Well, I'm here in Denver for the Congress for the New Urbanism conference ... really, it's not a conference, but it's the "congress" itself.
I took a long walk from the conference hotel (Sheraton, formerly the Adams Mark) down to LoDo and back, stopping to eat at an Asian restaurant on the 16th Street Mall. It's nice to talk a long walk without breaking out in a sweat; temperatures here are in the 60s, while back in Austin highs will be in the low 100s all this week.
I miss Denver, and wouldn't mind retiring here. The cost of housing is outrageous, but the dry air is great for my skin, the climate is moderate and winters are mild, and there's neighborhoods where all of life's day-to-day needs can be met without depending on a car. Downtown is vibrant (although there's a lot of homeless people; I saw more in five minutes than I saw during my entire time at the APA conference in Minneapolis), and there's a diversity of age groups. Austin is dominated by the Generation Y and Millennial crowd, and I often find myself the oldest person (I'm 43) at the dog park or a restaurant. In Cleveland, I was often the youngest in a crowd. I remember Denver as being on the pretentious side, and I wonder if the dot-com bust of the late 1990s/early 2000s and the Great Recession took the edge off of that.
CNU check-in starts tomorrow morning. I'll post here about my experiences, and how it compares with an APA conference. If other Cyburbians are at CNU 17, I encourage them to contribute to this thread If not, ask questions. However, I'm here on behalf of my employer, as part of my continuing education and training, so I won't always be documenting everything for Cyburbia.