Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« Protesters, Protesters, Everyw... | Dear Cafe Septieme. It's Over! »

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Denver Is Difficult!

posted by on August 24 at 17:00 PM

Charles and I have touched down in Denver, though we’re currently too busy writing stuff for the print edition to have done much exploring. Damn, is it difficult to get from the Denver International Airport to downtown Denver. It’s almost an hour’s bus ride, past lots of this:

Denver

And even though it’s a RTD (public) bus, it costs $9. I never thought I’d say this, but it makes me long for the 174.

Then it took me about half an hour to navigate RTD’s trip planner, which failed to tell me that my route could be accomplished on light rail in about 15 minutes, rather than taking two separate transfers and 1 hour on the bus. I figured it out, though. Thanks, Hyatt Regency Tech Center! That’s where the Washington delegation is staying throughout this week—it’s quite a distance from downtown as well. Looks like this year’s hot swing states (Nevada, Colorado, Virginia) got the plum downtown assignments. Plus DC and Illinois and Iowa and other states with good connections. And, uh, Kentucky. (Maybe I’m reading too much into this.) In any case, the Tech Center isn’t so bad, as long as you know how to scrutinize a light rail map.

On the agenda for me tomorrow: Crashing a HRC Washington delegate breakout session to figure out what those forlorn souls are thinking/voting/feeling. And the first evening of conventioneering, with Michelle Obama headlining. Other speakers include Barack’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson (go Beavers!) and Colorodo Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes. Sweet.

RSS icon Comments

1

The RTD airport buses are expensive, but they are pretty plush inside, with cushy seats and a compartment for your luggage. If you've ever struggled to hoist a huge piece of luggage onto a crowded Metro bus, you will appreciate the RTD service a lot more.

Posted by Jay | August 24, 2008 5:13 PM
2

Denver seems like a terrible place to hold the Dem Convention.

It's new.

It's clean.

Housing is cheap there.

It's high tech.

The weather is sunny, clear, warm, sometimes hot, but nice.

It's near mountains, skiing, beautiful wide state parks.

In other words -- there's nothing to worry or complain about! I mean, who'd want to "change" Colorado!?!

Posted by John Bailo | August 24, 2008 5:22 PM
3

COMMENT DELETED: Spam

We'd rather not moderate your comments, but off-topic, gratuitously inflammatory, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate remarks may be removed, and repeat offenders may be banned from commenting. We never censor comments based on ideology. Thanks to all who add to the conversation on Slog.

Posted by Route 174 x2 =358 | August 24, 2008 5:27 PM
4

Watch out for tornadoes!

Posted by elswinger | August 24, 2008 5:43 PM
5

"Watch out for tornadoes!"

In Denver!?!

Are you that woefully ignorant?

Shit. All you need towatch out for are beer trucks.

Posted by snirt | August 24, 2008 5:46 PM
7

And the internet says "The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph but it may vary from stationary to 70 mph." Which means it could easily cover the 29 miles from Castle Rock to Denver, killing thousands on the way. Probably hundreds of thousands will die.

Not that it will do anyone any good to watch out for tornadoes. If you are in a tornado's path, you are doomed. There is no defense, no warning, and no mercy. As if you're going to live forever if a tornado doesn't kill you.

I saw a tornado over the skyscrapers in Denver when I was a kid. It was awesome.

Posted by elenchos | August 24, 2008 6:06 PM
8

Never heard of the 194, Annie?

Posted by Justin | August 24, 2008 6:07 PM
9

Of course I have. Hence the hyperbole--these Denver buses make me long EVEN for the poor, crack-ridden 174. Uh, kidding. Obviously.

Posted by annie | August 24, 2008 6:09 PM
10

Dan Hynes is the Illinois state comptroller -- i.e. one of eleventy-seven Dems that Obama beat for that Senate seat. He was also one of Obama's first backers to run for president. He's just as exciting as you'd imagine based on his job description.

Posted by rdn | August 24, 2008 6:41 PM
11

Oh Shit.....Charles is there? This should be interesting. And by interesting I mean LAME!

Posted by BallardG | August 24, 2008 6:54 PM
12

Oh, God. Denver buses. Denver buses have one purpose- making me appreciate Seattle buses.

