The latest piece of “Hey, have you noticed Denver?” journalism begins with everyone’s go-to Denver Fun Fact: This city has a lot of beer.
Travel writer Jonathan Thompson writes for The Telegraph, “The first permanent building in Denver wasn’t a church, a home or a bank; it was a saloon. Now, more than 150 years after gold prospectors first began to arrive, Denverites still clearly love their beer.”
The following 200+ words detail the wonders of our beertopia on the plains, but you’ve heard all that. What else did he find?
“But it’s not all about pints and pitchers: Denver as a whole is very much on the up.”
There it is.
“The second fastest growing city in the country after Austin, it’s also chasing down the Texan capital in the cool stakes too. A magnet for young professionals, the active and outdoorsy, it’s one of the youngest cities in the US too, with a median population age of just 34.”
From there, Thompson tries to answer the title question: “Is Denver becoming one of America’s coolest cities?” The piece shouts out our museums, the revitalization of Union Station, bike trails, B-Cycle, a thriving dining scene, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Red Rocks and, bafflingly, the “boutique hotel scene.”
All of those things are very cool (although I’m still not sure that last one is a thing). Denver is very cool. And there’s so much more to it.
Remember, this was written for a UK audience, so it’s fair that it doesn’t go deeper. But on the slim chance that some of that audience find itself here, we have a few more cool things to shout out:
A vibrant music scene, so much Mexican food, lovely people, lovely homes, Casa Bonita (close enough), gorgeous street art, smart people trying to do cool things, adaptive athletics, a very good football team… we could do this for hours.