Remember, Downtown Denver Is a Crime-Infested Hellhole*

Unless it’s Cinco de Mayo weekend and you want to be governor of Colorado!

We haven’t seen a definitive report yet, but it’s our understanding that Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl was able to escape Civic Center Park after these photos were taken despite the odds! That’s a big relief since last August, in an in-kind donation a column provided the Colorado Springs Gazette, Ganahl painted a very different picture of Denver’s downtown area:

Maybe walking by needles on the sidewalk, homeless camps across the city parks and leftover graffiti on buildings near our Capitol will slow them down? Maybe hearing from one of their neighbors that their car was stolen, or their apartment was broken into, or their favorite coffee shop had their window broken would cause them to hesitate? Things are changing in Colorado. A lot.

For those of you who are new to our state, just a couple years ago downtown Denver was a beautiful, clean vibrant place with a constant buzz of people laughing and admiring the views…

And what do we see above? Looks like “a beautiful, clean vibrant place with a constant buzz of people laughing and admiring the views” to us! Downtown Denver isn’t perfect, and in our memory never has been perfect, but it remains on balance the vibrant destination that actual residents say they love living in and near more than just about anywhere else in America.

It’s a problematically mixed message. Ganahl should have picked one.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. 2Jung2Die says:

    There is possibly no better strategy in an election by popular vote than to insult the population center, where (checks notes) a lot of people vote. Bravo Hiedi!

  2. davebarnes says:

    Downtown [insert city name] Is A Crime-Infested Hellhole was probably said beginning with Babylon.

  3. Voyageur says:

    Babylon WAS a crime-infested Hellhole!

  4. st0ry says:

    Downtown is so much nicer than it was in the 80’s and 90’s and is still much cleaner and safer than pretty much every major city I’ve been to in the US with the exception of maybe SLC..  Is she new here, or does she never travel? 

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      Seriously folks, Hiedi's been in Colorado long enough to know better, and she's aware of other major inner cities. She's just talking from a script, "inner city infested with whatever," and I'm not holding my breath to learn about the doggy-care exec's magic solutions to a complex situation.

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