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Old 06-10-2015, 09:09 PM
Location: Denver, CO - Capitol Hill
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Originally Posted by bartonizer View Post
LOL Typical conservative suburbanite assessment of downtown. Let me guess, you live in Wheat Ridge or Parker and only drive into "the city" a few times a year, each time complaining that it's getting worse, and always making sure that you shield the kids from unsavory characters. *Newsflash* 16th Street was dirty before A64, and there were a bunch of homeless people around long before January 1, 2014. Denver is a big city with some urban grit. Nothing new.

What you have is called confirmation bias and likely a skewed sense of who actually partakes in the usage of cannabis. For example, where I lived on the Western Slope, a lot of the dispensary customers were older, wealthy people from Utah. Not at all who you may expect. Many, many, many well-educated and well-employed people responsibly consume, much like you probably do with a glass of chardonnay on your patio.

Here's the thing- you can't have it both ways. If you're seriously going to attribute that much of a change to the city due to the legalization of marijuana, then you have to mention both the positives and negatives through that prism. After all, many areas, including neighborhoods like River North, Five Points, Baker, and Sunnyside (just to name a few) are rapidly becoming much nicer, safer places to be than they have been in the last, say 50 years. Thanks, potheads. !
Nailed it. I would rep you more if it would let me. And again just for mentioning confirmation bias.

As an aside, I would probably also add that people with this opinion of Denver's downtown probably haven't visited many metropolitan downtown areas. I think our downtown is great. But, a homeless guy asking for my food or a $1 doesn't frighten me either. A great majority of 16th street is for tourists. Not really knocking it, just acknowledging it for what it is. Panhandler's hang out in much larger concentrations where they know tourists and foot traffic are going to be.
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