Reader: I wish we could close the gates on visitors to Denver

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Last week, we shared a list of the ten cities sending the most visitors to Denver and added factoids about why they might be leaving home to spend time in the Mile High City. Plenty of readers added their takes as well, with this one wishing that such tourists would stay home and keep their problems with them.

Crystal R Willis writes:

More laid-back lifestyle, the weather, the year-round activities, lower crime rate, just to name a few. I wish CO could have 'closed the gates' years ago. The city has grown too fast, bringing with it all the problems of bigger cities.

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Nicole Mills
Nicole Mills

YES... I am so happy the bulk of tourist season is in the shittiest, most hottest months of the year. I enjoy Colorado's high country late September - April... it feels as though I have it all to myself especially being a nurse having the weekdays off. Weekends/tourist season in Colorado are for suckers!

parablepaul
parablepaul

As a fairly recent transplant here in Denver, that decided to move here after visiting 5 times in one year, successfully spending all of my extra-curricular funds I had here after making them in another state, I find this comment asinine. Walk down any street in the metro area here and ask people where they're from. MOST will say from another city in another state. Part of the reason Denver is the socially-responsible, progressive, healthy city that it is, is because for that exact reason, it continues to beckon young, smart people with new ideas. It teeters on the verge of hilarity that most of the people that complain about transplants and tourists here were in fact born somewhere else. Don't bite the hand that feeds our booming, seemingly recession-proof economy in this magnificent city of all of ours. 


Justin Day
Justin Day

As a pedicab driver I want as many people to see this city as possible. We are witnessing a city boom when many aren't. I'd like to share it with everyone as long as they can adapt to our Colorado ways I have no problem with it.

Kellie Lankutis
Kellie Lankutis

I love tourists! They drive local economy to fund the arts, non profits, and parks and rec.

Ian StClair
Ian StClair

Bring'em! They keep asking me for weed!

Keith A. Badje
Keith A. Badje

Tourists can come all they want. It's when they keep moving here that's the problem.

Wayne DeNucci
Wayne DeNucci

Come to the new jersey shore its HOOOOOT and we need the cash

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry

That is just ignorant! Does this "Reader" have any idea just how much money these tourists bring to the city??

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

This is a stupid statement. Most of the phenomenal improvements our city has undergone, is funded by our vibrant downtown! We need folks to come play in Denver, it is our job to help folks love this city.

Bill Riley
Bill Riley

My next trip to Denver I will remind everyone that....We don't do it that way in Texas.

DougHubka
DougHubka

Closing the gates would be like shutting the barn gate after the cows have all left. A huge reason for the growth in Denver's population is due o people visiting here and then deciding to move here. A nice idea , but entirely too late

Che Harness
Che Harness

Hell no. Welcome to Denver, give us your money.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Denver's summer tourism is nothing compared to Alaska. Quit whining, you haven't seen anything.

fu_quote_natives
fu_quote_natives

What an idiotic question to pose, on the fifth of July no less

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

It's not the tourists bringing in revenue that I mind, but the goo-backs gotta go.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Teresa McGlohorn Well put, Teresa. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Justin Day You make a good argument, Justin. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ian StClair Hilarious, Ian. Thanks for weighing in.

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