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"Conservative (or liberal) Denver?"


Conservative (or liberal) Denver? - 8/22/2007
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Chris

Rob,

I don't think that anyone has ever said that the City and County of Denver is conservative. It's really not. It's not Boston or Chicago or anything like that. Relatively speaking, it's pretty middle-of-the-road. My comments are more broadly speaking of the metropolitan area as a whole. The suburbs are remarkably conservative and since the suburbs are so much larger than the city of Denver, I consider the metro area to be pretty conservative.

Cities like Chicago and Philadelphia generally have very liberal core city areas and moderate and barely conservative suburbs. Denver has a moderate/liberal city core and very conservative suburbs. All that means is that if you live where most metro area residents live--outside of Denver--you're going to be living in a conservative area where religion is a huge deal and homosexuality isn't very accepted.

Denver and Boulder are blue blips on a bright red radar screen. A lot like Austin and the rest of Texas...

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Nick

re: Conservative (or liberal) Denver? - 8/22/2007 - 10/14/2008
I completely agree with you Chris. Denver suburbs are very conservative whereas downtown Denver and the various immediate neighborhoods surrounding downtown are significantly different. In fact i followed some links from yahoo's login page to statistical information on various cities in the U.S. conducted by Forbes.com and having spent seven years in downtown Denver i was curious to learn how Denver compares to other cities i have lived in such as Chicago and Albuquerque. Refering to metro Denver the democrat/republican ratio is nearly equal to Chicago's. 69.5% of Denver's population is democratic and 29.2% are republicans and 70.2% of Chicago's population is democratic and 29.1% is republican. Certainly if one were to travel not too far outside the downtown area to Englewood for example (highly conservative) that ratio would change dramatically. Location is key for anyone who is seeking a laidback, liberal environment while considering moving to Denver. I highly recommend Uptown, The Highlands and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. I had a little studio apartment in Uptown for six years and i had a lot of fun.


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Jesse
Denver, CO

High cost, Low reward - 7/26/2016

I've lived in Colorado my entire life. I never figured I'd have a reason to want to move. But, now I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to afford to stay. When I moved out of my parent's house (at 18), I was paying $650 for rent. My rent is now more than $1300 (double) for the same sq feet, and I was forced to move away from the center of the city. The price of food (I'm talking simple staples) has more than doubled. Hell, eggs have tripled in price since then. This is large in part to the new marijuana industry. We've seen a huge influx of people, and most of them have come for the weed. Several of my neighbors are just such immigrants (the entitled, hipster variety). They live perpetually on the government's dime. They have their rent and food subsidized, and get paid cash under the table. Most of them seem to spend all that untaxed cash on weed. Most of these newcomers do nothing to help society, and are rewarded with free rides. I just don't understand it, when I'm working my ass off to make ends meet. Maybe I'm not cut out for Denver anymore. Maybe if you aren't willing to cheat the system and smoke weed every day, then Denver is no longer for you. I'm being priced out of my home, and it sucks. But maybe I have to find a new home.

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Miranda
Denver, CO

Sweet "Cow-Town" no more - 3/7/2016

As a native I am very sad to see the changes that have taken place. I have lived in Boston and Seattle (awesome cities with much to offer), and always enjoyed returning home. Unfortunately, the growth is unchecked, and the infrastructure has not kept pace. I will always love hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and all the outdoors has to offer... However, part of what was so appealing about Colorado was the serenity and beauty of the outdoors. Now, even in the mountains you have to fight traffic, parking, deal with folks who do not respect the beauty of the mountains and trails... I cannot help but mourn the loss of once an ideal place to grow up...

