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Old 01-24-2014, 07:14 PM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I found an article in the Denver Post by an editorial writer (Jeremy Meyer) claiming these cities have more similarities than differences and don't really bring polarities and strong rivalries like many past sports matchups. Topography and climate aside would you agree that there are perhaps strong cultural links between the two cities? That and is it a bit ironic and maybe a bit of a running joke these two respective states are the only two in the US currently having legal marijuana. Check out this article and discuss.
Meyer: Denver and Seattle, Super Bowl sister cities - The Denver Post

Originally Posted by Denver Post View Post
For a big game like the Super Bowl, you want a narrative.You want a story of contrasts, a raging conflict of rivals. You want villains, and teams that hate one another. You want Celtics vs. Lakers, Yankees vs. Dodgers. East Coast vs. West and cities that are polar opposites. The problem with Super Bowl XLVIII is Seattle and Denver are not a study in contrasts. The cities are more alike than not. Disregard that Seattle is surrounded by water and gets more rain and Denver is on the high rolling plains and gets more sun — the two cities have almost duplicate résumés. Last week, tourism agencies for both cities even sent a joint press release explaining their commonalities. (I can't see Boston and New York ever doing that.) The release said:

• Both Seattle and Denver were founded in the 1850s.
• They have nearly identical populations: 634,264 for Denver and 634,535 for Seattle.
• Both were rescued from deep depressions when gold was discovered in nearby drainages.

The press release failed to mention the most obvious recent connection: recreational pot...........

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Old 01-28-2014, 10:42 PM
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Since I've lived in both for over 10 years I feel I am qualified to give an observation from my point of view....and for those wanting a hate-hate rivalry..no can do.

To me, both cities have a very can-do attitude. They've both seen ups and downs in their economies in the last generation, yet both have re-bounded quite strongly. They both strike me as having a high respect for education and social progress, and are outdoorsy and young- minded.

The differences are the obvious, and are well mentioned in the article from the Post;
As for natural weather and topography issues; Seattle is a sea-faring city and is built on hills surrounded by water. The grey, wet days are well known and for me quite beautiful.
Denver's positioning on the plains makes it a less hilly area with few major water bodies....and LOTS of sunshine and wide open vistas.

Both are western. I laugh when I hear people on here claim that Denver is Midwest. Sure, lots of people from the Midwest have migrated there but there is a reason the Denver Post has a major section called "Denver and the West". Denver is historically western and it and Seattle owe much of their character to that aspect of their history. Both are frontier towns that have relied heavily on the adjoining mountainous areas for the economic benefit of lumber, mining and now, recreation.

Also, both are new economy cities with the best days still ahead, and that is very much ingrained in the feel of each. There's a positive feeling that I've found lacking in other cities where I've traveled.

As for differences; I must say, in my experience, Denver people seem to be more welcoming and open. In Seattle I experienced the infamous "freeze" and I didn't know I'd gotten it until many years later when I read online that some folks had given it a name. For me it was a distinct outwardly "nice" interaction, but a definite cold shoulder that never quite welcomed you. Luckily, however, I did meet some awesome people in Seattle who I love very much.

Upon moving to Denver it was the exact opposite. I met some of my best friends within 6 months. The openness was striking. I'm not sure what that's all about but that aspect of Denver was quite refreshing.

As far as sheer physical beauty...I have to go with Seattle. Gorgeous hills, trees and water. Denver is no wallflower though. And for urban living , Seattle has the edge there too. But Denver is progressing at an amazing rate.

For football; Broncos have the history and the team. GO BRONCOS!
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:23 PM
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Ouch Denver.......
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:27 PM
Location: roaming gnome
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Well Seattle has an NFL team.
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