Denver has had a spectacular three years. The latest census data shows that there were nearly 50,000 new residents from 2010 to 2013, or an 8 percent increase. The population growth in the entire metro area was 170,000, or a 6 percent increase. The 7-county metro region’s sales tax was up 9 percent last year.
All this growth is a boom for Denver, possibly one of the nation’s most successful core cities. But, it has generated an anti-development and, in some cases, anti-business attitude, which is showing up at city planning meetings, letters to the editor and municipal politics.