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Alexa
Downingtown, PA

Don't believe the hype... - 2/23/2016

I made the mistake of taking a chance on Denver and it didn't work out. The huge influx of weed enthusiasts is obviously one of the reasons even locals are beginning to dislike Denver, since it's caused a jump in expenses and BAD traffic that's on par with much bigger cities. Several of the friends I made who were born in and around Denver expressed to me that they couldn't wait to get out for these reasons, the biggest one is that it's unaffordable and you don't get enough for what you pay for. Denver has decent parks and recreation but it is nothing amazing, there are limited places to walk and run downtown which is ironic since the city's only real cultural identity lies in its love of fitness. Expect to drive up to the mountains in Boulder etc. to really take in the nature Denver is acclaimed for. While the mountains are great, I feel like that's about all you get in terms of awesome attractions in Denver. As I mentioned it does not have a strong cultural identity, the arts scene is lacking. I have two friends who are artists and lived in Denver and both agree with this, and that's why they also left. Denver is acclaimed for being youthful and fun, and this can project the false image that it's great for hip, modern types. But, if you're not into fitness, juicing and doing yoga at Red Rocks then don't bother coming. I felt that the city's atmosphere overall was very drab, dull and depressing, and I didn't even live in a bad neighborhood [it was Capitol Hill]. Maybe the issues with sprawl and the ugliness of surrounding areas like Aurora made me feel this way. The areas surrounding the 16th st. Mall are okay, but the rest of the city is run down and junky, except for a few well preserved old mansions. The central road, Colfax, is littered with old, run down motels from the 70s and it just looks terrible. Crime along with homelessness is becoming an issue in Denver as well, and there is gang activity that is usually clustered around bad areas surrounding Colfax. Unfortunately, affordable housing downtown Denver is short of impossible which is why some of my friends lived closer to the suburbs, but going to visit them made me feel creepy every time due to the nasty surroundings. The weather is disastrous and the air quality is pretty poor, so don't be fooled by the notion of having crisp mountain air. Also, expect extensive hail damage to your car the longer you live here. I already have about 500 dollars worth in hail damage for living there less than a year, and this is a common complaint for pretty much everyone who lives here, so if you move here get garage parking or a house with a garage. This is the trade off for sunny, humidity-free summers you get in the mountains. Overall, I am glad I moved. It was not for me.

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Alexa
Downingtown, PA

Don't believe the hype... - 2/23/2016

I made the mistake of taking a chance on Denver and it didn't work out. The huge influx of weed enthusiasts is obviously one of the reasons even locals are beginning to dislike Denver, since it's caused a jump in expenses and BAD traffic that's on par with much bigger cities. Several of the friends I made who were born in and around Denver expressed to me that they couldn't wait to get out for these reasons, the biggest one is that it's unaffordable and you don't get enough for what you pay for. Denver has decent parks and recreation but it is nothing amazing, there are limited places to walk and run downtown which is ironic since the city's only real cultural identity lies in its love of fitness. Expect to drive up to the mountains in Boulder etc. to really take in the nature Denver is acclaimed for. While the mountains are great, I feel like that's about all you get in terms of awesome attractions in Denver. As I mentioned it does not have a strong cultural identity, the arts scene is lacking. I have two friends who are artists and lived in Denver and both agree with this, and that's why they also left. Denver is acclaimed for being youthful and fun, and this can project the false image that it's great for hip, modern types. But, if you're not into fitness, juicing and doing yoga at Red Rocks then don't bother coming. I felt that the city's atmosphere overall was very drab, dull and depressing, and I didn't even live in a bad neighborhood [it was Capitol Hill]. Maybe the issues with sprawl and the ugliness of surrounding areas like Aurora made me feel this way. The areas surrounding the 16th st. Mall are okay, but the rest of the city is run down and junky, except for a few well preserved old mansions. The central road, Colfax, is littered with old, run down motels from the 70s and it just looks terrible. Crime along with homelessness is becoming an issue in Denver as well, and there is gang activity that is usually clustered around bad areas surrounding Colfax. Unfortunately, affordable housing downtown Denver is short of impossible which is why some of my friends lived closer to the suburbs, but going to visit them made me feel creepy every time due to the nasty surroundings. The weather is disastrous and the air quality is pretty poor, so don't be fooled by the notion of having crisp mountain air. Also, expect extensive hail damage to your car the longer you live here. I already have about 500 dollars worth in hail damage for living there less than a year, and this is a common complaint for pretty much everyone who lives here, so if you move here get garage parking or a house with a garage. This is the trade off for sunny, humidity-free summers you get in the mountains. Overall, I am glad I moved. It was not for me.

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Barb
Parker, CO

Too many snotty "hipsters" ruining Denver - 2/15/2016

I've lived in the Denver area since 1998 and unfortunately, it's becoming overrun with too many snotty, entitled, 20 something year old "hipsters" who think their shi* doesn't stink. They are creating rents to be sky high, have snotty arrogant attitudes, and many of us wish they'd all LEAVE so we can have the quality of life we used to have here.

