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Reader: Denver sucks, lacks culture and is boring -- and I'm glad I moved to Portland!

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Our post about the 50 reasons we're glad we live in Denver and not the United States was warmly received by almost everyone -- but there were some exceptions.

Like, for instance, a onetime resident who's glad he headed west, as he stresses in the following screed.

Rudy writes:

i was born and raised in denver. just moved to portland 3 years ago. most the things you said can be said about portland first. denver sucks and is boring and lacks a lot of culture. and is constantly being strangled by yuppie controlling cheap skate republicans. and CU is nothing to be proud of by the way, a rich kid party school for date rapist frat boys.

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dude1984
dude1984

I moved out here from Chicagoland with high hopes. It has not lived up to my expectations. It seemed like the land of opportunity because of the low unemployment rate. However, like elsewhere in America, most of the jobs are low paying while the cost of living is sky rocketing. Average house is now over$300k and the apartment crunch is increasing costs by a double digit percentage annually.


-Traffic is bad because nobody knows how to drive a car. They have no problem ignoring the yield signs, but take forever to merge, brake for no reason, and if you’re lucky they will do the speed limit. I have never seen this many idiots on the road at one time;  

-Wages aren’t keeping up with rent prices and I expect it to get a lot worse;

-Starting to hate being landlocked…I miss being close to a decent sized body of water more than I thought I would;

-The lack of outdoor recreation diversity… Everything doesn't have to be up a fucking mountain. It would be nice for some more prairie hikes to get a full view of the mountains and or some mountain circumnavigation or valley hikes;

-Lack of culture due to it being a cow town on the edge of the Great Plains turned into a  transplant town and the lack of energy, vibe, and density I have associated with major cities. This is an important city and it feels more like a massive suburb than a city;

- The pace is too slow…you’d think a metro area of around 3 million people would have a pace faster than molasses. There seems to be no urgency out here. Everybody seems to be way too laid back. Maybe it is just my tendency to exhibit Type A characteristics in a city that is mostly Type B? 

InVinoVeritas
InVinoVeritas

Denver has one powerfully dominant culture, the new age foodie and craft beer variety.  The areas that are/were unique are getting gentrified fiercely and rents are going through the roof.  Being close to outdoor recreation is Denver's only saving grace.  I am originally from the mid-west and if you are lucky enough to meet a person who grew up in Denver they are laid back and genuine, but they are few and far between though.  Usually you find yourself talking to a beard about the new place in town with the same menu as the last place and music that was cool on Pitchfork 5 years before.  In my 3 years of living around the Denver metro area, I have found Aurora to far surpass Denver in food, people, and personality.  There is a diverse immigrant population with great food at decent prices, not $20 reimagined pretzel bun blood sausage rolls in a packed small hip waspy gastropub where everyone looks the same and is carrying on the same conversation. That is Denver's culture and excitement, so if that is not your scene you are going to have your work cut out for you.  If it is your scene, come fast before the cool moves to another city.

catw1101
catw1101

I am glad I am leaving finally. I hated the brown, dryness of the place, the increasingly hot summers, the angry attitude of varous strangers and bums out there, the bad drivers, the stupid overblown weed culture and the fact that for such a big place, there are only so many kinds of social circles to get involved in and people seem very flakey over my 11 years or so living there.

CitizenOfTaos
CitizenOfTaos

There are a lot of other places to live or visit prior to Denver.  You have to really be quite old and well-travelled to think that Denver is important to experience.  

r.bm13
r.bm13

Armed Security guards told me I was not allowed to enter the church yesterday on Christmas. There is something wrong with this place its like the freaking twilight zone. Where the hell am I?

nmaynardphotography
nmaynardphotography

I am sorry to hear that so many people hate Denver. I'll admit it gets pricey here and if you don't have some kind of sport fascination it can be hard to swallow, but in truth there is so much more to this city, and our state. Let me see if I can address your complaints one at a time:

