Photos: Our Ten Least Favorite Places in Denver
To generate a little community spirit -- and to prove that it is hip -- Denver's Department of Community Planning and Development is asking residents to name their favorite places in town. To participate, you just need to share your spot via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtag #favoriteplacedenver and including text, photos or videos.
More photos below.
There's no hashtag for least favorite places. But maybe there should be....
The planning department's social media campaign "is an opportunity to shout from the rooftop what you love about your favorite rooftop -- or plaza, street, park, alley, patio, etc. There's no right or wrong answer," the city promises. "Your submissions will kick-start a wide-open Denver love-fest to foster civic pride and learn from each other how we can make our beloved city even better."
Of course, some of our favorite places are long gone: Celebrity Sports Center, Mile High Stadium, Daddy Bruce's Bar-B-Que. But there are hundreds of other favorite places that Westword recognizes each and every year -- and without a hashtag -- in our annual Best of Denver issue.
Still, the city's campaign, which runs through September, got us thinking -- not just about our favorites, but also our least favorite places. And there are plenty of them, many traffic-related (guess we should ride our bikes more). In fact, rather than trying to fix what ain't broken, maybe the city should start by trying to address #leastfavoriteplacesdenver and go from there.
Here are our top ten least favorite places in Denver:
While Confluence Park is one of our favorite places, our least favorite is up the Platte a few miles. Only the brave breathe the air for more than a few seconds at the confluence of the South Platte and Sand Creek, next to the Suncor refinery. Dead raccoons and fish bobbing in the benzene brew make this a scenic spot for picnics -- or the flailing of penitents.
Anthony Camera The confluence of Sand Creek and the South Platte, near Suncor, in 2012.
The men's rooms at Sports Authority Field at Mile High are crowded, usually bereft of soap, and they smell bad. And we understand that you're drunk and loud and excited, but please don't slap us on the back while we're peeing. Oh, and try to aim.
Continue to keep counting down our ten least favorite places in Denver.