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Cairn
Denver, CO

Stiflingly mediocre - 2/15/2016

Oh Denver. I wanted to like you so much, but after only 8 months of living here, I'm already planning my exit. I grew up in southern Colorado, moved to Iowa for college, lived in NYC for five years, and moved to Denver last summer. Before moving, I grilled my friends who live here about Denver life. They all had nothing but rave reviews of the city. I was so excited for the new hipness, vibrancy, outdoors adventures, and great living Denver supposedly offers. Sadly, I've found that everything about Denver varies from being okay at best and painfully dull at worst. Let's start with the outdoors. I will admit that having the mountains as your backyard is pretty nice. I went hiking a lot in summer and fall. There are some nice running trails throughout the city. I don't go skiing because of the cost and difficulty in driving to the resorts. While having outdoors options is nice, it's fairly easy to extinguish the easily accessible outdoors options. Once you've gone running through the brown parks several times or have done the same dry hike along the foothills, it gets a little boring and repetitive. To get the breathtaking Colorado mountain views, you have to drive 2-3 hours (not including the horrendous traffic) west of Denver into the mountains. Be cautious of the "great" weather here. While summers are dry and hot (i.e. not totally miserable), this winter has been rough. We've only had a handful of days above freezing in the past four months with a fair amount of snowstorms. It is dry dry dry. My skin constantly feels itchy and my sinuses are killing me. Couple the dryness with the altitude and the thick layer of smog that blankets the city, and you've got a recipe for terrible breathing conditions. Every time I leave Denver for a couple of days, I immediately get a sinus infection when I return because of the dryness and bad air quality. What would be pleasant warm days are generally ruined by strong winds that whip down the mountains. There are some great Asian and Mexican food options outside of the "cool" neighborhoods. The restaurants and bars that people gush about in the Highlands, RiNo, Five Points, etc. are so contrived and vastly overrated. It seems like they were all conceived, designed, and launched with the same boring, yuppie tastes in mind. Beyond the uninspired menus, these places tend to attract the worst of the worst of the Denver population. Denver needs to learn that the Broncos aren't culture. Museums aren't culture. Theaters and performance spaces aren't culture. Retails shops aren't culture. Any city can drop those institutions in the landscape; they're not unique to Denver. It's so odd that Denver is fairly racially and ethnically diverse, has a ostensibly large LGBT community, and has tons of transplants flocking to the city every day, and yet there is no unique culture to speak of. I think the lack of culture largely boils down to the fact that people in Denver have very little interest in experiencing anything outside their own individual bubble. The vast majority of Denver residents live in the suburbs, which are homogenous and conservative by nature. The young people who live in the city itself are just...weird. People tend to stick to themselves. I've never experienced so much difficulty in striking up a conversation and getting to know someone as I have experienced here. Everyone is severely guarded, standoffish, uninterested in anything that doesn't directly concern them, and overall pretty socially inept. As other commenters have noted, there is a very strong current of subtle racism through Denver. I'd also add homophobia and xenophobia. I don't see Denver becoming any more socially progressive, as the majority of people moving here are ignorant dude bros who just want to snowboard, smoke weed, and make places feel unsafe for anyone who is not a straight white dude. I've heard people compare living in Denver to living in a frat house, which is pretty spot on. Denver has so much potential that is being squandered. Rather than apply experiences, cultures and talents to making the city interesting and vibrant, Denverites focus all of their attention on the mountains. Everything in Denver is just mediocre and normal because people here tend to not really explore outside of the safe, whitewashed, and mainstream. If you're considering a move here, I would suggest looking elsewhere, especially if an interesting, vibrant city culture and population are something you value.

