Moving to Denver?

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    Aug 08, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Hello all -- I am just wondering if any of ya'll live in Denver, and what it's like there? Little bit about me, I have been living in NYC for almost eight years. Studied theatre in college, but am more of a writer. Am also getting my personal training (NASM) certification and would like to start my business -- or at least start at a gym and build clientele.

    I am looking to move somewhere that I can be active, fit, ski and do more outdoors adventures. I have heard Denver is a great place -- but I am just wondering if anyone out there has lived there and could steer me in the right direction? I'm not huge in to the scene, but would like to meet other guys with like-minded interests.

    Obviously anywhere (except LA or SF) would be cheaper than NYC, so price isn't a big deal--but I'd love to hear anyone's personal stories about Denver if they have any.

    Thank you,

    Capn_A
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 08, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    If you're from NY you'll find it similar except about 50x slower
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    Aug 08, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    How come to Pellaz?
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    Aug 09, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidIf you're from NY you'll find it similar except about 50x slower


    +1, but is all the West not just Denver is a different slower pace that you will have to get used to from the hustle and bustle of NY. Have you at least gone and visit, maybe take a trip there before just up rooting? You might also want to explore Seattle or Portland, they are cheaper as well but very active population as well...I would suggest just taking a trip and feeling the vibe, vist the local chamber of commerce and get a feel of the area...best of luck.
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    Aug 09, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    ah I know a few guys in Denver - they seem to like it... sorta
    I have a friend here who got a job in Denver but when the company was getting her visa, US immigration denied it citing that the job should go to an American instead... but she was looking forward to moving there and she's turbo picky about where she lives.
  • WhoDey

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    Aug 09, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    Nightryder said
    The downfalls of Denver is: HOMELESS PEOPLE! everywhere, every block you will be asked for a buck(and one for the wife) or you will be sitting at a redlight and gaze at the unique statement on a cardboard sign. It really amazes me how many homeless people there are here, all walks of life. I've been to NYC plenty of times(from upstate) and have never encountered such annoyance. Theft and drug use is another downfall of Denver, but it is a metro city so I guess you should expect such. Parking is also a bitch! I recommend buying a scooter so you can park it anywhere on the sidewalk. Traffic gets snarled often as well, especially on weekends when everyone goes out to the mountains. Last week I was in stop and go traffic forever coming from Boulder, and as soon as I park my car the radiator exploded, lol.


    I think these things happen in nearly every city
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    Aug 16, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    Bump -- would love to hear any more Denver, CO residents and their experiences as both being gay in Denver and being a fitness enthusiast/professional icon_lol.gif ?? Thank you!
  • MattGardenGuy

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    Sep 28, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    Was born and raised in Denver/Aurora. As long term resident till a few months ago. I can say that most native Coloradan's don't want more people coming to their area. Its already crowded enough. Only special circumstances would warrant a move to the Denver Metro Area such as career opportunity or family circumstances. I really get tired as a native of people saying I moved here for the fun of it.
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    Sep 28, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    I would say come to Chicago

    IMO, best city in the country. It has a downtown life, culture every, diversity, food capital of the country, etc.

    People here are very kind and friendly. I'm not into the scene here too, but there is still a lot to do.
  • bischero

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    Sep 28, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    Denver is an amazing city. We're close to the mountains so you can ski, hike, camp or whatever other outdoorsy thing you like to do! Also, Denver has completed its mission to have all of the bike trails interconnected so that's freaking awesome if you like biking (one of my favorite things about Denver actually).

    Great food scene and social scene as well. Traffic kinda sucks, but nothing like NYC.

    Also... if you're a rude asshole, please do not come here. Go some place else. We expect you to hold open doors for others and be polite on the roads. Just be polite all the time, actually.

    MattGardenGuy saidWas born and raised in Denver/Aurora. As long term resident till a few months ago. I can say that most native Coloradan's don't want more people coming to their area. Its already crowded enough. Only special circumstances would warrant a move to the Denver Metro Area such as career opportunity or family circumstances. I really get tired as a native of people saying I moved here for the fun of it.


    I second this wholeheartedly.
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    Sep 28, 2012 11:26 PM GMT
    bischero saidDenver is an amazing city. We're close to the mountains so you can ski, hike, camp or whatever other outdoorsy thing you like to do! Also, Denver has completed its mission to have all of the bike trails interconnected so that's freaking awesome if you like biking (one of my favorite things about Denver actually).

    Great food scene and social scene as well. Traffic kinda sucks, but nothing like NYC.

    Also... if you're a rude asshole, please do not come here. Go some place else. We expect you to hold open doors for others and be polite on the roads. Just be polite all the time, actually.

