Denver’s Golden Triangle To Be Returned to Citizens

So much of my life having been spent in Denver’s Golden Triangle I’m pretty happy to see that the City Council has voted 9-4 to run the bums out and return this special place to the good citizens of the city.

This is pretty good news to a fellow like me who spent so much of my youth in this special area. Except for time away in the Navy I spent all of my youth since leaving Cheyenne, Wyoming after high school in and around this area known as Denver’s Golden Triangle. I lived nearby, went to college and held part-time jobs almost exclusively in the vicinity. Growing up in the wilds of Wyoming I longed for the city life when I was a young man finding my way in the world.

I attended the University of Colorado Denver Center campus when it was on 14th Street between Lawrence and Arapahoe (we called it Lawrence of Arapahoe) to earn a B.A. in Mathematics while working two or three part-time jobs at once. I drove a yellow cab, delivered the Denver Post to newsstands and carriers, and worked at the Pepsi-Cola bottling plant near downtown Denver, sometimes holding all three jobs at once on a part-time basis. Somehow I still found time to spend at My Brother’s Bar and the Wazee Lounge, wonderful watering holes that remain near to their historical glory today. I actually learned a lot about math, American history and the law in those bars, arguing with classmates and grad-student lecturers over some esoteric point of law or some mathematical theorem. I can still remember arguments over beers on the brachistochrone problem or whether Lochner v. New York was rightly decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1905 (it was, don’t get me started).

After graduating from the University of Colorado I was accepted to the University of Denver College of Law when its classroom building was at 14th Avenue and Bannock Street near Civic Center Park. That accomplishment led to immediate penury accompanied by student loans since law school pretty much precluded even the thought of a part-time job.  It was a wonderful time arguing the law with other students not only in uptown bars but also in nearby Civic Center Park or in the cafeteria of the Denver Art Museum across the street from the law school.   Sometimes these debates took place in the cafeteria on the 3rd floor of the law school, affectionately referred to as ptomaine’s, but that place was usually too full of people who saw it as primarily a place to eat and make a last ditch effort to read at least one case before a class.

I have naturally been dismayed at the erosion of decorum and civility in Denver’s Civic Center as bums have taken it over in the last ten years or so, and now that #occupy protestors, also bums in my opinion, have literally turned it into a filthy mess of human debris.

But sanity seems to have been restored on The Denver City Council and the bums have been ordered off the property.  Well, they have been given ample time to comply, until November I think.  I don’t understand the need for such a lengthy reprieve, but at least this special place will eventually be returned to the hard-working tax-paying citizens of the City and County of Denver.

With any luck Denver’s Civic Center Park may once again look like this, but with people sitting on benches conversing, reading or just resting in the sun or in the shade of the amphitheater:

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