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Chapter 10: Denver: Boosterism versus Growth

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Denver: Boosterism versus Growth
Denver: Boosterism versus growth
CarterWhitson, DennisJudd
Conflicts over the Growth Ethic

A traveler approaching Denver on a clear day cannot help but be impressed by the cluster of shimmering skyscrapers jutting up from the plains, set in bold relief against a jagged cordillera. Except for the spectacular effect created by the mountain peaks, the scene would bring immediately to mind an observation by Carl Abbott about the new face of the Sunbelt cities: “Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Atlanta—the fast-growing American cities from one ocean to the other have built interchangeable cores. The uniform environment of high-rise offices, convention centers, sports arenas, and girdling freeways is an expression of shared values among urban leaders in our boom-town cities” (Abbott, 1987, p. 146). The idea ...

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