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Wednesday's Axios Denver stories

May 12, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado turns to hotels in push to address homelessness

People experiencing homeless near Samaritan House and the Denver Rescue Mission in downtown Denver. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado leaders see underutilized hotels as part of the next solution to housing the homeless, and federal and state lawmakers may provide the money to make it happen.

Why it matters: Prompted by the pandemic, this is Denver's new approach to moving people experiencing homelessness off the street and into a more stable environment.

  • Advocates say it could be a more long-term solution for the estimated 6,104 unhoused Coloradans in the metro area, compared with the city’s sanctioned homeless encampments, which have been unwelcome by some residents and even sparked a lawsuit by a group of neighbors in Park Hill.
John Frank, author of Denver
May 12, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado pushes tax overhaul to make wealthy pay more

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic lawmakers are pushing a new bill designed to modernize the tax code by providing relief to those who need it and increasing taxes on the wealthy.

  • The two-bill package would generate more than $100 million in additional annual revenue for the state once fully implemented, according to early estimates from advocates.
John Frank, author of Denver
May 11, 2021 - Axios Denver

Where you can kayak and paddleboard for free in Denver this summer

Stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers and canoes enjoy Sloan's Lake in Denver. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Denver allows hand-launched boats (kayaks, canoes and paddleboards) in five lakes — and this year, it's free after the city ended the requirement for a permit, which previously cost $25.

Why it matters: It's even easier to paddle close to home.

John Frank, author of Denver
May 11, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado Democrats ditch past bipartisan transportation deals in new bill

The Colorado Senate chamber. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Inside Colorado's new 197-page transportation bill, state Democratic lawmakers are replacing bipartisan ideas with their own agenda.

Why it matters: The lesser-noticed provisions of Senate Bill 260 — which won approval in its first committee Monday — void major elements of current law that drew broad support from Republicans.

See inside: Denver mansion inspired by French castle asks $4.89M

Photo courtesy of Compass Denver

This Belcaro architectural gem — currently listed for just under $5 million — was completely remodeled with finishes imported from Europe and custom features finished on site.

The state of play: "The owner searched nearly every corner of the world to find the right pieces for each space," listing agent Jeff Hendley said.