As promised I ventured back downtown today to take pictures of the DNC madness that had consumed my fair city. Things were even more insane today than they were yesterday and you can tell that it’s only going to get worse as time goes by. I also took a few shots of some of the more memorable things you can see in downtown Denver to give you a feel for the place I call home.
This is a view of the down town skyline as your driving down I-25. Denver isn’t the biggest city by any stretch but I’ve grown pretty fond of it.
As you exit the highway your funneled by traffic barrels and concrete barricades away from the sidewalk next to the Pepsi Center. Things have really ramped up with the security presence in the area even over the last 24 hours, where as yesterday you had an unobstructed view of the area now you have 18′ high steel fences blocking the sidewalk and police and secret service agents everywhere.
These guys weren’t in the immediate area but they were the only ones I that I was pretty sure wouldn’t shoot me if I took their picture!
As I said in my last post, the media presence is like nothing I’ve ever seen. I posted the picture of CNN’s location in my last post, this is MSNBC’s headquarters. I also spotted several other news media outlets in the area, some of them local but mostly out of state and national.
As I drove by the side of the Pepsi Center I was amazed to see the line of reporters waiting to gain entrance inside.
I know that the quality is lacking in the pictures but there is no place to pull over and take pictures and if you do stop you’d better be a cop otherwise they’re gonna be all over you! As I mentioned in my last post when I was out yesterday taking pictures I was tailed by not only one but two cops for a good ten to fifteen minutes trying to decide if I was up to no good or not.
As for the Pepsi Center itself, I’m sure you’ll see more of it than you’ll ever want to see in the coming week but here’s a sneak peek of it in case your not familiar with it.
See those little blobs up there? Those are people! I’m not sure exactly what they’re doing up there but there’s also an awning up there so it may be a broadcast location. This is as close as my piddly little camera could zoom but hopefully you get the idea.
Those fences I mentioned earlier? That’s them. Outside of them is as close as your gonna get to the Pepsi Center unless you have credentials.
Another shot of the outside take thru the fence.
The marquee outside the Pepsi Center is also in full DNC mode!
What would any political gathering be without protestors? Denver is prepared for them, they have a holding cell/warehouse all set up and ready to go for those who get too rowdy.
I’m not sure if these folks are protesters or not but they were staging around the “designated protest area” which is Civic Center Park so I figured they deserved a picture, you know just in case.
Speaking of Civic Center Park
This is the front of the park as seen from Colfax Avenue (the longest continual street in America!)
Right across the street from the park is the state capitol building,
our city and county building,
and the Denver Mint.
This is where they make good old American money, not that foo foo Canadian stuff! 😉
How do you know for sure it’s the mint? It has a sign saying so!
Also in this area is the Denver Public Library, which in itself is not very spectacular but they do have some cool art. Don’t believe me? Check this out!
Ok this picture didn’t come out as good as I hoped it would. If you can’t tell it’s a cowboy and an Indian crouched down and shooting at each other and missing terribly. I know it’s kind of a big pitcture but if it was smaller you couldn’t make it out hardly at all.
I’m honestly not sure what this thing is but I like it. It’s next to our performing arts complex and I thought it was cool so there you go.
It was also next to this thing which I wasn’t sure what the hell it was until I went by it again. No, not the giant naked butt you perv! I know what that is! The thing below it! You know what it is? Go ahead and guess! Give up? It’s the blade from a wind turbine! They were setting up a display touting new types of energy to explore. This thing is huge! I know you can’t really tell from the picture but the little speck on top of the blue thing? That’s a person cleaning it! The blue thing is the man lift he’s on. Does that help put it into perspective? If not then I can’t help you because I don’t have anything else to compare it to.
Like I said earlier I’m sure you’ll see more of my fair city in the coming week than I can convey here but I figured I’d give you my take on the city in advance. I hope you enjoyed!