But the 32-year-old recently moved to San Francisco, and he had some words of warning in this goodbye missive, which began: "Denver has so many redeeming qualities. There are so many chill spots. The music scene is legitimate; it's remarkable how many big-name and small-name artists roll through Denver. But lately, the chill spots and the concerts are populated by rude douchebags. The caliber of people who are migrating to the city is low."
His piece inspired plenty of responses from natives and non-natives, douchebags and good Denverites alike. Says B:
You are so dead-on it's not even funny. Great article.Counters Susie:
Dumbest op-ed I’ve read in a long time...over-generalizations in general make you look like a fucking idiot.Comments Howard:
I’ve been here for thirty years reading your rag and that was the best article I’ve read yet! Way to hit the nail on the head! Loved it!Adds Matt:
I couldn't agree more with Patrick Mims's article. I sold my townhouse (Marion and 21st) in November and moved to Tucson...where I bought a 3 bedroom/3 bath newer house with a frickin' swimming pool. Real estate is less than 50 percent the cost of Denver. I made out like a bandit.Replies Alex:
I was soo over Denver for exactly the reasons mentioned in this article. Denver is no longer cool. I lived in Denver for 23 years! It is now totally lame. I used to miss it, and love returning. Now I don't care if I ever go back.
Boo hoo, Denver's growing and I'm sad about it because not everyone meets my incredibly specific nativist standards. And, of course, everyone Denver-born and -bred are just the best people without exception.But Andrew responds:
Author, do you listen to yourself?
I agree with the author. People are taking advantage of our laidback nature. It used to be a thing that people who visited or moved here took care of themselves/our state and liked the vibe. Now, being or driving anywhere everyone is a super aggressive, everyone is trashing the place (it’s hard to not find garbage and heroin needles everywhere), and now all of the natives/locals are getting pissed off because they can’t even afford to live here.Suggests Tyler:
It would be fine if everyone had a little decency or respect for Denver, but it seems like that is the exception and not the rule. For those who do, we see you. For those who don’t, GET OUT.
I bet this guy cries twice a week that he can't put a "Native" sticker on his Jeep.Several readers focused their responses on San Francisco, where Mims recently moved.