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Marta
Arvada, CO

Awful - 10/18/2015

In the last 3 years Denver has become an overgrown, overpopulated, metropolis. People have been flocking here for years, but only in the last 3 has it really changed for the worst. The legalization of MJ has definitely caused a spike in population in the last year alone, every other vehicle you see is from out of state as Marijuana tourism has not slowed down even though it's legal in 4 other states now. They have crammed so many half million dollar condos on every bare piece of land they could find in the city, it's not rare to see million dollar condos next to low income housing projects- which will inevitably be torn down because the yuppies think they "discovered" a hip, new area.The average price for rent, even in crappy areas- is about 1200.00-1300.00 dollars, 4 or 5 years ago you could rent a decent apartment for 7-800.00 dollars a month but since now it's supposedly a "hip and trendy" place to live, we all get punished with higher rent prices, well punished if you aren't a yuppie or trust fund baby who enjoys forking out thousands of dollars for a closet sized room, also if you can't afford to pay a minimum of 200k for a house, buying one in Denver will be impossible. The crummiest, and smallest of homes now average 200-250k (at the cheapest), no matter how small and crummy it is. Go with lentrification is spreading to other areas because there's no more room left in "the highlands" for all the yuppies and hipsters to live and open any more bars and restaurants in. By the way, I lived in what is now known as "the highlands" most of my life, and in less than 5 years it became unbearably filled with annoying, loud mouthed, drunk idiots who can't respectfully walk around the neighborhood at 12am on a Tuesday without yelling and acting like attention starved high schoolers, not to mention that you can't find any parking and sometimes you won't even get to park in front of your own home because some yuppie bar hoppers beat ya to it.Don't get me wrong, I initially thought it was great that the city was getting vamped up a little, it didn't really need that much to be honest, but now it's just another overbloated, cesspool like San Francisco or L.A., homeless people everywhere and plenty of rich folks to counter that.Im not some "native" bumper sticker lover, I'm just someone that is disappointed about what people moving here consider "progress", no one I know who has lived here all of their life, enjoys any of this. Denver was fine without the constant traffic at every hour of the day, fine without the overrated hipster and yuppie "culture" or lack of is more like it.

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Me
Littleton, CO

Ummmmmm - 8/21/2015

I can no longer read your post because of the poor grammar and spelling. You are obviously from a different state where public education is not a priority. You have no facts to defend your statements, and have OBVIOIUSLY never lived here in the winter because it is not nearly as miserable as the Midwest.. If you don't like living in Colorado, nobody is stopping you from moving out of state. BTW..."judgy" is not a word.

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Eric
Aurora, CO

Just my opinion. Denver is awful. - 8/16/2015

Like many people I made the mistake of moving to Denver too. If you are going to give me the knee jerk reaction of "if you don't like it leave," let me explain. I moved here to be with my now ex wife, not because Denver appealed to me. I have been here for years and am not part of the current population influx. Keep in mind, Dever ranks in the top ten for suicide rates. In my opinion it is depressing. Let me start by saying that unless you are an outdoor person, you may not like it here. The physical fitness culture here is stifling. The bicyclists in their spandex pants consistently get in the way of people trying to get to and from work. This city is like a billboard for "Northface." The landscape is ugly and brown for much of the year with a lack of trees. The architecture is atrocious and the suburbs are so ugly that it is beyond belief. Cookie cutter houses with zero character defines most of the suburbs. Apartment buildings that were built without thought being given to aesthetics. The city of Denver itself has some very nice neighborhoods though. Southwest Denver has a lot of charm. I realize that traffic in Denver is nothing compared to New York or LA but unless you live close to work, you will spend a lot of time commuting. This place is very spread out. Public transportation is quick if you are in Denver itself. Outside of Denver, if you are going any distance, you are in for a long ride. A 15 mile commute to work could be two hours on the light rail and/or bus. They are expanding the light rail here but because the area is so spread out, it probabaly will never be efficient. Commuting an hour each way to work here is common. Stay out of Aurora and Commerce City are the armpits of metro Denver. To me, Aurora is such a depressing place especially Mississippi and north of. Once again, ugly architecture, lack of trees, crime is fairly rampant, litter everywhere, and truly has zero character. Ugly strip malls with hoodlums everywhere and houses that make me want to gag looking at them. Aurora and Commerce City are total dumps. The food here is very lacking. People here think that chain food is "quality." Mexican food is good here but that is about it. Denver itself has some good family owned restaurants but the suburbs are mostly chain food. The natives here are so proud of Chipotle being from Denver. Chain garbage!! Who puts rice in a burrito? Chipotle!! Cheap filler to destroy a burrito. Let's not forget Noodles and Company which is another chain restaurant from Denver. Trash!!! The food here is atrocious. There are rude and snobby people everywhere but Denver really is a very rude place. Some people actually have "native" bumper stickers on their vehicles. So what if you are a "native?" What do you want? A cookie? I understand that the influx of people from other places has changed the culture and politics for the worse but why brag about being a native? I just laugh at it. People here are in their cliques and overall it is very unwelcoming. I have had people be really nice to me until they find out that I am not from Colorado. It is so preposterous. The out of state people here are the majority of the decent people that I have met here. People here are very aloof and lack backbone. They are so timid and afraid to speak up. Just my observation on many of the people that I have known. I don't know if it is the lack of oxygen or what? Denver's suicide rate speaks volumes of the place and the people. They will try to blame it on the lack of "services." They will also blame it on the fact that our culture tells men to not "express their feelings" so therefore they don't seek help. Hogwash!! Nowhere in the U.S. is it considered acceptable for men to express their feelings. Denver is no different except that it sucks plus the lack of oxygen. Now people are moving here for the marijuana!! What a bunch of losers.

