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Colorado Edition: Rent gets less affordable; selling off public lands; Greeley voting rights exhibit

A tea towel celebrating women's suffrage at the Greeley History Museum.
Erin O'Toole
A tea towel celebrating women's suffrage at the Greeley History Museum.

More than 17% of Coloradans are renters. According to an analysis from Headwaters Economics, a Montana-based, independent think tank, the largely unprecedented growth in housing costs over the last year has impacted renters more than homeowners. This is especially the case withhousing unaffordability. Megan Lawson, an economist with Headwaters Economics, and author of that analysis, joined us to explain that gap, and how things got to this point.

Home prices in some areas of the West have skyrocketed by more than a third in the past year. That’s prompting politicians on both sides of the aisle to push for a controversial solution – selling off some public lands to build affordable homes. Nate Hegyi from the Mountain West News Bureau brings us the story.

A new exhibit at the Greeley History Museum puts the spotlight on the importance of voting to create lasting change in society. The exhibit stems from the 2020 celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment — which officially granted women the vote — although in Colorado, women had fought for, and won, voting rights more than two decades earlier. We met up with Holly Berg, curator of exhibits for the museum, for a tour.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai.

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.
Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you! Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.