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Jan 18, 2018

Airbnb hosts in Colorado earn $183 million from 1.2 million guests in 2017

Colorado homeowners who rented their properties last year on Airbnb earned a combined $183 million from 1.2 million guests. That's a 68 percent annual increase in the number of guests, revealing the explosive growth of short-term rentals in Colorado.

Jan 18, 2018

Denver council approves $12 million smart-tech test program to unsnarl traffic, improve pedestrian safety

Much like the traffic that Denver city officials hope to alleviate with the aid of new technology, the road to a future of connected vehicles is slow and plodding. But a $12 million, four-year program that received City Council approval Tuesday aims to lay serious groundwork. Funded in part by a federal grant, the program will experiment with three threads of an emerging smart network that eventually could wirelessly tether most cars and trucks to traffic signals, signs and pavement, creating a real-time stream of information to smooth the flow of traffic.

Jan 17, 2018

5 Story Lines to Watch in the 2018 Colorado General Assembly Session

State lawmakers kicked off the 2018 legislative session last week. Here’s our guide to the major transportation issues that the legislature is expected to deal with.

Jan 17, 2018

Lyft left $63 million mark on Denver in 2017 thanks to passenger spending

A new study released Tuesday by ridesharing service Lyft found that after getting a ride in Denver, Lyft passengers spent $63 million at restaurants and other local businesses last year.

Jan 17, 2018

Denver City Council has a lot on its wish list for next year

The Denver City Council convened last week for absolutely one of the most exciting things to happen in the city: the budget planning retreat. The top categories this year included housing and transportation, but council members also called for everything from a new police academy to an improved recycling program. I sat there all day to learn this, so you better well read it.

Jan 17, 2018

Denver council members pool leftover office budgets to provide lawyers for some renters facing eviction

Ten Denver City Council members on Thursday took the unusual step of pooling money to help launch a new housing program — one that had faced resistance from Mayor Michael Hancock. The council members say they will use the $123,600 raised to work with a nonprofit called Colorado Legal Services to start a pilot program providing lawyers for low-income renters to fight evictions.

Jan 09, 2018

CU Boulder student creates site to connect workers, customers in gig economy

During his time as a student at the University of Colorado, Ryan Pfeifer worked on a local landscaping crew and as a part-time professional mover and organizer for the Boulder branch of Tennessee-based Bellhops. Now, before he graduates, he can add one more title to his resume: startup founder.

Jan 08, 2018

Denver is making progress regulating short-term rentals

The city of Denver has made substantial progress in its effort to bring 1,672 previously unregulated short-term rentals posted on sites like VRBO and Airbnb out of the shadows and into the light of taxation. Imposing regulations and taxes on short-term rentals last year was the right thing to do, creating more fairness in the hotel industry, requiring minimum safety standards, and generating nearly $1.1 million in revenue in the first eight months of 2017.

Jan 08, 2018

Lodger’s tax collected on Denver short-term rentals nears $2 million

Denver is doing a poor job of tracking and enforcing its new short-term rental regulations, the city auditor says, with some applicants receiving licenses they shouldn’t have, putting the city at risk for a lawsuit.

Jan 08, 2018

Denver’s Short-Term Rental Enforcement Needs Tweaking, Auditor Says

The city of Denver should make some changes to how it regulates short-term rentals, according to a report the city auditor published Thursday. But overall, Auditor Tim O’Brien said, the city’s effort to get a handle on rentals listed on Airbnb and other platforms is going well.

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