As I dashed across the vast expanse of that terminal, I thought about how well it had worked, despite all the early doubts (some of them ours) and the very unexpected challenges (ramping up security after 9/11, so that no underwire went undetected). Even the now-iconic big-top roof has proved for more successful than, say, the Libeskind mess on the Hamilton building, with only a few rips -- all fixable -- over the years.
So if it's not broke, why are we looking at fixing this? Why isn't the city concentrating on getting some real retail out on the concourses -- some Colorado-centric retail in the places where passengers are really going to be spending their time and money -- rather than turning the terminal into a members-only mall, and then replacing it with a brand-new place for people to meet and gree their travelers in front of the current terminal?
It won't fly. Unless, of course, this is all a grand, one-billion-dollar ploy to move "Mustang."