“Jacob Lawrence’s Art Is Larger Than It Looks.” That’s an old headline, but it still works.

For anyone who loves art, it’s not unusual that someone might find a painting or a sculpture in an attic or a garage, and think it might be worth something. Of course, not usually, but in the news this week, there are numerous articles about two New York residents who each discovered that they had a …

“The cheese grater. Coarse.”

Dezeen Weekly is a good read, even though it sometimes can be snarky when commenters take on a building or an interior.  This week’s Dezeen included a building to be constructed in Denver. Jeanne Gang’s Populus – the three-sided hotel building to be located on West Colfax Avenue -- is sort of a surprise. What is unusual, architecture and design online posting usually takes us around …

Half a million people have died of COVID-19 in the United States as of this week.

Though a count of The New York Times database had not reached that figure, but it will reach it. And according to that database, “Denver County is at a very high risk level.” Just what I wanted to hear! Still, the database noted that cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Denver County were way down.  When a president …

The South Ramp at Red Rocks will be demolished once there is enough information to build a new one.

Back in July 2019 – which seems a century ago – there was a lengthy Denver Landmark Preservation Commission meeting to deal with the demolishing of the South Ramp at Red Rocks. It was a way for people who were heading up to the amphitheatre, but the ramp was growing old, and city officials were …

Talk about envious: When following the plans and views for Pancratia Hall at Loretto Heights, who wouldn’t want to be in there?

Today’s Denverite offers a tour of the former Pancratia Hall, which is being turned into the Pancratia Hall Lofts. It is a striking beginning, chronicled by a reporter and a photographer. In the way back when we actually went to meetings, I started following the fate of the Loretto Heights Campus, which was purchased by Westside Investment Partners, Inc. …

Talk about dereliction of duty: I am supposed to be working on a project, but this week I’m glued to the television.

Taking a break is because viewing the videos over the past three days has been making nightmares.  So for a change, I’ve read (and watched) something easier on the heart. A family that owns the Axton Ranch that straddles Jefferson and Gilpin counties is donating 450 acres to create a mountain park for Denver. It’s …

Racism, classism, xenophobia: Those words were often repeated by numerous people who signed up to speak for the update of the group-living amendment. And to make Denver better.

The Denver City Council meeting last night discussed a major change for Denver. The public hearing started at about 6 p.m. and ended around 1:30 this morning. (The photo above is credited by the Denver City Council and at the top of a Westword story.) The topic was the Group Living Text Amendment.  More than 1,140 letters were …

“Group living” is going to be teed up at Denver City Council on Monday. Will it be OK’d easily, with who knows how many hours of discussion?

Snacks will be by my side. Some of this group living plan makes sense, but then it gets a little more complicated. For three years or more, Senior City Planner Andrew Webb in Community Planning and Development has been putting a plan together. I watched two of the city council committee meetings, one in September …

We love libraries, although many are closed right now. Still, Denver’s library officials are planning for the future, at some point.

Seems that every neighborhood should have a library. During a meeting last week with members of a city council committee learned that branch libraries are needed in RiverNorth (better known as RiNo), Globeville, and Westwood. (The photo above was posted on Denverite today, taken by Kevin J. Beaty.) But with a combination of the RiNo Art District …

For one happy day, it was not a time to read sad things. But now, we’re back to reality.

This past Wednesday, The Colorado Sun ran a story with this headline: “How one block on Pearl Street represents Denver’s stubborn homelessness crisis.” The reporter was Jennifer Brown, who covered all the bases: the homeless people, the fearful neighbors, the unsanctioned camps, the sanctioned camps, the District 10 City Council representative, having problems to protect his restaurant, …

The countdown to the inauguration is coming soon, like Wednesday. Fingers crossed that all goes well.

We had been warned in Denver that there might be protesters at the Colorado Capitol on Sunday, but from one report it appeared that there were more reporters than those wanting to protest. If you don’t hear the police helicopter whirling above my building, it is pretty quiet. It’s a relief, and I hope that …

David and Goliath are back in town. Channel7’s beautiful tower has supporters, but Goliath undoubtedly will not care all about adaptive re-use.

A few months ago, there was a story about Channel7’s owner wanting to sell the buildings on the land to a developer (surprise!) to build an apartment building. Scripps Media is the applicant, but apparently is not interested about anything except demolition. (E. W. Scripps Co. is Denver7’s parent company.)  But things have moved along, like …

January 6, 2021, is a day we all need to remember. Ugly, unhinged, and so many other words, but “peaceful transition of power” is not in their vocabulary.

