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Denver used to be a major trading center for beef and livestock when ranchers would drive or later transport cattle to the Denver Union Stockyards for sale. As a celebration of that history, for more than a century Denver has hosted the annual National Western Stock Show , attracting as many as 10, animals and , attendees.
The show is held every January at the National Western Complex northeast of downtown. Denver has one of the country's largest populations of Mexican Americans and hosts four large Mexican American celebrations: Denver is also famous for its dedication to New Mexican cuisine and the chile.
It's best known for its green and red chile sauce, Colorado burrito , Southwest Denver omelette , breakfast burrito, chiles rellenos , and tamales. Denver is also well known for other types of food such as Rocky Mountain oysters , rainbow trout , and the Denver sandwich.
Chinese hot pot huo guo and Korean BBQ restaurants have been growing in popularity. It was also the setting for the prime time drama Dynasty from to although the show was mostly filmed in Los Angeles. Denver is home to a variety of sports teams and is one of 13 U. Including MLS soccer, it is one of 10 cities to have five major sports teams.
The Denver Broncos of the National Football League have drawn crowds of over 70, since their origins in the early s, and continue to draw fans today to their current home Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Broncos have sold out every home game except for strike-replacement games since The Colorado Rockies were created as an expansion franchise in and Coors Field opened in The Rockies advanced to the playoffs that year, but were eliminated in the first round.
In , they advanced to the playoffs as a wild-card entrant, won the NL Championship Series, and brought the World Series to Denver for the first time but were swept in four games by the Boston Red Sox. Denver has been home to two National Hockey League teams. The Colorado Avalanche joined in , after relocating from Quebec City. While in Denver, they have won two Stanley Cups in and in The Avalanche and Nuggets have played at Pepsi Center since Denver has several additional professional teams.
Denver submitted the winning bid to host the Winter Olympics but subsequently withdrew, giving it the dubious distinction of being the only city to back out after having won its bid to host the Olympics. As of [update] , Denver had over parks, from small mini-parks all over the city to the giant acres 1. Many of Denver's parks were acquired from state lands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This coincided with the City Beautiful movement, and Denver mayor Robert Speer —12 and —18 set out to expand and beautify the city's parks. Reinhard Schuetze was the city's first landscape architect , and he brought his German-educated landscaping genius to Washington Park , Cheesman Park , and City Park among others.
All of this greenery was fed with South Platte River water diverted through the city ditch. In addition to the parks within Denver, the city acquired land for mountain parks starting in the s. Denver continues to grow its park system with the development of many new parks along the Platte River through the city, and with Central Park and Bluff Lake Nature Center in the Stapleton neighborhood redevelopment.
All of these parks are important gathering places for residents and allow what was once a dry plain to be lush, active, and green. Denver is also home to a large network of public community gardens , most of which are managed by Denver Urban Gardens , a non-profit organization. Since , Denver and the surrounding jurisdictions have rehabilitated the urban South Platte River and its tributaries for recreational use by hikers and cyclists. The Greenway project is recognized as one of the best urban reclamation projects in the U.
In its ParkScore ranking, The Trust for Public Land , a national land conservation organization, reported Denver had the 17th best park system among the 50 most populous U. Denver is a consolidated city-county with a mayor elected on a nonpartisan ballot, a member city council and an auditor.
The Denver City Council is elected from 11 districts with two at-large council-members and is responsible for passing and changing all laws, resolutions, and ordinances, usually after a public hearing, and can also call for misconduct investigations of Denver's departmental officials. All elected officials have four-year terms, with a maximum of three terms.
The current mayor is Michael Hancock. The mayor can approve or veto any ordinances or resolutions approved by the council, makes sure all contracts with the city are kept and performed, signs all bonds and contracts, is responsible for the city budget, and can appoint people to various city departments, organizations, and commissions.
However, the council can override the mayor's veto with a nine out of thirteen member vote, and the city budget must be approved and can be changed by a simple majority vote of the council. The auditor checks all expenditures and may refuse to allow specific ones, usually based on financial reasons. The Denver Department of Safety oversees three branches: While Denver elections are non-partisan, Democrats have long dominated the city's politics; most citywide officials are known to be Democrats.
The mayor's office has been occupied by a Democrat since the municipal election. All of the city's seats in the state legislature are held by Democrats. In federal elections, Denverites also tend to vote for Democratic candidates, voting for the Democratic Presidential nominee in every election since , excluding and At the federal level, Denver is the heart of Colorado's 1st congressional district , which includes all of Denver and parts of Arapahoe County.
It is represented by Democrat Diana DeGette. Stapleton was the mayor of Denver, Colorado, for two periods, the first from to and the second from to Stapleton was responsible for many civic improvements, notably during his second stint as mayor when he had access to funds and manpower from the New Deal.