People- Everybody has bland people, but is all you encounter is stuck up people, perhaps you need to look beyond your bubble. I have meet people who don't fit in with the societal norm, and take immense pride in calling them my friends. I have been friends with goth's, punks, artists, tattoists, philosopher, scientists, and everything in between. By no means am I normal, nor am I so far out of the spectrum to make people cross the street, but I also never have a problem stepping into various social groups. As far as manners, though some are indeed rude (and I do call them out on it if I can) this is also a state where people don't make it a competition of who says sorry first, and the loser is the one who does, like in Michigan and Wisconsin. Just remember that the people you CHOOSE to be around are your own fault. If you have a crappy room mate maybe you need to leave, rather than getting pushed out.

Culture- Though we are not on the coast (which for some reason gets all the attention when it comes to the art) by no means are void of culture. Try going to First Friday on  Santa Fe, go see an opera or ballet. Auraria Campus's theater has shows going all the time. I am an art student so it is my livelihood that rests upon the culture in this place, and though it is not like NY or L.A. in is booming. And to be honest I am grateful for that, because I have experienced both places and the pretentiousness is palpable there. This is a city with plenty of culture, if you actually look for it.

Activities- While I do indeed hate the cyclists who ride around like they really do have that endorsement fro REI you can find so much more to do here. Our Zoo, Museum, and Botanic Garden's is great. Many of our parks and mountains are nice and easily accessible. Our Renaissance Festival and Comicon are pretty awesome too. The reality is that is as much of an adventure as you make it. Recently my husband I have found a source of excitement in taking a one night jaunt up up to Estes Park and staying at the Stanley Hotel. It has become our own adventure. We make this place as exciting as we can.

Potheads- Yeah they are dropping on my list. At this point I am waiting for them to shoot themselves in the foot and get their recreational legalization revoked. However keep in mind that some really do have medical need. My mom has leukemia, and is constant pain from a bad knee replacement and so it helps her get some sleep and reduces the pain as well as ups her appetite.

 How you perceptive this city and state is how you want to. If you think it sucks, then by all means that is your opinion, but remember that that is how you chose to experience. Personally I love it here, and though I may take vacations, I am always happy to come back home.

lambrc63
lambrc63

I'm a hopeless Denver native. I would leave but my mother is in a nursing home. But, I'm ready to bolt. There's still too many "I'm better than you's" here. The suburbs are full of government-hating Republicans. Women are worse here. 1 in 10 might smile at you and I'm no ugly guy. Denver is hard to compete because there's so many other males here that are much taller than me. No hit on tall men, but I've been to other states and cities that could be a good home as opposed to dry Denver. If you don't drive a Mercedes or an Audi, you feel small in Denver, too.

andretti_mike
andretti_mike

Colorado is an interesting place that is for sure. Like most fine folks on here I have lived all over and in numerous cities and small towns.Every place has its ups and downs, Colorado in my opinion has Downs Syndrome.The outdoors and mountains here are overrated compared to the Cascades. Most of the Inglewood trees are dead or dying, it is dry, the reservoirs are mostly mud filled puddles that people use for bogging. Always nice to clime up by MT. Blanca only to find a nifty little pile of syringes awaiting you. WTF? This was miles back, junky hikers who love nature so much they will drop used gear.Bizarro land.Yes the people are reserved if not cold. You have a few dominant cliques.1. Rural clique who wear camo everywhere. At least one piece of camo clothing required.The bigger the lift on your truck the more alpha you are. Really bizarre because most of the jobs in rural areas do not pay shite! Believe me, I have shucked on a bailer just as much as the next guy.How can they afford a $70,000 lifted rig and all that snappy camo?Who knew farming a field of Chico bushes was so profitable.2. The family clique, this is a huge one. If you have kids, run around to soccer games all the time it distracts you from depressing scenery.The kids have to play sports to keep them out of trouble as their is literally nothing else to do.Makes sense.3. Church clique, another biggy. If you do not belong to some sort of church good luck. These folks often hybridize with the family clique.They gossip and shun the unbelievers. Get thee out oh OUTSIDER!4. Fitness fanatical. Beautiful bodies but good luck trying to have a convo with one, they are their own world and actually quite dull.Mortal scum, I laugh at your six pack! Check out my 12 pack, notice the definition and veinage on my finely plucked stomach?Yes they do pluck the hair from their chests and possibly even keep those hairs as they are beautiful and might be worth money someday.The regular people are overshadowed by these dominant persona's, not much variation.I didn't mention the hippies, not as bad as Sedona that is for sure.So if you happen to be super religious, a fitness fanatic, sports nut, great white hunter, farmer, dirt farmer. or in producing a family you are shit out of luck.It is called the high altitude attitude, it has its pluses as well as negatives. Every place has them and nothing is the same.A few tips for Colorado drivers though, do not ride another cars tail. Do keep a distance of three car lengths behind you. Do use your turn signals please.I have seen more frigging wrecks here after a long line of cars which looked like a funeral procession because everyone was tailgating until Bambi jumped in front of the lead car.OUCH!

