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Old 12-02-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: USA
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I just got back from a long vacation in Denver, and was very impressed. Here's what I liked about the area.

1. The people were very friendly. It felt like we were in a small Midwestern town with the scenic beauty of the mountains.

2. Speaking of the mountains, they are even more breathtaking in person, putting the Southern California mountains to shame. The drive through I-70 is beautiful.

3. Downtown. We stayed in the LoDo area near the Platte River. It was so nice having all the bars, restaurants, and shops close by. The public transporation was very nice as well, especially the free light rail on 16th St. We also went to an Av's game, and I took some pics of Coors Field.

I really liked all of the condos, lofts, and old warehouse buildings. They all blend in nicely with their surroundings. I didn't really like the downtown skyline though, it was kind of bland.

4. The city and suburbs are very clean, and I like all of the light colored brick/limestone material that is used for the modern buildings, restaurants, and bridges. I got the impression that people take good care of their city.

5. Very dog friendly. I couldn't believe how many dogs there were in the LoDo area. Our little dog met so many friends.

6. Lots of tech companies. The whole city felt very eco-friendly and tech savvy. This is one of those cities (and states) that will help drive the new "green" economy.

I would love to live here someday. It has everything I like in a city. My only complaints would be that the landscaping is very brown, which isn't a big deal; and parts of downtown and most of the suburbs are a little too corporate. We didn't visit every neighborhood, but there weren't as many mom & pop stores as I thought there would be. The suburbs are very nice and clean, but kind of feel like giant malls.

Stay classy Denver.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:15 PM
tew
 
Location: The Ranch, CO
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Have to agree with you about the mountains. Once is a while then the air isn't brown in So Cal you can see the mountains. I do like to see them but when I moved here I was in love with what you see. I can see them from my house and their always there cause the air is always clear. Many times better that CA.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:51 AM
 
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Colorado is a beautiful place to live. This time of year it is quite brown but not during the spring and summer months. Every area of Colorado, each city, is amazingly different. Aurora couldn't be more different than Lakewood or Cherry Creek vs. Parker. Every area here has a different personality and it's own beauty. When you return be sure to see Red Rocks, visit Mesa Verde, Co Springs.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I personally like Denver's skyline, and the new skyscrapers will only make it more interesting. I guess the boring part about it is it's a newer skyline, and doesn't have any old Art Deco buildings. Hopefully someone will eventually build more of a "signature" skyscraper that isn't a big box shape. L.A. sufferes from a similar problem with its skyline.
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:12 PM
 
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I personally like Denver's skyline, and the new skyscrapers will only make it more interesting. I guess the boring part about it is it's a newer skyline, and doesn't have any old Art Deco buildings. Hopefully someone will eventually build more of a "signature" skyscraper that isn't a big box shape. L.A. sufferes from a similar problem with its skyline.
In a Denver newb,any info on the new skyscrapers you mentioned?
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: USA
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I personally like Denver's skyline, and the new skyscrapers will only make it more interesting. I guess the boring part about it is it's a newer skyline, and doesn't have any old Art Deco buildings. Hopefully someone will eventually build more of a "signature" skyscraper that isn't a big box shape. L.A. sufferes from a similar problem with its skyline.
The skyline felt very 70's to me.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I always liked the piled slate buildings, like those found at CU Boulder. Something about them screams Colorado to me.
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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In a Denver newb,any info on the new skyscrapers you mentioned?
To the OP, so glad you liked Denver and came back to give us your comments.

Froud,

Here is the information on the new developments:

Four Seasons Private Residences - Denver :: Landing page

Spire

Live Denver: Spire: Denver's newest high-rise lofts

DENVER | Two Tabor Center | 514 FT / 157 M | 40 FLOORS - SkyscraperPage Forum

Auraria Campus Officials Make Case For New Science Building - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

Denver Justice Center - Welcome Message

Old post but most all still relevant:

DENVER | Downtown high-rise boom - 12+ stories - SkyscraperPage Forum
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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Old 12-06-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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In a Denver newb,any info on the new skyscrapers you mentioned?
The Spire is close to topping out - I think at 40 or 42 stories. Then the most interesting building will be the 45 story Four Seasons with a spire (see Aztec's pictures above) and hopefully Tabor II will soon begin to rise. Four Seasons is getting close to 20 stories complete, I believe. The skyline is really changing this year.
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