Debates and Discussions

Reader: Stapleton Is as Close to "Leave It to Beaverville" As I've Seen

In the first of a new neighborhood series, Teague Bohlen recently served up "Seven Things That Make Stapleton Really, Really Mad." Well, you can now add his piece itself to the list, making it eight. Nick's response was one of the most moderate on the Westword Facebook page:
 We are not Stapleton residents but we visit there regularly to spend time with our son's family. I am sure that it isn't the PERFECT refuge from the hustle and bustle of life in the big city of Denver, but the people generally seem friendly, shopping is convenient, and the restaurants (although not exactly of haute cuisine stature) are fine for a convenient night out. Also impressive are the schools —- very high quality and a good selection of choices, especially at the secondary level; and the community's parks provide ample opportunity for a variety of activities for people of all ages.

It's as close to "Leave it to Beaverville" as I've seen since the 1950's!
But there were others you got the joke. Says Doug:
As a founder and now former Stapleton resident, I see plenty of truth here and at least one point that's missing: You folks need to get a sense of humor. It appears Okay to laugh at in-jokes in your private Onion, but when the rest of Denver takes a gentle poke it makes residents defensive. Does that tell you anything? (BTW, The Big Wonderful is just that and we are going to miss walking over there on Saturdays — so if you don't want it, please send it back to us here in Five Points.)
Or not: Says Carmen:
I wonder about the purpose of this article. It seems to want to perpetuate a negative and very narrow perception of a complex community. Obviously there are elements of truth and some might even agree with a few or even all of the points. But as it is such a singular view, and doesn't speak for a single actual person I actually know who lives here (only ones who don't - funny that). I'm just really curious about the author's intentions. Maybe presenting distorted stereotypes as truth is a form of humor?

Adds Reginald:
I'd expect nothing less than the defensive posts I'm reading here... I've worked in Stapleton since 2006 and it's borderline Highlands Ranch levels of annoying, WASPy behavior. I've seen dozens of moms basically abandon their children at the fountain in the town center at lunch while they run around on the streets, I've seen and read some of the racist Stapleton Mom e-mail chains about the surrounding neighborhoods, and I've seen some of the rudest, oblivious-to-the-world behavior I've ever seen at that King Soopers (and poor Station 26 Brewing, but don't get me started on that again)...

Stapleton can't take a joke and its residents are crazy.
Concludes Craig: 
I'd be more upset that my neighborhood is named after a prominent KKK supporter.
What do you think of Stapleton? And what neighborhood would you like to see Teague Bohlen take on next?
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun