City hall reporter for @DenverPost. Formerly @IndyStar. Colorado native + lover of good music, trails and beer. jmurray[at]denverpost .com, 303.954.1405

Denver’s Confluence Park project budget spikes 86 percent with environmental cleanup — Cost overruns tied to an unexpected need for environmental cleanup have increased the budget for Denver's riverfront plaza project at Confluence Park by nearly 86 percent. City officials pegged the new budget at $9.3 million in a presentation to a City Council committee Tuesday morning.

Denver councilmen take aim at blocky, modern townhomes rising in older neighborhoods — Developers say modern "garden court" townhomes - often shoehorned sideways into residential blocks in redeveloping Denver neighborhoods, with nary a garden between the buildings - offer young families desirable places to buy. But a city councilman says some resemble a prison, and he wants the city to hit the pause button on issuing building permits for more of them.

One solution to Denver's affordable housing crisis — Re: "Public weighs in on Denver's affordable housing plan," July 21 news story. Affordable housing comes in several forms. In particular, the accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, is part of the solution to relieve our housing crisis. This niche housing unit provides diverse financial opportunities for a homeowner.

Public gets chance to weigh in on Denver’s affordable housing plan — Denver residents, housing advocates and other members of the public will get a chance to weigh in Thursday night on the city's affordable-housing initiative. City officials are set to convene the second major public meeting on the initiative - with a funding plan now proposed - from 6 p.m.

No parking? Denver City Council looks at halting some development plans without it — It's been a decade since Denver began allowing developers to build on tiny lots near neighborhood urban centers without providing off-street parking, but only one new building has taken advantage of that exemption. That's about to change.

Denver City Council selects Albus Brooks as president amid cancer recovery — The Denver City Council elected new leadership Monday night with near-unanimity, selecting Albus Brooks as president and Jolon Clark as president pro tem, the No. 2 post. For Brooks, the selection was a bright point in a tumultuous month that included a cancer diagnosis - he is expected to recover, he says - and then the death over the weekend of his father.

Building industry pushes back on Denver development fees for affordable housing — Denver building industry interests are weighing in heavily against proposed development impact fees to help pay for the city's $150 million affordable housing initiative. Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that over a decade would draw roughly half the money for a new housing subsidies fund from development fees - charged per square foot in the permitting process - and the other half from a property tax increase.

Denver tax plan would charge average homeowner an extra $12 a year to fund affordable housing costs — New details released Tuesday reveal how much Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's $150 million affordable housing plan would cost property taxpayers and developers over the next decade.

Car2Go restores neighborhoods to Denver service area — Ten months after Car2Go reduced its Denver service area significantly, the car-sharing service says it plans Tuesday to again allow users to drop off and pick up its blue-and-white Smart cars in seven east and southeast neighborhoods. The Daimler-owned company says the restoration of those neighborhoods to its Home Area is in response to membership trends and requests to add them.

Michael Hancock: 6th year as Denver’s mayor will focus on ways to “lift folks up” — Denver is a city struggling with the downsides of its breakneck pace of growth - becoming increasingly unaffordable for many - and Mayor Michael Hancock says his annual State of the City address Monday will tackle those issues directly.
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Jul 27, 2016

Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale Aug. 3 — here's what to expect  via @denverpost

Jul 27, 2016

RT @ByJohnFrank: JUST NOW -- Hickenlooper: "It would be pretty unlikely I would take a cabinet position" in Clinton administration #copolitics #DNCinPHL

Jul 27, 2016

Man dies after fall from second-floor window of burning Denver apartment building  via @denverpost

Jul 27, 2016

RT @egorski: To think people actually swim here … Environmental cleanup sends Confluence Park project cost soaring. @JonMurray : 

Jul 27, 2016

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I'm 15 minutes into the first episode. This show is strange. I'm optimistic.

Jul 27, 2016

RT @denverpost: Top Sanders advocate Colorado Rep. Joe Salazar urges supporters to back Hillary Clinton: 

Jul 27, 2016

@mike_littwin @mboothdenver I was wondering same thing. If he chose to do it, he probably would have made it an endearing/honest moment

Jul 26, 2016

RT @mike_littwin: So, did Bill not want to talk about the scandals or did Hillary not want him to?

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