Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Colorado State Capitol Building

The Colorado State Capitol Building, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, is the home of the Colorado General Assembly and the offices of the Governor of Colorado and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. The distinctive gold dome consists of real gold leaf, first added in 1908, commemorating the Colorado Gold Rush. 

The building is a neoclassical architecture that stands in complete contrast to its adjoining landscape where white homeless people have made it their "home".  I've noticed several people lying on the grass with their mats.  Next to them are recycled plastic bags stuffed with personal effects.  Who knows how many times those bags have been reused?    On the other side of the street, another group of vagrants hang out on the benches.  They shoot the breeze and recount their stories to one another while enjoying the Denver sunshine.  It was hard to tell how old they were as their faces were covered with dirt and loneliness.  Again mostly white people.  Crumbled clothes, winter parkas despite the warm temperature outside, and well worn construction boots that look vintage.  I wouldn't mind trading my R. M. Williams for a pair of those boots.  (Well, that is because my boots are fake R. M. Williams, which I thought were real since I got them in Sidney, Australia.  Another story.)  Yet, a group of young black men can be seen hanging out across the street.  Doing mostly nothing but - just hanging out.  They wear baseball caps with the visors turned to the side, designer sneakers, and baggy pants that ran very low.  I am almost sure they too have their own stories to tell.  It was a lazy day at the Capitol.

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