06/25/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Denver's Corporate Departures A Hit For City's Civic Pride

In January 1999, in the obligatory send-up of the other city before a big football playoff game, a New York Daily News columnist dubbed Denver "Cleveland with a nice backdrop."

Cleveland, at least, has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Denver, on the other hand, is losing another corporate giant and its biggest Fortune 500 company with last week's takeover of Qwest by CenturyTel, a telecommunications company based in Monroe, La.

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