15 Reasons Why Denver Is The Coolest City From Westword

11/24/2011 10:53 am ET | Updated Jan 24, 2012

From this state's start, manufactured messages designed to draw people here have not worked out particularly well. The "Pikes Peak or Bust" slogan that lured thousands of gold-seekers to the confluence of the South Platte and Cherry Creek saw far more of them go bust — and then back home — than strike it rich. Colorado's official tourism slogans — most infamously, "Colorado Above All," with its echoes of the Nazis' "Über Alles" — have done no better. And then there's the godawful new motto for Colorado Springs, "Live It Up!," which sounds like an anti-erectile-dysfunction ad.

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