Seriously.

Posted by Abby | August 24, 2008 7:17 PM
13

COMMENT DELETED: Sock Puppetry

We'd rather not moderate your comments, but off-topic, gratuitously inflammatory, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate remarks may be removed, and repeat offenders may be banned from commenting. We never censor comments based on ideology. Thanks to all who add to the conversation on Slog.

Posted by Comment Deleted | August 24, 2008 9:21 PM
14

I rode the bus in Denver all the time when I was growing up and it was always fine. Even this summer when we were there we rode the bus to get around and it was clean, air conditioned, and there was a general lack of crazy bus people. Perhaps I was always blessed to ride good routes in Denver. The airport is really far from downtown, I miss Stapleton every time I fly into Denver.

Denver can definitely have tornadoes within the city limits. I remember one in particular that touched down about 17 blocks from our house, close enough we could see the funnel cloud from our back porch. And I lived smack dab in the middle of Denver. Good times...

Posted by PopTart | August 24, 2008 9:25 PM
15

I moved from Seattle to southeastern Wyoming a couple of years ago, and I thought it would be great to be so close to Denver. Not so--Denver sucks. It's bland and boring, like a giant suburb. Believe it or not, Wyoming kicks Colorado's ass as far as interesting people and fun stuff to do is concerned. The only reason I ever go down there is to see a show or occasionally shop.

I can't believe the convention is in such a boring city. Even Salt Lake City would have been a better choice.

Posted by kj | August 24, 2008 11:36 PM
16

The tech center shuttle will take you to the RTD -- just finesse your lack of delegate status.

http://www.demconvention.com/shuttles/

Posted by get on with a delegate | August 24, 2008 11:50 PM
17

The Denver bus system is weird. You can't use your transfer to go back the way you came, you have to buy a new one. I do like the fact that you don't have to take one if you aren't going to transfer.

Also, they check the fares all the time on the light rail, even though it takes 30 mins to go through downtown. You can walk downtown faster than that.

Skylark Lounge, Annie Wagner, it's a good place for a drink and some rockabilly.

Posted by PdxRitchie | August 25, 2008 12:36 AM
18

in my limited experience, by car everything in denver is a half hour away from everything else in denver.

Posted by josh | August 25, 2008 1:54 AM
19

@11: Chuck heard "convention" and thought it was a gathering of washed-up proto-Marxists. Imagine his surprise.

Posted by mistermix | August 25, 2008 4:41 AM
20

I ride the bus or light rail all week, it works well for me, but I haven't tried it from the airport....ah, DIA - the bane of our existence here. Nobody knows why they built it in fricking Kansas, or why it's roof is so reminicent of double D's.

Posted by liongate | August 25, 2008 7:29 AM
21

Nobody knows why they built it in fricking Kansas

Because Stapleton was completely boxed in. The PTB said: aha -- try to landlock us out here, ya SOBs.

Posted by handier to fort collins and the springs too | August 25, 2008 9:42 AM
22

You are all idiots especially this guy - "Not so--Denver sucks. It's bland and boring, like a giant suburb. Believe it or not, Wyoming kicks Colorado's ass as far as interesting people and fun stuff to do is concerned. The only reason I ever go down there is to see a show or occasionally shop. I can't believe the convention is in such a boring city. Even Salt Lake City would have been a better choice."
You obviously don't know your ass from a hole in the ground, hahaha Wyoming better than Denver, check your meds!! Salt Lake City is boring Mormon town, Denver kicks ass!
As for the author - Decipher the Light Rail? There are 4, that's right FOUR, routes. also 9 bucks for 25 mile trip from the airport seems like a good deal, but obviously you are a cheapskate. The airport is far away so the city can grow that way, also it is bigger than Manhattan.

Haters go home!

Posted by Hunter | August 26, 2008 2:37 PM
23

you all don't know shit! here's what a real journalist had to say about denver

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/the-carpetbagger-does-denver/

p.s. #15 - Wyoming sucks, you must be a right wing wacko or a meth head

Posted by Robert | August 26, 2008 2:44 PM

Comments Closed

Comments are closed on this post.