Opinions on Denver, CO

  • ManinSTL

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    May 15, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    I have read this forum for awhile now, but thinking on this and thought i would put it out there and get the opinions of everyone.

    I am wrapping up my two year consulting contract in San Juan PR and during this time I have exited from Tampa FL. I am thinking on where to move permanently now that things have stabalized in the economy.

    I had made a list of five cities that i knew and over the year i have whittled it down. But, my last city, Denver, i have spent very little time in. I have friends there, from multiple lifestyles, and each love it alot.

    So, Denver has kind of creeped to the top of the list.

    So, any one have opinions on Denver as a city to live in? Things to suggest or insights? Place to live, things to check out if i get out there to "interview" the city?

    Thanks in advance.
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    May 16, 2010 3:06 AM GMT
    the neighborhood just north of capitol hill and east of downtown (i think its just north east of the city park) is a somewhat up and coming neighborhood, if you want something always nice, try cherry creek, if you want the old gayborhood, do capitol hill, near hamburger mary's, JR's. there's another section of gaybars, but i forget where, somewhere south of downtown. all the new gays are flocking to stapleton (its not called gaypleton for nothing) if you want something a bit different, go north of union station, closer to the aquarium.

    Overall, one of the best cities in america, but a huge amount of sprawl... if you want the city, you get it, or you can try the burbs, which can be just as fun. The museums are excellent, the mountains are a short ride away and the shopping has almost anything you could want in any part of the city. for downtown dining, try any of the restaurants in Larimer square (i think the one i loved was rioja). then head over to The Market (same street) for some of the best cake you will ever have.
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    May 16, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    I grew up in the burbs west of Denver but have been living in Texas for the last decade and a half (work) so my info is a little dated. Not knowing you at all it's tough to make any specific recommendations. I enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park, snow that generally doesn't hang around too long, and the cities of Denver, Golden, and Boulder. And, of course, I can't forget Casa Bonita lol.

    I know this probably isn't very helpful so Hit me on Email, I'm happy to discuss if you have some more specific questions that could help you rule it in or out.
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    May 16, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    OH Yes! Rioja has Excellent food!!! (Casa Bonita still beats it for ambiance tho lol)
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    May 16, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    HA! Dude, there are plenty of us Denverites on here. You could just ask us directly.

    Denver's a great city. I grew up in Colorado Springs, so Denver's always been the Capital City, hoarding everything from the state. Although, having finally moved up here, I can say it's great for everything you'd want in a large city— a vibrant gay community, plenty of cultural events and a national presence. The last 10 years have seen an amazing urban renewal, especially in the downtown area. Where I remember Denver being very "brown" growing up, it's now colorful and fun. It has a great energy.

    You also can't beat the beauty of the location. Being at the foot of the Rockies, it's a great place for being outdoors. You've got skiing in the winter and plenty of outdoor recreation during the summer. And we're constantly ranked as one of the fittest cities in the country in several health/fitness magazines.

    I also find it's quite convenient for travel to other parts of the country. With Denver International Airport being a hub for United and headquarters for Frontier (not to be mention just being a major airport in the middle of the continent), it's incredibly convenient and relatively inexpensive any time you want to get out of town for locations beyond.

    It has its downsides, too. Colorado's very libertarian and can sometimes swing very conservative. (That may not be a downside, depending on your point of view.) Right now, the state enjoys a Democratic leadership in the governor's office, state legislature and our U.S. Senators. This could change in the mid-term elections. And for some reason, we're enjoying a very snowy spring—with white stuff on the ground as late as this past Thursday (which is odd for the middle of May, though not unheard of).

    Hope that helps. Cheers!

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    May 16, 2010 7:17 AM GMT
    I'm use to "Big Cities", I've lived in LA, SF and NYC and I moved here 9 months ago thinking I was ready to be away from a more metropolis city, I was incorrect! I am heading back to SF myself.
    However, this is a BEAUTIFUL city. If you thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, winter sports and what not and don't mind the more "loaner" type of mentality then this is a great place! It really is! Just not my style.
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    Mar 31, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    You could ditch Denver all together and come to the healthiest city in the country, Boulder only 20 minutes away.