greylopht
greylopht

I do have to day, yes Denver does suck.  I have been here since 7/6/12 and guess what.  Here it is 9/3/12 and I am ready to bolt.  As soon as my contract is done it is a hop to Austin to see my Grams and fix my moms truck, then it is off to Bishop CA to get more stuff and then off to Portland.  I am from CA (Mendocino) and have to say that the dope smokers here are far worse than anything in the emerald triangle.   Let me recount the things that have happened since I have been here.

 

Roomates 21 year old F to M party girl but want to be a guy pushed my Geriatric 3 legged dog down a flight of stairs.  Once I had the house owners place all cleaned up, 3 other folks moved in (as well as party girl) and all they want to do is party, smoke pot, drink and sleep all day.  I was the black sheep that wanted to keep the house cleaned up so I was shoved out once everyone else moved in.

 

Got rear ended in a hit and run on Westminster in Advarda.  Old guy in a 09 Accord, blew his front end off and he still drove away.  While I have been here at Motel 6, my car has been backed into on the left side pushing the strut in and bending a wheel, lower control arm and a radius rod.  (Currently waiting on parts, I drive a 32 year old French Peugeot so parts are scarce).  The drivers are rubbish and I have lived in.  London, Berlin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Petaluma, Freemont, Atlanta, Agusta, Kansas City, Knoxville, El Paso/Las Cruces and even Seattle for a time.  The roads here are really -worse- than Kansas City, and that is saying something.

 

There is 0 culture here, and folks are right about the want to be out doors folks.  Their version of out doors is visiting a strip mall, but they dress all REI for it.   There has been some good food, but over priced.  Food is over priced, rents are insanity for the job market.  People have there nose in the air really badly.   The job market is full of head hunters that take half of your contract pay OR MORE.  (I speak from experience)  There are shootings here all the time, folks seem to be rather wing nut combative or clueless.  This is a very Frat Boy/Girl centric city.  People are rather closed minded but try to put on the façade of open mindedness.   I have met a couple of really nice folks, but they are few and far between.

 

Extremely consumer oriented. Strip mall on every corner with the same stuff as every strip mall, there is not much to really DO.  Want to go hiking, deal with the throngs of people then.  No where is it pedestrian friendly for walking places, (not to mention the drivers)  It is very Yuppified and tries to be all in the now, when it is really stuck somewhere in the 90's and is about as fake as a city as a city can be. 

 

I really wanted to love Denver and come here for a new beginning.  So far it has done nothing but cost me money and patience.   Did I mention exorbitant prices like everyone makes 100K a year. 

 

I can say working with the Police and the other Agencies I have worked with has been a VERY pleasant experience for the most part.   (I am a trainer)  but other than that, sorry, Denver is a soul and money sucking place. 