    MattGardenGuy saidWas born and raised in Denver/Aurora. As long term resident till a few months ago. I can say that most native Coloradan's don't want more people coming to their area. Its already crowded enough. Only special circumstances would warrant a move to the Denver Metro Area such as career opportunity or family circumstances. I really get tired as a native of people saying I moved here for the fun of it.


    I second this wholeheartedly.


    Well, that's a little bit weird -- so I'm not supposed to come because native's are mad cuz other people like what they have? I'm sorry, I'm sure the Indians didn't like being murdered, raped and pillaged originally -- but that's what happened so that those native's could originally settle Colorado. I think that's an odd argument to start making...

    I didn't realize there were "special circumstances" to move somewhere. That's elitist and un-American. Way to make a guy feel totally unwelcome.
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    Sep 28, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    Capn_A said
    bischero saidDenver is an amazing city. We're close to the mountains so you can ski, hike, camp or whatever other outdoorsy thing you like to do! Also, Denver has completed its mission to have all of the bike trails interconnected so that's freaking awesome if you like biking (one of my favorite things about Denver actually).

    Great food scene and social scene as well. Traffic kinda sucks, but nothing like NYC.

    Also... if you're a rude asshole, please do not come here. Go some place else. We expect you to hold open doors for others and be polite on the roads. Just be polite all the time, actually.

    MattGardenGuy saidWas born and raised in Denver/Aurora. As long term resident till a few months ago. I can say that most native Coloradan's don't want more people coming to their area. Its already crowded enough. Only special circumstances would warrant a move to the Denver Metro Area such as career opportunity or family circumstances. I really get tired as a native of people saying I moved here for the fun of it.


    I second this wholeheartedly.


    Well, that's a little bit weird -- so I'm not supposed to come because native's are mad cuz other people like what they have? I'm sorry, I'm sure the Indians didn't like being murdered, raped and pillaged originally -- but that's what happened so that those native's could originally settle Colorado. I think that's an odd argument to start making...

    I didn't realize there were "special circumstances" to move somewhere. That's elitist and un-American. Way to make a guy feel totally unwelcome.


    Does anyone want a rude asshole to be around them? No.
    Did my ancestors contribute to the raping of Native Americans? No.
    If you're not a rude asshole, do you have anything to be worried about? No.


    The State Pride here is very high. I asked you to please not come here if you're an asshole. I just want to see my state continue to grow and thrive the way it has been. I like to think that we emphasize politeness, so I was just forewarning you about what is (generally) expected here.

    Of course, there are assholes everywhere. Even here. Sorry if I came off as rude or unwelcoming. If I came off as rude, then it's probably the rugged, straight mountain talk coming out in me. Colorado is precious to me, though. You can take the boy out of the mountains but you can't take the mountains out of the boy. icon_smile.gif
  • MattGardenGuy

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    Sep 29, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    I happen to part native american, but that is not really the point. i would say please find somewhere else to move. Denver is too big already for someone to move here because they just want to be in the area. Please keep Colorado pristine and quiet by not coming.
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    Sep 29, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    Yeah I don't know -- I mean I am definitely looking for a change. I've been in New York for 8 years so I'm not married to the idea of Denver, but this is the 2nd or 3rd time people from Denver have been rude and unwelcoming. Your pristine city? Really? What kind of garbage is that? I've never heard anyone talk about their city like that, mountain or not. If this is the kind of welcome one can expect to get, then screw that idea. One of the reasons I wanna leave NYC is because people are such assholes here so rude, so nasty, so unkind and don't give a crap about others IE selfish. But it sounds like those in Colorado are the same -- or these two posters anyway -- they found something they love and cherish so everyone else can screw off, cuz it's theirs. That's not the kind of environment I want to be in, for sure. I saw similar responses in the City Data forum about native Denver folk with chips on their shoulders cuz people hear how great their city is and wanna move in. Makes me so not like that idea what so ever. Maybe I will look in to Dallas. Sheesh.

    I'm from Rhode Island where people are tough as nails as our winters are, in New England anyway, so I figured that I'd be a good fit in the mountains somewhere but I guess I'm just being naive.
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    Sep 29, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    MattGardenGuy saidI happen to part native american, but that is not really the point. i would say please find somewhere else to move. Denver is too big already for someone to move here because they just want to be in the area. Please keep Colorado pristine and quiet by not coming.

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    Sep 29, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    I moved to Denver for four years and absolutely loved it. I only left because of grad school.

    it has everything that you're looking for. They're lots of guys into rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, etc. I loved the gay men there.