“We Are the Storm” was the title of yesterday’s pro-Trump protest at the Colorado Capitol. Nah, you’re not the storm. You’ve lost your bearings. And you need to go home and rethink your life, under the spell of a president who also has lost his bearings and his inability to understand that a loss is …

When neighborhoods melt away, so do the people who had lived there.

That’s what prompted a new Facebook page titled Northeast Denver Love & History. Calvin Williamson had grown up in Denver, but moved to New York while creating that Facebook page. As a teenager, he spent a lot of time looking at photographs in the downtown library that showed those who lived in predominantly black neighborhoods. …

2020 has been a difficult year, but we have learned about the word “reckoning.” We need to look into our hearts, but use our brains.

Oh, 2020: I was so looking forward to you, with a new election (!!!!!), more travels, and more things to do. Uh: The election did happen, but it has been a hard-fought battle, but the rest of this year has just been strange, mainly because the virus that was flying around the earth was killing …

Sunday’s The New York Times Magazine includes “A Year of Haunted by Loss.” One person in Denver was included: Freddy Rodriguez, Sr.

The last issue of every year, The Times offers a round-up of those who have passed away. It’s a mix of those we recognize, but others who are new to us. This year, The Times added a lengthy beginning of those who died of COVID-19 or complications of the virus. Rodriguez’s story is one of various families who have …

Serenity is the best gift this year. It helps to wash away the anxiety, fear and unhappiness of 2020.

Usually, I travel to see my family over the holidays, but it just didn’t feel right now. Trips for special events there earlier this year seemed fine, but now, with more and more virus cases……. No. Rather than post a beautiful flower, it’s more important to me to use a photograph of a trip last …

Colorado’s mighty cultural sector can tap into $7.5 million from a bill voted on earlier this month.

It’s sort of like Washington, D.C., but closer to home and with much less money. But with an Arts Relief Fund, we want cultural programs in Colorado to survive -- and dare we hope they will thrive. Colorado Creative Industries, or CCI, will manage those funds. CCI is a division of the Office of Economic …

Two Safe Outdoor Spaces in Denver may help those with no homes. But this is a drop in the bucket.

In mid-November, one of my neighbors received an anonymous letter with a headline in big type: “Attention Uptown Denver Property Owner / Occupant: Permanent Homeless Encampment to be Opened December 1, 2020.”  Well, that opened our eyes, and this letter – which later also was taped on the door of my building – had a …

“60 Minutes” last night explored the concept of “excited delirium” and the use of ketamine, focusing on the death of Elijah McClain of Aurora (but others, too).

The excited delirium syndrome has become a term that some find problematic, especially when police use ketamine to subdue someone who has been arrested.  And unless you have lived in a cave for the more than a year, the death of Elijah McClain has shocked the country in terms of what happened to this 23-year-old …

It’s great to be hypnotized while watching stock footage on the news, as the little glass vials swirl around.

They will soon be coming our way, bit by bit. Being hypnotized is better than worrying about, well, whether the Supreme Court might consider those who want to reverse the votes in the four swing states.  Or, whether a group of Colorado Republicans on the state’s Audit Committee will hold a meeting next Tuesday to …

Remember when we wrote letters, in ink and on paper? And those holiday letters that were tracking an entire year (whether we wanted it or not)?

As we near the end of this year – the incredibly strange year of 2020 – it’s time for it to go away. Plumbers, locksmiths, checking out the stove – things go awry everywhere. And when an amaryllis with giant blossoms needs to be propped up by a stand mixer so it does not plummet …

If I had the InDesign program, I would have created a tear running down this colorful bear’s face.

That’s how unhappy the situation has become for the arts in our metro area, but our state also is in a bind when it comes to cultural pursuits. Earlier this week, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District released an impact survey dealing with COVID-19. The SCFD is made up of seven counties (including Denver) that …

Remember when hospitals and agencies were told not to send statistics about COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but instead to a different agency? Well, apparently it has been a mess.

It seems so long ago, but it was only in July. There was quite a bit of uncertainty when the administration wanted the data in their own little corner.  Last night, after trying to wean myself from watching political programs, I figured it would be OK to watch one little hour. And that’s when the …

The true meaning of giving: “Daddy” Bruce Randolph’s work continues today.