VinnyRandazzo456789138
VinnyRandazzo456789138

I won't rant, but I've lived in Denver for 3 years and it's been 3 years too long.  Lame city.  I'm peacing out in 2 weeks!  Can't wait!

Johnnyalias
Johnnyalias

People, no city is perfect. Portlands weather sucks. NYC and SF are insanely expensive. LAs traffic is tricking brutal. Miami is full of crime and douchebags. Dallas is hot, flat, with a never ending supply of bigoted rednecks.

It's easy to complain and yes the grass is always greener. I should know. I used to move from place to place thinking the next would be better. Seattle, Santa Barbara, London.

I can afford to buy a nice house here. It's clean. It's sunny. The mountains are gorgeous. It lacks culture? We have loads of art galleries, the second biggest performing arts complex next to the Met in NYC (though Im betting 90% of these posters have never been to an opera or musical) and more high class restaurants than you could hope to eat at.

Having trouble meeting people? Get a hobby that doesn't involve sitting at home or going to bars. Live closer to downtown than I the suburbs.

This city isn't perfect. None are. Good luck moving to the next one I'm sure you'll find another excuse to hate.

Oh and believe me, we have hot chicks. An ex Hawaii tropic model was in my bed the other night. Get off your fat ass and go work out.

blahzayblogers
blahzayblogers

Your so right I live in highlands ranch in a an apartment and I hardly ever go out I just go to work and go home and you're right I drive through the city a sometimes and I saw a walmart and I also saw a couple of churches denver is just full of walmarts & churches. LOL

Matt from DC
Matt from DC

MY GOD...what is wrong with some of you people?  Maybe you need to get out more.  I've only been in Denver for about 6 months, and I love it so far.  And this isn't coming from some rural kid that has never lived in a big city.  I'm originally from DC, one of the biggest cities in the country.  lived in Charlotte, NC for 6 years, and we lived in Seattle for 2 years before moving to Denver.  

We moved here Lakewood (Bel Mar) due to a job promotion.  We've only been here for 6 months and already I've met a ton of people.  My wife and I have several groups of friends already, and we go out to see live music, bars, performing arts stuff (one of my coworkers is an actor), sporting events (nuggets, avalanche, Tebow LOL),  We are busy all the time and we go at least 2-3 times a week.  

Some of you folks must be antisocial or just in the wrong parts of town.  Yes, I admit that compared to DC,  Denver is not oozing with culture.  But there is plenty to do and we are very active.  Not sure what the rest of you folks are doing wrong, and I'm sorry you don't or didnt' enjoy it here....but you guys act as if Denver is such a HORRIBLE place to live...

Tamaso Garcia
Tamaso Garcia

I also forgot to mention that I had moved to Denver from Texas. For reasons valid or not, many people in Denver genuinely seem to hate Texans. So, whenever I said I was from Texas, they immediately turned their noses up at me and didn't even give me a chance. I agree with a previous poster who said that people in Denver enjoy living "in a box." Not the friendliest folk I've ever met. Again, if you're not part of the outdoorsy, granola culture, you tend to be ostracized.

Tamaso Garcia
Tamaso Garcia

Unless you're an avid skier or a Broncos fan, there's not much reason to be there. I lived in Denver briefly several years ago and found it pretty underwhelming. It's certainly pleasant enough, as far as a big city goes, and I know there are those who love it there. I just wasn't one of those people.