    This "us vs. them" mentality you're experiencing on this thread is an anomaly. I never had any of that while I lived there. You won't have the cosmopolitan experience of a big city but that's not what you're after either.

    Enjoy!
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    Sep 29, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    PS. Check out Highland neighbourhood right across the river from Lodo. Best secret neighbourhood to live in the city.
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    Sep 29, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDon't let one fool sway your decision from moving to a city in the U.S. If you're a productive part of society, work and pay your taxes and are a respectful you have the right to live anywhere in the U.S. your little heart desires.

    I almost thought of Denver myself but I think it's too landlocked or me. But who knows, nothing is written in stone.

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    Sep 29, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    I LOVE Denver. I go there very year. If I could find a job in my field there, I would have left yesterday. The scenery is beautiful, the guys are hot, the weather is warm/hot in the summer, cool/cold in the winter. They have everything from art and theatre to skiing and casinos. Definitely a good choice.
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    Sep 29, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    MattGardenGuy saidI happen to part native american, but that is not really the point. i would say please find somewhere else to move. Denver is too big already for someone to move here because they just want to be in the area. Please keep Colorado pristine and quiet by not coming.

    Please don't make him cry.





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    Sep 29, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    Haha -- thanks guys -- I am totally a productive member of society. I just am over the big city and would like something of a bit of a slower pace, more scenic, definitely a fit city because I love to be outdoors -- I should look up their local Crossfit Affiliates too and see what that scene is like. Thanks for the support guys! If you have any other city suggestions...I'm totally open!
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    Sep 29, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said^ You lost me there, hun.

    I'm not sure my current job makes me "productive". I sample out products to people. Its tab bit exasperating. If you can imagine what standing in place, behind a cart, waiting to get someone's attain attention to try whatever you got on the table would feel like?
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    Sep 29, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Capn_A saidYeah I don't know -- I mean I am definitely looking for a change. I've been in New York for 8 years so [...]
    One of the reasons I wanna leave NYC is because people are such assholes here so rude, so nasty, so unkind and don't give a crap about others IE selfish. [...]
    I'm from Rhode Island where people are tough as nails as our winters are, in New England anyway, so I figured that I'd be a good fit in the mountains somewhere but I guess I'm just being naive.


    Eight years here in NYC and you actually feel that about the people here? NYers may not like to be interrupted when hurried, and don't tend to have honey dripping from their tongues, and (the stangers amongst them) may be blunt (truthful) when you're in need of someone to cry to. I've been around, and have lived here 'a little longer' than you and consider NYers to be amongst the people one would want to live amongst. But generalizing about NYers as you did makes me wonder if you'd be happy anywhere. Whatever you do or go, I wish you well though.
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    Sep 29, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    I'm a Colorado native and lived in Denver for 4 years of college. It's a really friendly and clean city, but if you're coming from New York you're going to think it's really small.

    Denver is perfect for anyone who likes to stay fit and active since that's pretty much what everyone here does. It's easy to find gay bars and events in general if you like that, if not there's tons of other places to go.

    If you move here drink lots of water because it's really dry, there's no humidity. You'll need sunglasses and sunscreen, even in the winter.

    Let me know if you decide to come here, I'm just curious about people's opinions of our city.
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    Sep 29, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
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    Capn_A saidYeah I don't know -- I mean I am definitely looking for a change. I've been in New York for 8 years so [...]
    One of the reasons I wanna leave NYC is because people are such assholes here so rude, so nasty, so unkind and don't give a crap about others IE selfish. [...]
    I'm from Rhode Island where people are tough as nails as our winters are, in New England anyway, so I figured that I'd be a good fit in the mountains somewhere but I guess I'm just being naive.


    Eight years here in NYC and you actually feel that about the people here? NYers may not like to be interrupted when hurried, and don't tend to have honey dripping from their tongues, and (the stangers amongst them) may be blunt (truthful) when you're in need of someone to cry to. I've been around, and have lived here 'a little longer' than you and consider NYers to be amongst the people one would want to live amongst. But generalizing about NYers as you did makes me wonder if you'd be happy anywhere. Whatever you do or go, I wish you well though.


    Obviously, to make such a generalization -- it was more a heat of the moment thing--and I know of course there are some great people who live in this city. But understand as a young person, surrounded mostly by other young people, everyone is here, in the rat race, for their careers. And they don't really care about relationships -- and sometimes I feel like, especially with the gay scene, what matters. It's all about drinking and partying and clubbing and true -- that's definitely not the case with some communities here -- but it's hard, because I feel that in my experience, there is just such a "eat or be eaten" mentality and I need a break from that, frankly.