Archives for: October 2010

10/30/10

Permalink 04:10:39 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 29 words   English (US)

Motown Legends Revue at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

MotownLegendsatLannies
November 5 & 6 at 8 p.m.

Starring the Four Tones with Ron Ivory

Smokey, Marvin, Temps, Supremes, Michael, Stevie, Tops, Vandellas and MORE!

For more information and tickets visit: Lannie's

10/27/10

Permalink 10:14:41 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 98 words   English (US)

Trick or Treat Street at the Children's Museum

October 29, 30 and 31
Friday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

It’s the sweetest time of year so costume-up for a trick-or-treating adventure overflowing with fun! Parade from one “Candy House” to the next collecting your goodies, whip up delicious “Dirty Desserts,” and craft classic Halloween heroes like “Noodle-Boned Skeletons” and “Little Miss Spiders.” After the inside fun, head outside to brave your chances at the Monster Carnival, hop on Vern’s Mini Train for spin around the plaza and stroll through Pumpkin Hill. And that’s just a taste! Children's Museum >

10/20/10

Permalink 01:50:03 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 28 words   English (US)

Pedestrians to soon get friendlier Larimer, 14th

Construction is underway to remove a traffic lane and widen the sidewalk on Larimer Street between 15th and 17th streets.

Read More: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16381602

10/15/10

Permalink 03:41:51 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 71 words   English (US)

Want to know what's going on with our transportation development?

Take a tour!

Union Station Advocates, in partnership with DenverInfill, is offering one-hour guided walking tours of the Denver Union Station project site.

Where: Tours start under the Light Rail arch on the Wynkoop side of the historic Union Station

When: First, third and fifth (as applicable) Saturday of each month, 10 a.m., arrive by 9:55 a.m.

Who: Limit 15 people per tour, first come first served

Price: $10 per person, cash only.

10/13/10

Permalink 04:29:54 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 920 words   English (US)

Denver's LoDo Neighborhood Recognized

DENVER, CO (October 13, 2010)—The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of Denver’s historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood as one of 10 Great Neighborhood for 2010 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value.

APA singled out LoDo for its strong political leadership by current and former mayors, historical character and adaptive reuse of warehouse buildings, and use of planning to guide its revitalization.

“This national recognition of Denver’s LoDo district as one of our country’s great places is a welcome reward to the many civic and business leaders in our community whose vision, determination and collaboration over the past 30 years have preserved and revitalized this historic neighborhood,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “We thank APA for this great honor.”

Through Great Places in America, APA recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities – streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live, and are defined by many things including planning, architectural styles, accessibility and community involvement.

“Seen against the backdrop of heroic historic preservation, the growth our mixed-use neighborhood has seen over the years has been the direct result of the passion and hard work the residents and commercial leaders have poured into the buildings and businesses,” explained LoDo District, Inc. Executive Director, Holly Barrett. “We are honored to receive such wonderful recognition for our incredible community and we wholeheartedly believe it is indeed one of the best places in the world to live and work!”

Since APA began Great Places in America in 2007, 40 neighborhoods, 40 streets and 30 public spaces have been designated in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

“We’re very excited to name LoDo as one of this year’s Great Neighborhoods,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. “The area’s transformation from derelict warehouse district to popular and burgeoning historic neighborhood is the result of visionary city leadership, political fortitude and careful planning,” he added.

Comprising 24 blocks located near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, leading LoDo’s emergence as a vibrant neighborhood were several elected officials including current Mayor John Hickenlooper and former Mayor Federico Peña.

Planning also played an important role, including a downtown area plan approved in 1987 and updated in 2007, and a neighborhood plan approved in 2000. The plans underscored the community’s overriding desire to protect the neighborhood and helped address property owners’ concerns and issues raised by opponents.

Helping fund neighborhood improvements was a $240 million bond issue, approved by voters in 1989, that enabled the city to tear down viaducts and dramatically improve the neighborhood’s streetscape.

Founded by General William Larimer, Jr. in 1858, LoDo was originally the birthplace of Denver. It has been called an urban heaven on earth with its celebrated architecture and unique energy. The neighborhood has become a place for sports lovers, history buffs, and social butterflies alike.

On Thursday, October 21 join LoDo District, Inc., the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership for the Award Presentation Ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fogo de Chao (1513 Wynkoop Street). Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of the City of Denver.

“This award validates the hard work put into the neighborhood by its community leaders over the past few decades,” explained LoDo District, Inc. Chairman, David Cole. “Our members are proud to have been part of a nationally recognized effort that strikes a balance between growth and preservation.”

The nine other APA 2010 Great Neighborhoods are: Downtown Frederick in Frederick, MD; Historic Ninth Street Hill in Lafayette, IN; Back Bay in Boston, MA; The Paseo in Oklahoma City, OK; Cathedral Historic District in Sioux Falls, SD; Frank Lloyd Wright Historic Neighborhood in Oak Park, IL; Historic John S. Park Neighborhood in Las Vegas, NV; Hyde Park in Cincinnati, OH; and Riverside Avondale in Jacksonville, FL.

For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA’s top 10 Great Streets, top 10 Great Public Spaces, and designations between 2007 and 2009, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces. This year's Great Places in America are being celebrated as part of APA's National Community Planning Month during October; for more about the special month, visit http://www.planning.org/ncpm.

About LoDo District, Inc.:
Founded in 1988, in Denver’s birthplace, LoDo District, Inc. is a membership organization that supports historic lower downtown’s (LoDo), unique historical, cultural and retail neighborhood, through marketing, education and advocacy. LoDo District, Inc. is committed to striking a balance between growth and preservation throughout the neighborhood. For more information please visit: http://www.lodo.org.

