Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Location, Location, Location

Two weeks ago, the Denver dailies and TV newscasts were full of stories about an early Sunday morning shooting in LoDo -- only six blocks, or eight blocks, or ten blocks (depending on who was doing the counting) from where the Democratic National Convention will convene at the end of August. Would the streets be safe for those delegates from Iowa who wanted to get down with the let-out crowd?

There was also an early morning shooting this past Sunday, July 6, at 25th and Decatur, an undeniable five blocks from Invesco Field at Mile High, where Barack Obama could very well deliver his nomination acceptance speech on August 28. But this slaying, in much less sexy Jefferson Park, rated just a footnote in news reports on July 7.

Location, location, location. -- Patricia Calhoun

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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.
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