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Reader: Old geezers ruin it for everyone in Wash Park

The news that Brown Dog Pizza has lost its bid for a liquor license and won't be opening a joint at 1001 South Gaylord Street has people talking -- not just about the Washington Park neighborhood, but what NIMBYism has done to other parts of town.

First, a view from Wash Park by Frustrated Neighbor:

This makes me so furious, what a great addition to the neighborhood this would have been. Really, is there nothing that can be done to appeal this? So many of the neighbors wanted to see this happen...some pompous dirtbag and a few of his old geezer pals decide they don't want the hassle of a successful business, so they ruin it for everyone?

The challenges are not just in Wash Park, though. Over in Cherry Creek, which is still buzzing over the departure of Argyll, ms3131 offers this:

What is going on in this city! We just saw this happen in Cherry Creek North with the denial of a liquor license to the investors on Steele Street because of the objections of a neighborhood association who dont seem to realize that prohibition ended in this country 80 years ago. Were in a deep recession and reasonble business investiment should be encouraged not hindered. I take exception to Jandrews comments that hyperliberals are somehow responsible for this. Sounds like the opposite to me of conservatives who want to rid the neighborhood of that undesirable drinking and carousing element my kid might see on his way to bible study. Old Gaylord should heed the example of Cherry Creek North and not wonder what happened when half the businesses are closed with "For Lease" signs on them. Quit letting a few neighborhood association nuts destroy reasonable commercial development in our Denver neighborhoods!! Gaylord Street? Are you kidding me!!!

And Uncledave8 expands the issue to the entire city:

Well, it seems that City Council's plan for little urban plots of businesses that attract people to stay in or walk to their destinations is at odds with the neighborhoods surrounding those areas. South Pearl, South Broadway, South Gaylord, W. 32nd, Lower Highlands, Uptown, Pearl and Alameda all come to mind. Places where the neighborhoods associations fight any new business (especially those who need a liquor license) tooth and toenail. They make parking impossible and generally do everything they can to make it impossible for a new business to come in or survive. Careful, run out all of the small businesses and see what happens to your property values.

What neighborhood makes it toughest to do business in this town? Post your nominations below.