On May 1, Adams County commissioners and other elected leaders gave Mayor Michael Hancock a week to provide a list of "tangible benefits" they would realize from Denver's plans to push forward with development around Denver International Airport. Hancock responded with a letter saying their demand had an "unrealistic deadline" -- which means the Adams County officials won't have their answers in time for today's meeting of the Airport Consultation Committee. So we're offering this starter set of five very tangible benefits: Number 5: Mayor Hancock could record a new message for the DIA trains, touting the wonders of Adams County as well as the area's sports teams. Number 4: When United's non-stop starts flying in from Tokyo next month, it will also bring a big demand for Japanese restaurants in the area -- inspiring sushi restaurants to spring up in this very land-locked area. Number 3: Governor John Hickenlooper wants to make Colorado the healthiest state; this is a perfect time for Roy Romer to come out of retirement and start eating oatmeal again, as he did 25 years ago when he was pushing for the original intergovernmental agreement and vote that made DIA possible. Continue for the top two benefits of Denver Airport City development for Adams County. Number 2: In pushing for its Airport City, Denver is giving an assist to the competition: the still-unnamed hotel/convention complex originally planned by Gaylord Entertainment near DIA, which Denver boosters worried would take business from the Colorado Convention Center. Although Gaylord pulled out last May, a new developer just signed on -- in time to collect the regional tourism tax subsidy the state approved for the Aurora project a year ago. Number 1: The fact that both Adams County officials and Mayor Hancock are carrying out their snit-fit by mail, rather than e-mail, could be the only thing keeping the U.S. Postal Service in business. (The Rocky Mountain Station, located on the sixth floor of the DIA terminal, is a perennial winner for Best Shop at DIA.)
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