Kyle’s been obsessing over Denver since he moved here from Chicago in 2005: What is this place? Who thrives here? Who’s pushed out? Who has room to create and fulfill their dreams? Whose dreams are squashed? And why? He’s the former culture editor at Westword, where he covered the city’s arts and music scene. Before that, he covered city and state politics as the managing editor at the Colorado Independent. He’s raced triathlons (slowly), grown food (well… with others), and toured the country in a folk-punk trio (apologetically). Now, he’s reporting about Denver’s growth and couldn’t be happier about it.

  • Colorado’s in the midst of a housing crunch, a pandemic, and an opioid crisis – all of which add to and complicate homelessness. Look no further than downtown Denver, where residents have tried to stop people from sleeping on the streets around Union Station and on the 16th Street Mall. The city has housed some of those folks in hotels. But not everybody likes that solution.
    The Aloft hotel at 800 15th St. May 25, 2022.The Aloft hotel at 800 15th St. May 25, 2022.
  • Ten years ago, May 17, 2012, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock signed a bill to ban unauthorized camping in the city. It’s a policy critics said criminalized homelessness. The ban is still in effect, even as the number of people experiencing homelessness has multiplied. Denverite’s Kyle Harris has been looking into the ban’s widely-debated history and where things stand today.
    Jerry Burton leads a march protesting ten years of Denver's urban camping ban, the last day in a week of events decrying the "decade of doom." May 14, 2022.Jerry Burton leads a march protesting ten years of Denver's urban camping ban, the last day in a week of events decrying the "decade of doom." May 14, 2022.
  • Waitlists that are years’ long, costs that can rival a second mortgage. Child care centers are struggling to meet the need. And, parents are left in the lurch. A recent report found about 60-percent of child care centers in Colorado are having trouble retaining staff. Some have shut down classes or closed altogether. Denverite’s Kyle Harris has been working on a special series. It looks at the situation through the lens of what’s happening in Metro Denver.
    Sylvia and Bodhi Johnston play in a ball pit in Bodhi's room. March 26, 2022.Sylvia and Bodhi Johnston play in a ball pit in Bodhi's room. March 26, 2022.