During this time, the park system was considerably expanded and the Civic Center completed. His signature project was the construction of Denver Municipal Airport, which began in amidst heavy criticism.
It was later renamed Stapleton International Airport in his honor. Today, the airport has been replaced by a neighborhood also named Stapleton. Stapleton Street continues to bear his name. During the s and s, Denver was one of the epicenters of the Chicano Movement. The boxer-turned-activist Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales formed an organization called the Crusade for Justice, which battled police brutality, fought for bilingual education, and, most notably, hosted the First National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference in March In recent years, Denver has taken a stance on helping people who are or become homeless , particularly under the administrations of mayors John Hickenlooper and Wellington Webb.
At a rate of 19 homeless per 10, residents in as compared to 50 or more per 10, residents for the four metro areas with the highest rate of homelessness,  Denver's homeless population and rate of homeless are both considerably lower than many other major cities.
However, residents of the city streets suffer Denver winters — which, although mild and dry much of the time, can have brief periods of extremely cold temperatures and snow. In , Denver became the first major city in the U. Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention , which was the centennial of the city's first hosting of the landmark convention.
The Convention was notable for nominating Tonie Nathan as the Vice Presidential candidate, the first woman, as well as the first Jew , to receive an electoral vote in a United States presidential election.
On October 31, it was announced The University of Denver in Denver would host the first of three presidential debates to be held on October 3, It educates approximately 92, students in 92 elementary schools, 18 K-8 schools, 34 middle schools , 44 high schools, and 19 charter schools.
The district boundaries are coextensive with the city limits. Denver's many colleges and universities range in age and study programs.
The private University of Denver was the first institution of higher learning in the city and was founded in In addition to those schools within the city, there are a number of schools throughout the surrounding metro area. The Denver Metropolitan Area is served by a variety of media outlets in print, radio, television, and the Internet. Denver is the 16th-largest market in the country for television, according to the — rankings from Nielsen Media Research.
Denver-Boulder radio is the No. For a list of radio stations, see Radio Stations in Colorado. Scripps Company , the owner of the Rocky Mountain News , closed the paper. Denver is home to multiple regional magazines such as , which takes its name from the city's mile-high elevation 5, feet or 1, meters. Most of Denver has a straightforward street grid oriented to the four cardinal directions. Blocks are usually identified in hundreds from the median streets, identified as "00", which are Broadway the east—west median, running north—south and Ellsworth Avenue the north—south median, running east—west.
Colfax Avenue , a major east—west artery through Denver, is 15 blocks north of the median. Blvd and Montview Blvd. There is also an older downtown grid system that was designed to be parallel to the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. Most of the streets downtown and in LoDo run northeast—southwest and northwest—southeast. With the grid oriented to the diagonal directions, the NW—SE streets receive sunlight to melt snow in the morning and the NE—SW streets receive it in the afternoon.
There is now a plaque across the street from the Brown Palace Hotel that honors this idea. The named streets start at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Broadway with the block-long Cheyenne Place. The numbered streets start underneath the Colfax and I viaducts. There are 27 named and 44 numbered streets on this grid. There are also a few vestiges of the old grid system in the normal grid, such as Park Avenue, Morrison Road, and Speer Boulevard.
Larimer Street, named after William Larimer, Jr. All roads in the downtown grid system are streets e. Colfax Avenue, Lincoln Street.
Boulevards are higher capacity streets and travel any direction more commonly north and south. Smaller roads are sometimes referred to as places, drives though not all drives are smaller capacity roads, some are major thoroughfares or courts. Most streets outside the area between Broadway and Colorado Boulevard are organized alphabetically from the city's center. Some Denver streets have bicycle lanes , leaving a patchwork of disjointed routes throughout the city.
There are over miles  of paved, off-road, bike paths in Denver parks and along bodies of water, like Cherry Creek and the South Platte. This allows for a significant portion of Denver's population to be bicycle commuters and has led to Denver being known as a bicycle-friendly city. The review process for one bike line on Broadway will last over a year before city council members will make a decision. The B-Cycle network was the largest in the United States at the time of its launch, boasting bicycles.
The Denver Boot , a car-disabling device, was first used in Denver. The League of American Bicyclists has rated Colorado as the sixth most bicycle-friendly state in the nation for the year This is due in large part to Front Range cities like Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver placing an emphasis on legislation, programs and infrastructure developments that promote cycling as a mode of transportation.
In , Denver entered the public micro-mobility  space with dockless electric scooters and e-bike services. Hundreds of unsanctioned LimeBike and Bird electric scooters appeared on Denver streets in May, causing an uproar. The scooters were nixed in June;  the city scrambled to create an official city pilot program, making a requirement that scooters be left at RTD stops and out of the public right-of-way.