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Steven
Aurora, CO

East Coasters, your concept of Denver winter weath - 8/14/2015

Before moving here from the East, I had little to no idea what Denver winters would be like. I approached it with trepidation, because a) people back East constantly said things like "hope you like snow!" and b) when we visited in October 2013, it snowed two of the nights. But with two winters under my belt, I realize that Easterners have NO IDEA about the weather here. Does it snow? Sure! But just one of the snowstorms resulted in more than 2 days of snow on the ground. More often, winter days opened with maybe 10-20 degrees in the morning (which felt much warmer due to the low humidity and frequent strong sunshine) and 40-50 degrees by lunchtime. That NEVER happened in New York or Cincinnati before March. So you "enjoy" your snowstorms that stay on thje ground for weeks, and your chilly January daytimes, Easterners. We'll keep on changing to light jackets at noon.

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Sid
Austin, TX

Vastly Overrated - 7/19/2015

It cracks me up to hear people get so fussy and worked up (akin to the manner that an 11 year old girl does when someone tells her that her favorite boy band lip syncs) when you make a slight criticism of Denver for being overcrowded, expensive, or simply dirty. Perhaps that is coming from people that have never ventured outside of the borders of Colorado? Denver used to be an interesting place to live decades ago. Anymore it lacks an identity or culture of it's own. How many things here are influenced by California, Texas, Washington, and Oregon? Quite a bit. There isn't much Denver culture left to speak of sadly. Denver has become a conglomerate of other cultures (good and mostly bad) almost like a shopping mall. A little of this and a little of that but a whole lot of nothing terribly original and organic to Denver itself when you tally it up at the end of the day. Now the culture has been defined by legalized pot. I keep hearing about the great music scene here...say what? A city with a great music scene is Austin TX...not Denver. Denver has become dirty. Yes, dirty. I see more and more trash and crud littering the streets. There seems to be little civic pride among the population to not be an a-hole and empty your ashtray, fast food wrappers, or beer bottles on the curb. The air quality is dismal. Too many cars at altitude makes for that lovely brown haze around Denver and the surrounding areas. Like a mini-Los Angeles. As for the people...there are some very nice and down to earth folks here in Denver. Sadly the ratio is tilted too far toward the loud, obnoxious, highly intoxicated, rude, and self-absorbed masses that are slowly taking over this city. These aren't all people in their 20s and 30s that I am talking about. As much as people want to pretend that Denver is a tolerant place it simply isn't. There is a very subtle form of racism and bigotry here that gets swept under the carpet. Even better are the morons that come here for legalized weed without bothering to check on how much it costs to live in the Amsterdam of the Rocky Mountains. I know why the locals in Vegas hate the tourists that come to their city and make a mess of it only to leave on the next flight out. As for housing and employment...I keep hearing about job growth but do service industry jobs pay enough to keep people in food and rent? Hardly. Salaries for professional fields are not what they used to be despite the local propaganda about how great the local economy is. Minimum wage jobs shouldn't count as job growth. The cost of renting is an utter joke compared to what you earn on a decent local salary. If you seek an apartment close to downtown or what you feel is a trendy area be prepared to fork over $1200-1400 for a small apartment with no parking. To own a smallish 2 BR ranch style house with a postage stamp sized yard in Denver proper requires at least $350-450K which means you are going to live in a less than nice area. How are these housing prices deemed acceptable? What do you think will happen when people can no longer afford to buy or keep homes in Denver/Colorado and start leaving for less expensive locations outside of the state? Do you really think that your $650K townhouse will hold that value when it becomes a buyers market again? Traffic here is dismal. It isn't Los Angeles but it is getting there. I-25 is short for I can go half a mile in 25 minutes. The highway system (like any city) is a disaster unless you are driving at 3 or 4 AM when most of the locals and professional athletes have already driven home drunk. If you are stuck in highway traffic between the hours of noon and three in the afternoon you can get a lovely contact high from our many motorized weed enthusiasts. Even the local streets require some quick thinking and shortcuts to just get from one place to another within a reasonable amount of time. The sad thing is that Denver was once a fun and decent city and now it has grown too bloated with people, cars, and has become so vastly overpriced. To borrow from a Woody Allen quote from Annie Hall..."I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light and buying legalized weed."

