The Denver Public Library Central branch opens at 10 a.m. each week day. More than two dozen individuals, many living on the streets or in shelters, wait by the door. Public libraries are safe, free environments that serve as de facto drop in centers for homeless individuals. Denver Public Library hired their first social worker in 2015 to address the growing need. Since then, the team has grown to include four Peer Navigators and five social workers. In 2017, the team served 3,501 individuals and expects to serve an additional 1,500 customers in the next year as their star continues to grow.Read More
After the final school bell rings, many of Denver’s public school children cram their way onto buses, wait for their parents to pick them up, or simply walk home.
For others, their afternoons aren’t so simple.
More than 2,000 of Denver’s youth are facing homelessness in various forms. Some couch surf while others rely on shelters for warmth.Read More
Part one of a four-part series examining gentrification in Denver, its history, causes, and where our city is going next. The first part of the series will explore the historical beginnings of gentrification and how they still effect Denver and its residents today.Read More
Denver-based musician Derek Amato is one of very few people in the world ever diagnosed with acquired savant syndrome. He tells the VOICE how the accident that changed his life helped him find his true calling.Read More
The 2018 Point-In-Time count results were released in June, showing a rise in both chronic and unsheltered homelessness in Metro Denver. The 2018 PIT count for Metro Denver involves persons experiencing homelessness in seven counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. The 2018 total count of those identified as homeless in the Metro Denver counties amassed to 5,317 persons.Read More
Welcome to the Denver VOICE’s eighth annual tourism edition. Each year, we put together a series of guided tours that showcase the side of Denver you may not be familiar with. We strive to showcase some of Denver’s best hidden secrets — the best, weirdest, and quirkiest places that make up our city.Read More
After 160 years of history, you may be surprised at how hard it is to find some of Denver’s oldest locations. As the city grows, more historic sites are lost each year. Sure, you can head down to see the famous Molly Brown House or Daniels and Fisher Clock Tower. But to step into the lesser-known parts of our city’s history, try this tour that will bring you to some of Denver’s grooviest and most delicious spots.Read More
Denverites are known for being outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter you find us on the slopes, and in the summer bikers, hikers, and campers fill the mountains. But if you don’t have time for a multi-day escape, there are lots of ways to get away for a day and enjoy Colorado’s beautiful outdoors in and around our city.Read More
You may not know it, but Denver has a lot of places that were featured in movies and television shows. Many of our vendors work near these star-studded places every day. If you want to see where the stars have been in Denver, this is where to go.Read More
VOICE vendors have become as much a staple of our city as the restaurants, sites, and attractions highlighted in these tours. You may run into some of our vendors on any of these tours or spot one outside of the next Broncos or Rockies game. However, some loyal readers have been asking where they can reliably find our vendors to pick up each month’s edition of the paper. To help, our final tour highlights some locations where you can count on finding one of our hardworking vendors. Although this tour will show you where you can get our paper, it will also bring you to some of the best and most well-loved parts of Denver along the way.Read More
RiNo is expanding quickly, with new apartment complexes and businesses going up everywhere you look. As RiNo continues to develop, it should be distinguished first and foremost as a community for creative aspiration and collaboration rather than a mass of craft breweries and trendy fitness studios. To find the “Art District” roots of RiNo, this walking tour will bring you to the galleries where artists strive to create meaningful art in a meaningful community.Read More
One of Denver’s best-kept secrets is the city’s street art. Many murals were commissioned by businesses looking to spruce up their neighborhood. Others were painted by local artists who contribute to the vibrancy of the city as much as the Rocky Mountains looming in the horizon. Here is a great tour of the best pieces to see while in the Mile High City while they last..Read More