I dunno. I know a guy who commutes from Highlands to around S. Colo Blvd from about Evans up to N. Colo Blvd near the hospitals. No thanks. I'd rather I ended up in Knoxville or Madison Wi or some college town like that, but I like my 5 min commute to the office and gym. But that's just me.
Now IF I lived around Colo Blvd and Ellsworth And only had to commute to downtown ... yeah, Den could still have a hometown feel. But when I was a kid you didn't even miss having AC with humidity in the 10's during the summer. Feels more like Ohio to me nowadays in the summer. Sucks.