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Blake
Denver, CO

Citizens, Culture, & Hospitality - 5/27/2015

Introverts and judgy citizens! Being from the city of Dunver, Bororado I have seen the whole state and I am here to tell you once you visit San Luis Valley you can really get a feel for Colorado. Citizens of the State of Colorado and City of Denver have no clue how immature and rude the people residing here are.I have been in Colorado off and on for 32 years of horrible seasons and experiences and I am done with the lacking of hospitality.If something is fake most people dont want to deal with it or find it hard to believe and must do research, well if your the curious type individual have at it but be prepared and bring one or two friends as you will find no culture in Colorado just over opininated introverts that keep secret everything and enjoy lonely activities. I have been down the whole west coast from Vancouver all the way to the Mexican Rocky Mountains and have met more interesting people in Portland, Oregon than Denver. Denver is filled with bland shallow people enjoying movies and video games acting like marijuana makes a great temporary get away from the reality of a lame town. The layout of the city is great and there is beautiful parks and recreation if the people would ever find there way to finding outdoor group activities being fun. Most individuals enjoy lonely activities or it must be with family. I think the large hispanic families that keep it within the culture cause this issue as well as the surrounding states like IOWA that come to Denver to get away from their boring hillbilly towns corrupting our nicely mapped out and developed city. The traffic does suck and the drivers are strange. Maybe if people werent worried about coming off wierd or oddly strange from being stuck inside all winter it would create a better Vibe. Sincerely Blake ST.

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Ryan
Denver, CO

California on the Plains - 5/8/2015

Denver is nothing more than a mid-size Midwestern city with mountains and a great marketing campaign which I fell for. What you pay for what you get is robbery. The attempts to make this place hip are tacky and pathetic. This is a very car centric city and don’t see that changing anytime in the future. The people…Verbil Kent sums them up pretty well. I've never been around so many cowardly, passive aggressive, and aloof people in my life. Very few people here keep it real. You aren't going to fit in if you’re a Type A personality, which makes finding a job very difficult. People come here to get high, chill out, and enjoy the overrated outdoor recreation scene in the Front Range. Almost all of the hikes here are the same thing…trudging up a mountain that is really just a massive hill. I don’t want to just hike up mountains. I want to scramble (non-technical climbing) up mountains. There is not a lot of scrambling because most of these peaks lack enough solid rock and or just aren't steep enough. I don’t care about skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, or technical rock climbing, so this area gets boring quickly. The only water activity is white water rafting, which is meh. You can hunt and or fish anywhere in America, so blah. The job market is a mirage. For all of this propaganda about a low unemployment rate and numerous startups, most salaries are a joke when factoring in the cost of housing. Matthew from Lubbock, TX describes it best “The land of minimum wage opportunity.” The housing market is headed for a bubble. There is no way people can afford these houses on their salaries. The weather is not that great if you like consistency. While the winter months are usually mild and sunny, the snow season runs from September to May with a real possibility to extend into June. Most of the snow is in the spring. There are not 300 days of sunshine. It is more like 270. The lack of humidity is the only really nice thing out here.

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Gail
Denver, CO

Living in the Denver area - 4/14/2015

My rent has increased over $600 since 2012 when I moved here and there is next to none competition in rents. The thing you hear over and over is "everyone wants to live here so deal with it" when one asks about the insane increases in rent per year. I have seen Denver and the surrounding area in the foothills change significantly in the past three years and not for the best. The land here won't support the growth but obviously the builders don't really care. The traffic is awful the infrastructure hasn't and isn't keeping up with the growth. The I-25 corridor is insane. The people are, by and large the most unfriendly I have ever encountered. They are standoffish and not welcoming to newcomers. It's a beautiful place, but if you're not into battling the traffic into the backcountry on the weekends.....Have heard that the western slope is a totally different place. I came here with high hopes, don't get me wrong, the backcountry is incredibly beautiful but it's not affordable for regular people. I guess if you come from Cali, or TX and have money it's the place for you.

