Photos: Five benefits of Denver Airport City development for Adams County

Number 2:
In pushing for its Airport City, Denver is giving an assist to the competition: the still-unnamed hotel/convention complex originally planned by Gaylord Entertainment near DIA, which Denver boosters worried would take business from the Colorado Convention Center. Although Gaylord pulled out last May, a new developer just signed on -- in time to collect the regional tourism tax subsidy the state approved for the Aurora project a year ago.

Number 1:
The fact that both Adams County officials and Mayor Hancock are carrying out their snit-fit by mail, rather than e-mail, could be the only thing keeping the U.S. Postal Service in business. (The Rocky Mountain Station, located on the sixth floor of the DIA terminal, is a perennial winner for Best Shop at DIA.)

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