Ed Tauer’s retirement as mayor of Aurora after 8 years has focused attention on the City of Aurora’s last decade of development. It has been spectacular, with significant population increase (up 17%, or 47,000, since the 2000 census), development of Fitzsimons as the new site of the University of Colorado Hospital, and the most recent talk of moving the National Western Stock Show to join the super hotel complex of Gaylord Entertainment.
As Tauer points out, the biggest change is less visible. It reflects a shift from a bedroom community to one with significant high-end jobs, for example, at the new medical complex, and more expensive housing stock.
The city also has its financial troubles with falling revenue, large influx of poor residents and trouble with the school system’s performance.
But, it’s no denying Aurora has become a serious city, and will now dominate its own congressional district – possibly a future job for Mayor Tauer.