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Desiree
Wheat Ridge, CO

RTD - 3/24/2015

Denver has one of the best public transportation systems I have ever seen. The busses go everywhere and they are always adding more on and making it bigger and better. There are not many places you can't get to around Denver and Denver metro.

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Peter
Atlanta, GA

Colorado Is Awesome. Denver Is Not. - 3/8/2015

I loved this place in the 80's when I was much younger. Today's Denver sucks in my opinion. And I want to give whatever credit may be due its population, but it just doesn't work for me any more. And the problem with Denver seems to be a very complicated one - one that may take years, even decades, to solve. My advice to anyone considering a move to Colorado is to avoid Denver at all costs - unless you have a ton of money that allows you to live above the rif-raf and nightmare that is metro-Denver. I do my best not to have racist affectations. The population of Denver is 40% Hispanic today. And it shows. It is impossible to escape the Hispanic and Mexican cultures in the city of Denver. They are the predominant races in the area. If I want to be that entrenched in the Hispanic culture I will travel to Mexico or Spain. Please don't go to Denver seeking enlightenment because the majority of the population is operating at very low energy levels. This place is BLEAK. It's a very old, run-down place and culture that seems to be teetering on the brink of spiritual bankruptcy. Maybe one day again Denver will soar. For now I would recommend living in any city or town 60 minutes or more from there in any direction - unless you're a Mexican or a Nazi. Colorado as a whole is a wonderful place, but Denver has definitely seen better days.

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Ahmed
Lincoln, NE

Cost of rental - 2/15/2015

I was woundering how much it cost for two room house rent

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Shane
Denver, CO

You get all 4 seasons but you are never torchered - 1/23/2015

Colorado overall is a beautiful state. Such a diversity of landscapes and the best sunsets you will ever see. Being central in the country makes trips anywhere else shorter and not as expensive. You can get direct flights just about anywhere, including London, Tokyo, Iceland and many other major cities. Colorado is going through a culture change and moving more toward the left of politics and culture. The only thing missing really is an ocean. I hate snow but it comes and then it goes the next day in many cases, unlike up north where it's on the ground for 4 months. I want to move somewhere warmer but I don't want to contend with humidity. Colorado is pretty dry and we are at a higher altitude. Folks who visit tend to get dried out and short of breath for the first week or so. I love going to lower altitude states and having so much more endurance. It's a great place to live but in 10 years it may have too many people because it's so nice.

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Verbil Kent
Denver, CO

Horrible - 1/14/2015

I spent 5 years living in Denver and moved there with the hopes of making it my permanent residence. I found so many issues wrong with the city, it's hard to choose where to begin. The People: Prior to moving, I read that people in Denver are very friendly. Wrong! Many "appear" to be friendly but that's as far as it goes. In 5 years, I managed to muster 2 solid friends and a lot full of acquaintances. I have met more people than not who conveniently make themselves unavailable to grab a drink or watch a game as friends would normally do, but were always around when they needed favors, and let me assure you, there were many. Many of the people I met from all professions and walks of life had alcohol problems, drug problems, and insecurity issues. Many I encountered appeared to be more of followers than leaders. Those cut from the same droopy, bland cloth that molded 20 and 30ish yuppies, hipsters, and trust fun baby douche bags. The same cloth that created yoga loving, dog walking, flip flop wearing, mustache sporting dickheads. The same dickheads who lack creativity and essentially try to follow anyone sporting a fad thinking it's unique, meanwhile a 100,000+ other idiots are following the same fad. These people lack culture. They lack a sense of creativity. They lack individualism. Their yes's and maybe's really mean no because instead of speaking their minds, they would rather rely on passive aggressiveness and linger in the non confrontational gray zone. Frustrating to say the very least. Workwise: Coming from the east coast, I hold myself to a certain expectation in the workplace. Denver, Colorado has absolutely no work ethic. At least from my 5 years of experience. The first year I spent out here, I worked for one douche bag that would spend a great deal of time talking the talk but lacking any type of ambition to actually grow his client list. When I pursued clients, instead of being gracious, he tried to steal them because in his words "he knew more than me". Yeah, tell that to the $0 in your bank account. Interviewing was just as bad, having come across many individuals who were greased into their jobs because of the overwhelming "good ole boy" nepotism out here. It's hard to land a job when you know more than the people interviewing you. It's even more difficult to show restraint knowing that these same people have this air about them, that they actually believe they deserve these positions. Of course, we can also talk about HR never even letting applicants know what their decision is, this is after going to the final round of interviewing. Really? Happened one too many times. Inside the workplace is just as bad. You encounter more of the same droops that were given positions based upon nepotism because again, Denver is overwhelmingly incestuous. These individuals never meet deadlines, usually consider Fridays a holiday, sleep walk Monday thru Thursday, and are so incompetent that even fucking up a cup of coffee isn't out of the question. In the 5 years here, I heard everything from you're discriminated against because "you're from the east coast, you should lose your Sopranoish, Brooklynish accent, people are intimidated by aggressive workstyle, so take it back a few notches, if you can't change your personality no one would hire you." Well ladies and gentlemen, I went into business for myself to avoid working under the douche bags. : ) My overall impression of this city is that if you're a hipster, yuppie, have no culture, no sense of individualism, don't like dogs but want one because everyone else has one, and like to look disheveled then Denver is the place for you. Personally, I piss on this city and all of the people that go with it. I'm happy I moved, have doubled my salary, and never have to question whether a maybe and yes really means no. Take it for what it's worth.

