"Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies -- again?" ponders High Country News
, referencing Dynasty
in the process.
These days you can ride the light rail
into lower downtown, an area that was half rail yard, half urban blight back when Dynasty
was wrapping up, and look up at the bright blue sky reflected in the facades of brand new, steel and glass residential/office/retail buildings. A gleaming white arc-like structure stretches over the stop for the Amtrak trains, and beyond that, the century-old, but beautifully refurbished Union Station rises up, it’s neon telling you to "Travel by Train." The vibe is futuristic hip, a far cry from that old quasi-Houston feel.
Or maybe not. See that new energy-efficient building adjacent to Union Station? It is the headquarters for Antero Resources, one of the top oil and gas companies drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in the East. Apollo Exploration employees look out at all the new buildings from a couple blocks away. Noble Energy and Encana Oil and Gas have offices on the other side of downtown; in between are Anadarko, Halcon Resources, EOG Resources, QEP Resources and plenty more. One estimate
has 30 percent of Denver’s downtown office space occupied by oil and gas industry workers.
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