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seeing it happen…

i have lived in Colorado now for 8 years (almost 9)… have lived in the city of Denver now for 7 years… i have been skateboarding around the city for the same amount of time… i have seen some areas of Denver flourish, while others remain stagnant… i have seen numerous skate parks built… i have seen buildings destroyed, erected, and/or renovated… i have seen zoning codes adjusted to allow for further development… i have seen marijuana legalized… lots of drastic changes have happened in this city…

i am from a suburb north of Chicago, so i say i am from Chicago… Chicago is a big city… it develops and redevelops itself constantly… i have never really lived in the city, but i see how it is constantly changing and growing… but i see it from afar… i only visit 4 or 5 times a year, so my perspective is skewed… but i have seen Denver go from a bit of a cow-town to a growing city… the cranes are everywhere and they don’t seem to go away… it is a good sign that the city is finding its identity…

it’s cool to have new spots to skate with all the development… i like that things are being upgraded for skateboarding purposes, but i truly question why all this is happening… i have seen buildings that were erected downtown in 2010 vacant for more than 3 years… i wonder, “how can anyone afford to own a massive building with no one paying rent?”… i see the light rail expanding at an exponential rate… i wonder, “how can someone afford all this steel for a project like this? Especially during a recession?”… i wonder “how can Denver afford to renovate all their government buildings?”… the list of wonders go on… and i don’t forget about each one…

as my wonders grow, i realize that i still have not a lot of answers to where the money comes from… yea, weed tax dollars will pay for quite a few things, but not all the development going on around Denver… not even close… so where has all of this money come from? who is pouring their sketchy money into our city? Federal government? private loans? energy companies? Hickenlooper? terrorists? haha… what is really going on?

in the meantime, i will be shredding whatever constructions may be happening… keep it coming Denver… the skateboarding community likes the sketchy development, but we know you are up to something…

peace and noLove…

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