Stapleton Finally Cool Enough to Admit to People You Live Here

stapleton cool enough to admit you live hereJim Murphy has lived in Stapleton for ten years, but he doesn’t talk about it to most of his friends. “At first we would tell people we were moving to East Denver, close to Park Hill,” said Murphy. “That way, we wouldn’t have to say ‘Stapleton’ and worry about people giving us a hard time or judging us.” Murphy says the early iterations of Stapleton absolutely had the Pleasantville vibe which everyone made fun of. “Of course, everything was new. The houses, the trees, the streets, so everything looked perfect. And, of course, there were attractive young couples moving here, so that only compounded the stereotype. We didn’t want to have to get crap from our friends in other parts of Denver, so we kind of avoided saying the word ‘Stapleton’ as much as we could.”

But, like a fine bottle of wine, Stapleton is aging well. The trees are growing in, the houses are looking more perfectly imperfect, and we even have our own train station. Stapleton is now more likely to be a place one is envious of than the butt of someone’s jokes. “I am much more likely to tell people I live in Stapleton now,” said Murphy. “We have the Stanley, the Eastbridge Town Center and all the great restaurants like The Kitchen Next Door going in there, and possibly even Punch Bowl Social. Stapleton is actually becoming a destination for my friends in other areas of Denver. It’s like being able to tell people you live in Wash Park when you are in your twenties. But, instead of being in your twenties, you’re in your forties and instead of Wash Park being cool, Stapleton is cool. That made sense, right?”

Other residents feel the same way. “I almost get status now by telling people I live in Stapleton,” said longtime resident Shannon Johnson. “I feel like how Cherry Creek residents must feel, but way poorer.” Stapleton will continue to be known for being a family friendly community, but now Stapleton is getting love in other areas. “Is it ever going to be ‘cool’ to live in Stapleton?” asks Johnson. “Probably not. But, when in the hell has being married with kids living anywhere ever been cool.” Next time someone asks you where you live, go ahead and tell them Stapleton. Because if they don’t live here, the joke’s probably on them.

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Closest Parking at Stanley Probably Your Garage

full parking lot at StanleyAs Stanley continues to draw large crowds, especially on weekends, finding a close parking spot becomes more and more challenging. The weather hasn’t quite changed to spring biking and walking weather, so many Stanley shoppers are driving who may eventually ride or walk when the weather warms up. “We normally will be riding there,” said Eastbridge resident Nicole Berry. “But, at night, the temperature still drops a little, it’s a little dark for the kids, etc. So, for now, we have been driving.” Mike Paterson is in the same boat. “We live right there in Westerly Creek, so normally we will be walking or riding,” said Paterson. “It’s just been a little too chilly for me recently, so I have been parking over there.”
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Special Report: Stapleton School Drop Off Rules and Signs Meant for Everyone

report signs for everyoneRecently, a comprehensive report including information from the Denver Police Department (DPD), Denver Public Schools (DPS), and Stapleton United Neighbors (SUN) confirmed the rules and the signs posted at the Stapleton schools should be followed by everyone. Based on behavioral patterns at drop off and pick up, it originally appeared that the set of rules at each particular school were only supposed to be followed by some and not by others. “I thought maybe some people were exempt from following the posted signs and the rules set forward by the schools,” said Westerly Creek parent Blake Greenwaldt. “I wonder if the dozens of people I see not conforming to the rules know that or if they maybe thought they were exempt.” For their part, DPS has issued a statement saying all drivers must obey the rules posted by the city and posted for each particular school. “DPS has never issued any ‘passes’ of sorts which would allow parents or drivers to disregard rules and signage,” said DPS spokesperson Kerry Walker. “All drivers are held accountable to the standards set forth by the respective schools.”
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Couple’s Pending Divorce Stirs Excitement in Community

couple divorcingLocal Stapleton couple Bobby and Jodi Purdy announced they were divorcing, and while they found some family members and friends concerned about their emotional state and how their kids would fare, a good number of friends and acquaintances weren’t exactly distraught about the news. “When I found out Jodi was divorcing Bobby, I was psyched. I’ve been waiting to hit on her for a while now, but you know, the guy code and stuff. She’s definitely a MILF” said Steve Gerbracht, 38, and a friend of Jodi and Bobby.
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Residents Say Proposal for “Noise Wall” Mostly a “Blocking My View Wall”

blocking my view wallA recent article in the Front Porch discussed the proposal of a ‘noise wall’ along MLK turning into Moline from Ironton curving around almost to 27th St. One study found that “subject properties would suffer a substantial increase in noise impacts due to the roadway project.” The intent of the wall is strictly to reduce noise for affected residents, but there are downsides. The main drawback is that the wall will block the open space view of residents. “Of all the times the city is proposing a wall,” questioned Brad Mayo. “Their timing couldn’t be worse. Do they really think people are going to vote ‘yes’ on a wall right now. Besides, explaining to Stapleton residents how bad something could be doesn’t work. All they are going to understand is how bad it is going to be now. And for now, it would be blocking their view, as well as additional construction almost right in their backyards.” Amy Sullivan also doesn’t understand the need for a wall. “The train horn has been blaring for almost a year now, and people think a little traffic is going to bother us?” said Sullivan. “Heck, I find traffic noise a little soothing. Remember, we are all about urban living here in Stapleton. We all should have understood the potential for what other city folks deal with. We already have the crime. Might as well have the traffic too.”
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East Facing Benches Give Park Goers Beautiful Construction View

benchAs progress continues to be made on the 26th Ave. Park, developers have added benches for riders and walkers to take a load off. The benches are strategically placed along the walkway through what will be the park, and the company didn’t spare any detail in their placement. The benches all face due east, to maximize the viewing pleasure of those stopping for a quick rest. “We originally thought about having the benches face west so people could stare at the lovely mountains,” said Chris Klages, lead developer on the project. “But, then we thought people are probably sick of staring at those. The real marvel is seeing how our team moves earth and makes this into the great park it was meant to be a decade ago.”
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2017 Stapletonion Bracket Challenge!

marchmadnesseventMarch Madness is almost here, and the NCAA Basketball Tournament begins March 16th! The Stapletonion is hosting its fifth annual Bracket Challenge with lots of great prizes from local businesses.

The brackets won’t be out until March 12th, but you can get a head start by getting a CBS Sportsline ID by clicking here. We will send out the pool name and password as soon as the brackets are up, as well as post in this issue and issue 144 (3/8).

We will post reminders to get into the contest on our Facebook page, as well as an email blast on Monday, March 13th. There is no fee to enter. First place will get first choice of our list of great prizes, second place next choice, and so on until the prizes are gone. We have so many great prizes this year! Don’t miss your chance to win! If you are a local business and would like to add to our prizes, please email us at stapletonion@gmail.com.

May your bracket not be busted!

2017 Stapletonion Bracket Challenge Prizes

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