Reader: It's Good to See Old-School Areas Revitalized — Go, Glendale!

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This week Glendale officials revealed their plans for Glendale 180, a 22-acre parcel in the heart of the tiny town (a former dairy area that was later completely surrounded by Denver) which will one day boast 25 restaurants, shops and other businesses. But Glendale isn't just looking to the future; it's looking to the glory days of the '70s when metro residents would head to Glendale for "fine dining at the Colorado Mining Company, spending Saturdays at the Disney-backed Celebrity Sports Center, waiting in line to watch the original Star Wars on the Cooper Theater's curved screen, or dancing all night at The Lift." The announcement did not mention Shotgun Willies, the adult-entertainment club that got its start as a country-Western bar, then morphed into something else entirely. But Teri hasn't forgotten the bar's origins:

I remember when Shotgun Willies opened... It was a cool little bar with live music! Imagine my embarrassment when on a trip to Denver, I took my (newlywed) husband to 'this really fun bar'...

Richard applauds the resurrection of the area:

It's good to see old-school areas of Denver metro being revitalized. I remember places like Cinderella City, Tamarac Square when it was new, St. Joseph's, Westminster and Stapleton when it was an airport with a restaurant straight out of WWI. Many areas of many cities wither away and end up bulldozed with no planning in mind. Time and again Denver metro has created new life in areas of decay. Keep it going, Denver metro — and in this case Glendale!

What do you think of the new plans for Glendale? What do you miss from the old Glendale? And who else remembers that the actual name of the "fine-dining" restaurant lauded in that release was the Colorado Mine Company?

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