Photos: Our Ten Least Favorite Places in Denver

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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.

There's no hashtag for least favorite places. But maybe there should be....

See also: What's Your Favorite Place in Denver? The City Wants to Know

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:

Number 10:

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The confluence of Sand Creek and the South Platte, near Suncor, in 2012.
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.

Number 9:

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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.


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Melissa Parks
Melissa Parks

Ballpark area before and after any game. It was HANEOUS living down there!

Sean Gray
Sean Gray

Lodo let out makes number 2 on my list, just behind jail! lol

sporobolus
sporobolus

i'm growing tired of this listicles/click-bait stuff, but still drawn in to point out that Suncor is *down the Platte" (calling it "up the Platte", folks may think that swimmers at Confluence Park will get Suncor's benzene drifting by along with the coliform bacteria)

Beth Bischoff- Taylor
Beth Bischoff- Taylor

Why is the Westword so anti-Colorado? I feel like EVERY post is bashing this state.

Dawn Bent
Dawn Bent

So glad you mentioned those tiny ass Trader Joe's parking lots! I'm convinced that they create them small as a social experiment.

Robyn Valdez Hacker
Robyn Valdez Hacker

Westword posts are too difficult to read. You would think they could have more than 5 lines before having to go to a new page. Upgrade already.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

but ur mom is actually many's favourite place

Rob Price
Rob Price

Good story and I agree with a lot of them. But couldn't you at least use photos of the places you are talking about? That was not a photo of the Peoples Fair, I don't think it's even Denver. Colorado Blvd? Surely a little more Googling and you could have found a photo that was actually of CO BLVD. That's clearly a two lane road. And the lodo shot is in RiNo. This is more like a Buzz Feed story than a Westword story.

Alfredo Montalban
Alfredo Montalban

You're missing the Denver Boulder Turnpike/Hwy 36 during rush hour.

Mnizzle
Mnizzle

We used to be able to race on weekend nights on Colorado Blvd.  Crusin' 4 chicks & burgers.    Now you crawl.

No Cooper, no Celeb, no Grampy's, no Leaning Tower, no Holiday/Denny's.   CO Blvd sucks.


Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

This list was dumb. I expected restaurants, not bathrooms.

AnalAndy
AnalAndy

Your number 1 is not in Denver.  I'm WAY too anal to allow this.

Julia Dube
Julia Dube

Spencer: don't go to these places. But DO go to Elways in Cherry Creek for steak, Osteria Marco for amazing Italian food & ambience, and see a show...denver has a killer music scene. I would try for one at the Bluebird Theater. Have fun!

meepsheepy
meepsheepy

"surreal nightmare of drunken bros and ho's" - "ho's" as in a singular "ho" possessing something?

KokoTheTalkingApe
KokoTheTalkingApe

The park on top of the RTD Civic Center Station has got to be some kind of high mark in bad park design. There are avenues that seem to lead nowhere, little habitrail channels like in the parapet of a fortress, and the ugliest, scariest covered stairway in the city, especially at night. It has handy benches for street people right next to where people walk, so both they and pedestrians are uncomfortable. It doesn't take advantage of what could be pretty good views of the library, the capital and Civic Center Park. It doesn't relate to Lincoln at all. It doesn't help that it is poorly maintained. It is the worst part of walking from Capitol Hill to downtown. 

Brad Porterfield
Brad Porterfield

The Denver County Fair. The only county fair that I'm aware of that is held inside a parking garage.

whosdp
whosdp

Broncos games.  They are an assault on the senses, from the blaring "music" and commercials to the drunken, obnoxious fans, revolting bathrooms and awful food, being there is dreadful.  Having to walk by vendor stands featuring profane t-shirts and other less-than-authorized merchandise is a classy touch.


So, two guys in the front of your section feel the need to stand up for every three-yards-and-a cloud-of-dust play...forcing the whole section to stand if they want to see the action...no problem.  Yeah, paying through the nose to be one in a herd of thousands packed into the diaphragm gets you into one of the worst places in Denver...

plpllawson
plpllawson

Westword is one of the reasons Denver has turned into this greedy mess of transplants it has become

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

That paints a picture. Thanks for posting, Santiago.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Why can't they time the lights any better on Colorado Blvd....it's awful. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

We understand why you went cap-lock on ALWAYS, Mackenzi. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You're at least the second vote for Casa Bonita, Kathy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@whosdp A strong post, whosdp -- one we're going to feature as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

c.burnett
c.burnett

@whosdp Stay home then and watch it on TV. Football games are supposed to be loud and crazy--it's not a country club. Go to Coors Field and watch the sorry Rockies play if you want a nice relaxed atmosphere with no excitement whatsoever. Broncos fans are actually pretty well-behaved compared to many other football teams.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... the lights are synchronized, it's the idiot timid drivers who don't do the speed limit -- required for synchronization to work.  Try it sometime when traffic is lighter."

whosdp
whosdp

@DonkeyHotay Don...why do you pipe in with crap like that?  Give it a rest...

whosdp
whosdp

@c.burnett  "Broncos fans are actually pretty well-behaved compared to many other football teams."

And that's not saying much...

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga I have and find them to be awful.  You are right about the idiot drivers, sometimes they are so stupid I 1/2 way expect there to be a Palin rally close by. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whosdp ... grunts the beer-soaked obese knuckle-draggin' Neanderthal sports "fanatic".

c.burnett
c.burnett

@whosdp I take it you haven't been to very many pro or major college football games in your time--which is fine. Football games aren't for everyone. Go to Boston, Philly or Oakland if you wanna see real scumbag fans. Every team has their drunk idiot fans and Denver is no exception. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... without idiot traffic interference, one can make it to/from I-25 and Alameda  without catching a red. 


Or Colfax to/from Alameda.


Not quite as cool as the Broadway synchronization where one can easily make it from Colfax all the way to 1-25, and if lucky at that light, all the way to Hampden, without stopping.

whosdp
whosdp

@c.burnett  Season ticket holder from 1969 (family's seats) until 2000...yeah, I've been to a few games.  Had my cap ripped off my head on the way into a game and watched it get pissed on at the LA Colosseum in...1993?


Citing examples of even worse places to be, in no way makes our games somehow better.  I had seats at the AFC Championship game, 30 rows up from the 40 yard line.  The guy on my left cupped his hand to his mouth, pointed my way, and screamed every time the Pats had the ball.  The "humans" to our left arrived drunk--though not drunk enough to be ejected.  It wasn't until the third quarter that one of them projectile-vomited on the people in front of them.


Yeah, they were then given the boot...small consolation to those of us directly affected...nothing like the smell of puke on a warm day to get one in the mood for football!

The whole stadium far too closely resembles the old South stands, where that sort of behavior was expected.  I don't suppose I need mention the assaults perpetrated in the parking lots, after the games...do I?


Broncos games are excuses for generally upstanding people to exhibit the worst of humanity...think Wes Welker on molly.  It's not dozens--or even hundreds--of fans...it's THOUSANDS.


Way back, when people bought season tickets to actually attend games, not scalp them to the highest bidder, everyone knew everyone around them and it was like a family event, going couldn't have been more fun.  We'd come up from the Springs after Church, cook up hamburgers and hotdogs, and watch the Broncos mostly lose...didn't matter.  Now, one is likely to be sitting next to Philly, Oakland or Boston fans whose seats they bought from a season ticket holder, on Stub Hub.


Perhaps, I dislike the games, now, because I remember what it was like at old Mile High.

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