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Colorado Springs beats Boulder in "Best Place to Live" rankings

A pickup truck drives on a road near The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs. Photo: Dukas/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Move over, Boulder.

Driving the news: Colorado Springs is the top-ranked Colorado city in the national rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, beating out the state capital and two college towns to land at No. 2.

Alayna Alvarez
24 hours ago - News

Denver cracks down on concealed-carry rights

Illustration of shattered glass in the shape of a gun.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Denver is tightening its gun laws amid surging crime and ahead of what some local leaders predict will be a violent summer.

Driving the news: Denver leaders on Monday passed Mayor Michael Hancock's plan to ban concealed-carry weapons in any building or portion of a building that is owned, leased by or to the city — in the name of public safety.

John Frank
24 hours ago - Politics

Colorado Democrats make abortion a key 2022 election issue

Data: Guttmacher Institute; Map: Thomas Oide and Erin Davis/Axios
Data: Guttmacher Institute; Map: Thomas Oide and Erin Davis/Axios

Jared Polis made more than 100 promises to voters in his first bid for governor.

  • Now, one of the first pledges of his reelection campaign centers on abortion rights.

Benefit for slain man brings La Alma residents together amid park tension

Several people attend a benefit inside the Denver Inner City Parish building in west Denver.
Family and friends of Gary Arellano gather for a benefit at Denver Inner City Parish on Saturday, May 14. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios Denver

A Saturday benefit saw more than 100 people gather at the Denver Inner City Parish across from La Alma Lincoln Park, where 63-year-old Gary Arellano was fatally shot late last month.

State of play: The violence led the city to close the park — inside Denver's second historic cultural district — for the third time in one year.

3 Denver date ideas under $25

The expanded patio space at Grandma's House
The expanded patio space at Grandma's House. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Dating can be expensive, but you don't have to spend a ton to have a good time.

  • Whether it's your first date or you've been together for years, here are some date ideas under $25.
Alayna Alvarez
May 16, 2022 - News

Denver's urban camping ban brings 10 years of turmoil

People are asked to leave a homeless campsite by Civic Center Park in Denver last September. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A decade since Denver banned homeless encampments, little data illustrates the policy's success — or its cost.

The big picture: Colorado's chronically sheltered homeless population grew by 266% between 2007 and 2021 — more than any other state — and the number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time in metro Denver doubled between 2020 and 2021.

Alayna Alvarez
May 16, 2022 - News

Baby formula shortage strikes Colorado

Data: Datasembly; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The baby formula shortage is putting a strain on families across the country and throughout Colorado.

Why it matters: Roughly 3 in 4 babies in the U.S. are fed formula by their 6-month birthdays — meaning the shortage could jeopardize food security for most children, Axios' Nathan Bomey writes.

Home tour: Step inside a contemporary Country Club Tudor

Photo: Emily Minton Redfield, courtesy of Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Denver designer Andrea Schumacher and her team gave this nearly century-old home a fresh look with splashes of color and patterns that pop.

The basics: The Country Club home has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and one stunning speakeasy (more on that below).