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Reader: I Think Aurora Sucks -- and Here are Three Reasons Why

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Our post featuring ten things only people from Aurora understand offered plenty of reasons why the often-maligned community is actually a great place to live, and quite a few of our commenters added more. But others weren't convinced, including this one, who supplemented the top ten with three additional picks that aren't nearly as positive.

See also: Ten Things Only People From Aurora Understand, According to Movoto

George White writes:

11) The Aurora Mall is a good place to go to get shot. 12) People who can't afford to live in Denver live in Aurora. 13) Property values always on the decline in Aurora (Newark West). What more do ya need?

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For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.


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christinealling
christinealling

Aurora has some good parts and some not so nice parts.  I don't mind the Aurora Mall, but, the area by the hospitals scares me a bit.  Southeast Aurora, by Centennial, is a very nice place.  I like that Aurora has clusters of shopping centers. The police wear cameras in Aurora.  I'm an advocate of that level of accountability. 


I prefer Aurora to some of the pristine suburbs because I don't like snobbery and exclusion.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Aurora is heaven next to America's rectum, Hulbert Oklahoma.

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

That's where I live, and I like it here! Property values are going up, there is almost no crime, and the neighbors are wonderful.

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

I'm only seeing the property value where I live in Aurora going up up up. I've been to the Aurora Mall several times since moving here, and I've not seen anyone who I felt intimidated by, or felt that they were someone who might shoot me. If this person does not like Aurora, then move someplace else!

chris-swain
chris-swain

Aurora is like Denver's stinky little perverted cousin who always shits himself at family gatherings and gets caught spying on his sister.

Rich Ortiz
Rich Ortiz

Alright is where all the other states rejects and up

Don Herman
Don Herman

Why yes, yes I did. You got me. I am forever shamed.

Michelle Peters
Michelle Peters

If aurora is names "all american town" then why is it so separated from the rest of the cities/towns you can only get there by 225, hampden n the other highways..not all streets go.all the way thru. There is a reason why that is..cause it sucks!

Casey Allen
Casey Allen

I got shot at during an armed robbery in DENVER. Denver has a lot worse places than the Aurora mall. Try all of downtown, five points, federal, colfax, broadway and on and on so ...most of denver is a good place to get shot. Spare me your arrogant little bitch complaints about Aurora.

John C. Ronquillo
John C. Ronquillo

I just moved here from Chicago. Hilarious what some complaints about Aurora are. Aurora Mall a good place to get shot? How about any random corner of the west or Southside Chicago. Count your blessings, jeez.

Roberto Carlos Roena
Roberto Carlos Roena

Denver and Aurora suck and especially with the huge skin problems they have

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

Lol Aurora sucks, especially way out by E470. Civilization seems to come to an end out there and nothin is within walking distance.

Christopher D. Ortiz
Christopher D. Ortiz

most houses are 10 miles from more houses, than there's a store a few miles from there a nightmare for those who can't drive.

Cody Scott
Cody Scott

You know what sucks about aurora? Absolutely everything.

Latisha Lala Acklin
Latisha Lala Acklin

People like your reader are the reason I will never live in Denver again.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

There are plenty of valid reasons why Aurora sucks, but this reader opts for 3 of the weakest.

Paul Falcon
Paul Falcon

Sounds about the general consensus from we Denver folk.

MayanGosling
MayanGosling

Awesome thoughts from this reader, except
(1) the only notable shooting near the Aurora mall (We'll assume he means Town Center on Alameda, even though there are at least four major shopping centers in Aurora) in the past decade was the Century theater shooting, which was not even inside the mall itself; 
(2) the concept of suburbs being more-affordable housing options in major metropolitan areas compared to the urban core is pretty standard across first-world nations;
(3) Aurora is one of many municipalities featuring lower-income housing versus what you'll find in Denver;
(4) there's nothing inherently wrong with having middle- to lower-income residents, as they, too, are part of a tax base you need to run a city of more than 300,000;
(5) changes in property values generally are tied more closely to school districts, local amenities, etc., which vary quite a bit within the City of Aurora itself, and not simply because of the city listed on the postal address;
(6) if you talk to a Realtor in the Denver metro area, they'll tell you there are many subdivisions and developments in Aurora that have seen both their assessed values and market values increase over the past six years, but that's also true of many areas of the Front Range as property values rebound from the housing market crash in the last decade.



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