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1. Aurorans All Live In Trailer Parks
Source: Flickr user Travis Mortz
OK so not everyone shuns a house without wheels in this city, but Aurora does have one of the Denver metro area's highest concentration of mobile home communities. Some of the parks are pretty decent, others, well...they're cheap, and affordable housing isn't always easy to come by in a major urban area. Plus, where else can you accessorize with a tasteful display of frolicking pink flamingos without pissing off some spoilsport HMO?
2. Aurorans Are A Bunch Of Jocks
Source: Flickr user quiltsalad
Aurora actually received the accolade of Sportstown, U.S. A. in "Sports Illustrated's" 50th anniversary edition, and for more than just rooting on the Broncos, too. Aurora's many sports fields play host to more than 30 national, as well as regional, tournaments each year. A number of home-grown athletes, like Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, baseball player Danny Jackson and football player Joel Steed have gone on to find success in the big leagues, too.
3. There's No Such Thing As A Native Auroran
Source: Flickr user Permanently Scatterbrained
Ask anyone in Aurora where they are from and they will say somewhere, anywhere else. That's because Aurora has a high number of recent immigrants-new residents arriving all the time from far-flung locations such as Somalia, Russia, Nigeria and Bhutan. African, Asian and Hispanic businesses thrive along Parker Road and Peoria Street, while South Havana Street is the go-to spot for international cuisine ranging from Korean bibimbap to Ethiopian yedoro wat to Mexican carnitas to proper British scones.
4. Aurorans Love To Get Down And Dirty On East Colfax
Source: Flickr user pams pics
Colfax Avenue was once referred to by "Playboy" magazine, expert on all things naughty, as "the longest, wickedest street in America." East Colfax, which runs through Aurora, has done little to belie this bad rep throughout the years. It's known for its dive bars and cheap motels (some renting rooms by the hour), and is a haven for purveyors of illegal substances and ladies of easy (and affordable) virtue. The No. 15 bus, which many Aurorans ride to work, is notorious for being the ride from hell, so much so that it even inspired a song by Spiv called "the Dirty 15."
5. Aurorans Are Still Celebrating The Demise Of The Loathed "Bubble Building"
The Fan Fare Building, which was thrown up in 1961, inspired countless Aurorans to do just that ever since as a classic example of Midcentury Hideous. What's worse, this one-time indoor flea market stood unused since 1985 when its last tenant, an electric company, abandoned it to the rats and spiders.
This asbestos-filled hulk squatted on the corner of 3rd and Havana for nearly 30 years until the city government, after much foot-dragging, (and Auroran chin-wagging) finally got around to knocking it down earlier this year. The plot of land Fan Fare once (dis)graced is now a somewhat more scenic vacant lot, as the city has no imminent plans for its re-use, but Aurorans all breathed a collective sigh of relief once the demolition was done.
6. Aurorans Are Super Pissed Off About The City's Red-Light Cameras
While the death of bubble building marks a victory for Aurorans the battle over the red light cameras has just begun.
Aurora has traffic enforcement cameras installed at 14 intersections, but most Aurorans don't feel any safer on the roads with these in place. In fact, they think it's all a scam, just another attempt by the city government to stick its hands in their pockets. Evidence suggests they may be right - in 2012 the city collected a cool $3.2 million from issuing photo citations, and yet statistics show that accidents at many of these intersections have actually increased.
A Facebook page called No Red Light Cameras in Aurora, Colorado was launched in June of 2013, and has garnered nearly 1,500 likes from pissed-off Aurorans.
7. Aurorans Are A Bunch of Buzzkills
When Colorado passed Amendment 64 in 2012 legalizing recreational marijuana, Aurorans were all about harshing their states mellow. While Denver currently has over 70 marijuana dispensaries, there are currently a grand total of zero shops in Aurora that sell cannabis for medical or any other type of use. In other words, the only thing a mile high in Aurora, is the ground it built on. In comparison, the city has about 35 bars and 85 liquor stores, since most Aurorans still prefer the "drug you chug" to bong hits.
8. Aurorans Lose Their $#!7 Over County Lines--No Seriously, They Really Care About This
Aurora is currently split between three counties: Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas. Most Aurorans find this pointlessly confusing and irritating, since you can cross town and never be quite sure just what jurisdiction you're in or whose traffic court you'll need to go to should you happen to get a parking ticket.
The city periodically floats the idea to establish Aurora as a separate city-county, as is the case with neighboring Denver and with Broomfield to the north, but most Aurora residents are somewhat leery of the plan. While it would tend to reduce the confusion and help the city to establish its own identity, they suspect it would likely come with a hefty price tag.
Rather than have their tax dollars finance new government buildings, many Aurorans would just as soon see their entire city become part of Arapahoe County.
9. Aurorans Suffer From A Chronic Suburb Inferiority Complex
Aurora is a major city in its own right, in fact, it's the third-largest in the state of Colorado. It's got award-winning schools hospitals, military bases, over 100 parks and recreation areas, and 26 historic sites and landmarks, and yet.and yet...it seems no-one ever thinks of it as anything other than a Denver suburb. Aurorans, needless to say, are less than thrilled about this.
Although their population is still smaller than that of its neighbor to the west, they point out that much of their land is still undeveloped, so, unlike Denver, they've got plenty of room to grow. A former Aurora mayor even expressed the hope that someday the region would be known as the Aurora/Denver Metropolitan Area, but until this pipe dream comes to pass, Aurorans are stuck living in the shadow of that other city.
10. Aurorans Are Resilient In The Face Of Tragedy
Source: Justice for Aurora Colorado Shooting Victims via Facebook
The city of Aurora finally gained national recognition in July of 2012, but it wasn't for something that any Auroran could feel proud of. Instead, the city became notorious as the site of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, as a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 more during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Rather than letting themselves be defined as "that place with the Batman shooting," however, Aurorans rose to the occasion, erecting a memorial to the victims outside the Century 16 Theater and turning out in droves for its reopening six months later to attend a memorial ceremony honoring those who died.
Aurora mayor Steve Hogan characterized his city as "a community of survivors," and that's exactly what they are: sporty, trailer-living, pot-abstaining, red light camera-hating, survivors. And that's just how they like it.
Feature image source: Flickr user John Montague