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re: What a horrible city? - 12/27/2007" by Carlos W. 4/12/2009 2:39:55 PM
LOL! I had to reply to this thread and it took myself 2 years to realize this condition, partly from living in Denver and working in the local government collecting data/demographics and interviewing people and working with several local politicians, academics, businessmen, etc. But the fact is Denver consists of 2/3 of CO population. However an astounding figure is that 50% of Denver residents are transplants, this isn't much different from any city. The difference however is the folks that relocate here and reading from this thread confers this is often the "passive-aggressive" type. I bet none of you would bash the OP in person but would jump to take a crack on it online or behind his back. Next time you walk into a bar on a busy Friday night, say the Wynkoop try and observe and see how many bald engineer/scientists type you can find and try and observe the men in one corner and the women in the other. Reminds me of a bar in LODO once I went where there was 50 guys and 5 women ratio, still NO guys went and talked to the women! I had a one lady in each arm by the end of the night LOL!
It is true that many engineers/scientists relocate here creating more men than women ratio often the term "Menver" as the term used "Man Diego" to describe the military bases in San Diego. Hey nothing wrong with scientists/engineers/P-A type. People are people and we need more respect right? True but the main problem persists that the locals here do not like transplants, they won't tell you either, they rather put a bumper sticker that says "No Vacancy" LOL (what does that accomplish?)! For the most part Colorado is very "live and let live". More so in an aspect that is I can care less about you "live and let live" than truely caring about the community "live and let live". Along with the laidback lazy vibe, the transplants then take over most of the politics/business/educational scene and try and subdue the "cowtown" natives. This end result creates a sharp division and a sense of distrust in the community between locals and transplants and furthermore transplants and transplants from so many different places. As any other city people come and go, the transiency level is exceptionally high in Denver (notice how many of you just recently moved in or recently moved out?). There is then a lack of commitment to the community. When SHAITE hits the fan, those transplants are the first to leave, also taking the capital with them needed to affect positive change in the community.
In conclusion I would say, Denver is a good place to live because the proximity to the mountains and is a growing city, not as chaotic as L.A. or N.Y. and not as depressed as the Rust Belt. The city for the most part is clean and safe and well-planned. Few cities are like this, however a word of caution, CO is growing rapidly (3rd fastest according to porportion in 2008) estimated to reach about 9 million in 25 years (with 90% of this in the Front Range - Fort Collins to Springs). Many relocate here from California to "escape" and don't realize we are only following the exact same trend and that this heavenly bubble will likely burst when congestion, poverty, illegals, disparity and crime overtakes Denver like any major city. If you want a more with more opportunities, economicall and socially I would recommend L.A., Chicago, N.Y. anyday. If you want a more pleasant, quiet small town I would recommend Fayettville, AR or Missoula, MT or an artsy city Austin, TX or Portland, OR. I would highly recommend Denver but only if you have money, relocating here with family and are the type that doesn't really want to be bothered. Whatever is true, my opinion is good as any others and you have to see it for yourself in order to make a good decision, as for myself I had fun and a good experience here but the world has so much more to see, with so little time to do so, peace out.
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