Top five new names for Midtown at Vallagio

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As a resident of a town even further south than Vallagio at Inverness, the new development at Dry Creek and I-25 that's now trying to call its restaurant-centric self "Midtown," I have to admire the guts of developer Peter Kudla.

By bringing a number of established restaurateurs and chefs, including Mark Dym, Biker Jim, Brian Laird and Mary Nguyen, to the project, he's trying to establish Vallagio as a suburb that's not a suburb -- a Midtown, if you will, even if it's located at a wide spot on the prairie.

Still, I can think of five better names for Vallagio's Midtown:

1.We Are Not Suburbia: The owners of this prairie-dog project hope a snazzy name will draw in all those former urbanites who moved to the suburbs to raise a family -- and a big bank balance. Will they drop some of that cash here? Maybe if they think it's cooler than that Chili's down the street.

2. High Density Overpriced Dishes Town: An impressive lineup of central Denver restaurateurs have signed on to open second outposts in Midtown. The last time I saw such an impressive suburban lineup was at the Vistas at Park Meadows. Let's see how many are in the unemployment line with former employees of the Counter next year.

3. Tiny Town: Oops, already taken.

4. Midtown Is the New Downtown: If developers can convince people that a place as far south as Inverness is really the center of the action, just think about how it will pave the way for more developments even further down I-25. Out of our way, Colorado Springs!

5. Cowtown. I'm certain Denver would happily surrender this title.

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Jon S
Jon S

Vallagio: It's like combining "vagina" with "Bellagio". You like both of those things, right? So, yeah, come on down and live here. Oh, and there are some restaurants moving in.

Take That
Take That

Maybe you could try to have a little class?

Mantonat
Mantonat

Even Atlanta's Midtown has historic homes and parks, an art museum, and downtown-style traffic gridlock.I applaud the efforts of the developers and business partners to bring in some quality restaurants and I think it's also a good thing that DTC employees now have housing options that are less automobile-centric. However, what the area lacks is culture and depth. There's no history, no bums, no bicycle messangers with middle fingers extended, no opportunities to chat with a crazy lady in a $10,000 fur coat, no artists lofts, no funny smells wafting from the alleys (and no alleys); in short, no character.I will say that Street Kitchen has a great menu and lively atmosphere so I will definitely make it a regular lunch stop. It's just extremely difficult and a little depressing to hang out anywhere around the DTC after dark.

Beavis
Beavis

North Highlands Ranch

Jay
Jay

Cool Riverville

davebarnes
davebarnes

Hantavirus town. "Come visit the prairie dog petting zoo."

Fake town.

White bread town.

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