has written 9 SperlingViews. Currently, Lee is living in Englewood, CO and has a little something to say:
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It's true, be realistic: it sucks Posted On: 7/12/2006 4:51:24 PM
No one is being unrealistic as they are being disappointed. I really liked living in several big cities. But, they had personality. Denver has some snobs, just as everywhere else, just not so many. The weather is nice. Crime, rampant and horrible. Roads: c- Traffic: d- Cost of living vs. what you get: c.....Denver is just a series of mini malls with the exact same stores every seven miles. Places that are generally not like that: Ft. Lauderdale, New Orleans, Seattle, etc...Also, raising a family here is difficult, financially and not dying on the way to work in traffic. It just lacks personality. It has gotten to the point that when I am out of town and some says they are from Denver, I first apologize, then ask what their plans are for getting out.
nicknamed - please read Posted On: 7/6/2006 11:01:42 AM
Went to Univeristy of S. Miss, used to live in S. Florida, Alabama, and Jackson, MS. While I went to college, the people from Ocean Springs, MS that went to college with me, use to brag about being from this place. They just could not wait to tell people that they were from here. Dunno why. Upon visiting there allow me to verify there is nothing to brag about. The water is ridiculously shallow, too close to industrial yards (where everyone works) with a poor education system, seriously outdated, etc....most people at our school gave people from this area the nickname "coast trash". Seriously, they did. Make you own judgement. There are some friendly people there. I guess it is relative to your experiences.
Littleton posting 100% accurate Posted On: 7/6/2006 10:50:25 AM
I hate to bash Denver, but I saw a posting from Littleton a few comments ago that is pretty accurate of the areas around town. Denver people tend to be rude and love to tell you that they are a "native". It is really annoying since I don't have a Florida Native bumper sticker on my car. But, what happened here was that people suffered with the job market crash and unemployed persons and college grads swarmed here to get started in their career. The people who are originally from here forget that in the late 80's Denver was a stockyard. The culture and nightlife reflect it and the people here act like they are international superstars because they were here first. It is sad.
Denver-nightlife as cookie cutter as it gets Posted On: 7/6/2006 10:44:32 AM
The nightlife here is much worse than in Houston. You get one place here to go to and usually it is a bunch of transplants from Nebraska and Kansas or people who never lived in the "big city". It really has a limited feel with a lack of options. At least in Houston, you have many areas of town to romp around. If you think Houston nightlife has a yuppie cookie cutter feel, wait to you come here! Everyone who comes here has to have a love of 80's and 90's fashion. Really kinda disappointing. Remember this was a cow town not too long ago.
not Utopia Posted On: 7/3/2006 12:17:58 PM
Parker is like living in Kansas: too far from the mountains, not much to do. People herald this place as the "place to live" in Denver. But really, there is nothing to support that this place is special. Kid friendly? Yes, just like every other suburb of Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuqueque....At least Castle Rock has mountainous features..
Parker, plain as can be... Posted On: 6/28/2006 11:08:24 AM
Lived here for awhile and allow me to report: nothing special here. People say it is great for families, but it is the exact same way in Aurora and Littleton. Colorado Springs and Boulder are much better family towns. Honestly, my wife and I can't figure out what the fuss is all about. It is boring and very middle class. We think it is funny that there is a bar on Main Street where you can see Harley's and BMW's parked in front of the same bar. You can tell the bikers are just weekend enthusiasts. Move to Castle Rock instead, it at least has cliffs and hills. Parker is an hour away from the Mountains and flatter than Kansas. If you drive 8 miles north on Parker Rd. there are the exact same stores. The women seem to try to "one up" each other on everything...
Went to college there..loved it Posted On: 6/27/2006 12:11:53 PM
From Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, etc...went to college here at Southern Miss....I live in Colorado now and actually missed it. It is a small town that is family orientated, with good local restaurants. There is an bar scene with a little something for every type. It definitely has personality. But, you have to stay awhile to appreciate it. Hattiesburg is even revitalizing their downtown and I went one of the newer restaurants. The food was great, priced well. Here in Denver, they would have charged ten times as much and called it "Fusion Cuisine". Anywho, it was nice living there.
regarding class and money.... Posted On: 6/27/2006 12:02:56 PM
I noticed while living in Jackson that the class structure is east to fit into. There is the underclass, lower class, and middle class, that is all. That is, compared to other cities. People think that they very powerful and wealthy when they have mediocre incomes here. Old money just means that their family has lived in the south for a long time and someone in the family tree held down a full time job. The state universities are a great example of this. It is a place where "elites"* go to meet other "elites"* (graduated from one). Granted there have been some, but it is more like "blowing out all the credit cards to appear rich, in hopes of furthering the allusion, attracting a spouse, etc.." My University had 65% females at it, yet a fraction of them make to their senior year. They came to meet their spouses and that is it. It is somewhat ridiculous, but, if you are middle class and want to take an easy step up, move to Jackson.
* elite in Mississippi terms
Denver- not a secret, a disappointment Posted On: 6/27/2006 11:44:46 AM
Just a quick footnote: we live in the real Denver, in a somewhat well to do area. There is not really a great downtown scene, just a lot of people who are not from here. and the "cookie cutter" suburbs are their because people are moving out of the city to live in safer places, and who can blame them? Denver grew to fast. It has a brown haze over the city that make the accessible mountains disappear during the brightest days. On any holiday you will fight traffic in the mountains to get anywhere. Go to Col. Springs, it is actually in the mountains, not 45 minutes away. Other cities are much nicer to live in, offer the same exact chain stores, less frustrating, a lot of people are snooty, yet can't figure out why, oh, and the crime is completely ridiculous...and where is the water? Good points: it is not humid. good airport, trends from the nineties have just caught on here so your clothes and sunglasses aren't outdated yet...looking for a big city with some personality? Austin, TX, Portland, Or, Orlando, etc..