Surveyjoshua
Surveyjoshua

I'll be honest I used to love Denver but keep in mind I moved here from Nebraska. One other thing to keep in mind is that I grew up in New Orleans so I thought that Denver would be a nice middle ground between the two places. What everyone says here about how Denver sucks is 100% correct. I always giggle a bit inside when I hear someone say that Denver has culture. You want culture? Go to New Orleans. Yes I know it's dirty, hot, dangerous, and for the most part nobody SHOULD live there but when you grow up there you know what culture is. If you are a football jersey wearing jock or rich 20 something who loves to pretend he/she is poor then Denver is the place for you. Why would I stay in a place that feels like a giant Target/Applebee's  when I could be almost anywhere in America and find that exact same thing. Oh and one other thing I hate about Denver... outdoor/health elitists. STOP WEARING YOUR EXERCISE/HIKING/BIKING GEAR TO REI JUST SO PEOPLE NOTICE HOW OUTDOORSY YOU ARE!!!! Oh I also have very few friends here as well as others have mentioned.

P.S. I'm leaving Denver in one month. I've been here for 6 years and it is time to go!!! any suggestions on where I should move to?

PDXLover
PDXLover

I also transplanted from Portland, OR to Denver for a promotion within my company thinking it would expand my horizons.  Sorry to say, barely two years later I had made zero friends along with seeing more street fights, altercations and blatant violence than the previous 34 years of my life spent on the west coast.  I have moved back to Portland and am loving the rain, trees, friends and culture I so lacked in Denver.

I want to like it...
I want to like it...

I would have to mostly agree with the fact that Denver is lacking in character. Or at least it seems to be far more difficult for me to put my finger on the pulse of the city. It's definitely not a walking city or, to be honest, a biking city. I felt more comfortable biking in Chicago than I do here; the roads just aren't biker-friendly. They certainly have nothing on Portland - that's for sure.

I'm from Michigan and have lived in LA and Chicago, and Denver takes the cake for bland so far. I just cannot jump on board. 16th Street Mall is a lame tourist trap, LoDo is a boring rehash of idiotic college kids, LoHi/Highlands are far too yuppie and expensive, Larimer Square, meh. Cherry Creek, meh. Cap Hill and Congress Park are all decent and I dig Cheeseman Park. 6th avenue has some interesting areas and so does Colfax, but I don't really see much cohesiveness to the city as a whole. It's tough to describe, but it seems ram-shackle and disparate for the most part.

But I am really struggling to find the redeeming qualities that will keep me here. I don't know if the weather will be enough.

Sure I love the sun and the warmth (and it is nice to have seasons), but is it worth the trade off?

I'll give it another 8 months to a year. Then it's SF/PDX/or international.

Janna Raine
Janna Raine

NOW I don't know if this is a Denver thing but  a guy tried to get into a fight w me over a t shirt I dropped while my arms were full (size tiny,wouldn't fit him anyway)....he got really nasty and sarcastic,told me dead bodies drop from the sky.... came out of the library and CONTINUED to try to harass me....I finally came to his level and cussed at him-told him to leave me the f*ck alone....he started to ride his bike towards me like he was going to spit on me...whatever happened to chivalry?I dropped a t-shirt accidentally...well anyway glad to be home!

J-raine
J-raine

I was siting here thinking about how much of a disappointment my move to Denver has been. I checked online to see what others thought...A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH ME.

Hitwithice
Hitwithice

I agree. I grew up in Co Springs and relocated to Denver. Colorado use to be the best place on my list. There's only one culture here Hispanic. Nothing against a lot of us are born here but Co boasts how diverse they are. You get more diversity in Nebraska than Denver. There's better shopping in Colorado Springs on Academy Blvd. Than all of Denver and Cherry Creek Mall Sucks and is the epitomize of Denver and a great example of BS. Why am I so bitter? A lot of people have died on me due to drunk drivers "Colorado voted drunkest state in 2007" including grandchildren and the people who hit them ran and/or where illegal. Jobs and pay are something to be desired and food prices is your second rent.

David Silva
David Silva

We, a couple in our late 20's, just moved from Portland to Denver.

Just can't fall in love with this place, it seems to seriously lack character and culture. Bikeability is bad, and drivers are very aggressive and non-considerate compared to where we came from. The people aren't as friendly by a long stretch but Oregon is unique in this regard.

