Fast-growing cities Denver and Austin have the same problems, including dog poop

Anyway, let’s play a game. It’s called “Austin complaint or Denver complaint?”
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A dog at the Elk Meadow dog park. (Jeffco Open Space)

This dog wants to know when you're doing it pick up all the poop. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

When it was revealed yesterday that Austin overtook Denver as the best place to live in U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking, some Denverites were relieved.

Rather than feeling competitive with the also-booming Texas capital, a lot of people expressed hope that maybe now fewer people would flock to Denver.

Unsurprisingly, Austinites feel the same way about their city's growth. They are sick of this shit. Literally.

The Austin Statesman today published some reader reactions to the news that they're No. 1, and we saw some very familiar responses. This one really popped out:

"Many of those scenes like Barton Springs are ruined now with about 400 more people with dogs shitting everywhere because of they read articles like these and moved to Austin."

Yup. Apparently Austin has a dog poop problem, too.

What is it about growth and gentrification that makes people stop picking up their dog's waste? I've seen a lot of people in Denver blaming it on transplants, but I disagree with that for one big reason: Jerks are born everywhere.

Anyway, let's play a game. It's called "Austin complaint or Denver complaint?"

  1. "Every time one of these stories gets printed another 10,000 Californians show up."
  2. "No it's not it's horrible, nobody come here."
  3. "What hell wrong with new people in ____!!"
  4. "Yea well whatever makes us great...we're full....keep going!"
  5. "A lot of fun if you like spending half your day in traffic."
  6. "Funny how they never tell us what financial bracket the participants of the study reside in. Yeah this place is fantastic if you make more than 100K."

I'll wait while you guess...

Otters at the Denver Zoo, Jan. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)


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