By Joe Nguyen
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Happy Wednesday, Rounduppers!
On this day in 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from Louvre. “Someone walked into the Salon Carré, lifted it off the wall and went out with it,” according to “The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa” author Seymour Reit.
Celebrating birthdays include actress Carrie-Anne Moss (52), former Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis (41), Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (33) and comedian Bo Burnham (29).
And now, on to the news:
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+ Today’s Weather: Cooler.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Proposed Denver pollution tax is not ready for prime time.”
+ Ask Amy: Contented came from an abusive family and hates that it’s so fractured. Now they want to know how to make the feeling go away.
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5280 Trail aims to be Denver’s answer to New York City’s High Line
An artist’s concept sketch shows one possible configuration for an urban pedestrian and bike trail that’s set off from the street along Sherman Street south of the State Capitol. (Provided by Downtown Denver Partnership)
A new urban trail that’s taking firmer shape in Denver — at least on drawing boards — would snake through several downtown neighborhoods for more than five miles, serving as a linear park as much as a way to get around, Jon Murray reports.
Downtown Denver parking lot eyed for 81-story building sells to different developer
An early rendering of the 1,000-foot skyscraper New York-based Greenwich Realty Capital announced in 2017 that it planned to build at the corner of 17th and California streets in Denver. Greenwich never closed on a deal to buy the land which earlier this month sold to another development firm for $17.5 million.
“(This sale) shows that the city is still on the move. And there is less land than ever to build on in the downtown area.”
Buzz Geller, managing partner of of Paradise Investment Properties
The land deal that was allegedly going to bring an 81-story skyscraper to downtown Denver fell apart a year an half ago and now the choice patch of land previously tabbed for that project has sold to another developer, Joe Rubino reports.
Boston-area company Harbinger Development ponied up $17.5 million for the parking lot at the southeast corner of 17th and California streets, according to Buzz Geller, managing partner of Paradise Investment Properties.
New home construction keeps falling in metro Denver
Affordably priced homes are under construction in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood near Denver International Airport on Dec. 3, 2018 in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
For the first time since the depths of the housing crash in 2009, the pace of new home construction in metro Denver has dropped for three consecutive quarters. The number of construction starts on new homes dropped 10.5 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago, Aldo Svaldi writes.
By the Numbers
Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Phoenix. (Rick Scuteri, The Associated Press)
The score of the Rockies’ loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. More bad news: Starter Kyle Freeland suffered a groin injury during the game.
The amount of plutonium higher than the cleanup standard in a soil sample taken near Rocky Flats.
How many major league pitchers have thrown at least two immaculate innings — nine pitches for three strikeouts — in their careers. Former Grandview High star Kevin Gausman joined that list this week.
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Taps at Carboy Winery. A third Carboy location, plus a bar and restaurant, will open in the former Govnr’s Park Tavern in September. (Provided by Carboy)
+ A new winery, bar and bistro is coming to the old Govnr’s Park Tavern space.
+ Plague concerns cancel camping for Phish takeover of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
+ “Sober curious” trend hits Colorado, with zero-proof cocktail menus and plans for a new “dry bar.” — The Know
+ An Old West saloon is moving onto the 16th Street Mall in the former Marlowe’s space.
+ Nathaniel Rateliff gets into the weed business — with help from Willie Nelson. — The Know
+ When and where to watch the Colorado Classic women’s cycling race this week. — The Know Outdoors
+ Denver to pursue short-term contracts with private prison companies while permanent solutions sought.
+ Memorial pillars, containing parishioners’ ashes, destroyed at Baptist church in Centennial.
+ DA asks Patrick Frazee to disclose whether he’ll point to an alternate suspect in Kelsey Berreth murder case.
+ Two bears were put down by wildlife officials in Boulder County over the weekend.
+ Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland.
+ A petition is demanding a separate look into the Colorado Springs police shooting of De’Von Bailey.
+ Ron Grahame, a former All-American and WHA champion, is set to retire as DU’s athletic director.
BRONCOS PRESEASON UPDATES
On the Stove
+ In this week’s Get Cooking, Bill St. John explores the art of pickling summer vegetables and offers up a pair of recipes: pickled green tomatoes and sweetly pickled beets.
+ Recipe: Cumin-rubbed flank steak with chimichurri potatoes. Here is steak night simplified, writes Bonnie S. Benwick.
+ Recipe: Fried rice with broccoli and mustard greens. If you have leftover rice from your Chinese take-out, use it for this recipe.
+ Video: Guga experiments with different types of compound butter on steak, including one made from a Big Mac. — Sous Vide Everything
+ Cocktail: Mai tai. It’s been hot out and a tiki drink is perfect to fight the heat. Here’s a classic. — The Spruce Eats
What We’re Reading
+ “We want Spider-Man back“: Marvel stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Renner want Spidey to stay in the MCU. — USA Today
+ Step inside the tea house built in Japan and shipped to Denver decades ago. — CPR
+ Sure looks like Whole Foods plans to reopen in Capitol Hill. — Denverite
+ Why some pit bulls are exempt from breed bans in Denver and Aurora. — Westword
Song of the Day
Artist: Post Malone & Swae Lee
Sounds like: Super chill and laid back. This song’s been stuck in my head all week after rewatching “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it.
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