"Fantasy Island," Melanie Asmar, August 1
Back in the 1970s, Glendale was the place to be. All the young kids moving into Denver wound up in cheap apartments in Glendale, and East Virginia Avenue was the center of nightlife. But things change. Just like East Hampden had its day, Glendale has came and gone, and the center of nightlife has moved on.
This riverwalk may be a neat idea to lure Denver singles back to Glendale for something besides strip clubs. Good luck.
Glendale does need some help luring people east from downtown, but the reality is it needs to understand who its target audience is. It has a far better chance of attracting people from Aurora than Denver, which is still in the midst of a boom throughout its varied parts. Heck, lure Aurora-ites and Thorntonites away from South Broadway. I'd love you to death, Glendale!
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Editor's note: For more comments on Glendale's plans, see "Fantasy Island" at westword.com.
"Free for All," Josiah Hesse, July 25
In the mid-1980s, I worked as a carpenter in the Denver area. On the weekends, I had a sales area at one of the local swap meets. The contractor I worked for lived on Evans Avenue, near the University of Denver. On my way to his house, I would drive through the alleys, looking for items to sell at the swap meet.
One morning, I noticed an electrical cord dangling from a dumpster. Inside the dumpster, I found several paper bags with tape around them. I ripped one open and found pieces of cloth, like those used to sew a quilt. I could feel a round object with some weight to it inside the cloth. To my delight, it was a mason jar filled with silver quarters. In the next bag was another jar filled with silver dimes. The other two bags held jars of buffalo nickels and wheat pennies. This find was not for the swap meet; I was headed to the coin collector, and I walked away with more than $300.
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