At 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15, Mayor Michael Hancock will deliver his annual State of the City, this time at the Forney Transportation Museum, right by the Denver Coliseum, at 4303 Brighton Boulevard. The Forney was once in the old Tramway building that's now home to the flagship REI store by Confluence Park, which has turned into one of the city's true jewels -- and now the Hancock administration has made transforming Brighton Boulevard into a real gateway to downtown one of its top priorities. An updated National Western Stock Show complex figures into those plans, and will likely make an appearance in his speech.
But don't look for any announcement that the model-train layouts housed for decades in Union Station are going into the Forney -- though that's one of the possibilities that the Platte Valley & Western Model Railroad club has explored since it got the boot from its home for more than three decades by Union Station Alliance developers.
Still, he mayor's office assures us that there will be "planes, other trains and automobiles" in Hancock's speech.
And it will be delivered with a backdrop of vintage Caddies -- the current exhibit at the Forney.