Welcome to your Friday, Lookout readers. The weekend — and it should be rather nice across the state — is nearly here.
Don't ask me how, but I was reminded of America's 1982 hit "You Can Do Magic" yesterday, and was immediately cast back in my mind to wearing out the cassette listening to it over and over (and over and over) with my mom back in those days. Then I discovered there's even a music video that is more 1982 than I can believe.
Speaking of 1982, that's the year the 16th Street Mall in Denver opened. The pattern of the pavers on its sidewalks and shuttle lanes were designed by I.M. Pei (who also designed NCAR's Mesa Laboratory in Boulder) and meant to resemble the scales of Colorado's Western Diamondback rattlesnake. Sadly, we got word late yesterday that Pei has died at 102.
Now then, let's catch up on the need-to-knows before the weekend is upon us.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday signed into law a measure to help the mental health of young Coloradans by improving screening and assessments, and adding funding for more comprehensive services.
- Polis is scheduled to sign into law today a bill that tightens traction requirements for I-70 in the mountains, requiring anyone with two-wheel drive cars to carry traction devices like chains or have winter-ready tires from Sept. 1 through the end of May.
- Aspen Mountain will reopen for the three-day Memorial Day weekend after recent fresh snow additions.
The Big Stuff
Good news for anxious homebuyers: The rise in prices has slowed and active listings are way up
New home construction in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
April kicks off what many think of as home-buying season, and this time around the available inventory in Denver is more than a third higher than last year. Add to that the stabilizing prices and other factors, and buyers should have it easier than they have in nearly a decade. Similar trends are appearing in other cities, as well.
More CPR News
- I.M. Pei, who designed some of the most recognizable structures around the world for much of the last century, has died at age 102. Colorado Matters discussed Pei's legacy in Colorado on the architect's 100th birthday in 2017.
- Are Colorado Democratic presidential primary candidates former Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet eligible for the June debate? Find out how to qualify and whether they have with this infographic.
- At least for 180 days of testing, those electric scooters you see around are legal in Denver parks — though the speed limit — and they will be watching — is still just 15 mph. — Denverite
- Denver School Of Science And Technology (DSST) Public Schools has renamed its founding school, DSST: Stapleton, to DSST: Montview, in part thanks to concerns raised by students.
- Why is it that fire escapes — unremarkable in New York and other Eastern cities — are more of an anomaly in Denver? — Denverite
- After a confrontation with a black student resident picking up trash around his dorm, the Boulder police officer who drew his weapon during the incident has resigned.
- A first-of-its-kind controlled study from the National Institutes of Health found that, even when the macronutrients are identical, meals of ultra-processed foods contribute to weight gain while fresh foods have the opposite effect.
- Get to know this teen who, a year after she was wounded in a school shooting, still struggles with the impacts daily.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra performs Colorado debut of Danny Elfman's concerto "Eleven Eleven"
Composer Danny Elfman, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon, featured violinist Sandy Cameron, and CPR Classical host Karla Walker after a rehearsal.
From the CPR Classical events calendar: This weekend, the CSO will perform the Colorado debut of composer Danny Elfman's newest violin concerto, "Eleven Eleven." Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. CPR Classical's Karla Walker spoke with Elfman, who will be on hand at Boettcher before and after Friday's performance, and her interview will air today between 10 and 11 a.m. on CPR Classical.
Tune in on your radio, stream online, use the CPR apps, or ask your smart speaker to "play Colorado Public Radio Classical."
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