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Foursquare mayors reveal their territorial ambitions

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Now she checks in wherever she goes, whether it's the Whole Foods in Capitol Hill — a competitive mayorship that she held for only a few days before being ousted — to the Starbucks at 18th and Stout streets, where Garrison currently holds the honor. But gaining those mayorships has been tough on the pocketbook, she adds.

And although being mayor of City Hall is cool, Garrison's real Foursquare aspirations don't lay in politics. "I was mayor of the YMCA downtown for three or four months. I was proud of that, but I just got ousted." If she can't get that mayorship back, Garrison, who has been running more than she's been working out, says she may go after the current mayor of Washington Park.

Mostly, though, Foursquare is just for fun. "I like getting points and badges," she says, "and I only friend people who I already know in real life."

— Jonathan Shikes

 

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David Jones

Sputnik

3 South Broadway

Potential Foursquare mayors of Sputnik, beware. David Jones, aka LORDSCIENCE, rocks his mayoral status at the South Broadway hangout — and at the next-door hi-dive — with authority.

"I'm always trying to shake down the [potential] mayor, scare him out of there," says Jones, a 31-year-old illustrator who lives in the Highland neighborhood but who has made it down to Sputnik about thirty times in the past two months. "They know me pretty well," he says of the Sputnik staffers, who greet him with some variation of "Do you want a corn dog, a Hearts of Palm salad and a Pabst Blue Ribbon?" Jones acquired the corn dog habit as a result of the frequent visits, but is "trying to limit myself to two corn dogs a week."

As for his favorite seat at Sputnik, the mayor doesn't get preferential treatment: "Wherever there's space," he says. And sadly, his favorite booth is no longer there due to renovation, the same booth Jones matter-of-factly states has a black hole that leads to another dimension: "If you pulled the seat back, there's this light that would pour out from beneath it. I don't recommend you try and find it," he says.Jones suggests that first-timers show up at Sputnik on Thursday nights for "What We Do Is Secret," a DJ spin of goth and punk music (Bauhaus to the Spits, he says).

So does the staff know he's the mayor? Not really. "I think [head bartender] Maria is the only one I talked to about that." However, people on the street — or in the bars — seem to be amused by the fact that he's the Foursquare mayor. And if you go, or you're trying to unseat Jones, it's easy to find him. "Ask for LORDSCIENCE at the bar. You can always ask anybody if they've seen me."

Just watch out for the black holes.

— Nick Lucchesi

 

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Ahsan Khan

Elway's Cherry Creek

2500 East 1st Avenue

If you're forty and single, a friend once told forty-something divorcé and lobbyist Ahsan Khan, there's an unbelievable roving social scene in Cherry Creek.

And it starts and ends at Elway's.

"It was one of the first bars I went to when I moved here," says Khan. "Now, everyone knows my name and what I drink" — typically a Grey Goose martini or a Stella. In fact, Khan spends enough time at the opulent wooden bar and linen-clothed tables to make him the Foursquare mayor, and he goes there for the same reason he checks in: networking. "I meet a lot of people at Elway's. And even if I stop in alone, I almost always run into someone I know."

That reflects the nature of the neighborhood: Cherry Creek is an epicenter for socially active, outgoing adults with successful careers, forging business or love connections over wine and martinis in up glasses rather than plastic cups.

"I mostly hang out in Cherry Creek and LoHi," Khan says. "I'm not really into the young, young crowd in LoDo." Khan cites a list of venues that includes Earl's, Second Home, Zengo, Vita and Lola — and he's mayor of Earl's and Lola, too.

The crowd that frequents those restaurants can afford valet parking, the reserve wine list and the occasional $75 lobster tail — all of which appeals to Khan, who joined Foursquare to "toot my own horn, to let people know where I am in the world."

Khan moved to Denver from Washington, D.C., three years ago, when his job sent him out this way. He liked Colorado right away because the population is committed to staying healthy, a breath of fresh air after twenty years in a city that didn't share that focus. He embraced that, skiing and biking when he wasn't traveling for his job. He's also an avid freelance photographer, and he's especially interested in concerts.

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