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John Frank, author of Denver
Jul 27, 2021 - Axios Denver

Kent Thiry's indictment carries deep political implications

Kent Thiry, second from left, stands with former Gov. John Hickenlooper, far left, and state lawmakers. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The indictment of Kent Thiry holds major political ramifications in Colorado because of the former DaVita CEO's deep ties to top leaders in both parties.

Just in January, Gov. Jared Polis awarded Thiry the governor's citizenship medal for innovation.

Jul 26, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver prioritizes equity in economic recovery plans

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock during a press conference on July 14. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Mayor Michael Hancock is placing equity at the center of Denver's post-pandemic recovery.

Why it matters: The pandemic has disproportionately impacted vulnerable Denverites and Americans alike, particularly women, low-income residents and people of color.

Mayor pushes for new arena in $450 million infrastructure package

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock speaks to the media in January. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is resuming his push for a "state-of-the-art" arena on the National Western Center campus.

Why it matters: Development plans that included the arena were put on hold during the pandemic, following a nosedive in Denver's lodger's tax, which was intended to pay for part of the project.

  • The goal is to bring new life to the rundown Western Center complex and turn the campus into a year-round destination for Denverites and tourists alike.
Jul 26, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver looks to change historic preservation rules

A downtown development project in 2018 near the historic Denver Hose Company No. 1 building. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Changes may be coming to the way Denver preserves historic buildings citywide.

Why it matters: The use of historic designation is becoming a go-to tool for Denverites who oppose high-density development projects in a city aiming to strike a balance between preservation and sustainable urban growth.