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Old 07-29-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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@Guru-Swami, for my job I had the choice of moving to Denver at my expense where I would continue to work at home or a move to San Francisco near my company's headquarters, for which I would be reimbursed. My boss campaigned hard to change my mind and failed utterly. He knew he had lost when he admitted that for what I was looking to pay in rent, I might be able to get a one-bedroom apartment out by San Francisco. Here in Denver, I have a 3-bedroom house with sizeable front and back yard, off-street parking and plenty of space.

Don't get me wrong - I miss Trader Joe's like crazy. But the trade-offs aren't so bad
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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@DenverBrian, the whole point of TJ's is that it's cheap. Whole Foods is the price gouger...
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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@Guru-Swami, for my job I had the choice of moving to Denver at my expense where I would continue to work at home or a move to San Francisco near my company's headquarters, for which I would be reimbursed. My boss campaigned hard to change my mind and failed utterly. He knew he had lost when he admitted that for what I was looking to pay in rent, I might be able to get a one-bedroom apartment out by San Francisco. Here in Denver, I have a 3-bedroom house with sizeable front and back yard, off-street parking and plenty of space.

Don't get me wrong - I miss Trader Joe's like crazy. But the trade-offs aren't so bad
I am definitely on the same train JrzDefector! Was just kidding about Trader Joe's being a deal breaker. I'm sure TJ's will be coming into Denver in the future, seems that the demand is certainly there! I would much rather have a house in Denver with other good eats than a box in the Bay Area with TJ's good eats!
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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Mmm...Steak n Shake. Great chili, skinny fries, and their malts are pretty good too.

Reasonably priced, also...and good late-night place for those after-partying munchies!
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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There's no Trader Joe's???? We're thinking about a move to Denver from the Bay Area and that just might be a deal breaker! LOL Although, we could actually afford a house in Denver...good eats or a house...decision's decision's...
That is a problem facing my family as well. The current plan (if we move) involves frequent trips to the in-laws in New Mexico so we can justify a 2 hour detour to Santa Fe and get a couple cases of the Tomato & Basil Marinara and other staples.

Sadly, I am not joking.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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  • I and most of the civilized world DO, and so we couldn't care more. In-N-Out's reach is restricted to how far they can distribute same-day, since all their meat (MEAT!!!!!) is fresh.
  • As someone who doesn't do crappy furniture in flat boxes or snobby high priced "organic" food, I couldn't possibly care less.
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IKEA has much more than DIY furniture. And TJs is not snobby or high priced. It's the total opposite. I never shopped there for years in CA because I thought it must be high prices like Whole Foods, but found out that it's cheaper than regular grocery stores on many items, if not most.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:34 PM
 
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What is Denver missing..ME!

Serious...In and Out Burgers and more Cuban food.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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1. Water--Then again, if we had an ocean several extra million people would live here (and I must remind myself that was the main reason I left CA).

2. Trader Joe's would be nice.

3. More privately-owned restaurants and less chains. Do we really need a Qdoba and Noodles and Company in nearly every strip mall? The food at each isn't bad, but seriously...how about some variety?!

4. People who understand that when a light is green for making a left turn, it's actually O.K. to inch out a bit, then go when all is clear. I am amazed by how many people sit until it turns red, then wait for the green once again.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:01 PM
 
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- Build out the rail system
- A better sense of urbanism/walkability - i.e. more neighborhoods with stores you can walk to that are not just restaurants and boutiques (Cap Hill seems to be the only neighborhood that is truly walkable for everyday needs); more people and activity
- More modern apartments within the city, especially in neighborhoods outside of Cap Hill/Uptown
- Less air pollution
- Better stewardship of its creeks and rivers (we don't have much nature to begin with, lets take care of what we have); more trails
- Clean things up a bit
- Way more bicycle lanes - shameful for a city this size that likes to think of itself as progressive
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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More privately-owned restaurants and less chains. Do we really need a Qdoba and Noodles and Company in nearly every strip mall? The food at each isn't bad, but seriously...how about some variety?!
The reason for the abundance of Qdoba, Noodles and Company, Chipotle, Good Times, Tokyo Joes, Smashburger, Garbonzo, and Big City Burrito restaurants is that they are all chains that started in Colorado.

Other locally significant national chain restaurants from Colorado include: Red Robin, Rock Bottom Brewery, the Chop House, and Old Chicago.

Some are still owned locally and others have been bought by larger corporations.
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