Inside Denver - June 27th, 2019

Inside Denver (Jun 27th, 2019)

South Broadway shops vandalized by white supremacists / DIA project over budget, schedule / Man nears Manitou Incline record

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 Enjoy the mix of sun and clouds through the weekend, plus summer temps in the 90s.

1. Six stores on South Broadway were vandalized with white supremacist stickers on Wednesday, according to a shop owner. Hope Tank owner Erika Righter said stickers were plastered over signs welcoming customers of every nationality, race, sexual orientation and gender. The stickers had the name of a group identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In April, a man was stabbed on the same street for removing stickers posted by the group. — DENVERITE

2. Colorado’s coal plants could be retired in four years and still save customers money, according to an analysis by the Sierra Club. Sierra hired a consulting firm, Strategen, which found that utility companies could save $1.7 billion if they closed 10 coal units with wind power by 2023, and $1.4 billion if they replace the units with solar power. Xcel Energy has set a goal of reducing its carbon emissions 80% by 2050, and Colorado lawmakers have a state-mandated emissions reduction goal of 90% by that same time. — COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO

3. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."

Our Inside Los Angeles writer Kayleigh Roberts discusses summer activities in Los Angeles, California: 

Thanks to LA’s near perfect weather, it can feel like summer here all year round. But, since summer means vacations which, in turn, means an influx of tourists (and friends and relatives of locals) looking for fun things to do, here’s a list of five must-do LA activities you can try this summer: 

LACMA: Not only is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a cultural must-see, home to exhibits of work from world-famous and up-and-coming artists, it’s also a great source of special programming. The museum hosts discussions and events that locals should keep and eye on and offers visitors a chance at a classic LA Instagram pic—posing with the lamps at the museum’s “Urban Lights” exhibit. 

Upright Citizens Brigade: LA is home to a collection of some of the funniest and most creative up and coming actors, writers, and comedians in the world and many of them work their way through the ranks at improv studios like UCB to perfect their respective crafts. With two venues, each with full calendars of cheap (and sometimes free) shows, UCB is a great place to get a lot of entertainment bang for your buck—and maybe see some future famous people in the process. 

Griffith Observatory: In LA, many of the landmarks are famous themselves, having appeared prominently in films. The iconic Griffith Observatory is one of the best examples of this phenomenon. On the one hand, it’s a world-class planetarium that will please any science lovers in your group and on the other, it’s an iconic filming location (its most famous appearance is as the setting for the climactic scene in Rebel Without a Cause) that will please the more starstruck members of your group. 

Disneyland: While it’s technically in Anaheim and not in LA proper, Disneyland has rocketed above Universal Studios (which is actually in LA) as the must-visit theme park in the area this year thanks to the opening of the immensely immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land in the park, which is a pilgrimage destination for geeks and still a genuinely fun time for non-geeks.

Pink’s Hotdogs: If you want to eat somewhere that’s iconically LA, you can’t get much more classic (or touristy) than Pink’s. Yes, you’ll have to wait in a long line for your meal, but you might just run into a celebrity while you’re there, so there’s that. 

When it comes to getting around in LA, if you’re not local, you should seriously consider renting a car, since navigating on public transit, while doable, can be complicated and time consuming and suck up a lot of your valuable experiencing LA time (not that riding the bus for three hours isn’t a kind of LA experience all in its own). If you don’t want to rent a car, download Uber or Lyft or make sure you have the Metro transit time and maps bookmarked on your phone.

4. A project at Denver International Airport is going over budget and over schedule, with costs ballooning by $300 million over estimates. The renovation of the main terminal was projected to cost $650 million and be completed by November 2021. But clashes with contractors and issues with the concrete strength have introduced delays and additional expenses. Internal projections obtained by a Denver TV station show the project may extend to 2025 and cost 50% more than originally planned. — DENVER POST

5. State lawmakers have proposed protecting 400,000 acres of Colorado land for wildlife and recreation. The CORE Act was introduced in the Colorado House by Rep. Joe Neguse, with an identical measure brought forward by Michael Bennet in the Senate. — CPR

6. The best place to get a break on rent in Denver is in the fast-growing downtown. Developers looking to fill hundreds of units are giving two weeks of free rent, on average. — DENVER POST

7. A project to restore depleted soils in Boulder could help advance the science of carbon sequestration. Over 1,000 acres have been destroyed by prairie dogs. — COLORADO SUN

8. Pink lemonade, salted butter, dirty horchata: Denver’s ice creameries are churning out some innovative flavors this summer. Here are five of the best. — THE KNOW

9. Why go camping when you can go glamping? Thankfully, Colorado has you covered with some truly unique offerings, from a covered wagon to teepees. — 303 MAGAZINE

10. A Colorado man is halfway to his goal of climbing the Manitou Incline more than 1,900 times in a year. Sixty-two-year-old Greg Cummings has scaled the 2,744 steps more than 870 times so far in 2019. — COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE

Inside Denver is created by Shay Castle, a freelance journalist who has resided in/reported on the Denver metro for six years. Her work runs the gamut from investigations on state and local government to features on the World Championship of Massage (seriously). She enjoys beer, biking and maintaining a plucky Twitter account, @shayshinecastle.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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