About the American Planning Association:
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit http://www.planning.org.

For More Information, Contact:
Jeannie Wert
LoDo District, Inc.
Communications & Events Coordinator
303.628.5428 or jeannie@lodo.org

10/12/10

Permalink 01:46:56 pm, Categories: Kirstan's Ramblings, Real Estate, 309 words   English (US)

10 Reasons to Buy a Home

Time magazine is being overly pessimistic in its recent cover piece that called into question the benefits of homeownership. In fact, now is a great time to buy. And, what's more, tomorrow will be a great time to own, because the fundamental strength of homeownership hasn't changed.

Why is now a great time to buy? Here are 10 reasons:

1. You can get a good deal. Prices are down 30 percent on average. They're at a level that makes sense for people's income.
2. Mortgages are cheap. At 4.3 percent on average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, your costs to own are down by a fifth from two years ago.
3. You can save on taxes. When you add up the deductions for mortgage interest and others, the cost of owning can drop below renting for a comparable place.
4. It'll be yours. The one benefit to owning that never changes is that you can paint your walls orange if you want (generally speaking; there might be some community restrictions). How many landlords will let you do that?
5. You can get a better home. In some markets, it's simply the case that the nicest places are for-sale homes and condos.
6. It offers some inflation protection. Historically, appreciation over time outpaces inflation.
7. It's risk capital. If the economy picks up, you stand to benefit from that, even if you're goal is just to have a nice place to live.
8. It's forced savings. A part of your payment each month goes to equity.
9. There is a lot to choose from. There are some 4 million homes available today, about a year's supply. Now's the time to find something you like and get it.
10. Sooner or later the market will clear. The U.S. is expected to grow by another 100 million people in 40 years. They have to live somewhere. Demand will eventually outpace supply.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Brett Arends (9/16/10)

10/10/10

Permalink 03:39:03 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Humor, 108 words   English (US)

12th Annual Pet Parade

On Saturday, October 16, and as part of its Fright Fest in October, Elitch Gardens is partnering with radio station Alice 105.9 to host the 12th Annual Pet Parade on October 16 to benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League. Pet owners and their furry friends are invited to get their costumes ready and participate in this special event. All types of pets are welcome and participants will compete for the titles of “Funniest Costume,” “Most Original Costume” and “Best Pet-Owner Combination Costume,” judged by Metromix’s Erica Boniface and hosted by Alice 105.9 on-air personality Slacker.

To enter this year’s Pet Parade, fill out a registration form on Elitch Gardens Website.

Permalink 09:39:03 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Humor, 108 words   English (US)

12th Annual Pet Parade

On Saturday, October 16, and as part of its Fright Fest in October, Elitch Gardens is partnering with radio station Alice 105.9 to host the 12th Annual Pet Parade on October 16 to benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League. Pet owners and their furry friends are invited to get their costumes ready and participate in this special event. All types of pets are welcome and participants will compete for the titles of “Funniest Costume,” “Most Original Costume” and “Best Pet-Owner Combination Costume,” judged by Metromix’s Erica Boniface and hosted by Alice 105.9 on-air personality Slacker.

To enter this year’s Pet Parade, fill out a registration form on Elitch Gardens Website.

10/04/10

Permalink 12:19:56 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 101 words   English (US)

Can it get easier to find parking in downtown Denver?

In September, Denver Public Works and the Downtown Denver Partnership introduced a program that is dedicated to helping drivers find parking in reliable parking lots and garages in Downtown Denver. The program, Park NOW, currently focuses on the Downtown area, with the participating lots and garages branded with the Park NOW blue “P” logo.

P logo for parking

Here are current LoDo locations participating in the Park NOW program:
Surface Lots
• 16th & Wazee (Merchantile Lot)
• 14th And Blake Lot
• 14th And Market (Firehouse Lot)

Garages
• 1615 18th St (LoDo Garage)
• 1422 Market St (Larimer Square Garage)
•1899 Wynkoop Garage

Visit the Park Smart Website for more info!

10/01/10

Permalink 02:31:25 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Kirstan's Ramblings, 164 words   English (US)

Time to Rock & Run

The Denver Marathon has changed names/sponsorship or whatever you call it. It's now called the Denver Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and it will occur on Sunday, October 17th, bright an early. The Rock 'n' Roll marathons are a blast and usually feature a band within every 2-3 miles. I ran the Chicago 1/2 Rock 'n' Roll marathon back in August. It was quite an experience and Chicago is a terrific city. We ran through downtown, past the new beautiful Trump hotel, down to Soldier Field, along Lake Michigan, and through Grant Park. Despite receiving some sad news shortly after finishing, the race itself was a blast.

I wanted to sign up for our hometown's marathon race, but I'll be in Bar Harbor, Maine, cheering on my sister-in-law as she runs the marathon that was voted "most scenic" by Runner's World. I'm excited to cheer her on and see the northeast in all it's colorful glory.

Get your running shoes on and check it out >

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Passionately Urban

Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Borne (formerly Kirstan Marks) and I'm an active community member, a Denver Realtor, and business owner who moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver, nearly 10 years ago. It's a change of pace, a change of lifestyle, and a definite move for the better! I have great knowledge and experience in residential, commercial and investment real estate since 2001. Currently, I specialize in commercial real estate sales and leasing with my firm Location Innovators, Llc.

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Disclaimer: Regarding information throughout this blog that may appear to be advice - be sure to consult with your own qualified CPA and/or attorney concerning any legal matter.

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