When Bruce Randolph came to Denver, he had almost no money, but he loved to cook. This was in 1963. He went to a bank and was able to receive a small loan to build a barbecue cooker and then rent a building.  He worked out of a building at 34th and Gilpin – and, amazingly, …

There probably will be a new sculpture on the Colorado State Capitol grounds, and it will be quite different. But it’s necessary to think about this, because somewhere here is a reckoning.

As someone who has written about public art in Denver, usually there are several artist applicants, and then a panel of jurors would select one artist for the project. But this time, the Capitol Building Advisory Committee voted 7-2 to accept a sculpture that represents a Native American woman mourning after losing her family members …

Denver’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program needs some help, and the city’s auditor has laid things out on fixing it.

As we face virus cases spiking all over the country, and we have an alleged leader trying to reverse votes to kidnap an election, perhaps we should think about something less frightening: Let’s focus on sidewalks.  In the news yesterday, there were stories about the fact that this program had gone quiet. For those of …

Ever heard the term “gentle density”? It is quite intentional when it comes to density and displacement in Denver.

The East Area Plan sailed through on Monday night at the Denver City Council meeting. There was a one-hour public hearing. And a need to address an amendment that the Denver Planning Board had removed one sentence from the plan and it went back in. And there was time to ask questionsand comments about the …

The Trump Presidential Lie-brary? The unknown architect certainly has a point of view.

Six days a week, I receive a list from an art-centered magazine called Hyperallergic. The reporters and editors cover a lot of different things, from museums to art to architecture. This morning, Hyperallergic took a “look” at a design by an anonymous New York-based architect who created a concept for The Trump Presidential Lie-brary. The reporter, Sarah Rose …

This photo is from about two weeks ago, but is there something that he is telling us?

As we read material or watch television, it is apparent that the existing president is unhappy. He is asking people to send him money. He is firing people who are not his toadies. Some of his children are telling him to stay the course because the ballots are a sham, or other children are trying …

Might be better calling it the Electrical College, because the fuse blew years ago. We can’t vote directly, but Colorado now is part of the national compact for the popular vote.

Right now, there are two big numbers that are showing on stories online: 279 for President-elect Joe Biden, and 217 for President Donald Trump. But there are many, many more numbers – like you and me -- who voted. Even in a civics class years ago, this seemed as if sort of treating us as …

Tomorrow the election is here. If you have not voted, go and do it. And I hope I never use this image again – though I love it.

In early March, I used this New Yorker cover on the blog when the COVID-19 was beginning to gallop around the country, and several hotspots. The blog on March 9 was right after the alleged president toured the CDC – with no mask – and he noted he has “a natural ability” to deal with medical issues. …

Money tells a tale — but not necessarily where this money actually comes from during an election cycle.

For those of us who have been battered by political ads on television, and for those of us who are drowning in mailers about who or what we should be voting for, especially when they have unusual sources: Welcome to Election 2020. The most important story I’ve read during this election is a piece that The …

Another plan — this time the East Area Plan — is heading to Denver City Council. It will pass, but…

Sometimes it's good to keep your mind off the election. So: A couple of weeks ago, the Denver Planning Board reviewed the East Area Plan, or EAP, and came up with an amendment that took out one sentence from the plan, right about the end of the meeting: “Single unit areas should remain primarily single unit.”  …

Another week — well, several days — the 5th iteration of Denver Design Week will be a bit different.

Denver Design Week begins today, October 19, with interesting options, focusing on architecture, commercial products, and the world of design. This program runs through Friday, October 23. In the past two years, I have purchased tickets to learn more about all three of these concepts. Being part of an audience has always intrigued me, because …

Filling out the 2020 ballot is like taking the most difficult test ever. Even with a cheat sheet.

Bit by bit, I studied the state ballot items and the Denver ballot items. And I went online to learn more. That ballot? What a plump one – but I liked that. Then yesterday afternoon, it was time to bundle up the ballot and drop it in the box in front of Blair-Caldwell. I was …

Carmen Court is still in play, which has been dissected for about 6 months. But now…

The David-and-Goliath drama focused on Carmen Court that began in April, and now it is October.  In one corner: David is the trio that submitted an application to save Carmen Court, when it was posted about the eligibility for demolition. The Denver Landmark Preservation Commission noted that that complex had value. In a different corner: …

The East Central Area Plan is in the books, courtesy of the Denver City Council. We’ll see how this plays out.

About three years ago, the Department of Community Planning and Development gurus began to work on the ECAP, which is easier to remember than the full name. The six neighborhoods include North Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, City Park West, City Park, Cheesman Park, and Congress Park. That’s a lot of acreage and residents, with neighborhoods …