It's cleaner than Portland, our allergies aren't a problem, and the buildings are actually maintained and people in businesses are professional. Drastically more sunlight and beautiful clouds are a big plus as well. The ~8 months of rain and clouds in Portland are definitely a BIG downer.

I can't put my finger on it, but the magic that the west coast has is not here. I wouldn't run back to Oregon or California.. but we may be moving on from here soon.

Keiran
Keiran

I moved to Denver 5 years ago and now live near the foothills. I have lived in many places and Denver only to things to brag about; the 4 seasons, and access to the mountains. Thats it. The City is dull, the people are dull, and people enjoy living in a box. Its hard to meet people here. Its not a walkable city where people say "hey" on the street, strike up a conversation, etc. It has no identity, and had nothing going for it. Just a boring place, glad to leave it.

Guestcargobye
Guestcargobye

I've lived many places and Denver is by far the most snobby, cultureless, BORING, fugly-make-up-less-Siberan-hell-holes I've experienced.  I recently moved to Texas and like it far better than Colorado.  The natives are arrogant, delusional, and close-minded!  They wouldn't know real food, culture, sophistication or art if it fell on their oxygen deprived heads!  When I lived there I never saw anyone smiling either.  No wonder Colorado has the highest percent of suicides!  Glad I never have to step foot in that gross state again!

Mike
Mike

Denver is very boring. there is nothing going on within city limits. sure go a mile outside of it and it is pretty great, but man don't you just wish that another city was transplanted there. bad place.

granier.brandon@gmail.com
granier.brandon@gmail.com

Denver DOES SUCK. I also grew up in Colorado, and have lived in many places since then. They are ALL better. Portland is also better. Rudy is right, and Colorado should be left to the redneck, sports watching pieces of ____ that enjoy it. Have fun with your CHAIN RESTAURANTS, king of chain garbage and intolerance.

Thanks.

DenverScener
DenverScener

I think what Rudy meant to say was "I graduated from Highlands Ranch high school 3 years ago, man the suburbs are boring and boy was I picked on. Life is not fair - I didn't even get into CU, so I moved to Portland where the heroin is cheap and the young street kids are plentiful. I go to a liberal arts college studying The Endangerment of Ethnic Women in Film and on the weekends I let my hair down and pretend I am similar to the many un-employed who sit around and bitch about the "Yuppies" and their impending doom. Additionally, even though I live in Portland, I read Denver's Westword magaxine. My favorite athlete is Rudy afterall."

catw1101
catw1101

@DenverBlows Right before I left my apartment there, two people who lived within 200 yards of me committed suicide. That was my omen I needed to leave. The whole place was getting to me many years before that anyway.

catw1101
catw1101

@r.bm13 I used to feel like that all the time there - like I was in a bad twlight zone or a bad Steven King movie set, as someone else commented on sperling's once. I could totally relate. I had so many weird things happen to me and I spent most of my life in L.A. and had a better time.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @greylopht Thanks for the post, Greylopht. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

catw1101
catw1101

@VinnyRandazzo456789138 I am getting out too. I am glad to know I am not the only one who is happy to leave as so many people think it is something really great to live there and they wear it like an identity, it seems. I tried to live there two different times for five and six years and honestly felt like the place just didn't like me based on all the weird things that happened. I never felt so alone in one city at times.

catw1101
catw1101

@I Like Denver, But... LOL. You sound like me. I had more things happen to my car there, including a very bad car accident that eventually landed me on disability after years of trying to work for various employers there, who were totally dysfunctional and nuts anyway. I also got the most traffic tickets there than anywhere in my life.  I had more people rip me off artistically and try to take advantage of me and not really be who they are. More facade than heart in some of the art and music scene I wound up in. I never fit in anywhere and had a better time feeling like I could find people to hang out with and be myself in far smaller towns and even in Los Angeles. Denver can be a strange place and it may just come down to karmic stuff there for some. I don't know.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Love the post, Johnny. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

DenverCanSuckMyCock
DenverCanSuckMyCock

 Nothing is wrong with us, you poor delusional, oxygen-deprived soul!  Hope you have a happy life in Dumbver.  I'm happy I don't live in that hell hole anymore!