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Verbil Kent
Denver, CO

Horrible - 1/14/2015

I spent 5 years living in Denver and moved there with the hopes of making it my permanent residence. I found so many issues wrong with the city, it's hard to choose where to begin. The People: Prior to moving, I read that people in Denver are very friendly. Wrong! Many "appear" to be friendly but that's as far as it goes. In 5 years, I managed to muster 2 solid friends and a lot full of acquaintances. I have met more people than not who conveniently make themselves unavailable to grab a drink or watch a game as friends would normally do, but were always around when they needed favors, and let me assure you, there were many. Many of the people I met from all professions and walks of life had alcohol problems, drug problems, and insecurity issues. Many I encountered appeared to be more of followers than leaders. Those cut from the same droopy, bland cloth that molded 20 and 30ish yuppies, hipsters, and trust fun baby douche bags. The same cloth that created yoga loving, dog walking, flip flop wearing, mustache sporting dickheads. The same dickheads who lack creativity and essentially try to follow anyone sporting a fad thinking it's unique, meanwhile a 100,000+ other idiots are following the same fad. These people lack culture. They lack a sense of creativity. They lack individualism. Their yes's and maybe's really mean no because instead of speaking their minds, they would rather rely on passive aggressiveness and linger in the non confrontational gray zone. Frustrating to say the very least. Workwise: Coming from the east coast, I hold myself to a certain expectation in the workplace. Denver, Colorado has absolutely no work ethic. At least from my 5 years of experience. The first year I spent out here, I worked for one douche bag that would spend a great deal of time talking the talk but lacking any type of ambition to actually grow his client list. When I pursued clients, instead of being gracious, he tried to steal them because in his words "he knew more than me". Yeah, tell that to the $0 in your bank account. Interviewing was just as bad, having come across many individuals who were greased into their jobs because of the overwhelming "good ole boy" nepotism out here. It's hard to land a job when you know more than the people interviewing you. It's even more difficult to show restraint knowing that these same people have this air about them, that they actually believe they deserve these positions. Of course, we can also talk about HR never even letting applicants know what their decision is, this is after going to the final round of interviewing. Really? Happened one too many times. Inside the workplace is just as bad. You encounter more of the same droops that were given positions based upon nepotism because again, Denver is overwhelmingly incestuous. These individuals never meet deadlines, usually consider Fridays a holiday, sleep walk Monday thru Thursday, and are so incompetent that even fucking up a cup of coffee isn't out of the question. In the 5 years here, I heard everything from you're discriminated against because "you're from the east coast, you should lose your Sopranoish, Brooklynish accent, people are intimidated by aggressive workstyle, so take it back a few notches, if you can't change your personality no one would hire you." Well ladies and gentlemen, I went into business for myself to avoid working under the douche bags. : ) My overall impression of this city is that if you're a hipster, yuppie, have no culture, no sense of individualism, don't like dogs but want one because everyone else has one, and like to look disheveled then Denver is the place for you. Personally, I piss on this city and all of the people that go with it. I'm happy I moved, have doubled my salary, and never have to question whether a maybe and yes really means no. Take it for what it's worth.

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