: The city's Department of Excise and Licenses will give them a helping hand by finalizing rules Wednesday to allow common consumption areas, or "entertainment districts," where people can openly carry their booze.

John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Voting misinformation abounds after All-Star Game moved from Georgia to Colorado

All-Star ballots are at the ready for the fans at Coors Field. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game to Denver from Atlanta after Georgia approved a law that makes it more difficult to vote is creating a firestorm of misinformation about Colorado's voting laws.

Reality check: There's little similarity between the states. Colorado has one of the most accessible systems in the nation and recorded the second-highest turnout rate among the voting eligible population in 2020.

Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver GOP’s new leader wants to shift the party's post-Trump outlook

In a deep-blue city where Republicans make up only about 11% of all registered voters, the Denver GOP is attempting to shift its strategy to stay relevant.

Enter Garrett Flicker, the county party’s newly elected chair — who, at 25, is the youngest and first openly gay man to ever lead the group.