Thank the Lord for Chicago
Thank the Lord for Chicago

I'll provide some highlights for you after living here for 2 years(thank god I'm moving back to chicago)

- Clueless hill billy locals who wear REI burnt orange fleeces to weddings and are pissed that you're here.- For some awful reason, every person in the state worships anything or anyone "made in Colorado".  Shit on a stick stamped "made in CO" will be purchased in mass numbers.- Anything above 55 mph on the highway will get you pulled over immediately.  95% of the drivers sit in the right lane and drive 5 mph below the speed limit - mind numbing.- Zero culture/fashion/class - half the women look like men and don't wear make up- Horrible dining/food options.  If you've lived in a REAL big city, you know what I mean. -- People will stare are you if you order a martin and not a micro brew- Cherry creek - idiots out here think it's "high end" -- Its a MALL.  - Zero Diversity - no, mexicans don't count.- The most boring, close minded,  cheapest, I live in a bubble, slow right lane driving, conservative worthless people on the planet.   - Basically, if you're not a dude who: Weighs 150 lbs, has a beard, drinks micro-brews, is stoned, wears brown clothing/shoes to every occasion, drives a subaru, and has no goals in life ---- You don't fit in and don't want to live in this state.

I cannot get out of here quick enough.

abaronov1234
abaronov1234

@Surveyjoshua Look into San Diego. I know it's not the most exciting place in America, but I moved there from Denver 6 years ago. It has it's flaws like every other city, but it's not quite as nuts as Denver. I'd say it's an alright place.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

This story isn't representative of the Denver I know, Janna. But thanks for sharing your experience.

dbo
dbo

Wouldnt the highest suicides be Seattle?  there it is really shitty.  if you think denver is bad, and im not picking sides, check this website out: www.ihateseattle.com

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Ouch! Strong take, DenverScener. Thanks for reading and commenting.

greylopht
greylopht

 @michael.roberts Forgot to mention that this place is sort of like being in Orange county CA.  But thanks.

comtn16
comtn16

Dead on! Couldn't have explained it better myself. My solution was to live so far in the mountains that I pretend these people don't exist. You forgot to mention the lovely ones who drive 15 mph under the speed limit in the left lane then get mad at you for going around them. Too many unaware sheep here for sure.

John Magistro
John Magistro

WOW! Finally I know it's not just me. Thank you posters! I won't sit here and write a long story but my reasons for hating the mile high are as follows:The people! I have never met so many stuck up, rude, cold, selfish, aloof people in my life. And yes, I've been everywhere including NYC and LA. The women and people overall are just ugly. I don't know what it is, but Burt Reynold Jeans, cow faces and looking like its 1985 all over again is  just not attractive. The women are mostly 5-7's and act like they are 9-10's. Again, place like LA, Dallas, Chicago, etc. you would get chewed up and spit out. Next, the drivers....Omg, for being such a big city, I feel like I'm in a little cowtown. Everyone is scared to drive, merge into traffic, go the speed limit, etc. I know the place is rated one of the top ten speed trap cities in the USA, but seriously...Come on. I moved here from LA....my insurance went up!!!!!!! Why??? The reason......All the hit and run drivers, the hail storms, etc.     the excuse that everyone that doesn't know how to drive is from somewhere else.. I call bs. Much better drivers in LA. You will drive around the mile high....sunny day... 70 degrees and yet you still see car accidents from people who just don't know how to drive. Blame the altitude!And the weather? Give me a break! 300 days of sunshine a year? Go read the stats, it's more like 240 days. You can keep your hailstorms, thunderstorms, wind storms, etc. as well. Please read the weather almanac. 300 days of sun is not true. And the thin air? Yeah, you don't like humidity...tell that to your body which is made out of water....Forget contacts....Colorado is a nice place to visit, I give it that...But otherwise, enjoy your snootyville, your overpriced housing, your crumbling roads, your cracked windshields, your stupid attitudes, you constant police shootings, your micro brews, your Te Blow! I'm done and I promise you, there is better out there. Its made for some people, but not others. Denvoid, Menver, are nicknames for a reason.