Lime and Bird scooters then reappeared in late July, with limited compliance. Uber 's Jump e-bikes arrived in late August, followed by Lyft 's nationwide electric scooter launch in early September. It says that it will, each night, take the scooters to the warehouse for safety checks, maintenance and charging. Additionally, Spin and Razor each were permitted to add scooters to the mix. A study by Walk Score ranked Denver sixteenth most walkable of fifty largest U.
The national average was 8. Denver is primarily served by the interstate freeways I and I The problematic intersection of the two interstates is referred to locally as " the mousetrap " because, when viewed from the air, the junction and subsequent vehicles resemble mice in a large trap.
Denver also has a nearly complete beltway known as "the 's". These are SH also known as C , a freeway in the southwest Metro area, and two toll highways, E from southeast to northeast and Northwest Parkway from terminus of E to US SH was intended to be I and built with federal highway funds, but the funding was redirected to complete conversion of downtown Denver's 16th Street to a pedestrian mall. As a result, construction was delayed until after state and local legislation was passed.
Lamm's declared intention to drive a silver stake through it and kill it. The project also includes a light rail line that traverses from downtown to the south end of the metro area at Lincoln Avenue. Metro Denver highway conditions can be accessed on the Colorado Department of Transportation website Traffic Conditions. RTD operates more than 1, buses serving over 10, bus stops in 38 municipal jurisdictions in eight counties around the Denver and Boulder metropolitan areas.
The service, billed as Bus Rapid Transit , has been accused of Bus rapid transit creep for failing to meet the majority of BRT requirements, including level boarding and all-door entry. A Commuter Rail connection to Boulder and its suburb of Longmont, also part of the FasTracks ballot initiative and an extension of the B Line , is to be finished sometime after In addition, the N Line , under FasTracks , is another Commuter Rail line currently under construction with an expected completion date in and will serve the suburbs of Commerce City and Thorton.
Subsidiary Autobuses Americanos provides service to El Paso. Amtrak , the national passenger rail system, provides service to Denver, operating its California Zephyr daily in both directions between Chicago and Emeryville , California, across the bay from San Francisco. Amtrak Thruway service operated by private bus companies links the Denver station with Rocky Mountain points.
In a bill was introduced into the state legislature to connect towns and cities along the Front Range with an additional Amtrak line or state-funded alternative. The service was revived on a trial basis in with a great amount of local fanfare. Further development of a mountain corridor rail option, though publicly popular, has been met with resistance from politicians, namely the director of Colorado Department of Transportation  [ not in citation given ].
The Ski Train did return to service under Amtrak with the name " Winter Park Express " in , and currently runs only on Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays during the winter ski seasons. Denver's early years as a major train hub of the west are still very visible today. Union Station will also serve as the main juncture for rail travel in the metro area, at the completion of FasTracks.
The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 6. DIA is the eighteenth busiest airport in the world and ranks sixth in the United States, with 58,, passengers passing through it in Skytrax also named DIA as the second best regional airport in North America for , and the fourth best regional airport in the world.
Three general aviation airports serve the Denver area. In the past, Denver has been home to several other airports that are no longer operational. Lowry Air Force Base was a military flight training facility that ceased flight operations in , with the base finally being closed in It is being used for residential purposes. Denver's relationship with Brest, France , began in , making it the second-oldest sister city in the United States.
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Its Structure, Dynamics, Prediction, and Hazards. Retrieved May 22, District Judge Rosemary Collyer on April 4, the settlement is now effective. The five servicers have seven days—until April 11—to deposit their portions of the settlement into an escrow account.
The consent judgment remains in effect for three and a half years, but the servicers are required to earn 75 percent of the consumer relief credits within the first two years or pay substantial cash penalties.
In addition to the payments, the servicers have agreed to follow new standards for handling mortgage loans and foreclosures. During the term of the settlement agreement, the servicers will oversee and manage third-party providers, such as foreclosure firms, law firms and independent contractors. The servicers must establish an easily accessible and reliable single point of contact for each first lien mortgage borrower and develop an online site where borrowers can check the status of their loan modifications.
Servicers are also prohibited from adopting employee compensation arrangements that encourage foreclosure over loss mitigation alternatives. The settlement also requires more transparency in the mortgage servicing process, such as making the general requirements for short sales more available.
In addition, the settlement enhances protections for military personnel. Department of Justice and the U. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is responsible for determining whether the five financial institutions are in compliance with the servicing standards and have satisfied the relief requirements in accordance with the consent judgment.
Although the settlement resolves some violations, the federal government and state attorneys general did not release all the potential claims against these five servicers. The federal government and states can still pursue criminal prosecutions for criminal offenses and violations of the fair lending laws based on discriminatory conduct.
Securitization claims based on the offer, sale or purchase of mortgage securities are not released by the settlement. The states also did not release any potential claims against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. Mortgage borrowers can still file claims on an individual or class action basis.