Union Station may become Denver's gateway again -- if it stays on track

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Many Denverites have personal memories of the station's years as the city's proud civic gateway; others, who are younger, yearn for a chance to earn such memories of their own. These sentiments underlie the technical planning and number crunching around the station, fueling passionate excitement — as well as feisty disagreements — about the redevelopment. "Everybody has a crazy story about the building," says Utter, who says the first time she ever saw snow was while riding a train into Union Station. "It's just amazing how deeply people care about what happens to it. I think that's really a mandate to invest in it and do it right."

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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