Denverites, Denverarians, Denveranos…

I’ve been wondering if there a definable sense of being from Denver.  I can’t think of the correct name for someone who is from here – is there one?  Denverino?  I’m looking for a quality like the Southern peculiarity that I can’t shake even after decades of living north and west of the Mason -Dixon line.  Boulder is filled with ‘the most diverse bunch of white, affluent, educated’ people you’ll ever  meet as one Daily Camera commenter said.  Most everyone here is from somewhere else and what we have in common is our desire to carve a life out here.   What about Denver?  How do you define a stereotypical Denver citizen?I thought Wellington Webb was typical but then John Hickenlooper as Mayor surprised me.   Frederico Pena seemed like a Denver type but so did Bill Owens.  Is there some common quality that people from Denver share?  Or did we all just end up here on the way to the West Coast?  (and please, if anyone can tell me how to save paragraph breaks with WordPress, let me know, ok)

5 Comments so far

  1. Aaron DeLay (den_aaron) on May 20th, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    We’re a mixed melting pot of people. The beauty (and the curse) of our city is that no one person is "Denver". We are such a spread out metro area that Denver really can be from the tippy edges of Highlands Ranch to the far reaches of Westminister.

    I’m Denver. 5,280 and proud to a fault. Although Denverino sounds kinda interesting…:)

  2. Aaron DeLay (den_aaron) on May 20th, 2008 @ 9:55 pm


  3. Aaron DeLay (den_aaron) on May 20th, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

    Hey, A test for Denver! {seesmic_video:{"url_thumbnail":{"value":""}"title":{"value":"Hey, A test for Denver! "}"videoUri":{"value":""}}}

  4. valerie on May 21st, 2008 @ 7:14 am

    You’re right about that, Aaron. I just read that Denver City was named after a Kansas governor so the melting pot extends pretty far and wide. And I applaud you for being bold enough to try the video comment – Thumbs up!

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