Tag: Denver

Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […]

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Junkyard Find: 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic

Jaguar XJ40s are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as I wander around searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of the Jags I’ve photographed prior to today’s Junkyard Find have been XJ40s, but we’ve got a one-of-121-built super-rarity here in Denver: a genuine […]

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Why the Hell Is This Subdivision Still Named ‘Swastika Acres’?

For the past 111 years, a seemingly innocuous subdivision in a Denver suburb has been afflicted by a truly, truly shitty name: Swastika Acres. But at long last, it looks like the city is finally getting around to changing it, the Denver Post reports. According to the Post, the roughly 50-home subdivision in Cherry Hills […]

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Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT

Over the decades since the 1960s, the Detroit car companies have tried their best to make dollars selling their Euro-market cars in North America, with varying degrees of success. Ford did tolerably well with the Capri and Fiesta over here, then raked in little American-market income with the Merkur XR4Ti and got bombed, Dresden-style, with Merkur […]

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Junkyard Find: 1953 Pontiac Chieftain sedan

More pre-1960 vehicles than one might think show up in the big U-Wrench wrecking yards; you won’t find a ’55 Chevy coupe, but I’ve seen Nash Metropolitans, a ’55 Buick, a ’49 Dodge, a ’58 Edsel, a ’53 Willys, and a ’50 Studebaker in recent years, and that’s just a small sampling. Today’s Junkyard Treasure […]

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Attracting tech talent to the Heartland starts with building a better startup culture

News cycles haven’t been kind to tech talent in the Heartland lately. Amazon’s choice of New York and Arlington for its new headquarters sparked plenty of think pieces diving into the quality and quantity of tech talent between the coasts. Yet whatever issues hold their tech companies back (and access to talent is one of […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

GM shrank its B-Body full-sized models for the 1977 model year, including the massive-selling Chevrolet Caprice/Impala. This proved a wise move in light of certain geopolitical events a couple of years later, and the 1977-1979 full-sized Chevrolet coupes got a cool “fastback” wraparound rear glass treatment. Here is such a car, spotted in a Denver […]

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New York City could be the biggest winner of tech’s West Coast exodus

The New York City metro area could soon more closely resemble the Bay Area. That’s if, as reports indicate, Amazon chooses New York’s Long Island City neighborhood as one of two places it will add about 25,000 employees to over the next several years as part of its recent decision to “split” its much-hyped second headquarters […]

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Junkyard Find: 1999 Acura SLX

Even though we’ve just had two Japanese Junkyard Finds in a row, I’ve been searching for a discarded Acura SLX for so long that I had to share this ’99 in Denver immediately. As the 1990s progressed, it became clear to vehicle manufacturers who did business in North America that they had to sell luxury […]

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Painting Black Men To be Seen and Respected as Powerful Figures in the Art World

Jordan Casteel wants to change the staleness of the high art world and how they view black men. The Denver artist has been painting portraits of people in her community before she was an art student at Yale and it evolved as she made a home in Harlem, NY. “As I moved to Harlem,” Castelle […]

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Junkyard Find: A 1993 Honda Civic DX Sedan With 323,486 miles

As the owner of a very battered fifth-generation Honda Civic, I’m always aware of examples of Honda’s 1992-1995 subcompact when I spot them during my junkyard travels. I see plenty of these cars with odometers showing better than 300,000 miles, but it has taken a frighteningly wretched-looking one to get me to whip out my […]

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CompTIA: Washington, D.C. had the most job openings for IT workers in the last year

IT workers looking for a place with a growing tech sector where their earnings go further may want to consider the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C., had the highest number of job openings for IT professionals over the past 12 months, according to a report released today by IT trade association CompTIA. The report identified the […]

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Junkyard Find: 2003 Nissan 350Z Coupe

These days, I find many discarded Nissan Z-Cars from the 280Z through 300ZX eras, with the occasional 240Z or 260Z thrown in to add variety. 350Zs, though, have retained sufficient value to evade the high-inventory-turnover self-service yards where I get most of my Junkyard Finds… until now. Just as BMW Z3s and Mazda RX-8s began […]

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Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Oldsmobile has been gone since 2004, which makes it hard to believe that the Olds Cutlass spent most of the period from the middle 1970s through the early 1980s as either the #1 or #2 best-selling car in the United States. For 1979, the Cutlass came in second place (behind the Chevy Caprice), and thus […]

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Denver’s Debtors’ Prison? ACLU Files Lawsuit Against City for Outrageous Bail Bond Fees

iStock In a righteous blow to the prison industrial complex’s enduring grab for funds from already cash-strapped communities, the American Civil Liberties Union has brought a lawsuit against the city of Denver for what it terms illegal jail bond fees. The lawsuit reportedly began when a Denver man committed a petty crime by breaking a […]

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against City of Denver for Outrageous Bail Bond Fees

iStock In a righteous blow to the prison industrial complex’s enduring grab for funds from already cash-strapped communities, the American Civil Liberties Union has brought a lawsuit against the city of Denver for what it terms illegal jail bond fees. The lawsuit reportedly began when a Denver man committed a petty crime by breaking a […]

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

While Chrysler developed endless variations of the original K Platform, adding branches to the K-car Family Tree through 1995, only the Dodge Aries/400/600, Plymouth Reliant, and Chrysler LeBaron were true Ks. The K-cars saved Chrysler from near-certain bankruptcy, with the first Dodge and Plymouth versions rolling off showroom floors as 1981 models; the LeBaron came […]

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Superfly And Denver Swing For The Fences At The First-Ever Grandoozy Festival

TK Phoenix. Miguel. The War On Drugs. Kendrick Lamar. A glorious stretch of my Friday night this past weekend included consecutive sets from all four of those massive acts, a collection of artists that would normally be the cherrypicked highlights from a full weekend of programming at a music festival, all delivered in a single […]

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Junkyard Find: 2000 Mercedes-Benz C230

During my junkyard travels, I see plenty of high–zoot European luxury sedans, as once the owner of one of these complex masterpieces of technology stops getting every problem fixed, they depreciate down to hooptie-Sentra price levels in a hurry. Today’s Junkyard Find is a fairly clean 21st-century C-Class with some rough edges, discarded because it’s […]

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Dodge B250 Leopard Van

I see two types of distinctively Coloradan sticker-covered vehicles in Denver-area self-service wrecking yards. One type is the stony-ass wastoidmobile Subaru plastered with decals from cannabis dispensaries, vape-juice shops, and microbreweries. The other is the battered outdoorsy Detroit truck, plastered with decals from mountain-bike shops, ski resorts, rafting outfitters, and environmental causes. These types tend […]

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