As Denver's crankiest historian, Phil Goodstein takes his audience on a journey into civic corruption, greed and corporate maleficence. He sniffs out stories of scandal and blasts ruling elites for degrading the potential of the Queen City of the Plains. Since the 1980s, Goodstein has walked and biked around Denver neighborhoods, escorting gaggles of curious history buffs through the city's sordid tales and political conflict. Untarnished by corporate dollars and independent of academic institutions, Goodstein is a fulltime writer and historian who supports his research with the proceeds from his books and tours -- including a bicycle tour through Five Points
this weekend. In advance of that event, Westword
spoke with Goodstein about the history of the neighborhood and his style of research.
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