Historian Phil Goodstein on knowing the past and shaping the present in Denver

From swanky neon signs to the obvious remnants of an old cow town -- including our awesome and never confusing two-grid street system -- Denver's past shows through her shiny exterior. But Denver is a city of transplants, and all too easily, much of that history gets lost.

Phil Goodstein, author of North Side Story: Denver's Most Intriguing Neighborhood, has been in the business of teaching Denverites their history for years, giving walking tours of the city's neighborhoods and filling residents in on all the "dirt" -- crimes, love stories and the interactions between ethnic groups within the city limits.

Tonight, Goodstein will be presenting and signing his book at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. In advance, Goodstein answered some of our questions about history, crime and his upcoming event.

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Tiffany Fitzgerald