LMAO
LMAO

I just moved to Denver, and I was really looking forward to it at first. I've lived all over the country. The first thing I started to notice is how astonishingly fake people are in Denver. It's to the point of being comical. You can't be fake around someone who is real because they won't buy into the game. There are some really nice people in Denver... but there are also a lot of shallow... um... I don't even know what to call them, I've never seen so many fake shallow people before on such a large scale. You can find them everywhere, they're the ones with the scowl on their face, who try to control you and manipulate you. They are full of fear, afraid to be themselves because they might be "judged" ...I love breaking these people down in front of others in a crowd, watching them crack and crumble, left with nothing of any real value to say. Game over, phonies.

Devinn
Devinn

I live in Denver and have all my life, I just turned 21 and I agree somewhat with a few posts that it is very hard to make friends here!! I am constantly judged and called the "weird pretty girl" honestly just because Im odd and not a paper cutout doesnt mean Im weird. ALL the girls here dress the same so when I wear something they have never seen people criticize which makes it hard to be yourself. The people are either rich ugly white women who dress bad or mexicans who no habla english!! I live in a suburb with a little bit of everything and I like it but the thing I hate the most is people here are boring and just want to drink!! I drink but i also what to do things and activities with my life. Everygirl I know has a damn child and gets food stamps while I have to work to pay for food because I didnt get knocked up and have the "bf who loves me" walk out. I love the state and the small town feel but I wish people werent all the same. I honestly would love to move because I feel too out of place here even tho I have grown up here. Also I HATE HATE football and stupid people about half of them are just fake fans ugh 

comtn16
comtn16

Perfect description of that "type" who runs rampant in colorado. Rest assure I call out their house of cards phoniness every chance i get and make them squirm too

comtn16
comtn16

Perfect description of that "type" who runs rampant in colorado. Rest assure I call out their house of cards phoniness every chamce i get and make them squirm too

J-raine
J-raine

I've lived in Denver for six years now and all I have is maybe three friends. Phony,fake, uppity,superficial,classist,-I mean, someone who doesn't drive or own a car doesn't deserve to have any friends,right? AND I have no job HORRORS! I really don't deserve to have any friends,right? I had a way better time in New York City, Oregon,California,Texas, and Seattle getting a little support. Here people just want to see what they can get from you-as well as if they look good standing next to you. Yeah. I will have to say "phony" is not a totally inarticulate word to describe this social scene. I may be having an opportunity to spend more time in Chicago....definitely will take it! I am rarely this nasty but six years...three close friends...hello?????

Csuman2011
Csuman2011

I have noticed that too. I moved from the East Coast in July 2008 to metro Denver. I am from the metro NYC area & lived there 90% of my life. Denver is different. I do not understand the snobby factor here.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Sorry things haven't worked out -- but thanks for the post.

Why did I move here?
Why did I move here?

I belong to a professional association in Denver and was noticing how phony most of my fellow members are. One of the members in that group sent me a LinkedIn invite yesterday and I thought, "Maybe, I'm wrong. Maybe there ARE some nice people in this group (and in this town)." Today I found out that guy is running for office. Nice try, buddy. I've met some nice people here at random here in Denver, but the professionals in my field are as cold as ice, without exception. I've learned something though since moving here in October, that a person in Denver does not have to be super-rich or famous to be a snob. They can be snobs just because they were born here or because their sucky job is slightly better than your sucky job. I moved here in October after two years of planning, thinking it would be a great improvement. Instead I think it's been the biggest, most expensive mistake of my life!!!!!

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